Following some research at Hammersmith Library recently, Bernard, Colin and I headed round the corner for the short walk to ‘The Queen’s Head’. And who should be leaving as we headed to the bar, but Terry Venables, who we were told, used to live locally.
This popular Fullers pub was originally a coaching house and overlooks the west side of the Green.
Back in 1722, the Victuallers’ Return, the earliest known complete record of licensed houses in Hammersmith, listed the pub as ‘The Maidenhead’. It then became known as the ‘Maiden Queens Head’ in 1775, although both names were used up to around 1800, when the present one was adopted.
In April 2012, the local Chronicle featured the pub and the manager, Barry Rigg, stated that he had run the pub for three years and went on to say that: “It’s a much more relaxed environment with a younger clientele than my previous pubs. It’s a fantastic place.”
He was asked how he was managing to overcome the economic downturn: “We are up at the moment. The biggest thing for us is the food. A lot of pubs in Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush are more about drinking and late night partying so we focus on the quality of the menu. There are lots of foodie pubs in Brook Green so it’s important the quality is always high.”
At that time London Pride was the best selling beverage and cost ¬£3.50 a pint. He was then asked what made his pub unique?
“The garden. It’s listed as the third biggest in London and on a sunny day like today it’s glorious. It’s our biggest asset.” Barry Rigg was then asked to describe his average customer.
“In the week it would be young media types and a lot of staff from the Hammersmith companies like L’Oreal and Coca Cola come in. We are a family-friendly pub and at the weekend tend to get a lot of children.”
The article concluded with Barry giving details of the most popular item on his extensive menu.
‘The Queen’s Head’ is reputed to be another pub associated with the famous highwayman, Dick Turpin. The present building dates from the late Victorian period but major renovations took place during the 1990’s.
Apart from Terry Venables, the pub was formerly patronised by the likes of Sir Henry Irving and William Morris.
(The top pic dates from 1936 and my sources of reference include the superb local history group’s book: ‘A History of Hammersmith’ and also the local archive of course)