The Queen’s Head in Kingston-upon-Thames has re-opened its doors to the public after being closed for renovations, including installation of a new kitchen.
The new Fuller’s kitchen boasts fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared on site daily by real chefs. Offering a blend of traditional classics and modern signature dishes, the Queen’s Head will serve a range of express lunches, brunches and Sunday roasts.
The latest fit-out is part of a programme of kitchen upgrades that the chain is embarking on as it continues to grow its food offer. Speaking last month, Paul Dickenson, head of food, Fuller’s Managed Inns, said that the company has seen the benefit of increasing its investment in kitchens and this now has the full buy-in from management.
“We have taken it to board level and when a new kitchen is signed off I take the whole board to see it. They see the chef smiling and all of this beautiful stainless steel and you know that it is going to be like that in three years’ time, five years and so forth,” he said.
“Five years ago I had £50,000 to design a kitchen. Now I have the best part of £150,000 upwards. We use Rational, Ambach, vac pac machines, water baths, Vita-Preps — these are fully kitted operations. When the chefs see this kit it is like Christmas day in and day out, so you have just got to keep going with the proactive repair, the training and taking people with you, and it is really exciting when you get it right.”
Beyond the kitchen, the Queen’s Head has been given a thorough facelift, with a new-look decor and new boutique bedrooms bringing the royal touch to the Victorian building.
The 10 new rooms have luxury features including Nespresso machines, Bose Bluetooth speakers, rain-dance showers and super-sized beds.
As well as serving a wide variety of Fuller’s finest cask and craft beers, including seasonal brews and firm favourites, the bar at the Queen’s Head will feature a variety of unique house-infused gins from Sipsmith. There is also a choice of hand-picked world wines and soft drinks.
The Queens Head pub opened back in 1890, in response to the opening of Kingston Railway Station and is just ten minutes walk from the station.