|Be careful where you sit, the timber is rough sawn even at ground level.. no expense spared, simply no expense....|
|You need Courage to drink here...The menu make no mention of any of the £3:90 a pint beers on offer..|
|Wood-fired Pizza Oven? But no sign of any wood ever being charred.. the oven inside is gas fired and pristine white...|
Queens Head at 10 Queen Street, Peterborough, PE1 1PA.
SCORES ON THE DOORS: 4 OUT OF 10
|It reads over the door 'Come on in...' but nothing can prepare you for what lies within...|
A bottle of bog standard non-vintage Laurent Perrier champagne will set you back £55, and a 75cl screwtop bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand – that is… (Yealands Land Made) a steal at £26 ha ha! Small glass (125ml) £4:90 Large Glass (250ml) £9:20 ...........
A double espresso shot is £2 but a green tea (just add water...) is £2:50, err as are all the teas on offer £2:50..
Someone clearly likes ‘Suzy and her travelling nose’ as she gets three mentions, one in each paragraph, for this palpable joke of a wine list, on the A4 size paper placemat.
'Pints of beer crafted at our Grandfather’s Brewery', or the vast international brewing concern usually known as Charles Welles, to those who care about such things.
Cleary ‘Suzy and her travelling nose’ has yet to discover the delights of well served beer. Well so have I, as it sadly wasn’t on tap when I visited…
It’s supposed to be a Charles Welles pub, but you really wouldn’t know it, none of the printed literature mentions Charles Welles and the feedback card (a free pudding if you complete it) even fails to rate the quality of the draught beer.
And having tasted it I can understand why. A warm pint of Courage Directors, it must have been in the pipe for some time, is offered at London prices, an eye watering £3:90 for nearly a pint, I say that as the one served to me, thankfully no sparkler head, but had a deep Guinness style foaming head on it, and the glass was not a lined oversized vessel!
|Yes, that is the 'new' ceiling and in its finished state.... Dogsthorpe chic..|
Having read the local newspaper, I was hoping for much more, it was clear the pictures must have been taken after the demolition people have half completed their work, knocking out a ceiling to make an atrium and capture the light from the upper windows but seemingly before the decorators had moved in?
Well you’d think so, but dear reader the contents of the Dogsthorpe recycling centre would have appeared not to have moved to Fengate as we’ve been led to believe, but offloaded as much house clearance sawn timber, old corrugated iron sheets, exposed redundant electrical conduit, roughhewn timber and junked wooden window frames even old kitchen cabinets all nailed and screwed to the Kango hammered 'distressed' walls, and odd dustbins upended standing in for lampshades, form the décor....
No evidence whatsoever of any wood being ignited, charring or smoking, so perhaps any woody smoked taste comes out of a shaker who knows? Perhaps you need an NVQ in wood chopping?
It was certainly not wood burning (as stated on the Menu (bottom left) under Sunday:Your Ultimate Roast Lunch) on Friday 18th August 2017, perhaps Trading Standards might like to pay them a visit?
But all things said, perhaps it will settle down, but from a design and atmosphere point of view this new venue is a right royal stinker, and as welcoming as a trip to the real Dogsthorpe recycling centre. We’ll give it another go in a few months… if it is still there, or they decide to re-decorate and re-furnish, but this time properly. To give them a helping hand, and a primer on decor, a trip to Joe Allens Bar in Covent Garden, London, might be useful.
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