NOTE: We’ve visited The Queens Head in Burlington in recent years. Under a new team in the kitchen, the food offerings are delicious with fresh ingredients. This post was based on initial impressions in 2011.
As I’ve resolved to blog more this year, I’ve had to come up with new blog topics – and so this past weekend I had the pleasure of trying out the food at The Queens Head in Burlington, Ontario.
Like Burlington’s other pubs – The Poacher and The Dickens – The Queens Head has an old-time feel to it, with wooden beams, red velvet cushioned benches along the wall, and the wood bar. Pictures of all sorts, mementos and other decorative items grace the walls.
What makes The Queens Head a good place to stop in for a drink is the friendly service. Our waitress was very attentive, cheerful and quick to order. And best of all, she smiled and engaged us in a quick chat. We noticed the other waitress was just a good as she chatted up a table of ladies who had come in for lunch.
For drinks, it’s great. The food is another story.
We tried the Langostino Lobster Poppers ($10) to start – battered, deep fried small pieces of lobster accompanied by what was to be wasabi cucumber dip. I think they forgot the wasabi as there really wasn’t that usual hot kick that you get when you eat it with sushi.
Frank had the Fish and Chips ($12) – lightly battered Haddock, with fries and a coleslaw that really was devoid of any flavour. The fish and fries were, according to Frank, “Not bad” but nothing really to rave about.
I decided to go for the Queens Head Traditional Burger, with added Portobello mushroom and pineapple. I wasn’t impressed with the Angus Beef burger as it was a bit on the tough side. However, the option to add the mushroom and pineapple made for some interesting flavour combinations.
So the food is average, but the atmosphere cool and has the old-time pub feel and the staff is very friendly. I recommend it more for a beer or two by the bar rather than the food, as their selection of beers and ales on tap is pretty good.
Updated rating as of 2015: 3.5/5
The Queens Head
400 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario L7R 2G2