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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Queen of Hoxton


What can we tell you about the Queen of Hoxton? It is a quirky pub/club, tucked away in the trendy East End of London, with a rooftop terrace where they put up a wigwam for the winter, so our hopes were high for a fun evening.

We walked through the pub, past a table tennis table and bar dressed up like an old school cinema, and up the corner stairs to the roof terrace, which was furnished with pub tables, astroturf and huts serving food and drinks. On a warm day this would be a fantastic alternative to the traditional British beer garden – somewhere between an actual garden and a beach hut with views of the city.  Unfortunately, when we visited, it wasn't quite the weather for sitting on the astroturf (unless wearing your finest waterproofs) so we sat at one of the tables instead.

The food on offer was tasty and uncomplicated barbecue food.  Pulled pork with whisky BBQ sauce was clearly a popular choice as it was off the menu so we chose Aberdeen Angus burgers with smoked cheese and helped ourselves to the selection of salad on the side; green leaves, potato salad and coleslaw. The food was tasty, filling and reasonably priced – everything we'd want from a barbecue.

Despite the chill we thought we'd get into the spirit of summer and try the iced tea cocktails on offer: Lemon Grass Ice Tea and Hibiscus Flower Ice Tea. These were refreshing and light but not bursting with flavour as we like our cocktails, but there’s always the safer option of cider.

Overall, our evening at the Queen of Hoxton was a success – nice food and views and a great atmosphere. We’ll definitely be heading back on a sunny day.

1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Cocktails: £6
Barbecue: £7
Food/drink: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Service: 3/5


View last year's review HERE

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