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NESTLED IN THE HEART OF THE MIDLANDS, IN THE SMALL PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF BELTON NR LOUGHBOROUGH, LIES THE MOST CHARMING COUNTRY PUB, THE QUEEN’S HEAD. BEACON EDITOR KAREN DENCH, WAS INVITED TO TRY OUT THEIR NEW LUNCH MENU RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE QUEEN'S HEAD, BELTON, NR LOUGHBOROUGH

Dine like a King at the Queen’s

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he Queen’s has been a village pub for over 200 years and continues its long standing traditions of serving delicious food, real ales, lagers, wines and spirits. Having recently undergone a refurbishment to celebrate its relaunch, the new décor is incredibly stylish. With a contemporary tone throughout the internal renovation has been carried out to a very high standard and oozes class, which makes for a very comfortable and relaxed environment; whether you’re dining or enjoying a drink in the bar area. With future plans to enhance the decked veranda and increase the seating area, this modern style will soon seamlessly continue outside. Priding themselves on fabulous pub classics, all prepared from scratch, using only the finest local ingredients the food on offer at The Queen’s Head really is superb. Beautifully presented and expertly cooked this is unquestionably some of the finest pub food in Leicestershire. With so many mouth-watering choices on the menu, deciding was definitely the most difficult part – although Daisy our waitress soon whittled it down for me, with a couple of personal recommendations. Feeling adventurous and in a mood to try something new, I took Daisy’s advice and opted for the roast marrow bones with sourdough toast, parsley, shallot and caper salad to start, followed by roast rump of lamb, swiss chard and pickled gooseberries with mint sauce and finishing off with Belgian chocolate mousse, summer berries and strawberry sorbet. My lunch partner Lisa, ordered sauteed mushrooms on homemade sourdough toast with parmesan to start, monkfish tikka, beetroot, dhal and Asian slaw for main and sticky toffee pudding, roasted pineapple and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Every course was utterly delicious! Neither of us were disappointed, in fact my only slight gripe was Lisa beating me to the monkfish tikka; it was like an exquisite piece of artwork on the plate, simply stunning and definitely my first choice when I next visit. The Queen’s Head is a dog-friendly pub (we can vouch for that as we met Spencer, the adorable resident pup), and all furry friends are welcome both in the bar and overnight; there are four very comfortable bedrooms just a short totter up the stairs.

Photography: Karen Dench

If you are looking for first class food, service and surroundings, then I urge you to pay a visit to The Queen’s Head and savour its true majesty.

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