Nestled halfway along the Chalke Valley about 8 miles from Salisbury.
Nestled halfway along the Chalke Valley about 8 miles from Salisbury, you’ll find one of the most delightful pubs in Wiltshire, the Queens Head. Located in the centre of the quintessentially English village of Broad Chalke, the 18th Century pub is brimming with charm and character.
From the front of the pub the spire of beautiful 13th century All Saints’ Church can be viewed in the skyline across an expanse of fields lined with trees, hedgerows and the River Ebble.
The pub offers both a traditional bar area where guests can sip a pint of Badger, as well as a stunning candle lit dining area perfect for enjoying a locally sourced, home cooked meal.
There is something for everyone at this historic pub, boasting open fire places for the winter months and a beautifully kept patio garden for the summer, so whether you’re a local or a tourist, a dog walker or a cyclist, a family or a group of friends and whether you’re looking for a casual drink or a celebratory meal, the Queen’s Head is the perfect pub for you.
And finally, rest assured that whenever you visit, you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and outstanding hospitality!
We look forward to welcoming you soon
The building that today houses the Queen’s Head first appeared on record in the 1730s as a cottage before being inherited by the wife of a local shopkeeper in 1825 when, inevitably, it became a greengrocer.
In 1865, this changed when the building was occupied by Edwin Nightingale. Until this time, the Nightingale family had owned the Mill and the village pub, ‘The Angel Inn’. Edwin ran the Inn and the Mill but after the building burnt down twice in one year, it fell in to disrepair. The buildings were given up to Lord Pembroke.
Edwin decided to try his luck once again as an Innkeeper, and so The Queen’s Head became the village pub. The pub prospered and things were looking decidedly optimistic until 1887 when a fire burnt the pub down as well as the blacksmiths cottage next door. Edwin’s bad luck had finally caught up with him. Although the building was restored and Edwin remained the licensee, in 1890 he shot himself due to “temporary insanity”, aged 62. Charles, Fanny and Anne, three of his children, took the pub over.
If you look closely enough, you will see that The Queen’s Head has undergone many renovations and alterations during its lifetime but the basic structure remains the same, and it still retains its character, history and charm, creating a comfortable and welcoming environment. Rightly so, it’s the centre of Broad Chalke and is the ideal place for a quiet drink or pleasant meal.
The village has been home to several notable people, including Sir Anthony Eden (Prime Minister). Sir Cecil Beaton the photographer lived at Reddish House, as did Dr. Lucius Wood, father of the painter Christopher Wood. Later Reddish House was owned by musicians Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp.
The village is also home to the author James Holland, his brother Tom Holland, noted musician, bell ringer and conductor Dennis Chalk BEM and Sir Terry Pratchett. Today, at The Queen’s Head we try to live by Sir Cecil’s words:
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary”. Sir Cecil Beaton
Sunday – 12 Noon – 10:30pm
Monday –11am – 11pm
Tuesday –11am – 11pm
Wednesday –11am – 11pm
Thursday –11am – 11pm
Friday –11am – 11pm
Saturday –11am – 11pm
Sunday – 12 Noon – 9pm
Monday – 12 Noon – 9:30pm
Tuesday – 12 Noon – 9:30pm
Wednesday – 12 Noon – 9:30pm
Thursday – 12 Noon – 9:30pm
Friday – 12 Noon – 9:30pm
Saturday – 12 Noon – 9:30pm