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
Monday – Friday
Bar: 11.00am–2:30pm & 5:30pm-11:00pm
Food Service: Monday – Lunch – 12:15pm-2:15pm Evening 6:30pm-9:00pm
Bar – 11:00am-11:00pm
Food Service – 12:15pm-2:15pm & 6:30pm-9:00pm
Sunday Bar – 12:00noon -10.30pm
Food Service – 12:15pm-4.00pm