Following up on Ben’s review last year of the Queens Head Inn in Nassington, my wife and I decided to pay the restaurant a visit for ourselves. Due to my own mistake, I managed to book our reservation for the wrong night but thanks to understanding staff we were able to get the reservation amended at short notice.
For a business slightly off the beaten track, the Queens Head seems to be doing a roaring trade with both locals and ‘outsiders’ (my term, not theirs) alike. Judging by the menu the chef is clearly keen to attract discerning diners from all over the region with a good selection of dishes all using great produce.Because of the previously mentioned error in booking, we waited in the cosy bar area with drinks and browsed the menu at leisure before ordering our food. I chose a seared wood pigeon and blackberry salad to start followed by rib eye steak and my wife chose pate de campagne with braised beef for her main.
Settling into our seats we were offered a slice of warm bread – hardly ground breaking, but it was nice bread (I’m presuming home made). Almost immediately after our starters arrived (as we had ordered them previously) and were very good. Presentation was impeccable and both dishes delivered on taste.
I’m not a fan of pate but my wife said it was very good but needed more of the spiced toast to accompany it. My wood pigeon salad was delicious and a light start before my next course of steak.
On to the main course and the braised beef was served in a small copper pan with a generous helping of pomme puree on the side. Enough about that dish though as my steak was fantastic and the main reason why I wanted to try the Queens Head! Having eaten some extremely good steak in America a while ago I’ve been keen to find somewhere local than could come even close, and now I think I’ve found that in the Queens Head.
The menu makes a special reference to the type of grill used at the restaurant – a Josper grill. Ordinarily I wouldn’t care what brand the oven is, but when the results are this good I can see why they’re keen to promote it. My rib eye steak was cooked exactly to requirements: wonderfully char grilled on the outside and medium in the middle. There were a selection of sauces on offer but they’re normally needed in restaurants that can’t cook steak. At the Queens Head just let the steak flavour come through! I had heard they once offered an Argentinian chimichurri sauce but sadly the waitress said it was no longer available (not that it would have taken much for someone in the kitchen to make it up to order).
I spied a sign advertising Wednesday night as steak night, so I think I will be back mid-week!
Because the previous two courses were so good, the desserts had a lot to live up to but I think they fell just short of the mark. We ordered a chocolate fondant and a lime panna cotta. The interior of the fondant was more liquid sauce than gooey chocolate and the panna cotta was set slightly too much so lacked creaminess. Flavour of both desserts was good, but they lacked on texture.
In all we both thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Queens Head and think it would be a great place to visit with family. On warmer days the beer garden would be fantastic as it opens out directly onto the river.
The Queens Head Inn
Station Road, Nassington, Peterborough PE8 6QB
Telephone: 01780 784006