The Queen’s Head, The Hythe
Maldon’s waterfront Inn
This fantastic pub, with its enviable and superb river location, is run by Charlie & Vivian Little. On arriving at The Queen’s Head in 2006, a complete and extensive refurbishment programme was required, ensuring that The Queen’s Head has become Maldon’s premier venue, Maldon is situated at the western end of the wide Blackwater Estuary, on a spur of high ground jutting out over the marshy coast of Essex, causing many early visitors to identify it as the site of a Roman or even earlier Celtic town; its English name, is a corruption of the Roman CaMALoDONum.
Far enough from London, but close enough to the rural charms of East Anglia, Maldon has made the most of its location and history. Just as Colchester and Mersea are known for Oysters, Leigh on Sea for Cockles, Tiptree for jams and preserves, Maldon is known for its Thames Barges, Maldon Sea Salt and it’s riverside Promenade.
No visit to Maldon is complete without visiting the Hythe Quay which is the home of the sailing barge, Maldon’s living heritage. Many of the barges have been lovingly restored by devoted owners and are still used commercially. In the last century, this was the main method of transporting goods from this area to the Thames estuary and then London. To this day, these beautiful vessels still dominate the River Blackwater and are moored right next to The Queen’s Head.
It is the atmosphere that makes The Queen’s Head such a lovely place. Set on the quayside of the Blackwater River with the Old Thames barges moored alongside, it has two bars, a restaurant and a lovely dining terrace overlooking the river, which can cope with over 150 dinners. Jane Barrell, Head Chef, insists on changing the menus to reflect the seasons with a focus on fresh local produce. On summer evenings, when the outside bar is open, a better setting is impossible to find.
It is low-key. Customers get what they want, with minimum fuss and they're left alone to enjoy themselves. The fact that the Restaurant is so loved by locals helps to create an authentic, atmosphere. Some regulars get upset when they can't get tables. We do our best to accommodate, but it's not always easy when we're so popular. In other words, if you plan a visit to The Queen’s Head, you are advised to book ahead for the stunning views the Restaurant offers.
For beer lovers, Gavin Peachey, Bar Manager, keeps the ales at their sparkling best, with at least seven Real Ales on the hand pumps, including brews from Maldon breweries.
You are very welcome to add pleasure to your leisure time at The Queen’s Head, with freshly cooked to order food, local beer, Thames barges and fantastic river views; one of Essex’s eminent pubs.
Abbot Ale 5%
Adnams Broadside 4.7%
Doom Bar 4% Sharp’s, Rock Cornwall
Hophead 3.8% Dark Star, Horsham, West Sussex
Pucks Folly 4.2% Farmers Ales, Maldon
Greene King IPA 3.6% Greene King, Bury St Edmunds
Plus further Guest Beers throughout the year.
The Queen’s Head is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has a clean, bright bar area or riverside seating area available to enjoy a quiet drink.
The Queen’s Head is a venue bursting with fresh food and fine ales, served by experienced staff – a place that adds pleasure to your leisure time.
Thames Sailing Barge Trips and Weekends Away
Sailing trips and weekends away onboard Thames Sailing Barges from Maldon. Also for floating cottage hire, wedding reception venues and party hire in Essex, Suffolk and East Coast.
Full english breakfast available 11am - 12pm 7 days a week
Bar open 7 days a week from 11am
Food Served: Monday - Saturday 11am til 9pm Sunday 11am til 6pm