The Queen’s Head is in the small Hertfordshire village of Allens Green, just over five miles north of Harlow, two or three miles west of Sawbridgeworth. We found ourselves out that way at the weekend and made a detour to find it.
The main draw was the ‘Honesty’ stillage, whereby you pay at the bar and then help yourself to a choice of up to 7 ales straight from the cask – we had a fine drop of Nethergate Umbel Magna.
According to the latest Herts CAMRA newsletter the pub has been awarded the local CAMRA branch pub of the year several times over the past ten years – prior to that it had been closed for nearly seven years and was facing a change to residential use until it was rescued and reopened in 2002. Formerly the pub, here since at least the 19th century, had occupied the whole building, but it is now split between a house and the present pub with its more recent extensions.
Drinkers here would once have included crew from the former RAF Sawbridgeworth, only half a mile away, then home to squadrons flying Westland Lysanders, Spitfires, Tomahawks and Mustangs that probably flew over the beer garden.
A friendly place with good beer and frequent beer festivals, well worth visiting.