The Queen’s Head at Bulwick
The Queen’s Head sits in the heart of the quintessential Northamptonshire village of Bulwick, surrounded by buildings of honey-coloured stone, opposite the church and next door to an award-winning village shop.
Inside, the buzzing atmosphere is created by drinkers enjoying the local ales in the cosy bar, walkers and cyclists savouring tea and coffee, and diners tucking into dishes such as Lincolnshire Poacher soufflé and roast chicken with dauphinois potatoes.
It is most definitely a pub, but serving food several notches above standard pub grub. The meal starts with a delicious dark “no-knead” Boston bread – the kitchen makes it every day, serving it to diners and selling whole loaves from the bar. The wine list is full of interesting offerings, local produce is used where possible (we enjoyed local pheasant) and the puddings are sweet and sumptuous – the profiteroles come highly recommended. Fish and chips are a speciality and can be ordered to take away whenever the pub is serving food.
James Trevor is the landlord and comes from a family of publicans and restauranteurs. He has brought the essential elements of a good pub to The Queen’s Head – warm hospitality, attention to detail, good-quality food and drink and a great team.
With the cosy interior, extensive patio, outdoor Champagne bar and talk of pizza ovens in the summer, this is a pub for year-round enjoyment. It’s a welcome addition to the north Northamptonshire scene and becoming a firm favourite in the local area.
By Anna Forgaard, regional correspondent