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posted Tue 13th Dec 2018 at 13:42

There's more to a public house than just drinking



There’s More to a Public House Than Just Drinking

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

 
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the importance of Public Houses and the role they play in our communities and societies.
It sounds like the thesis for an academic study but it’s a subject I’ve always taken seriously.
The key to unlock the potential of a Public House is to make it a place for the public to come together, hence why they are called Public Houses.
I think it’s a misconception to see pubs purely as places people drink alcohol. They play a much bigger role than that and good Public Houses offer much more than that.
At the Queen’s Head we provide a place for people to congregate and communicate. This has been brought to the forefront by us adopting the Chatty Tables scheme.
It’s an initiative where people can come to the pub and sit at a designated table which makes it clear they are up for having a chat. We live in an era of increasing social isolation and this kind of project is doing something to combat that.
We are also now open for breakfast and I’m already seeing a lot more people coming into us for their morning coffee and then to work in the pub, using our wi-fi and benefitting from being surrounded by other people. It’s great to see.
And if that wasn’t enough to shatter the misconception, we’re now noticing a big surge in the amount of non-alcoholic drinks we are serving. From the delicious Seedlip  (Alcohol free G&T served with Fevertree tonic) to zero percent alcohol beers and ciders.
To adopt the strapline from a famous chocolate bar I see a great Public House as one that offers opportunities to work, rest and play, whether you’re enjoying a lager, latte or a lemonade.

Thanks for reading,
Sean
 

posted Sun 28th Dec 2018 at 15:35

Trick or Treat? Halloweek at the Queen's Head



Trick or Treat? Halloweek at The Queen’s Head

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street, voted Greene King UK Pub of the Year 2018.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

I’ve recently come back from a short trip to Majorca to catch some autumn sun. Seems like it was just as sunny in Pinner.
I love Spain, especially the eating out experience, but the levels of customer service can vary from wonderfully attentive, warm and welcoming (a treat) to impersonal, cold and very slow (a trick).
One of the things I’ve been obsessed about at The Queen’s Head is that all our guests get a warm welcome and that they feel we appreciate and value their patronage, which we do.
I want our team to make our guests feel that coming to the pub is a treat and not that they leave feeling we’ve missed a trick in terms of customer care. (Did you see what I did there?)
I’ve always wanted to do things differently since taking over the pub and this Halloween is no different – because we’re going spookily big and will be hosting Halloweek.
A series of events that will include the showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on our outdoor screen on the patio on Tuesday 30 October. Check our website and social media for times.
Then the following day will be hosting a Halloween party in the evening.
There will be a contest for the best dressed guy or ghoul, so why not join in the fun, get the make up out, your best scary costume on and join us for a night of thrills and frightfully good fun.
The contest’s judge will include community leader Raj Kumar and prizes will include:
£50 cash for the winner.
£30 large pizza voucher for runner up.
And a bottle of wine for third place.
We look forward to seeing you for what will be a great couple of evenings at your local community pub. Trust me, it’ll be a scream.

Thanks for reading,

Sean
 

posted Sat 8th Dec 2018 at 17:18

Queen's Head crowned Greene King Pub of the Year 2018



Breaking News ----- The Queen’s Head Crowned UK Pub of the Year 2018

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

On Thursday 6th September we received the best news I’ve ever had while running The Queen’s Head.
At a posh gala evening at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London we took our place among four other finalists in the Green King Pub of the Year 2018 awards.
We were delighted to simply have made the shortlist and looking at our competition it was obvious we up against the elite of the pub industry. More than 1200 pubs had entered.
So, you can picture our absolute delight when the envelope was opened “and the winner is ……. The Queen’s Head in Pinner.”
I’m over the moon, especially because the judges listed why we had won. They remarked on our innovation, emphasis on staff training and the success we’ve had in increasing the pub’s turnover during the past five years when many other pubs have struggled.
I’d just like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to our team, our suppliers and of course to our lovely customers.
Watch this space for a special celebration we’ll be holding to mark this massive achievement for us.

Thanks for reading,

Sean
 

posted Wed 29th Dec 2018 at 18:42

Pinner Pride 2018



Pinner Pride Festival at The Queen’s Head

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

I’ve always seen pubs as much more than places which sell alcohol.
For me they are community assets – but only when they are run correctly and have a clear ethos of inclusivity.
In this world where people are increasingly being polarised and disconnected from each other, a good pub brings people together to debate, discuss and I’ve seen on countless times how they can be places where barriers are torn down and new opinions formed.
The Queen’s Head is a pub which welcomes everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality.
And that’s why I’m so proud to be announcing our first Pinner Pride festival which takes place on Sunday 23 September. It will be a celebration of love, diversity and community.
It’s a family event for all the people of Pinner and beyond. And there will be something there for everyone to enjoy.
We’ll have Live Music, a DJ, food stalls, books from Brooks, outdoor bars, a gin garden, face painting, children's rides and much, much more. Tickets are £5 each and available at the bar.
But be quick as we have a maximum number of tickets we can sell, and they are already proving popular.
The event runs from 2.00 - 9.00pm and is being generously sponsored by Rawlinson Gold Estate Agents.
Here’s a final thought. A good pub is like a great film. It suspends reality for a period while you’re there.  Whilst we are talking about film, our Secret Cinema pens on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm showing Mama Mia.  Admission free, first come, first served.  Bring your own blanket.
So, forget that idiot Trump, banish Brexit blues and come along to Pinner Pride  which promises to be an event to remember and one I’m immensely proud of my team for putting together.

Thanks for reading,
Sean
 

posted Fri 4th Dec 2018 at 16:24

Award Winning Pub



 
 
Welcome from officially the best pub in Harrow

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

When I took over The Queen’s Head my goal was always to make it the best pub in the borough of Harrow.
My team and I have all worked tirelessly over the years to make our pub a place where people can come together to share good times in a safe, modern, friendly and totally inclusive environment.
So, you can imagine my absolute delight when we recently saw off 53 other public houses and bars to be awarded the Best Independent pub in Harrow by the Best Bar None organisation who worked in partnership with Harrow Council.
Best Bar None is an Accreditation Scheme with National Awards supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry which is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.
It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the Evening and Night Time Economy, with premises now competing to participate.
 
This is an award to all the team at The Queen’s Head. I’m so proud of these young people who work hard, have fun and make sure our guests are well looked after.
I need to make a special thank you to Kirsty MacPhee. Kirsty, our General Manager is an absolute gem and a key part of our team. She put in all the hard work to enter us for this award and I am chuffed that her efforts and that of all her colleagues has been recognised.
We received the award at the Masonic Hall in Kenton at an event 10 days ago which all the team attended. We had a great celebration after the event as you can imagine.
I’d also like to thank our guests from the regulars to the occasional pop in for a pint (or a coffee, we serve great coffee – watch out for more of that in our next blog).
As pubs shut down in their droves across the country we never take for granted the custom we receive and it’s that which drives us on to keep striving to offer the best possible experience in Harrow – which we can now proudly say we officially do.

Thanks for reading.

Sean
 

posted Wed 28th Dec 2018 at 14:29

Easter Blog



Easter blog

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

Tonnes of chocolates, loads of bunnies, piles of hot cross buns and hopefully plenty of family get-togethers. That’s right folks the long Easter weekend is nigh upon us. A time for enjoying family traditions. And in many cases probably putting on a few pounds over the long weekend. Some Easter traditions around Europe raised an eyebrow or two in the Queen’s Head this week. In parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia there’s an Easter Monday morning ritual of men lightly whipping women! Apparently, it’s so the women keep their health, beauty and fertility for the next year.However, the women get revenge later in the afternoon by pouring buckets of freezing cold water over the men’s heads. Sounds fair to me.
Closer to home it’s also traditionally a busy weekend for the pub. We’ll be open until midnight on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.  Easter Sunday open till 11.00pm and the Monday night quiz will be happening as usual. This Easter will also mark the opening of our outside bar, so you can have a drink al fresco on Friday and Saturday evenings. The bar is fully stocked and was always on my to do list when I took over the pub. It’ll be open until October and we’ll still be offering the delicious Barrel & Stone pizzas and piadines to guests wherever your relaxing, inside or outside the pub.
Another welcome addition to the Queen’s Head’s offering to our guests will be the premium Japanese beer Asahi. The Japanese don’t produce low quality things and this beer will be among the highest quality of those we sell.
Here’s to wishing you all a Happy Easter and we would love to welcome you and your families this weekend.  Thank you for your continued support and thanks for reading.
 
Sean
 

posted Thu 15th Dec 2018 at 17:45

Updated thu 15th dec 2018 at 17:47

Raise your glasses to the legend of St Pat



Raise your glasses to the legend of St Pat

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

So, it’s one of my favourite days of the year this Saturday 17th March.
St Patrick’s Day. As I’ve said before it’s a day when everyone becomes Irish regardless of where you are from.
I say everyone, but English rugby fans can be excused for begging to differ as they play the boys in green on Saturday.
We’ll be celebrating in traditional Irish fashion with live music from Jason Hakin and above all the most important recipe in any St Pat’s celebrations -good company and good humour.
But far from being just a marketing tool for global Irishness and the hospitality trade the legend of St Patrick is a fascinating one.
Legend has it he was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland.”
The dates of his life can’t be fixed with certainty, but there is broad agreement that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the 5th century.
He’s regarded as the founder of Christianity in Ireland.
When he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates (who knew there was such a thing) from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland to look after animals.
He lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
St Patrick is often credited with driving out all the snakes from Ireland. Quite a feat because the consensus of scientists believes there were none on the Emerald Isle to begin with. But hey let’s not spoil a good story.
Saint Patrick's Day is the supposed date of his death.
So, come on down to the Queen’s Head this weekend and raise a glass in memory of St Pat and in celebration of people of all different backgrounds coming together to share a drink and enjoy the craic!

Slainte

Sean
 

posted Fri 9th Dec 2018 at 14:02

Why we're proud to fly the Rainbow Flag



Why We’re Proud to Fly the Rainbow Flag
 
Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

I’ve never be afraid to stand up for what I believe in and stick my colours to the mast so to speak.
Recent examples of that are continuing to fly the European Union flag outside the pub post Brexit and flying the Rainbow flag to show the Queen’s Head’s support of LGBT rights.
My goal from the beginning of taking over here has been to turn the pub into a place where everyone is welcomed and feels included.
I don’t care whether you’re black, white, Asian, straight, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or young or old – the Queen’s Head welcomes everyone in the same warm and friendly way.
The Rainbow flag is a symbol of gay rights and in many ways freedom for all people and that’s why I’m proud to fly it.
I’m also proud of the line up of events we have coming up over the next few weeks.
Some dates for your diary, especially if you have a date lined up include our Valentine’s week which offers a deal to get a free bottle of prosecco when you order two large Barrel and Stone pizzas from us.
At the start of March, we’ll be celebrating St David’s Day on the first of the month. With a celebration of things Welsh including live music, traditional food and a pub filled with daffodils and good cheer.
That’s followed a week later with a very special event on March 8th – we’ll be hosting a quiz to celebrate International Women’s’ Day. It’s £2 per person and ALL monies will go towards a number of charities, which supports women who have suffered domestic abuse.
Our very own Jess Hutchison will be the quiz manager and it will be a brilliant night of fun for a very good cause.  Complimentary food on the night.
We’re equal opportunity employers and you’ll find no BBC style gender pay gap here.
In the year of the 100th anniversary of the first women winning the right to vote it’s never been more important to build a culture where everyone is equal, accepted and respected.
Thanks for reading and check out our website for more details on our full events calendar this spring.
 
Sean 
 

posted Sun 7th Dec 2018 at 16:43

Updated thu 25th dec 2018 at 16:19

More than just a pub



More than just a pub

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

The world-famous football team Barcelona FC have a motto - Més que un Club – or if your Spanish isn’t too fluent – More than a club.
It’s because they, quite rightly, see themselves as being a lot more than an organisation which hosts the most talented footballers on earth. It’s a social institution, a place where people become united and a symbol of local and regional pride.
It’s an ethos I really admire and something I aspire to achieving with the Queen’s Head.

This month many people will be doing a ‘Dry January’ where they abstain from alcohol for a month. I was asked if this affects our trade and in all honesty, it does a little, but the pub has so much more too offer.

In an age of increasing social isolation and records levels of loneliness we offer a place where people can come together and socialise, and that’s true whether it’s January or July, whether people are drinking alcohol or our Seattle Coffee, Seedlip premium non-alcoholic drinks or simply having a cup of tea.

Far from being a ‘drinking den’ a good pub provides that special space to chat, debate, share stories, tell jokes, announce news and air your worries and ideas. There’s so much more to a good pub than the beers, wines or spirits on sale. It’s the sense of community, camaraderie and social inclusion that ALL of us need to live healthy, happy lives.

I believe that the Queen’s Head offers all of that, throughout the year, and a lot more besides.
We have a fantastic mix of regular guests who chat happily away to each other including doctors, teachers, accountants, builders, car dealers, van drivers and solicitors – all brought together by their visits to the Queen’s Head.

I like to think ‘we’re more than just a pub.’

Also, if you fancy a free meal out and some great entertainment keep the 24th January free in your diary.

Our popular Burns’ Night festivities will be happening and there’ll be complimentary haggis, neaps and tatties served and one free dram of Scotch for guests on the evening.
We’ll also have live music and the traditional addressing of the Haggis.

Thanks for reading and wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Sean 
 

posted Fri 15th Dec 2017 at 18:11

Christmas 2017



A Christmas Challenge at The Queen’s Head

Welcome to the Behind the Bar blog. My name is Sean White and I’m the landlord of The Queen’s Head in Pinner’s historic High Street.
Along with my team I share the goings on at our busy pub which has sat proudly at the centre of the community since 1540.

Firstly, apologies for not blogging for a while.
We’ve been incredibly busy with improving the experience our guests have at the Queen’s Head.
This includes our new outdoor bar and patio area which proved a massive hit during the excellent Pinner Pantomime evening.
I love these community events because they bring people together.
And what brings us together better than Christmas?
It’s a time when goodwill among people is at its peak but as Bing Crosby once said,
 
"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.
 
One of the best parts of my job is seeing people in the pub talking to each other, sharing stories, reminiscing, planning, debating and simply connecting in some way.
And that’s what we’re aiming to help people do more of this Christmas – connect.
It’s the reason we won’t be having live music this year, we want to leave a blank conversational canvas for people to fill with their own stories, trials, tribulations and triumphs.
So, here’s my invitation to all of you accompanied by a challenge.
Everyone is welcome at the Queen’s Head this festive period, and what better way to get into the real spirit of the celebrations than striking up a conversation with someone you don’t yet know?
It saddens me when I read about the levels of loneliness people are experiencing in our society.
If only we broke that initial ice with people and connected more with each other, we could ALL do something about it.
And that’s something I’ll be raising a cup of Christmas cheer to.
For those of you who have been following our planning application tribulations regarding our desire to open a hotel at the Queen’s Head, you’ll be pleased to know that we will be submitting a new application in January for a much larger project involving the creation of 15 rooms with a restaurant and meeting rooms facility (all on this site) Watch this space!

Our Christmas Opening Hours are:

Christmas Eve 11.00 - Midnight
Christmas Day 12.00 - 2.00pm
Christmas Night 8.00pm - Midnight
Boxing Day 12.00 - 11.00pm
New Year's Eve 11.00 - 5.00pm
New Year's Eve Night  8.00pm - 12.30*

 *Tickets for New Year’s Eve night are available behind the bar £25.00 each. They include a 2-course buffet and fizz on arrival.  Limited to 75 guests - first come, first served - cash sales only.
Thanks for reading and a very Merry Christmas,`
Sean
"I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." 
- Charles Dickens.

 


September 2017

Hold the Front Page (01/09/2017 14:35:12)

August 2017

Pinner (We don't want new jobs) Association (06/08/2017 15:59:43)

June 2017

Pinner Pride (20/06/2017 17:26:11)

Father's Day 2017 (13/06/2017 19:31:10)

Election Day 8th June 2017 (02/06/2017 16:09:16)

May 2017

Let's Hear it For Archie (09/05/2017 19:18:24)

March 2017

When Everyone is Irish for the Day (11/03/2017 22:24:53)

January 2017

Love is in the air (27/01/2017 14:58:44)

November 2016

Trump, Taxes and Turning the Tables (11/11/2016 18:06:37)

September 2016

The Queen's Head in 2036 and Nigel Farage Dropping in. (22/09/2016 19:11:32)

August 2016

Win Win Win (24/08/2016 19:30:30)

July 2016

Post Brexit Pinner & Street Food (19/07/2016 19:29:32)

June 2016

Time to get smart (02/06/2016 15:19:35)

April 2016

Brexit (08/04/2016 18:22:18)

March 2016

Gin is IN (24/03/2016 18:09:18)

When Irish Eyes are smiling - Gaelic version (10/03/2016 18:48:52)

When Irish Eyes are smiling (10/03/2016 18:39:11)

February 2016

Appy hour(s) with Orderella (25/02/2016 18:21:25)

Love is in the air (10/02/2016 12:01:57)

January 2016

Greene King Beer Festival 2016 (28/01/2016 14:48:03)

Try January - Greene King exclusive Beer Festival (14/01/2016 18:46:37)

December 2015

Merry Christmas 2015 (18/12/2015 17:14:31)

October 2015

Fusing Technology with Tradition (01/10/2015 13:52:27)

August 2015

Education, Education ! Education ? (26/08/2015 19:53:27)

How close the UK came to banning booze (05/08/2015 14:54:32)

July 2015

Inspiration from Court 4 (15/07/2015 18:48:30)

The Demon Drink (06/07/2015 15:48:09)

Ghostly goings on (06/07/2015 15:47:05)

Psychic Sean predicts the future (06/07/2015 15:45:44)

The Queen's Head Manifesto (06/07/2015 15:44:24)

Reasons to be cheerful - Part 2 (06/07/2015 15:43:10)

Reasons to be cheerful (06/07/2015 15:41:54)

Welcome to the world of little Edward (06/07/2015 15:40:47)

Drinking and health (06/07/2015 15:39:05)

Christmas is coming and we can't wait (06/07/2015 15:37:48)

Calling time on poor pubs (06/07/2015 15:36:33)

Blogs, Dogs & Kids in Pubs (06/07/2015 15:35:12)

Use it or lose it (06/07/2015 15:33:11)

 

 
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