Near the station, this large traditional pub has just changed hands and improvements are on their way.
The peeling paintwork outside and the weeds growing out of the building don’t bode well, but inside it’s more well-kept. Plus this Enterprise-owned pub came under new management last Christmas, so improvements may be on the way.
The Queen is a big old place which is ideally situated for people coming to and from Bradford’s bus and train station, The Interchange.
It’s got a dark floor and green square tiling near the bar area. The walls are wood panelled and cream, and slightly worn-out beige and light green seating hugs the walls. There’s violet-coloured cornicing on the cream ceiling and small conical lamps on the walls.
There are also some free-standing, two-seater sofas with rounded arms for perching on and, at the back, there’s more of an eating area with tables covered by white paper tablecloths.
Flanking Bradford’s second station, it does get some passing trade. Otherwise the pub is used by theatre-goers on their way to the St George’s Concert Hall across the way.
They put on a DJ on Friday nights and are about to introduce live bands on a Saturday. As the city lacks music venues this should bring in a more diverse crowd.
The Food and Drink
Stella, Carlsberg, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Stella, Kronenbourg and Tetley’s are on draught – and you can get a jugs of Carling for £9.90. Budweiser, Beck’s, Holsten Pils, Carlsberg, Corona, Tyskie and Lech are in bottles, as well as Bulmers and Jacques ciders.
A bottle of wine is £8.50. Burgers cost £2.95 upwards and a giant Yorkshire with chilli in an east-meets-west fusion is just £2.95.
Otherwise there are jacket potatoes, sandwiches and panini (a beef and onion one for £2.50). You can get a lasagne for £6.50 and Stilton and vegetable crumble is £5.50. To end, their strawberry sponge is £2.50.
The Last Word
Although it’s not setting the world alight quite yet, the introduction of live music may shake things up here, and it’s a comfortable enough place for a bite to eat before the 13.54 to Leeds.