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There are a number of pubs in the Branch area which prompt the reaction "In the right hands, that could be really good". It's always a pleasure therefore to see potential being fulfilled and such is the case at The Queens Head Harston.

Neil Clemence and Michelle Hoyland took over the pub last July. Although this is their first pub, they have plenty of experience in the trade, most recently at The Navigator down the road in Little Shelford. Their first priority on arrival was to give the place a deep clean then to redecorate the public and rearrange the lounge. They reckon to be 75% of the way there, with the garden next to be sorted, including creation of a patio at the front.

The public bar here is a particular delight. It has an attractive patterned tiled floor and a pleasantly motley selection of furniture, including bench seats. The colour scheme of carmine and cream will please fans of the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The overall effect is simple but elegant. The smart lounge is more food-oriented and features lots of cosy dark wood. It's also no-smoking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On the beer front, Greene King IPA and Abbot are joined by a changing guest from the GK range - an excellent drop of Tanners Jack on recent visits.

Food is all home-cooked and freshly prepared with daily and weekly specials. The chef was previously at The King William IV, Heydon, so came with a top pedigree. Meals are available every session except Sunday evening.

Petanque is played and there is active participation in the local crib league. Live music is a likely future development.

Neil and Michelle say that their main aim is to create a pub atmosphere where people can feel relaxed and enjoy the good things of life - beer, food and conversation. All the evidence suggests they're done just that.


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