A good gastro pub, dating from the 1880's and named after Queen Victoria. Expect open planning, high ceilings and red leather banquette seating.
They offer breakfast at the weekends with dishes ranging from Pastries through Buttermilk Pancakrs to Kippers and full English Breakfast.
While lunch and dinner starters such as 'Wild Mushrooms on Toast with Shallot Rings & Madeira Cream Sauce'; 'Hot Smoked Salmon (served cold) with Pickled Cucumbers, Dill Butter Sauce & Brown Bread'; 'Dorset Crab Cake with Tarragon Hollandaise' and 'Terrine of Gressingham Duck with Spiced Pear Chutney & Granary Toast' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Grilled Summer Vegetables & Goats Cheese with Confit Garlic & Soft Herbs'; 'Fillet of Hake with Smoked Garlic Mash & Tomato, Lemon & Herb Dressing'; 'Boiled Ham with Mash & Parsley Sauce' and 'Braised Shoulder of Herdwick Lamb with Minted Ratte Potatoes with Anchovy & Parsley Jus'.
They also have a Rotisserie - on display - offering rare-breed meats, poultry & seasonal game.
Finish with 'Apple & Blueberry Crumble with Custard'; 'Lemon & Thyme Cheesecake with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'White & Dark Chocolate Mousse with Marinated English Cherries' or their selection of British & French Artisan Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30 (12.00-22.00 Sat); mains £9 to £14; set L Sun £14.95
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-22.00; mains £9 to £14
- Seats: 60, plus 16 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, kicking off at £16
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, plus Children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Mile End or Bethnal Green Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Outside eating