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Our Story

The Queen's Head's journey

From humble beginnings to village treasure

One of three pubs originally in the village, the Queen's Head is the only one that has stood the test of time.

Originally a wheelwright’s cottage which serviced the huge amount of local quarrying that was going on at the time, the building was converted into a pub in the middle of the 19th century. Having been through numerous and varied ownership in its time, it’s now under the careful stewardship of ourselves which we hope will write the next chapter in its history.

Timeline

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1580

Early records of Glanwydden

The earliest record of the village date from a royal charter granted in 1580 by the Wynne family, for the construction of a windmill and storage house. The mill which stands next door to the pub, fell into disuse in the late industrial era, when steam powered mills in Manchester and Liverpool superseded most wind powered flour production. Local stories say the sails for the mill fell off during the later days of the first world war killing a pig. The mill was then plundered for its stone for local buildings. Only the base part of the mill remained and was used as a sheep fold by local farmers. In the 1980s the Windmill way sympathetically restored and is now a family home. There is still evidence of its working past in the gardens of the house with three large pieces of mill stone uncovered and on display.

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19th Century

Glanwydden village

Glanwydden remained largely agricultural until the arrival of large-scale quarrying, the village being surrounded by several limestone outcrops including the Great and Little Ormes, which were quarried heavily and their stone became central in the construction of much of Llandudno, Penrhyn Bay and surrounding villages in the 18th & 19th century. With the added advantage of sitting on the main route from Llandudno to Chester meant Glanwydden enjoyed somewhat of a boom. At the time it had three pubs; The Queen’s Head, The Sun and The King’s Head. The village would have been far more self sufficient in those days with bakery opposite (presumably with such close proximity to the mill), a dairy that was opposite the pub (now demolished), and the pubs itself starting life as a wheelwright’s cottage.

For a period in its life Glanwydden was a gated village that was closed off to “outsiders” at certain times of the day and only the residents were allowed in.

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1850-1970

The Queen's Head was born

The pub started life as a pub in the mid 19th century at that point no doubt operated to serve labourers of surrounding farms and quarries.

The pub went through various ownerships in its long history. In the 1970s it was owned by Ansells brewery which went on to merge with Ind Coope and Tetley Walker to become the brewing giant that was Allied Breweries.

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1970

Changing of hands

The pub is owned by Mostyn Estate and was taken on by Ansells Brewery in 1970 on a 30 year lease. The pub has had a number of licensees over the years, each bringing their own unique personality and style to the place.


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1980s

A step in the right direction

In the 1970s and 80s the pub was a lively Welsh drinking pub that served lunches and a few “specials” depending on what the previous landlord fancied making on the day! Proprietors Rob and Sally Cureton took over in 1982 knowing they wanted to take it in a new food direction. However, coming from a fine dining background and large industrial kitchens, it was a challenge when they were faced with no gas, 4 electric hobs and an electric grill…thank goodness for microwaves! The kitchen remained this way for 10 years until the pub was renovated. From there the old place has never looked back, people would come from near and far to dine.

Plenty of interesting people have visited the Queen’s Head over the years, however the most notable would have to be Emperor Akihito of Japan who came to visit. Back in 1982 (when he was a Royal Prince), he was in the area staying in Bodysgallen Hall and wished to frequent “a traditional Welsh pub and have a pint of beer” so the Queen’s Head was the obvious choice!

In our lower car park you can still see the remains of some stables and outbuildings from when ‘Bessie’s’ riding stable resided there in the 1980s which was a popular choice with local and visiting horse riders.

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2018

Stange took over the reins

We took on the pub in 2018 and have made some considerable yet sympathetic improvements during our tenure including a full refurbishment of the existing pub as well as building a new garden room extension and a large commercial kitchen. The refurbishment allowed us to open up the pub creating a much brighter, lighter and airier space for our customers to enjoy and the extension allows us to be able to offer more people to dine with us.

We have very much carried on the Queen's Head tradition of quality fresh local food served with good quality local ales and fine wines, which we feel should stand us in good stead for many years to come…

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Stange & Co. Ltd
Registered Office: 19 Trinity Square,
Llandudno, LL30 2RD
Company registered number: 639690
VAT number: 160 2262 07

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