This used to be an apparently thriving student/local pub but, as it closed down over the summer, presumably it wasn't doing quite as well as it seemed!
It has now re-opened with new owners and has eventually started serving real ale and food again. However prices have increased significantly, and while they did re-introduce the excellent "Albert's pies" albeit at higher prices, a recent Friday lunchtime trip revealed that these have now been replace by a cheap commercial variety - still at the same price as Albert's pies under the previous management!
While I haven't been in the evening, the pub was almost deserted on the 2 Friday lunch times I have been. This is not altogether surprising, as prices are high for students but the current food quality isn't likely to appeal to clientele with deeper pockets.
Last night a party of eight of us went to the Gypsy Queen. I went feeling a little apprehensive due to an earlier review I had read on here.
On our arrival we found the pub to be bustling with families all enjoying Halloween with loads of children and the staff all dressed up. The pub was very smart and very clean with carpeted areas and booths for diners with even a television set into it.
On ordering our food it was brought to us quite quickly but not that quick that you thought it had been stood waiting. The food was absolutely beautiful. The steak was succulent with proper chips and a lovely accompanying sauce with peppers, onions, melted cheese and tomatoes with onion rings. Mouth watering mmmm.
The staff were attentive and checked frequently to see if everything was to our satisfaction.
Well done the Gypsy Queen, we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the lovely, friendly venue.