Facelift for old queen’s head

Mary Queen of Scotts (Laura Alston from Greystones) at the Old Queen's Head on Pond Hill, Sheffield

Mary Queen of Scotts (Laura Alston from Greystones) at the Old Queen's Head on Pond Hill, Sheffield

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SHEFFIELD’S oldest pub, the Old Queen’s Head on Pond Hill, has been relaunched, in the presence of figures who might well have used it more than 500 years ago.

Mary Queen of Scots and her jailers the Earl of Shrewsbury and Bess of Hardwick – played by local historians – were among those who turned out to celebrate the pub’s refurbishment.

The Friends of Manor Lodge, Sheffield Castle, Wincobank and Bishop’s House gathered for an ad hoc celebration of the city’s heritage.

The pub was built around 1500 and is thought to have been used as a banqueting hall on the Earl of Shrewsbury’s estate, taking its name from Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned in Sheffield from 1570 to 1584. It was later used as a residence before becoming a pub in the late 1800s. It was given Grade II* Listed status in 1952.

Current owner Zuzana Barincova has run the Queen’s Head for five years with partner Michal Lapal. She said: “Owning such a historic building is a responsibility. It’s important to the people of the city and I was really eager to return it to its full potential.”