The Queen is not your standard Best Western. Built in 1860 to serve first class passengers using the adjacent railway, the hotel still has many of the original features and a whole lot more besides….
From the moment you enter through the revolving door, you realise you are somewhere different….
I was proudly given all the historical details by the lovely receptionist who clearly was enthusiastic about working there.
As well as much of the original fittings, the hotel was stuffed full of memorabilia – it was like an extremely wealthy mad aunt had decided to go on a world trip and had every object she took a liking to on her travels shipped back and plonked somewhere within the building!
The rooms were not too shabby either, although after five pints of Cheshire Cat I would have slept pretty much anywhere!
Apparently the town crier pub just over the road from the Queen was once the hotel where the 2nd & 3rd class passengers stayed……