Contributed by simon on March 24, 2017
During the 1980s the landlord of the Queen's Head was George The Pole... and yes he was Polish.
The Countess Wolozynski
Contributed by fergy_guitar on June 26, 2020
I moved to London in 1988 and a workmate took me to the Queen's Head and introduced me to George the Pole and his wife, Eileen.
George was indeed Polish aristocracy, or at least he would have been if his family had not had to flee in the 1905-1907 revolution, and he was the current Count Worzinsky (sp?)[Editor's note: the correct spelling is Wolozynski. Information from Leigh Lysette Dixon, George's granddaughter, 10 Aug 2021]. Eileen was actually a Londoner from the southwest of the city somewhere and I have a vague recollection of her telling me her father had been a policeman.
They were both lovely people and I remember it being the first place I had ever seen cherry vodka - he even had it on the optic. Eileen loved lots of jewellery and I am not being unkind when I say she had a collection of the most 'interesting' wigs.
George did not seem to pay much attention to trivialities like licensing hours but it probably didn't matter as half his clientele appeared to be police detectives. He died about 1989 or 1990 and Eileen ran it alone for a while but eventually it was too much and she sold it. I have no idea where she went.
Katy (?) of the Queen's Head
Contributed by david2 on Aug. 14, 2019
A neighbour - and former colleague - would go into the Queen's Head on Fieldgate Street. He said that the landlady claimed to be a Polish Countess... was she 'Katy' and married to George the Pole? (see above) I read this: '...the Queen’s Head, one of those pubs bigger on the inside than the outside, and so convenient I hear you say. Katy, is that what she was called? She runs a tight ship, the dossers are allowed in when they have money in their pockets. Piss away your last penny but don’t you dare start your singing, or George will have you outside on your arse before the end of the first verse of Kevin Barry...'1