I'm a freelance writer and meditation teacher living in Frome, Somerset
Published December 4th 2021
Middle Eastern tapas to delight
Queen of Cups is a lovely pub down a side street in Glastonbury that takes quality West Country produce and turns it into modern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. A friendly and welcoming staff took us to our table and explained the menu of small dishes.
We have had a rather transcendental experience with Labneh bought from the Earth Fare supermarket but haven't been able to always find it there, so it's something we always order. Served here with candied fennel chutney and preserved orange, it was beautiful and a nice dip but not the mystical experience we were hoping for.
I was intrigued by Frenah bread and our waiter was effusive about how he had fallen in love with the bread for the first time. It was fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside but maybe a bit too stodgy for me.
I realise this review is a bit underwhelming so far but I have to say that we loved the food here and would go back in a shot, so this is where it gets good!
So the aubergine and pomegranate baba ganoush is honestly one of the best things I think I've ever eaten. It is certainly the best baba ganoush and I like to think I've had some good ones. I started making my own last year and quite enjoyed the process but it was nowhere near this! The smokiness along with the pop of the sweet pomegranate seeds makes for something truly sublime.
We also love spuds and crispy heritage potatoes with confit garlic and fresh za'atar were too much to turn down. They were probably a bit too much though actually and we ended up taking most of them home with us!
Grilled Nablusi Cheese with Persian black lemon honey and oregano was impossible not to order and was an indulgent delight. We heard the story about this cheese which is made by a couple of Syrian refugees living in England who were unable to get jobs in their usual line of work and turned to recipes that they knew and produced something quite special.
It's a bit like a less salty halloumi, it still has that slightly rubbery texture but holds itself well and was amazing swimming in the sweet honey.
So in a meal of sublime dishes I've saved maybe the best for last. The Laverbread falafel with sumac, fennel and tahini was unbelievable. Crispy on the outside but so soft on the inside. I asked how they did it and our waiter was as amazed as I was about their techniques! A shame there were only 3 but I guess next time we'll order two portions!
Overall, some absolutely outstanding dishes here and in a friendly and welcoming environment, it's definitely the best food I've had in Glastonbury and to be honest it is up there with anywhere I've been.