The actress, who played the landlady for 16 years before bowing out earlier this year, admitted that Peggy wouldn't want to work in the redesigned pub because it doesn't feel like hers anymore.
She told the Sunday Mirror: "It's not my pub anymore - it's not the way it was. Peggy wouldn't want to be in there and I wouldn't want to be in there. All those green stripes and leopard-print stools? Peggy will never pull a pint in that pub the way it looks now."
Speaking of her exit from the soap, she added: "I would have been fine if they'd killed Peggy off. I never said, 'Please keep Peggy alive'. I'm eternally grateful for the show and what it's done for me. But I genuinely thought I'd go up in flames at the Queen Vic.
"It was scary reading that script. But I didn't think Peggy deserved to burn. Everything Peggy ever did she cocked up. The kids, the Vic and she b**tered up loads of lives. She knew she had to go and I love the fact that she's out there somewhere."