The Kings Head - Ivinghoe

4.5
252 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£41 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
The Kings Head is an ivy clad 17th century building
situated opposite the church and village green in the heart of the picturesque village of Ivinghoe that lies on the Beds, Bucks and Herts borders.

An appealing mix of oak beams, log fires, antique
furniture and fresh flowers sets the scene in the bars, fine dining restaurant, coffee lounge and
Banqueting Suite where the marks of history
are firmly stamped.

Whether a romantic evening or a friendly gathering, dine in style. Cuisine is classic with a delicately contemporary twist. The dining room comfortable seats 60 in comfort and offers an a la carte menu at luncheon and dinner, additionally the Bon Appetit menu at luncheon (Monday to Saturday only) offers exceptional value.

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Thu 7:00PM - 7:45PM

What 252 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
SS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Average food and a bit poor service. Used to be outstanding.

Report
Helpful
MF
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and outstanding cuisine that has maintained the same high standard over many years.
Good variety of menu options and the same resident chef.

Report
Helpful
EA
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant experience. Food was amazing and service was brilliant. A really different eating experience and a lovely setting. Highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
RC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

For many years this has been my favourite restaurant. Under the management of Monsieur George it is just what a restaurant should be. Wonderful food and ambiance. The only occasional let-down is the service. This time one excellent waiter another not so good but M George is always there to see that one is being looked after. It is not cheap but well worth it for a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
C
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed. I had the pork. Although tasty, the pork skin should always be rendered and crackling served with it. Neither was done. The meal was tiny!! Not worth the money at all. Same with puddings. The brûlée was served in such a shallow dish, a few mouthfuls and it was gone. Found the staff not overly friendly Or warm and we waited far too long for our dessert menus. The place is tired and toilets can do with being updated. All in all not great especially for the money we spent!

Report
Helpful
C
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a very nice place to go to celebrate or just for lunch with your other half. Always made welcome by George's and the reception ladies x

Report
Helpful
j
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for Sunday lunch. Very good food and excellent service

Report
Helpful
j
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

excellent food and service and not to pricey for the standard they set,

Report
Helpful
EG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, excellent service and a great atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
FQ
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We live locally and we had our wedding reception here a long time ago. The food is also amazing and this visit didn't disappoint. The service was also very good, although one thing really struck home for us. We had two Romanian waiters. It was clear they felt they were just there to deliver great service and not to interact with the customers too much. Maybe previous customers had meant they had become this way, but we felt they were not really encouraged to interact or to chat. They were both very friendly and had a lot to say once we asked them some questions about their home towns etc. We felt that this personal touch, where they could engage and be part of the ambience, would make a difference. Let me stress, I don't think it was their fault, I just think that maybe they were 'trained' to just get on with it. When we were talking to them, they were looking to make sure they weren't being caught out talking to customers. The inclusion of staff in the business and therefore restaurant environment is important. If this was changed slightly, we would feel more at home and able to enjoy our meal without worrying about them. Thank you for a lovely meal.

Report
Helpful
ST
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A very relaxed and comfortable dining experience. Perfect for Boxing Day.

Report
Helpful
AT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turns a meal into an occasion, a real treat. The ‘noise’ level rating through me a little.....quiet says ‘no atmosphere ‘......moderate ‘can be taken the wrong way’!!........Let’s just say there is a very pleasant ‘hub-bub ‘.......lots of soft furnishings absorb the ‘clatter’ normally associated with modern restaurants.....A super dining experience all around.....

Report
Helpful
L
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely pre- Yuletide lunch thank you all; my family and I always chose to celebrate with you and thoroughly enjoy every moment

Report
Helpful
GH
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You Don't mention Dinner ? It's great for dinner too. Food and service are A1.

Report
Helpful
KV
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been coming to the Kings Head for over 30 years and just can’t fault it. It is old fashioned, but it’s the unchanging nature that adds to this place feeling so special. The food is just fantastic and good value. We had the festive menu and all had the turkey which was fantastic. The homemade bread and butter is always a treat.

Report
Helpful
C
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't go here often, but when we do we wonder why we don't go more often.

Report
Helpful
SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service fantastic Sunday linch

Report
Helpful
e
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and top notch service. This is run by an amazing man who puts his customers at ease and is a true professional. He runs a fantastic operation in this beautiful restaurant. The food is superb quality.

Report
Helpful
MB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent evening, excellent food. The add minor waiting mistake which actually added to our enjoyment.

Report
Helpful
AE
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall quite good but the initial welcome was bad. The food was OK though the pheasant was cold. The sweet order was wrong and the cutlery not fully cleaned. Ambience was good; just about worth another visit, though a warmer welcome would be nice.

Report
Helpful
d
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent restaurant set below Ivinghoe Beacon where the food is of the highest quality, nearly all locally sourced and where the breads and even the butter are made in house. The set menu is exceptional value

Report
Helpful
k
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for a special anniversary and birthday, having previously visited quite a few years ago.
We pre-ordered the duck...and it was absolutely amazing - only down-side, we were so full we couldn't finish it. Food, service and overall experience was very special. Would go back again..!

Report
Helpful
AG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always, eating here is an experience not to be rushed. The lunch menu was very good and the flambed tart tatin was a memorable way to finish lunch. I look forward to the next visit!

Report
Helpful
PM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Booked table for 7.30 starters 8.50 main coarse 9.25 desert 9.55.
Costly for very poor service would not recommend it .
Other elderly patrons were waiting so long they paid for starters & left.

Report
Helpful
PM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Visited The King's Head for Sunday lunch and whilst the food was very good we were disappointed with the service. Due to the limited number of staff we had to ask for our starters having waited 45 minutes after being informed that our table was ready and it took over four hours to complete Sunday lunch. Of course this may not be a problem for a 'leisurely lunch' but we along with other guests were disappointed in the length of time the meal took. We had sympathy with our waitress who was rushed off her feet - but the restaurant needs to employ more staff to provide the service the high quality food deserves.

Report
Helpful
ET
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic lunch, service and ambiance.
Just a lovely experience.

Report
Helpful
a
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great restaurant. Fabulous food.
My only criticism is that it was so quiet- we were a large group and at times felt we needed to whisper.

Report
Helpful
JH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful time, spent in a relaxing atmosphere where nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended is an understatement. I will be back, many times more. Thank you.

Report
Helpful
m
London
65 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We visited for the first time and were initially seated in a salon near the bar to enjoy a drink and some free canapés. The whole restaurant is very old fashioned and there is not much atmosphere, no music etc. The service is efficient but I would say a bit clumsy. The food is lovely and the portions are big, especially the Aylesbury duck which would probably easily feed 4! I would recommend for the food but not too sure about the atmosphere and service which we found a bit odd...

Report
Helpful
GW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and very friendly and good service.
The food was both well prepared and presented and everything suited this special occasion. All my guests were very complimentary with the choice of venue and the menu.

Report
Helpful
RD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

food was lush!
Service was shocking. Left for 20mins without a drink when seated at table. Was told by member of staff “we are very busy”
Very long wait between courses.
In the end left without having dessert.

Report
Helpful
SL
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location, exceptional service, very good food. A wonderful experience for a special day. Would definitely return and would recommend.

Report
Helpful
DH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The opportunity to eat at The King's Head came as the result of a family gift
The occsaion was much enjoyed, the meal excellet and the whole was a pleasant and much enjoyed expereince

Report
Helpful
DW
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely old building housing a very relaxed restaurant.pre meal drink in the bar with nibbles before being shown to your table.The food is beautifully presented and tastes superb.We opted for the 3 course lunch which at £26 per person is excellent value.Have been 4 times now and have already booked to go again.

Report
Helpful
VB
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. Went for our wedding anniversary having been recommended by several family and friends. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by George, truly the most exceptional host.

The food was superb and the service very attentive. We shall definitely be returning. Thankyou so much for a wonderful meal

Report
Helpful
PB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just our favourite restaurant and one we always enjoying back to. Relaxed atmosphere and great staff

Report
Helpful
O
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow. We were forgotten and overlooked twice. Duck was nice when it finally came.

Report
Helpful
AK
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visting here is a very special experience. We had a meal for two to celebrate our 15th Wedding anniversary, having been on a couple of special occassions previously. As before the service is excellent, unhurried and very special. We started with drinks in the private bar, with plenty of time to choose from the menu and select from the comprehensive wine list.

We ate the Aylesbury Duck which is the restaurant speciality. It is carved and served in front of you. The waitress was very curteous and attended to anything we needed. The delicious meal was completed by taking coffee in the lounge, served with petit four.

Report
Helpful
G
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

from the moment we arrived to when we left everything was first class. A very enjoyable eveing

Report
Helpful
KH
Buckinghamshire
19 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not eaten here for many years but from start to finish everything was excellent. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was absolutely delicious. A lovely old restaurant and setting. Will be back soon

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
7