The Kings Head - Ivinghoe

4.5
223 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch:
Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 2.15pm

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 6.45pm - 9.30pm
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Phone number
01296 668388
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jonathon O'Keeffe
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Private Party Facilities
The Banqueting Suite is a private suite consisting of a large room with its own facilities and a separate bar.


Ideal for dinner parties, wedding breakfasts etc, and able to seat from 15 to 36 guests on one table or up to 40 guests on separate tables, this elegant room is the perfect setting for every occasion.


For meetings, conferences and seminars the seating can be arranged theatre style for up to 40 guests or conference style for up to 32 guests and the smaller boardroom for up to 10 guests.


With many years experience planning and organising large dinner parties and weddings we are most happy to do as much or as little as you wish. Menu printing, place cards, flowers, celebration cakes, entertainers, transport can all be arranged.


Delegate packages can be tailored to suit your individual requirements and a full range of audiovisual equipment and secretarial services are available on request.
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Private Party Contact
The King's Head - Ivinghoe: 01296 668388
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Parking Details
Entrance opposite church
Also street parking at restaurant front
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 223 People Are Saying
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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DW
Berkshire
17 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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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JR
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, celebrating anniversary. Very good value and choices from lunchtime menu varied. Staff attentive without being too intrusive. Some of the guests had been before to Kings Head before and those that had not were impressed and will return.

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F
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and exceptional service. The Aylesbury duck is incredible! Perfect for a special occasion.

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RM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, impeccably presented food by courteous waiting staff.
Maitre'd a delight.
Comfy cosy bars to peruse the menu before entering the dinning room.
Great meal, will return soon.

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n
London
67 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very high quality food although seemed short staffed at times (took 15mins to find someone to ask for bill). Also not a very child friendly place. Nonetheless very high standard food compensates and we will return for another time but without children!

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JM
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful, couldn’t fault the beef, service was excellent

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AS
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time to this restaurant. Overall lovely place, food very good but small portions. The scallops to start were over cooked and only warm. Duck as main course was for two and delicious. Desert was upside down pineapple, which was not upside down and a small slice cooked in liquor.
Ambience good but attention to clients needs lacking as there are insufficient staff and they are active on new arrivals all the time. Once you have ordered it became difficult to attract attention.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely as always. Expensive but worth it for a special occasion

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, food amazing. Presentation fantastic.
For a special occasion I would dine here every time. Lunch time menu is not expensive for the dining experience!

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SL
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food. However the portions were small & I would have like to of have the choice to had vegetables. I had the most delicious steak but it had NO vegetable accompaniment & 3 teaspoonfuls on mash.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wondereful Roast Beef lunch enjoyed by all 6 of us.
Friendly but unobtrusive service by all staff, no complaints.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday Roast lunch, other food was delicious and really classy / quaint surroundings.

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f
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I had booked a table to celebrate my sister’s birthday. We arrived at 7.15pm (after a 40 minute drive) and were shown in to the bar for drinks. The drinks were slow to arrive and even though we weren’t shown through to have our starters until 9pm we were not offered a second drink. The food as ever was up to its usual high standards and was delicious but the service was very patchy. They seemed generally short staffed. Drinks were not replenished and there were lengthy gaps between courses which I am sad to say did have an effect on our overall enjoyment of our evening.

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N
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the 7 course tasting menu. Some wonderful tasting food but no where near enough. This is the first tasting menu I’ve had where I genuinely had to go home to eat something more due to hunger. The food is tasty and very well presented but unfortunately the menu is a little dated. Would I recommend it, yes, but not unless each course doubled in size or the price halved (£63 pp at the moment without drinks). It would also suit those who enjoyed fine dining from the 80’s rather than those who prefer modern cuisine.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Kings Head was recommended by the owners of the Chiltern Yurt Retreat, where my partner and I were staying during the week, and it was absolutely lovely. The service was superb, especially from the Maitre D', who was attentive and thoughtful throughout.

The food was incredible - we had the Aylesbury duck to share for our main course, with pumpkin soup and scallops for starter and a tarte tatin to share for dessert. We were absolutely stuffed by the end, too - no scrimping on the quantity despite the very high quality.

Price-wise, it's not the cheapest - but for a special occasion (and an Olde England vibe) we would highly recommend the Kings Head.

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RP
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual the food was excellent - the Buccleugh beef especially. Not a wide enough range available (no rare - medium rare was the best they could offer). Service was busy so wasn't too upset when (after finishing a bottle of wine between 4) I enquired if wine was available by the glass. The next thing a glass of something (Merlot?) was plonked in front of me. I could see the waiters were busy so didn't make a fuss in front of friends and none of them actually wanted any more. Still it would have been nice to have been offered a selection and enquiry made as to how many glasses were wanted.

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PW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to The Kings Head many times before & enjoyed the whole experience, this time was no different.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited for my mother’s birthday. As it was a Sunday we had the set lunch which was excellent as was the service. When choosing wine we were directed to the house wine which was appreciated and perfectly nice. I would definitely return.

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A
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasure to eat lovely food in cal and elegant surroundings

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F
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The day we became engaged in 1962 we celebrated at the kings head. We still go on special occasion. X

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal , friendly,attentive service.
Retains consistent high standard.

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was really good, and although the service was courteous, the delivery wasn't very timely - table booked for 13:15 - starter arrived at 14:30! Each course took a further 30-40 mins.

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OT
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cosy food was delish staff very attentive.
Definitely recommend to family and friends.

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L
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We celebrate my birthday as a family every year the occasion is enjoyed by everybody every year ... it never disappoints

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C
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely experience just the place for a special occasion in the evening and friends getogether at lunchtime. George always makes you feel special and the staff are very pleasant and you can have a good laugh with them aswell. Definitely a place I would recommend.

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JG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening with my partner. Nice food, atmosphere and just an overall great time.

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FR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a very disappointing experience on Saturday, 23rd Sept. There was no-one around to welcome us when we arrived for our dinner booking. We had to wait 20 mins to be served a pre-dinner drink. Other diners who had arrived before us were also waiting to be served their drinks. The amuse-bouche and the menus took another 20 mins to arrive. By this stage, given the extremely poor service, we were very worried that the evening was not going to be a success. We spoke with the head waiter who apologised and told us that the restaurant was severely understaffed that evening with only 3 people waiting (on a busy Saturday night!). As this didn't sound like a recipe for an enjoyable evening we left the restaurant in order to dine elsewhere.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late Summer Menu was out of this world!

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CJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food . Ambience very relaxing . Service very good . Music was really quite and enjoyed in the back ground . I definitely would return.

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