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The Kings Head - Ivinghoe

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204 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Worth the Drive
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

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What 204 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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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3.0Dined on 12 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Pleasure to eat lovely food in cal and elegant surroundings

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5.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on 7 January 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 3 January 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 30 December 2017

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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4.0Dined on 9 December 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 26 November 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

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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5.0Dined on 20 October 2017

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

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1.0Dined on 23 September 2017

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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5.0Dined on 15 September 2017

Late Summer Menu was out of this world!

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5.0Dined on 13 September 2017

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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5.0Dined on 3 September 2017

Birthday celebration

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5.0Dined on 29 August 2017

Fabulous dinner in lovely surrounding. Cosy ambient dining room. Food presented well and equally delicious.

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5.0Dined on 26 August 2017

We have been to the Kings Head a few times before and always found it a very special place to enjoy the ambience, the food and wine and the service. As always, the food was very good and cooked to perfection and very enjoyable to eat. This time we had the beef and the fish.

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5.0Dined on 24 August 2017

The Kings Head has been fine dining top drawer for years and owner Georges is a legend. As with all such places the odd glitch does occur but not if Georges is around!
A great place for a special occasion - do go for the roast duck if you have a good appetite. Or, if not, they will package the remains in a posh box to take home with you.

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5.0Dined on 24 August 2017

We have been visiting this restaurant for many years and the service is always impeccable and food excellent. This visit was no exception; the two fish dishes I had were some of the best - a beautifully cooked smoked haddock risotto with curry sauce for starters and, for a main course hake with toasted cauliflower and nuts in a delicate creamy sauce - a really well balanced and delicious dish.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2017

Excellent as ever, the Aylesbury Duck is without question the best I have ever had, and I think would be tough to beat anywhere else. It must be tried!

The antmosphere can often be a little quiet in the Kings head, however the building is beautiful and service friendly. It is an excellent choice for a special occasion or those in need of being well fed. It is impossible to walk out of the Kings head left wanting more.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2017

We have been visiting the Kings Head for years. The food is excellent, the staff are brilliant and Monsieur Georges is incomparable. We always get a warm welcome

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2017

Another delicious meal at my favourite restaurant; just managed to book the penultimate night for 'A taste of summer' menu. After a glass of Bellini served with cream cheese and red onion canapes the meal started with a warm salad of marinaded vegetables with Chorizo and mozzarella. Main course of sirloin steak with caramelised onion and thyme, horseradish mash, charred gem lettuce and tarragon jus was followed by dessert of chilled soup of summer berries with ginger icecream and shortbread. The meal finished with coffee and petit fours in the lounge. Amazing flavours and combinations. Always a lovely atmosphere and attentive staff though this time a slightly long wait for dessert.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2017

A restaurant trip for me is all about the food, and once again the King's Head provided an exquisite meal. The chef is brilliant!

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2017

All very nice - the resturant was very busy and we did have some difficulties in herding each other. Otherwise good

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3.0Dined on 15 July 2017

I used to eat at the Kings Head many years ago with clients and under George's tutorlage the service was fantastic.

The head waiter was very good but entrenched in dealing with a large party. We asked for mustard 3 times from a guy with what appeared to be a black eye. We finally received it but just felt overlooked as we were not spending as much as others.

The bar area was stacked with dirty glasses and we were advised not to go and sit in there for this reason but it was very busy and we wanted peace and quiet as it was my Mums Birthday.

I don't feel that I would be in any rush to go back.

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2017

We had the summer menu at £28.00 which was very good, and included an excellent Bellini. Only minor comment was coffee, which was not great, in those tiny cups and cost £4.50 per person. This was not rather overpriced.

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3.0Dined on 5 July 2017

The food was lovely. The ever gracious George was welcoming and thoughtful, his waiting staff however were slow and cold almost to the point of rudeness .

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2.0Dined on 27 June 2017

A pretentious venue which tries and fails to be a fine dining restaurant. The 5 course tasting menu, which for some reason had 2 puddings, had miniscule portions (one expects small, but not this small) and it took over 2 hours to be served. Limited range of wines by the glass.

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4.0Dined on 25 June 2017

Excellent food and service. We had the menu with Aylesbury duck. All of the dishes were delicious.

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3.0Dined on 25 June 2017

We went for the Aylesbury duck and weren't disappointed - perfectly cooked and delicious, although the portions tend to be overgenerous. Desserts were rather disappointing.

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3.0Dined on 24 June 2017

Disappointed overall , the service was not friendly or welcoming The waiter did not explain any of the dishes to us which is what we would normally expect for a tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2017

Known for the duck and did not disappoint, wow the food is amazing 10/10 for everything

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2017

Our first visit to this lovely restaurant and it did not disappoint. Lovely lounge to enjoy pre-dinner drinks whilst you peruse the menu. Hubby ordered Belly of Pork for starter I had the scallop, we always try each others both were delicious. We had Aylesbury Duck for our mains, cooked to perfection on each course presentation and quality of the cooked dishes were excellent. Ambience was perfect, service was given with consideration and professionalism.
We just had 2 courses, no room , for dessert! It's not every day dining, it's special occasion, and well worth the money.
Thank you for a lovely memorable evening.

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