The Kings Head - Ivinghoe

4.7
393 reviews
£41 and over
British
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 393 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful roast duck in a unique environment and great service. A real treat!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable experience and beautiful meal will come again

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Rupert1
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent return to eating out, highly recommended.

TD
TraceyD
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to eat, and the lunch menu is fantastic with some lovely choices. I have no fault to make at all.

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Nikko
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a traditional restaurant with a long history. It specializes in roast Aylesbury duck and the Tarte Tatum with calvados was lovely.

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, the right size portions, and excellent service

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Theo
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

All very nice food was good wasn’t expecting to listen to a baby crying all through lunch when l mentioned it to the lady on paying the bill she said it was a on line booking for three and didn’t no a child was coming maybe they should say adults .only as it’s not nice for everyone else we go out to get away from young children things aren’t as good as they were hopefully they will get better as I’ve going to the kings head for the last 35 years and will hopefully come for another 35 years

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Grandis
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed dining here from the moment we were safely welcomed to when we left. Staff were attentive, friendly and professional. There was great attention to detail including the safety aspects in the present climate. It was pleasant to be able to have a drink in the designated bat whilst browsing the menus. There was ample choice on their Christmas menu as well as the a la carte options on another ( most of which carried a supplement) Tables in the dining room were well spaced.
Fresh warm bread was excellent and when dishes appeared they were served on hot plates, well presented and very tasty. Staff ensured we were happy and wanted for nothing. Time between courses was well judged. All in all a very good experience and we would highly recommend a visit.

JD
JulieD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food. Our first visit to The Kings Head, but we will certainly return.

KL
KayL
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. A real dining experience. Fantastic service makes you feel really special.

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Caryl
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful evening. It must be such a difficult time for all there but they were so welcoming and friendly. The food was super- especially the fabulous Aylesbury duck. As soon as they are open again we’ll most definitely try to be there.

MO
vipMauriceO
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An excellent lunch, as always. Friendly, good food and drink. A favourite restaurant that doesn’t let us down,

JB
JaneyB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for a special occasion! We'll return.

NW
NeilW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great to see George at the helm.
Food up to their high standards, my kids loved the roast beef.
Service spot on.

TR
TRACYB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond to accommodate us under difficult
circumstances

SR
StewartR
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitors very impressed with the whole set up from entering cloak facilities bar menu was varied the cooking and flavours wonderful I recommend the Duck the service was attentive it’s an experience we will be repeating as soon as the current situation allows thank you for a lovely lunch experience Stewart Ritchie Stoke Mandeville

CP
CharlesP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Reserve the duck!! Great restaurant, can’t recommend it enough.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. The staff were fantastic and we had a wonderful time.

J
Joyful
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is so good that we went to dine there twice last week! There is nothing to fault about this restaurant, it is perfect and so glad we did go last week because it is going to be a while before we are allowed to go again but we will be one of the first people to book when it re-opens.

AB
vipAlexanderB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - and very nice to have managed to go before lockdown comes back!

CL
ChrisL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It’s nice food, but not for young people. It’s dated decor. But glad we went

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s 40ty birthday

CB
CharlotteB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, well balanced between attentive and discrete, making you feel well looked after. Food is excellent and extremely good quality, from the bread to the desserts, all with a fine attention to detail and just the right portion size. So delicious, all our plates were completely cleaned. Compliments to the Chef indeed, but all staff helped to create a great service all round. Highly recommended.

AM
AudreyM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely lovely meal, food experience and ambience.
Customer service amazing.
The evening was thoroughly enjoyable.
Will definitely visit again for a special celebration meal.

SB
SuzieB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is a must for a special occasion, as it offers a superb dining experience.
From drinks in the bar to being shown to your table the service is excellent, and the food does not disappoint.
I would thoroughly recommend it.

EB
EarlyBird
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

I'm afraid that we had some awful service issues that are echoed by the other poor reviews of this restaurant, often from people who have been visiting for many years.

This experience was our first and I can honestly say that I have never been treated so badly as a customer, in any establishment, anywhere. To be made to feel like an inconvenience, for arriving at 11:45 for our booked table at 12:00, just seemed strange. Combined with us being rushed through our meal and then again reminded of our early arrival, was totally at odds with what we were hoping for and expecting. I suspect, given the other poor reviews, that this restaurant somehow feels exempt from poor service and that they are "above" all of that. But unfortunately, or fortunately, there are many other nice reastaurants for us to attend where we are both welcome, and welcomed.

DB
DavidB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another faultless lunch in a covid safe environment, nice to see the staff wearing just face masks and not the cumbersome visors. A limited menu but interesting and perfectly presented by attentive staff.

DH
DebandHolly
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a while since we ate at the Kings Head, we definitely won't leave it so long before we go back. Fabulous food - delicious and beautifully plated. Warm hospitality, lovely atmosphere (only the soft sound of conversations here and there. No noise, no music (or muzak!). We had the lunch menu, which, in addition to being divine, was really good value. We've already booked to go back in a couple of weeks time...

JL
JanL
Bedfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here numerous times and it never disappoints. Delicious meal along with excellent service at a reasonable price.

ML
MartynL
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kings Head always sets an amazingly high standard of service and cuisine served in a wonderful atmosphere

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed Saturday lunch here. They have a two tier menu in terms of cost (but not at the expense of quality) which is helpful and although it’s a pub it’s not really! The atmosphere is formal in an good way - old school and they have preserved many of the great touches of what it was like to dine back in the day (dress smart, have drinks first in a separate room, attention to detail service, etc). Would definitely go back again and locally it has a top reputation.

DL
DavidL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. Scallops particularly.

AM
AlexM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s perfect , my wife and will definitely visit again 😍

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hertsfoodie
London
18 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our second visit to this delightful restaurant in the country that has great atmosphere and superb food that doesn't disappoint, all at reasonable prices. Well worth the trip there.

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Speedbird
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

An average experience compared to what we have experienced over the years.

GW
GaryW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, good service, good value equals, good times!

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Budge
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to KH for over 40 years and it quality in all aspects has never wavered. It is exceptional in every way
Budge Rogers

TH
TeresaH
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loverly meal and service in nice restaurant settings

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Rupert1
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional silver service restaurant.

JG
JanGD
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff. Excellent Aylesbury duck. It was a special evening before my partner had to fly back to the States.

FAQs

The Kings Head - Ivinghoe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01296 668388.

The Kings Head - Ivinghoe is rated 4.7 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.