The King's Head Inn

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The King’s Head Inn is a privately-owned Cotswolds inn and dates back to the 16th century when it was originally built as a cider house. Owners, Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing, have devoted an extraordinary amount of time and energy to restoring and improving this beautiful pub over the past 12 years. Open fires welcome you in the winter and in the spring and summer the gloriously picturesque village green with the brook running through it and the ducks and bantams wandering freely around creates an idyllic setting for the Inn. The King’s Head Inn is a great place for a relaxing drink or delicious food and with its twelve attractive bedrooms also makes it an excellent place to stay if you are looking for the finest Cotswold Bed and Breakfast. We feature in the Michelin Pub Guide, The Good Food Guide and are on the front cover of The Good Pub Guide 2012.
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w
Birmingham
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to have Sunday lunch here. Excellent roast beef. Some very well priced interesting red wines available

SM
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good roast and outside play area was very handy for kids. Service a bit slow after the main.

LS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First visit and will definitely go again. The food was really good and atmosphere very relaxed

DK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and great food. The deviled lambs kidneys were delicious. The beer is also very good.

AP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some parts of the dishes were delicious, some tasteless.
Delicious scotch egg surrounded by very watery and unseasoned lentils. Meat board OK, but not generous enough.
Fantastic duo of lamb with dauphinois and cabbage. Fish and chips, OK
Rhubarb and custard panacotta - a few pieces of poached rhubarb served alongside a regular (rather tasteless) panacotta (where’s the custard?)
Beer nothing special, Saul Blanc ok (cold at least!)
Service fine.

JT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great serve and lovely ambience. Have recommended to all friends and family. We will definitely return. Thank you to all the staff for making our lunch so special.

L
London
21 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal delivered at the King Head. We love coming here as the food and service is always excellent.
Despite an early booking the place was busy with a lovely hustle and bustle.
Starter of fish cakes were delicious as was my husbands (I can’t remember the name. Came in a puff pastry parcel). However I did remember the roast beef and Yorkshire’s (huge). The carrots were a star unto themselves cooked in star anise which really life a plain carrot into something else. Generous thick cut sirloin of beef and cauliflower cheese.
Really lovely service. We were never left thirsty with many a top up. Great friendly service. We will be back. Thank you.

LT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this pub! It’s our local. Always great service. Always friendly and amenable. Great food! Burger night is fantastic. Quality, tasty burgers.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a slight mix up with order but noticed by Robert and quickly and efficiently rectified. Overall fantastic service.

AJ
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were welcoming, friendly, helpful and attentive without being in any way overbearing. The food was excellent and the timing between courses perfect!

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every one enjoyed their meal. Very friendly staff. The pub is in a lovely setting.

OB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday Lunch I have had in years. The roast loin of pork was superb as was the Roast Beef my mother had and so was the "Sheperds" Pie which was a vegetarian twist on the classic but absolutely delicious. Plenty of veg and lovely yorkshire puddings helped make the lunch memorable. The deserts were to die for, best Treacle Tart I have ever eaten. Just to make the lunch perfect they serve really well kept Hooky. What more could you want from a quaint pub full of character in the heart of the Cotswolds.

CW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had delicious lunches and would recommend you again and come again.

OT
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious Sunday lunch at the King's Head. Choice of beef or pork and we all went for pork. Beautifully cooked and the vegetables were so tasty. Too full for puds but there looked to be a good choice. You won't be disappointed if you go here but do book as it was busy, in a good way. Attentive staff.

MG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat in the room just past the bar - it was a lovely bright room. The food was delicious and the staff were extremely attentive.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food - it came a little bit too quickly, but just about on the acceptable side. Very good value.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family friendly pub, good Sunday roast.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Had to wait 2 hours for our meal and we had young children with us. No updates given unless we asked and no offer of nibbles while we waited.
We asked for our desserts to be taken off the bill which they did.
The food was nice but not amazing.
Sadly didn’t live up to the hype.

JH
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and great food as usual. Really nice way to start the new year with friends

CB
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My family and I went for lunch on New Years Day. It was a lovely experience. The ambience of the pub was what we hoped for our trip to the Cotswold. And we also thought the food was very high quality and value for money (we had the burger, the schnitzel and the ginger pudding for dessert). Overall a great experience that we highly recommend.

G
Manchester
10 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service in the lovely restaurant. Highly recommend.

CA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good traditional food. Pub/restaurant was very busy on the lunchtime we were there and there was eight of us eating so the wait to be served was understandable, but all of us enjoyed the food and service when it arrived.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve family dinner

W
Gloucestershire
13 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are regular visitors! Great food in a lovely atmosphere with excellent service.

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal for all 4 of us. The pub was packed but the service was exceptional and a wonderful friendly atmosphere

NL
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

For a cozy evening to be recommended only if seated at the bar side.

AS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cosy inn, cocktail list, varied menu great atmosphere and attentive kind service

BL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a return visit for another special birthday meal, and did not disappoint!

RC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food and friendly service at very reasonable prices in a charming village inn.

CT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Wednesday burger night meal in a lovely bar full of history. Excellent beer and wine. Great staff service.

JD
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Well, generally I have found the food good at the Kings Head but our visit this time was marred firstly by being offered a too small table set for one (although we had booked). The three quarters of an hour wait for food at the table we ended upon nearest the door didn’t aid our enjoyment. I needed cushions to raise myself to table level and helped myself to these. Our coats were not taken. My dish included mussels in their shells and there was no bowl offered for debris until I had finished eating. The food was good but not exceptional. Overall very disappointing as in the past I have highly recommended the Kings Head to friends.

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Such a great pub with rooms in the beautiful village of Bledington. Would stay again!

PD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very enjoyable meal with friends and was lovely to see archie there too- would definitely recommend this pub to friends and family- thank you

AR
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch. Great with our two young children. Lovely environment. Highly recommend.

EC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was excellent when it arrived but we had to wait a very long time for both courses. 2 of our party had the blackberry and apple crumble but struggled to find any blackberries. To be fair, when we pointed this out to the waitress the crumble was taken off the bill

IB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate in the bar. Very welcoming and lovely ambiance. Food was excellent and the service impeccable. First visit and not our last.

R
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal in the restaurant of a fabulous traditional English pub Relaxed atmosphere Very attentive staff

OT
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had fish and chips. The fish was Luke warm and very heavily battered with not much fish, but the chips where hot and delicious. For pud we had treacle tart which was cold and obviously just out of the fridge as we couldn’t cut into it as it was so hard! All in all not a good lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a room for the night and a table for evening meal. Great atmosphere, superb food and service. Highly recommend

JM
Bath
8 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a lovely pub with a cosy, warm atmosphere. Lovely setting on a green so perfect for people that want to bring dogs, they can only go in the bar area and back bar area. Lots of tables and the food and service was good, Sunday lunch is really good!