The King's Head Inn

4.3
180 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 8:15am - 9pm
Friday, Saturday: 8:15am - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01608 658365
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Giles Lee
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Private Party Facilities
We have a side bar area, which can seat up to 20 people and we also offer an exclusive use of our dining room, seating up to 40 people.
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Private Party Contact
Nick Jeremic: 07580 478346
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Catering
Now, in our 13th year of trading and seeing the way in which the market is changing, we have decided to use our knowledge and experience to put together a small events company. Having already catered for numerous cocktail parties, weddings and events at the Kings Head, we would now like to offer the same experience but at the location of your choice. We can provide an entire service, including music, marquee and catering, ranging from a summer cocktail party with canapes, a barbecue or the full three course extravaganza…
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Parking Details
Plenty of parking outside the pub and behind, in a gravelled, safe parking area.
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Public Transit
Kingham Station, mainline to Paddington (2 Miles)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 180 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

It is good that you welcome well-behaved dogs which suits the friends we met and we were given a table away from another dog which was not too happy with our presence.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Lovely place. Would definitely go back. Food was great. Accomadation was lovely as well

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Excellent meal. Great friendly service. Reasonable prices. Couldn’t fault the food.

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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

A proper English pub in every sense. Lovely.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Great food, even better service! Everyone's food was great and the atmosphere was really nice.

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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

We were seated in a small dark bar at the front and were not told of other tables further in to the building that would have been nicer. It was hot in the bar and the settle we were seated at was most uncomfortable. We wish we'd chosen the garden or further into the restaurant. Two of us ordered the fish and chips and both felt the fish was dry and over battered. The pudding was strange too. My partner asked for Caeser salad with out the anchovies, but they were left in and he had to pick them out. Nothing was too bad to complain but there are loads of other places nearby that are better. It was where we were seated that was the worst of the visit.

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Having escaped from the Cornbury festival for a couple of hours, we visited on Sunday for lunch.

We've been to this pub on a few occasions (we live in Sussex) and it didn't disappoint, in fact I'd go as far as saying this was the best Sunday roast that I've ever bought in a restaurant - top marks for lovely tasty moist pork and gorgeous crackling..... you'll need to book, this is a popular spot.

Very good friendly service and wine sold by the carafe, which is always a winner if there are only two of you and one is driving!

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and hope to be back again when we're in the area.

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1.0Dined on 6 July 2018

We booked the restaurant and were seated instead in the bar, as the restaurant was booked for a party - why not inform us of this? Other diners arrived later to receive the same news despite booking 3 months previously. I stated that my husband (whose birthday it was) is gluten intolerant, no information was forthcoming; on a previous visit, last year the service was excellent and the maitre d carefully went through the menu explaining what was available. The table was adjacent to a noisy bar, the seating a pew whereby we perched uncomfortably next to one another, rather than opposite one another, which as a replacement restaurant table goes - is pretty rubbish. The mixed meat platter we shared as a starter was very good, however my husband's main of fresh crab didn't come with the side order of fries as stated on the menu, we queried this with the server who said, yes we had got everything we ordered. We began to eat, and then a bout 5 minutes later the fries arrived with no apology. My risotto had a good balance of flavours but was overcooked and sections of it were lukewarm, as if it had been sitting in the kitchen for some time. Overall very disappointing and we will not be returning.

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon after an excellent lunch we were loathe to leave and decoded to sit in the garden for a drink. The flowers were delightful and the service first class. Next time we will have afternoon tea. Many thanks

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Good family lunch, relaxed and accommodates our dogs and children

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Super charming spot. Warm and attentive staff. Service was superior to many other places we’ve visited during our stay in U.K. food was AWESOME!

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Exceptional meal. Great location, beautiful setting, great atmosphere inside and authentically decorated. Plenty of space outdoors too, with wonderful beer garden and views. Staff very attentive and welcoming. Food was fantastic, Sunday Roast (beef), was one of the finest I've had in a while.
Only tiny criticism would be perhaps having more than just one set of swings outside for children, but in general I cannot recommend this place highly enough

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3.0Dined on 9 June 2018

We were a party of 5 and excited to be dining at a pub that had won pub of the year. We went out of our way geographically as a result to try the Kings Head and did so with reasonably high expectations having eaten in some of the previous winners of this award. The pub is charming, full of character and in a lovely, you could say quintessentially English village setting. The bar staff were fun and engaging and created a great first impression as they organised our first round of drinks. We were shown to our table which was in a slightly quieter area off the main bar and then given the menu's. Our first reaction was that they were quite limited but this is often a sign that more care is taken over delivering a smaller number of dishes to a very high standard. We ordered and the reality is that the dishes were perfectly fine. They fell a long way short of being outstanding in our opinion though. The service wasn't great either with long periods between courses and although the waiting staff were all very courteous and asked good questions, we actually had four different staff over the course of the evening so the continuity suffered a little. Don't get me wrong, it was a perfectly acceptable meal and far from a bad experience but all five of us were left feeling just a little underwhelmed. I wouldn't consider driving out of my way to go back but I'd be delighted if this was my village local.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Lovely setting, friendly, good atmosphere and food was great

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Tasty pub food, great service, light and relaxing ambience

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Winner of the Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year 2018 and deservingly so. Had lunch and evening meal. Delious food and room for a dessert. Smart bedrooms and variety of seating areas inside and out. Very attentive service too. Beautiful

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Good food Great atmosphere Desserts are not particularly good value though

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3.0Dined on 17 May 2018

The food was very good but spoiled by our pudding order being forgotten and we had a 45 min wait for it. Most good restaurants would have waived the pudding cost but no such goodwill gesture was made.

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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Not quite as good as I expected based on its accolades. The feel of the pub/restaurant was more of a commercial enterprise rather than a homely pub, not that there is anything wrong with that, it was not just the experience I was hoping for.

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2.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Visited the Kings Head Inn after hearing that it had recently won the best pub 2018. Was really disappointed with my visit. Beer was served warm, and when questioned why we were rudely told that all their beers are served this way. The young gentleman behind the bar was very abrupt and unfriendly. Although I should note that the female waiting staff were very attentive and bubbly. Food was hugely overpriced. Only one main vegetarian option, which wasn't that great at all. I'd save your money and go elsewhere. Whilst the ambience of the pub is cosy and cute, it's nothing to should about.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Lovely pub, great food and atmosphere! Highly recommended and will be back :)

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3.0Dined on 29 April 2018

A lovely country pub with an excellent selection of spirits, friendly staff and tasty food.

Desserts however are VERY expensive for the amount you receive.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Lovely pub in a picturesque location. Very good food and great service. Good value. Definitely would recommend

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

We went for dinner while away in the Coswolds. The food was very good and well presented and the restaurant has a great atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Just the right blend of informality and good food to make it worth the 35 minute drive that it is for us.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Everything was absolutely perfect.
The food was the right amount and the flavours were amazing. The puddings were absolutely mouthwatering!
The staff were friendly and kind, really quick to get anything for you.
Drinks selection was great.
Overall it was an amazing evening with no negatives.

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Good but not great. There are better options in the local area. The pub has become too busy these days and has begun to trade on reputation rather than delivering quality. The car park is too small for the number of covers. There are very few serving staff for the volume of diners, and the bar staff are shorthanded and very slow, which causes a backlog in the limited bar area so it can easily take 10-15 minutes just to get greeted and seated during peak times (even on what the bar tender told us was a slow night). This makes the wait to even get seated awkward as people dodge in and out. Ordering takes another lengthy wait, and when it finally arrives the food was competent but neither generous nor memorable.

In short, OK but better outside of peak times. This used to be much better when it was quieter and they had more time to spend getting the details right.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

I went with friends because I had heard it had won the pub of the year 2018 and we are always looking for some where nice to eat, we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Great Sunday lunch and excellent value. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a true Cotswold pub experience.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Excellent lamb with good portions. Can eat in the restaurant but we chose the bar/pub area next to a huge cosy fire

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Very pleasant meal,in cosy surroundings. We were in a room off the bar, which was fine, probably a bit quieter than in the main bar. Service was prompt. Food very nice - had battered fish with chips. Refreshing sorbet for dessert - included basil which was unusual and very pleasant!

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

A traditional Cotswold pub which provided a friendly welcome and good home-cooked food.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

super seasonal food- great quality and lovely atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Menu options provided a good selection of inventive choices as well as pub classics with a twist, Service and food could not be faulted, we all agreed that it was one of the best meals we have had out for a long time.

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3.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Good food but extremely expensive. Very slow service and very inattentive. Wouldn’t rush to go back or recommend.

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Always a real pleasure to come here for lunch or dinner. Warm and cosy, firendly efficient staff, and above all superb food. And I asked for my steak very very well done, as always .. a clear note was made but it came pink in the middle. I sent it back and the chef not only didn't whine that he hates cooking steak well done ( and oh yes, they often do ) but cooked it to perfection, and replaced the chips and vegetables as well, which he had no need to do. The way to handle a complaint. I love this pub

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

We came from Kent and stayed in a cottage on the green opposite the Kings Head. What a find! The food was amazing. The peppercorn sauce was literally to die for and despite me ordering Haddock (which was also delicious) I asked them to do me some peppercorn sauce for my chips which was no trouble at all. The hand wash and hand cream which is available to buy from the pub smells gorgeous and both I and my friend bought one of each. Cannot rate this establishment high enough, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the open fire and Pear Tree martini just topped off a wonderful experience. Keep doing what you're doing! AWESOME!

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Fantastic place food service etc but was not pleased to get a notification from you telling me I had missed my booking!

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2.0Dined on 14 February 2018

The lack of staff/ customer interaction was one of the things that disappointed us. When we arrived a young lady was standing in the entrance and we didn't know if she was a member of staff or a guest. It turned out she was a member of staff but there was no conversation or welcome until we initiated it. Valentine's night was a special occasion but we were not made to feel special. We were given a wine list but the waitress who took our order didn't bother to ask if we wanted to order a bottle of wine. Fortunately we did not want wine with our meal. The scallop starter was poor, slightly under cooked with very scanty garnish. No bread offered. Main course was tasty but the steak could have had a hot vegetable to accompany it instead of a pile of rocket garnish and the helping of chips was meagre. However my wife chose the Hake dish and said it was delicious. We did not choose to have a dessert but we were not offered a coffee.
Our conclusion on the experience was that the restaurant was trying to maximise profit for minimum effort. The Kings Head seems to have lost it's charm, we were regular customers a few years ago but on this latest experience I doubt we would return, which is a great shame.

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