The King's Head Inn

4.4
196 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Lunch
  • Cosy
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 196 People Are Saying
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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place was buzzing. Excellent customer service.

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HA
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

good food, but the restaurant was soooo hot inside, there were doors that could have been opened but wasnt even the staff commented on how hot it was, would have sat and had a drink after but just had to get out of there because of the heat.

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely
Always a great dinner

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AC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this Inn, it has a lovely atmosphere, good food, lovely setting especially if you visit in summer. The staff are attentive and do not make you feel rushed over your meal, I have never had a poor experience

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Starters and sweet very good and evening off to a good start with friendly waitress saying a request for a cup of tea was no problem! My wife and I both chose the steak and mushroom in ale pie, something we both eat reasonably frequently when dining in pubs. The vegetables were very good as was the pastry on the pie, nice and short. However, the contents between the two pies varied incredibly. I fished out a large piece of fat from my mouth about half way through the pie, and was then astonished to find myself doing the same thing again on two other occasions. My wife's pie contained no fat on the meat. I brought it to the waitresses attention when we had finished, she apologised and said she would tell the chef. She didn't come back to us so we asked her what the chef had said, and she stated that he said some people like it like that! I cannot remember the last time I ate a steak pie out in a pub having any fat on the meat. I felt I needed to say more so on the way out of the pub I brought it to the attention of I assume the manager. He immediately knew what we were talking about, said he'd examined the fat on my plate and thought most of it was meat not fat! I was so incensed we walked out mid sentence. Very poor customer service in my view and it spoilt an otherwise nice evening. I was not looking to gain anything out of this complaint, but felt I had been very poorly treated. Needless to say no tip was left.

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DE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Angel and we'll go back again. The lunch menu whilst not extensive was full of good things. It is moderately expensive but you get what you pay for. Very attentive staff.

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E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, good atmosphere and excellent service. Good selection of beers too.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time that we had visited The King's Head and had a really fabulous Sunday lunch, the most delicious Sunday lunch ever anywhere. Very good atmosphere and divine roast pork and all the trimmings. Even the cavolo Nero was not overcooked. Good value too, we will certainly be back.

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L
London
18 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here quite often and it just never disappoints! We came with friends from out of town and can honestly say they will be returning again.
The Sunday roast was just delicious. Between the table we have both the beef and pork, both of which were amazing. The anise cooked carrots were definitely worth a mention along with the large Yorkshire pudding and crackling.
The team were great and given how busy they were, very professional and efficient.
We’ll definitely be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service
Friendly staff
Very welcoming
Beautiful food

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had sunday lunch in the garden on a lovely September day. The food, setting, and staff were all absolutely lovely. A real gem!

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is my 5th visit to the Kings Head and it never fails to dissappoint outstanding pub/restaurant that ticks all the boxes Congrats to the owners and all the staff.

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W
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely atmosphere, combination of locals in the bar area where you can dine, or there is a more formal dining room.
Incredible food, exceptional menu choice, lovely service, great price for the quality.
Have booked to go back in a couple of months!

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KB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb atmosphere and great food.
A new found local favourite.

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GS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting and a beautiful pub. Lots of choice for us all, including our 12 year old daughter, who is vegetarian. Polite and friendly staff and a simply delicious, healthy and flavoursome supper.

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LC
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely village pub in a super setting. Pretty gardens where you can eat out in good weather. Will be coming back soon!

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RS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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VR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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DP
Perthshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
London
23 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A proper English pub in every sense. Lovely.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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A
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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MG
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good family lunch, relaxed and accommodates our dogs and children

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GG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BS
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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

Lovely setting, friendly, good atmosphere and food was great

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NB
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty pub food, great service, light and relaxing ambience

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TP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food Great atmosphere Desserts are not particularly good value though

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PS
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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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DH
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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O
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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p
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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