LET’S PULL IN HERE
To revert to my ramblings on a recent review: “The ‘gastropub’ concept is one that baffles many in the UK, not least those who are running one. Since it can range from a middle-of-the-road licensed restaurant through to a pub that sells extremely good grub, and can also embrace all grey areas in between, I think that all proprietors should be forced to identify themselves and be ready to be judged on a points basis as in e.g. “80:20 gastropub”. At least we should know what to expect then.”
From my assessment and for my taste, the King’s Head is a healthy ‘50:50 gastropub’, which suits fine for my taste.
A very friendly and welcoming pub, it buzzes to the kind of pleasing undercurrent of warm chit-chatthat makes a good pub and exudes character and charming ambience. At the same time, it also boasts an excellent and wide choice of food, while there is also the added benefit of a separate dining room for those who prefer that environment.
Being ̶c̶̶o̶̶m̶̶p̶̶l̶̶e̶̶t̶̶e̶̶l̶̶y̶̶ ̶̶b̶̶o̶̶r̶̶a̶̶c̶̶i̶̶c̶ in something of a hurry, we swiftly made do with a humble panini and a ploughman’s lunch and these did certainly not disappoint in terms of quality, quantity or value for money.
We visited in the winter, but there is a very large garden for more temperate times of the year and a further adjoining room for private events and the like (since done – see photo).
A fine choice of well-tended beers
goes on to make it the kind of place you would pull into on a busy road and certainly not regret having done so. We have returned, and shall continue to do so.