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The King's Head Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Bledington B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

My husband and I had a fabulous 2 night stay at The King's Head. We had a very comfortable room first floor room in the courtyard. We dined in the restaurant both nights and had a completely different dining experience on both nights. The first night we had a cosy quiet dinner, excellent food, excellent wine and excellent service. The second night was even better - they had a Burns Night Supper (which they had informed us of before our stay), where the whole village turned up for a fundraising event. The village were raising much needed funds for the swings on the green so lots of money was raised and I even won a bottle of champagne in the raffle. Coming from a sometimes unfriendly London this was an amazing evening for us, as they made us so welcome. We were introduced by Archie (the owner) to many residents of Bledington and we were welcomed like old friends! We didn't have the Burns Night supper, but this was not a problem to the hotel at all, we had the option of choosing from the menu. We still dined with the rest of the 'village' and saw the Haggis being piped in, which was great. We had the most amazing stay and experience - one that I will not forget in a long time. I would definitely recommend this hotel - a traditional old world pub with good food, staff and very friendly locals. The surrounding area is stunning and nearby to all the lovely Cotswold villages. Will definitely go back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent two nights in March and enjoyed it a lot. The room, on the first floor of the actual inn, was small, but I knew that when I booked. Once we had stowed our stuff, it was fine, with a comfortable bed and certainly warm enough. The bathroom had a bath with shower attachment but no standing shower facility, which made hair-washing difficult. But the best thing about the King's Head was the food. We had 3 course meals both evenings and really enjoyed them. The chef indicated on the menu which maels were gluten-free , as my husband has coeliac disease, and he was impressed by the wide choice. The atmosphere in the bar/dining room was great, with open fire and low, wooden-beamed ceiling and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. We liked the breakfasts and dining room and found the village a great place to set off from on walks.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Friendly welcoming staff on arrival.

Quaint Room, bit cold at first as radiator in bedroom was off but soon warmed up once we turned on (albeit it would have been nice if this had been done prior to our arrival). The floor is also tiled with carpets so a little chilly underfoot during the colder months. Our room only had a shower attachment with the bath (had we booked we probably would have ensured the bathroom had a separate shower as it was difficult to shower this way). Bed linen clean and sufficient space for a weekend stay, although the King size bed consisted of two twins zipped together so felt a bit odd?

Pub has a really good ambiance, staff knowledgeable re food etc able to explain options allowing us to make the right choice and very accommodating - offering to look up ingredients for an expresso martini, but then went on to make one of the best ones I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few now!

Ate dinner in pub restaurant on our first night which was well presented and tasty. Dessert of panna cotta and the cheese course being most memorable. Cooked breakfast the next morning was lovely and hot although it only consists of 1 sausage, 1 piece of bacon, 1 mushroom, half a tomato and half a piece of fried bread. The mushrooms on toast was also a very small portion, and could all certainly benefit from being a bit more generous. Toast is do it yourself using the toasters provided on the ‘buffet’ table which also has a selection of cereals, yoghurt and fruit.

The only real down side I could think of was that some of the rooms involve a walk outside across the cobbled floor (tricky in heels, and the dark after your night out...) and due to the cold weather (at least it wasn’t raining) it meant wearing my coat then having it in the pub which was a bit of a pain. I would also request a room on the first floor, as during the day the ground floor rooms are visible to anyone from the garden area and therefore lack some privacy when the curtains are open.

Lovely place to get away for the weekend, and I imagine an even better choice in the summer months when it’s possible to sit outside.

Room Tip: Choose the first floor rather than the ground floor which lacks privacy.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We first found this Inn through Alistair Sawday's website and what a find. As expats who travel back frequently this is a restful place to start or finish our holidays and is ideal for a late morning or afternoon flight from Heathrow back to the States. Close access to Oxford and to the Cotswolds hiking trails draws us back. I no longer like night driving, so, on-sight, good and varied food is a must; we not never dissapointed during our last 5 day stay due to the changing specials menu. We always ate in the atmospheric bar area which you can request at the time of booking and had rooms in the older section of the Inn.

Room Tip: Several times we have had - and like - room 6. It is above the kitchen area, there is a slight hum f...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Don't go for room 3 in the winter! The bedroom is OK (just) but the bathroom is not good (being polite). Heating is inadequate on a cold night and this resulted in condensation which left pools of water on the floor. No adequate mirror over the basin so shaving is a challenge (bring your electric razor). Thank goodness we didn't stay 2 nights because there is no effective shower, just a small hand held job on the bath. They do warn of noise from the bar - and they are right. Don't expect to turn in early.
In some respects one has to sympathise because an old Inn is really just not suitable for turning into a modern hotel with amenities we have come to expect in the 21st century. To get the ambiance, you have to put up with a lot of downsides including a sore head until you learn to walk around bent double. Guests under 5' will have few problems!
Food was good, excellent dinner and good breakfast although I did hear complaints from other guests that the limited menu was the same as the previous night.

Room Tip: Because of the age of the place I think all the rooms will have their own particular quirky problems...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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kingshead100, Owner at The King's Head Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2013

Apart from being cold at night (in a very cold January ) the bathroom is absolutely charming and very spacious . May I just point out that whilst we have 6 bedrooms above the Inn , which are full of charm and character we also have 6 modern well appointed bedrooms behind the pub which have all the modern requirements anyone could want . They are a bit more expensive but have King Size beds and are spacious and quiet . I am gald that you thought that the food was excellent - thankyou for remarking on it .

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

My husband & I stayed for two nights in this gorgeous old Inn that has tons of character, a lovely area upstairs to sit & read or watch tv. It was quiet, the room was very cosy & warm, lashings of hot water, Tea & Coffee, bottles of water & complimentary sweets. The food & beer were good and it was spotlessly clean.
It was very close to Stow on the Wold, a lovely town, with Stratford on Avon & Bourton on the Water (definitely not to be missed) not very far away.
The only aspect that was lacking was a warm welcome from the staff, with the exception of the ladies, especially the young lady that enquired about our day when we returned from our day out.
I did read reviews before we went so I found this surprising & feel that Archie & his team need to work on this aspect of hospitality, I shouldn't have to have said hello first, basic but essential.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is our favourite Pub/Inn in the UK. A wonderful village green location, large Inglenook fire, excellently kept range of real Ales, good wine selection and comfortable rooms. Added to good food makes this just about the perfect place for a getaway break.
As indicated, we have stayed in many fine pubs throughout the country but this one has been our favourite consistently over 12 years.

Room Tip: stable block rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Green, Bledington OX7 6XQ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Bledington
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Bledington
Price Range: $129 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The King's Head Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally a 16 th Century Cider House this is the classic Cotswold Inn on the village green that warms the soul as soon as you see it .Excellent food ,well kept Ales and twelve delightful bedrooms combined with a priceless atmosphere give you the complete Cotswold Inn. ... more   less 
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