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“OK Accommodation, great pub, unimaginative menu”

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The King's Head Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Bledington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Stayed 2 nights in one of the courtyard rooms. Room needs more power points and better lighting near a mirror as I struggled to dry my hair. Bathroom was tiny. It was very difficult to turn the shower on as the shower guard was in the way, and next to the hand basin so it did not move.

Lovely pub with great character, friendly staff. Ate in restaurant twice but struggled to find anything on the menu. The pasta lacked any mushrooms, and the spicy chickpea salad lacked spice.
Breakfast was OK but the 2 toasters didn't work and need replacing. Would suggest adding rolls, croissants, ham, cheese etc for those not wanting a cooked breakfast.

We stayed the weekend the clocks went forward and the staff very kindly put notices up on accommodation doors. They should have put one in the kitchen as the chef was late turning up on the Sunday and several guests had to wait 30 or so mins for him to arrive.

Good pub to drink in but wouldn't stay again

Room Tip: Room 11 is double aspect and good lighting but you may be kept awake by the generator at the back
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

The King's Head Inn made for a great stop over en route to visiting Blenheim Palace (25 minutes away). A delightfully quirky inn (not a straight wall in the place), a roaring log fire and nicely finished. Bar and breakfast staff were both friendly and attentive and the Head Chef, Giles was only too happy to come up with an alternative to the menu, at short notice. The leek, potato and apple soup was delicious and the rhubarb and toasted walnut crumble with real vanilla custard pudding was heaven on a plate! Having peaked at the snug rooms (a little dated with less space), I'm pleased we took the staff's advice when booking and paid a little more for a comfy room (no.1) with a view of the village and Weeping Willow tree. Left in the morning to find some fabulously funky chickens scratching around outside! Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Room no 1 is a good size, bathroom is small without a shower but nice bath and products.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Stayed two nights at the end of Cheltenham Week, Friday night it was packed solid, we had pub grub, which was very good and then settled into a corner of the Bar…10 out of 10 to David & David for both keeping us entertained at the Bar with their humour, witty banter and service - oh so very good! (So we went back from more on the Saturday night)

The room was above the Bar and we had received a call prior to our arrival that it could be quite noisy in the Bar on that Cheltenham Friday night (Thanks for the pre-warning - very good approach). Yes we could hear it, but we slept well from the drinks we had consumed….

Ah the drinks, now that is where it got expensive - you have been warned!!!

The room was great, the low beams and the sloping floor had us giggling after the night in the Bar, so we thought was good, well it is a very old place.

We toured the Cotswold for 2 days from Bledington, picking up the Romantic Road, which was really special.

Finally, the 4 Star rating we gave it was because the scaffolding was still up, which spoilt any photo opportunities to the outside of the Inn! (An evil necessity, but I hate turning up to really old building to see it covered!)

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Souties
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kingshead100, Owner at The King's Head Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Glad you had a good time and thank you for the review. I am pleased to report that the roof has been renewed and that the scaffolding is now down,thus restoring this wonderful old Inn to its former glory. I am sorry if it blighted your stay .

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

I think the Top line sums it up really, the Food (and beer / spirit / wine selection) was top notch, the staff very friendly and attentive. It's just the rooms were a little lacking, especially the bathroom. I checked through a couple of recent reviews, and seen others before me have mentioned the mould in the bathroom, (maybe the same room!) and there was no real shower facility! there was shower head on the taps but no shower curtain, so you couldn't effectively shower ! I may be being over fussy, but with such excellence in the other areas, I felt disappointed they'd not kept on top of the bathrooms. I'd still return and would still heartily recommend a night at the King's Head Inn. Just stay in the Bar area till tired !

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

As usual, very friendly. Accommodation of high standard. A pity that the menu did not cater for a wider range of tastes. We stayed 3 nights, and on two of those the main courses were not as good as on our previous visits.However, breakfasts were excellent.

Room Tip: We like the courtyard rooms
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed for one night in Feb 2014. We stayed on the dinner b&b deal. The staff were excellent as was the food. Even if we paid full price for our meal I still would have left happy; as it was, getting a third off our bill thanks to the deal meant we thought it excelled. I had the pigs head fritters which, despite the rather odd sounding title were really good. My wife had a deep fried crispy hens egg which was still runny in the middle. Very clever. The wood pigeon was also great but would have been improved if it were served on a plate and not a wooden board as it was very difficult to carve and pour gravy onto!

Our room was large and cleaned by room service to a good standard. The view over the courtyard is nice too. In places I felt the room needed freshening up, for example there was mould on the ceiling in the bathroom over the shower and also on some of the pipes in the bathroom presumably due to condensation. Some of the decor was a bit tired too like the windowsills and woodwork. It was still a nice room but would have been improved by someone spending half a day with a bit of sandpaper and paint in there. The mattress was also a bit uncomfy.

The breakfast was superb and matched the evening meal in terms of quality and choice. The breakfast room is a nice place to sit although when we were eating there were loud builders on the plastic roof literally above our head which was a little annoying at times. It would have been better if breakfast was served in the restaurant or, if the builders were prevented working on that area until 9:15 when breakfast is over. Just a thought.

Overall though; really good and I would stay again. If you do stay, you must eat there because that's a lot of what this place is all about.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Yet again we had a truly lovely time in this old timbered inn. We have stayed here around 20 times over the years and it always lives up to our expectations. The rooms in the courtyard are particularly weel-appointed, comfortable and warm. The beer is always kept in tip-top condition and the food is interesting and well-cooked. Indeed we felt the food had actually even improved a little.

It is a cosy, romantic place with a wonderful inglenook fireplace. It oozes charachter and has not been "designed to death" -it retains its old world charm. Together with the Olive House in Rutland this is our top UK Pub of the hundreds we have stayed in!

Room Tip: courtyard rooms are quieter.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Green, Bledington OX7 6XQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Bledington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Bledington
Price Range: $147 - $181 (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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