We have stayed at the King's Head between Christmas and the New Year for four or five years, which tells you that we must be satisfied with the accomodation!
The hotel is situated at the side of the market square, and is a characterful Georgian Building, which at one time was a Posting House and an Excise Office! For the first four years it was managed by a couple who had been in post at the King's Head for approximately 12 years. Whilst the building was "characterful" it was showing signs of needing refurbishment - both in the decorations and fittings. A complete overhaul took place in June 2011, when new management took over.
If you are looking for a slick city type 5 star accomodation then forget the Kings Head. It has a very laid back atmosphere. On each occasion when we have arrived there has been a wait at reception, probably due to the fact that an extra member of staff would have made all the difference.This is not a direct criticism, merely a comment on how the hotel tends to run. Rush and speed are not words within the vocabulary of this hotel - it runs at a far more relaxed pace.
The staff have always been helpful and friendly, even though at times it is obvious that they are working in a very busy set up. Once again an extra pair of hands would have made life a bit easier for them!
This is a dog friendly establishment, and as we always bring our chocolate labrador with us,we have always had one of the rooms set aside for dog owners. These are in the stable accomodation at the rear of the hotel.
The rooms contain a very comfortable bed, wardrobe, dressing table, tea/coffee making facilities,hairdryer,telephone, en suite toilet with bath & shower, and TV with a goodly selection of channels. We have always found the rooms to be spotlessly clean on each of our visits. As the weather is usually cold when we arrive, it is lovely to go into a very warm room. One niggle would be that it is sometimes too warm! However judicious adjustments of the radiator thermostats can set the room temperature to a more manageable heat!
The food is farily basic hotel chain fair, but there is quite a reasonable selection on the menu. I have seen comments from other visitors that the fact that breakfast is a separate charge (at £5.95 for continental and £7.99 for cooked) and is a bit steep, and would tend to agree. Evening meals tend to take a little while to arrive, and this is probably due to the fact that an extra pair of hands is needed!
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