In review | A seat at The King’s table


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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to stay for a night to review The King’s Head in Hursley, a mere few minutes from Winchester city centre. So, on a sunny Thursday evening myself and the husband headed down after work to relax, unwind, and sample a little of what The King’s Head had to offer.

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On arrival, the super friendly Amelia Thornhill (it’s Amelia’s parents who currently run the pub) showed us to our room. Well, when I say room I actually mean suite. We were staying in The Spitfire suite, located to the side of the building (split over two floors with oak beams and plenty of character) it was the perfect place to retreat to for a bit of time out.

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The pub, which has been under new management in the last year by The Epicurian Times, is certainly fit for a king. The eight rooms are all decorated in their own style, from rooms with four-poster beds and free-standing baths to a cosy single room, complete with shower room.

But, by far the best part about The King’s Head, in our opinion, is the food. And, if you’re a foodie who loves local produce then you’re in for a treat. Award-winning Jenny Jones and her sous-chef, Matthew Heaven showed us just why The King’s Head has recently been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence and 4 silver stars for the hotel. The locally-sourced menu made it hard to choose but we opted for the duck terrine with heritage beetroot to start and the potted salmon with Alresford watercress and lemon jelly.

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Beautifully presented, every mouthful was as good as the next. And, for main we chose the braised Hampshire beef and ale pie with creamy mash and the sea bass with tiger prawns and smoked haddock and spring onion cake, full of flavour and the portions were more than generous.

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The decadent dessert of sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and ice cream had to be shared and all washed down with a crisp, dry bottle of pinot grigio. It’s safe to say you’ll be in food heaven.

The service from Amelia and her team was impeccable; attentive, on the ball, and without fault. And with an amazing resume from the likes of Gordan Ramsay and Marco Pierre White, it was clear to see Amelia’s passion for great food and excellent service.

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Breakfast was included and is served in the beautiful dining room. From fruit, cereal, granola and juice to a made-to-order breakfast, dependent on whether you can eat anything else after dinner from the night before, there was as much choice for breakfast as their was for dinner.

Needless to say, the hubby and I were pretty reluctant to leave The King’s Head and will certainly be planning a stay-cation there in the near future.


To find out more head to their website or call 01962 775 08 to book your stay or table.


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