The King's Head
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The King's Head

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4.0
#1 of 1 inn in Hursley
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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Situated just south of Winchester and surrounded by the beautiful Hampshire downlands, The King’s Head is a handsome village inn with cosy cottage-style rooms to rest your head, and delicious, locally sourced food and drink. Whether you’re looking for a countryside getaway, a spot of lunch or afternoon tea, or just a pint of real ale as you’re passing through, you’ll be sure to find a warm welcome at The King’s Head. In the kitchen, we work closely with our suppliers to create stunning seasonal dishes and exciting takes on pub classics with quality local produce, with a focus on fresh fish, seafood and steaks. Behind the bar, it’s all about cask ale and local cider, plus a great wine list and a cocktail menu featuring all the classics.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Outdoor furniture
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
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Desk
Fireplace
Flatscreen TV
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Hair dryer
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Historic Hotel
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BroLucius wrote a review May 2021
Southampton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a choice of a table in the Snug, warmed by a wood fire, or one in the elegant restaurant. We chose the latter. My wife has always liked beer battered fish and this was her choice. The piece of cod was large and the chips were crisp and not at all greasy. It was relatively expensive at £14.99 but that's a price worth paying when the fish has come from Portsmouth Harbour and the beer batter is made in house. She enjoyed it. I chose something new for me, a cup of broccoli and stilton soup, which had a strong stilton taste, alongside a chunky roast beef sandwich (£9.50). The brown bread was very fresh and the triple layer of beef, with dressed onions, lettuce and tomato made a very tasty light lunch. It was washed down with a Razorback ale, one of several local beers on offer. It is no surprise that this pub has won several awards over the years.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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wwaal614109 wrote a review Oct 2022
Pretoria, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of the property is superb, upon arriving at the hotel we immediately noticed and appreciated the aesthetics of the building. The front desk staff were okay, they weren't friendly nor rude. The barman was a little cold and abrupt. The rooms were okay, lovely furnished but it was uncomfortable. The one bedroom seemed to be above the pub so you could hear the downstairs pub as well as the music. The other bedroom had rats running in the ceilings and did not make for an enjoyable sleep. The service in the dining room was exceptionally slow. We waited approx. 20 minutes before being served. We reserved a table and arrived at the allocated time but still had to wait to be seated or served. The only thing that really stood out about the experience was the food. The food was absolutely divine. The dinner was delicious and the breakfast was superb. A Massive compliment to the Chef.
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Date of stay: October 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Jo J wrote a review Jan 2020
United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the King’s Head. The staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and generally very stylish.

Unfortunately the radiators weren’t working in our room or our friends but the bathroom towel rails were scolding which helped to warm us up. There was an electric portable fan heater in the cupboard - however it wasn’t very welcoming to arrive to a cold room. Also the bathroom seemed a bit tired - which could easily be remedied with a new seal on the shower screen and some replacement sealant around the tiles.

I would stay again and hope that these issues would have been resolved by my return visit.

The food was great and we had a very relaxing New Year break.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mary M wrote a review Sept 2020
Poole, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm not sure the people who are reviewing this pub stayed at the same one. On arriving we were given a key to our room as per covid precautions. The room was called Coopers a classic double for 1 night £120 with breakfast. The room was dirty smelled of fat dryers from kitchen below also extractors from the kitchen were on full blast. So asked if there was any possibility of being moved to another room, which was refused as fully booked informed that extractors would be turned off at 9.30pm luckily, we were eating in Winchester so did not return until 10pm and extractors were turned off. Plus points: nice thick white bath towels, good shower pressure, plenty of good class teas.

Breakfast: NO help yourself buffet(which was acceptable due to covid), asked for tea and was given a teapot with one teabag. Not quality teabags like there were in the room. Hoped it might get stronger after brewing but no. Young girl who served us. Seemed very bemused and didn't seem bothered about offering any alternatives when I asked for grapefruit, which her reply we have an apple, orange or banana, which I queried you don't have tinned grapefruit segments. No apparently don't have anything like that, no fruit juices offered, but then saw juice being taken to another table, so my husband and I finally had juice. No toast or marmalade offered, possibly we could have asked but by now we just wanted to get out of the place. We had been to the Peak District the week before and what a difference the attitude of staff there, so friendly and trained properly. Don't rest on your laurels who ever owns the Kings Head. And maybe update all the bedrooms as ours was definitely not classy. This was meant to be a lovely weekend away for my birthday, and its one I'd prefer to forget.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SB96 wrote a review Jan 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin? It was such a negative experience that I can't muster the energy to fully go into detail. However, if you value good service.. you should avoid. A multitude of sins can be forgiven if customer service is good but alas in the case of the Kings Head Hursley, this isn't the case. Really good places to stay in Winchester are few and far between and we toyed between here and the Laniston but opted for the Kings Head because of location. I am not sure how the AA determine star ratings but this place having four seems most generous. Having hauled our luggage through a busy bar, check-in was brief and there was no information pack in the rooms to answer basic questions any guest may have. We were then shown to our room. It was ok but like a sauna. The wallpaper was peeling, there were stains on the carpet, some kind of toilet roll holder was just left on the floor having fallen off the wall and the window wouldn't stay open.

The overwhelming issue though was the heat of the room, there was seemingly no way to turn the heated towel rail off but aside from that, the bedroom itself was just very hot. Situated just at the top of the stairs, people walking past caused the door to bang as well which was slightly annoying. Breakfast on both mornings was average. The first being better than the second. The 'Full Monty' wasn't the same on both mornings, with some kind of unidentifiable and inedible potato concoction being on the plate on the date of departure. The croissants were left uncovered all morning, there was no butter or jam out and the staff were inconsistent. We had booked (that was a saga) a dining pod for fondue which turned out to be a total disaster...who knew raw cauliflower and radishes were dipped in fondue? There were a lot of excuses that made you just want to roll your eyes and we were taken to the restaurant in a bid to resolve the issue. Despite what I think the staff thought, I am much calmer when dealing with issues that may arise than my partner is hence why I took the reigns so to speak but clearly despite my best efforts to articulate the problems in a way that wouldn't cause awkwardness for the rest of our stay, we certainly felt even more unwelcome after the incident

Dinner was fine but ridiculously overpriced for what it was and again the level of service was sub-par. You certainly could tell that staff had more time for locals than for weary travellers. You felt under surveillance at all times, staff glared at you as if you'd landed from Mars. HOWEVER, I must say however that there was a man behind the bar on Friday night with blonde hair who was really good, friendly and offered to bring our drinks outside. I told him we had been told that wasn't allowed to happen by a colleague of his but the fact he was willing was very good of him. He was the only member of staff that made us feel welcome.

Thankfully our experiences at other places in Winchester were much more positive and everyone we encountered at other restaurants, shops and bars were really professional and happy!

At check out, there was no one to be seen until a girl appeared and took the key. She didn't even ask how the stay was which was probably for the best...not that anyone would have cared anyway.
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Date of stay: January 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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SHJackson wrote a review Apr 2022
Croissy-sur-Seine, France
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This rooms and public spaces are very tired and are in need of refurbishment. It’s a snobbish place! Food choice is limited and not of a good standard - not saying it’s inedible but not value for money.
Also if you would like a drink after your meal the bar stops serving at 10pm but the staff don’t inform or ask you if you want to order any last drinks!
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Date of stay: April 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Fiona M wrote a review Feb 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was my first trip to The King's Head and it certainly won't be my last. Everything from the crackling fire on arrival to the sticky toffee pudding was faultless. Staff were very hospitable and friendly, my friends and I felt very welcome. We even managed to squeeze in a game of skittles!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ben Dickens wrote a review Sept 2021
Rutland, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found the Kings Head online, whilst looking for a stop over on route to Bournemouth. The website is very good, and that is what sold the place to us initially. As soon as we pulled up in the carpark we were impressed. We dumped our bags, and went downstairs for a couple of drinks in the garden before dinner. The covered seating areas are a cracking idea, with blankets and hot water bottles if you need them. The staff were all very pleasant, polite and helpful. They really made us feel welcome. The evening meal was scrumptious. I had steak and my wife had fish, with a salad. All polished off with a cracking espresso martini.
There was a cracking selection of choices for breakfast, and ours was served promptly, and tasted divine.
The only minus of the visit was the bedroom was very warm. Not that the proprietors can do much about the weather. The fan provided was pretty much non effective. Maybe a more powerful model will help next summer.
We have promised ourselves a return visit, with friends, to explore Winchester and the local area.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jjpink34 wrote a review Sept 2022
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 1 night prior to picking my Daughter up from worthy down.

Lovely stay, gorgeous bed and room which was well stocked. Fluffy towels and robes (if you wanted them).

My only gripe was that the room was vest warm. I used the fan (noisy) but didn’t like to open the sash window as didn’t feel safe when it opened onto a flat roof.

I didn’t eat here as I’m vegan and vegan food had to be ordered in advance.

Breakfast was £15 so I opted for a trip into Winchester to the project/zero waste store/4th street kitchen (next to Iceland) and had a scrummy vegan breakfast Inc coffee for under £10.

If I had reason to visit this area again I would definitely return to this hotel/pub. ✔️

Check out happy cow for vegans friendly places to eat/stay.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Plenty of parking! Fab cider (orchard thieves) 😋
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Richard C wrote a review Mar 2023
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I met with wife in the Kings Head in January 2011 and it has always been a special place for us.
We visit on a regular basis and the staff are warm and friendly and the food always excellent.

However, this Sunday we visited around 5pm to be greeted by a very blunt and seemingly non-interested bar tender. I ordered drinks and the asked if food was still being served.

He got the drinks and then said he would ‘check with the kitchen when when he got a chance as he was busy’!

I took the drinks back to our table and then 5 minutes later went back to the bar to check on the food status. He was ‘still very busy’!

I waited! 5 minutes later I enquired again. ‘It’s closed, we are doing a deep clean, we never serve food on a Sunday evening!’

I was taken aback as we had had an amazing Sunday roast in late November at around 7pm. ‘No you can’t have, we wouldn’t have been serving food then!’

I gave up! We drank our drinks and abandoned for our trusty other local, The White Horse in Otterbourne.

Such a shame, The Kings Head had a lovely local reputation, perhaps it’s countless management changes have finally done for it
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Date of stay: March 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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deborah c wrote a tip Dec 2023
Nottingham, United Kingdom12 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Use the park and ride to get into Winchester. Would not advise anyone to stay at the Kings Head at Hursley unless it is updated."
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JC wrote a tip Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom8 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Baby and dog friendly "
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Peter R wrote a tip Jul 2023
Nijlen, Belgium110 contributions76 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t accept the “cooper” room, situated at the exhaust of the cooker hood / kitchen and a very noisy garden ( consumption)"
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Susan W wrote a tip Jun 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t have lunch there."
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Sightsee610734 wrote a tip May 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early if you want to stay as there are only 8 rooms in total. Small personal hotel, in great location."
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£94 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Nearby attractions include ClueCapers Limited (4.3 miles), The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum (4.0 miles), and Plaza Theatre (5.0 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
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Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a fireplace.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The King's Head?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include East Avenue, The Golden Lion, and Gurkha Spice Winchester.
Is The King's Head located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Hursley.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Hospital of St Cross (3.3 miles), Winchester Cathedral (4.1 miles), and Winchester City Mill (4.4 miles).
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