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The King's Head
Ranked #1 of 2 Hursley B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

Great pub, recently refurbished. Service by Lorenzo and his staff is always fantastic. We live in Hursley so have to give it 5* for location. Food always great. If you're reading this review, you are clearly toying with eating and/or staying here .. Well do ! You won't be disappointed !

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We stayed at the location for one night, our room had a four poster bed, lovely chandelier and a roll top bath although we opted for the shower! The room was clean and comfortable although a little noisy from the pub downstairs till at least around midnight. We had three meals at the restaurant (breakfast, lunch, dinner) all very tasty, especially the steak sandwich and the chocolate torte! A very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

We visited the restaurant on a Friday night, when the King's Head offers a Fish Evening. I ordered cod steak on a smoked haddock rosti, with 6 clams and surrounded by a ring of samphire. This was a top-class dish, with each element perfectly cooked. I had never before realised that cod could taste so fresh and delicious. My wife began with a Caesar's salad, with parmisan shavings, bacon and chicken. This, too, rated a 10/10 score with the croutons perfect and the leaves very crisp. We ended by sharing a creme brulee. Again this was very good, with a thin topping tasting of slightly burnt sugar (as the dish's name implies) and a delicious creamy mixture underneath.

Impressed by this meal, we visited again the following Wednesday for lunch. At this time of year the pub offers a Hampshire Fare lunch, two courses for £12.75 (three for £15). I began with a pulled ham terrine, served with piccallili, dressed leaves, and several pieces of thin crispy toast. It was good. I continued with a whole fresh mackerel on the bone, with a mustard sauce, served on watercress with bacon pieces. Once again the fish could not have been fresher. It was a great dish. (Apparently the proprietor travels to Portsmouth to buy fresh fish on a regular basis.) My wife repeated her selection of Caesar's salad with ham and bacon, this time scoring it as only 7/10. The croutons were overlarge and rather hard; the leaves were OK but not so crisp as before. The dish was still fine by normal standards.

The service was fine on both occasions. I shall certainly be making further visits to try out some further fish dishes.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed here on Thursday and Friday night as we were going to the Festival Of Speed at Goodwood by Chichester. The inn was easy to find using the sat nav and there is a good sized car park. The four poster room we booked (Edward VI) was lovely and the bathroom with its slipper bath and monsoon shower just what was wanted after a long drive.

We hadn't booked for dinner on the Thursday as we were unsure of our arrival time but the maitre d' fitted us in and how glad we were; the food was truly outstanding, the seared scallops with blood pudding and lemon jelly to die for and the calves liver was crisp on the outside but melting in the mouth. My husband was likewise delighted with his meal of smoked salmon on rye bread and steak with home fries The wine list was very nice and not too expensive. The bar was welcoming and well used by the locals with a very nice, inclusive atmosphere.

Breakfast was very good and all cooked to order with some of the best tea I've had in a hotel for a long time.

We were late returning to the hotel on the Friday, but again were able to be fitted in for dinner. The Kings Head does a "Fish Friday" with fresh oysters, crab and lobster all on the menu as well as dover sole, sea bass and cod. If you are in the know, you phone ahead and reserve your oysters and crab; we didn't know and so missed out but had some wonderful fresh spicy deep fried squid that was all that could be asked for.

The Kings Head is a little gem and we will be returning again.

Room Tip: The Edward VI room has a four poster bed and is large and bright.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed one night in this lovely hotel in the beautiful village of Hurley. We were in the King Edward VIth room which was roomy and very comfortable.

Our English friends came and met us for dinner in the delightful restaurant where we had a great meal for a good price.

We had a good night's sleep in the very comfortable bed and next morning we were served a hearty breakfast.

Winchester is only about 10-15 minutes from Hurley so we visited the Cathedral before heading back to Dover and dropping our car off.

It is a great find in a small village close to some excellent attractions.

Room Tip: We had a front room which we thought might be noisy but wasn't. There was free Wifi and everythi...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

this is the 3rd year in a row that we have stayed here and as before it was excellent the food was fantastic and rooms 1 and 6 were great but 5 has a extraction fan outside and is a little noisy if you have the window open.
the service was second to none we will be staying again next year.
cheers to all the staff you're great

Room Tip: as I say roon 5 has a fan outside which is a little noisy
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank ickle
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

The hotel was easy to find and in a nice location, a short drive (15 mins) from the centre of Winchester. We received a warm welcome but couldn't check in as we'd arrived a little earlier than the advertised time. Not to worry - we had plenty of exploring to do!

Our room was on the first floor and the view wasn't brilliant as the bedroom window looked out onto an assortment of roof tiles and drain pipes.The bathroom was very spacious and you had a choice of 2 different shower heads!! The room was a bit stuffy which was down to it being directly above the kitchen. This led to a rather poor night's sleep as it was simply too hot. We couldn't fault the cleanliness of the room or the hotel and everything we needed was there....even hot chocolate on the hospitality tray!

We ate in the restaurant which was incredibly busy and there was a lively buzz about the place. I would recommend that you book in advance as it was very busy for a midweek evening. The food was very nice but it did take a while to arrive. There was a very limited choice of bar snacks which was a shame as I think this would enhance the offering at the hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 6 - Cooper which is above the kitchen. The room was incredibly hot and even openin...
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Address: Main Road, Hursley SO21 2JW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Hursley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hursley
Price Range: £90 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The King's Head 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome, fine home cooked fare and traditional rural hospitality await you ... The King's Head free house is a traditional Four Star Georgian coaching inn situated in the historic downland village of Hursley, just south of Winchester in Hampshire. We offer a warm welcome and traditional rural hospitality to rival all other inns and hotels in Winchester. The village of Hursley is most well known for its strong associations with the family of Oliver Cromwell; it is for this reason that it is believed The King's Head originally gained its name. Our aim is to provide a relaxed and cheerful environment for locals and visitors alike in which to enjoy locally sourced ales, fine wines, home-cooked food, or even a night or two in one of our carefully restored hotel rooms. 'There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or Inn' Samuel Johnson ... more   less 
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