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“Would be an 'excellent' rating but for the bed”
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The King's Head
Ranked #1 of 1 Hursley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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259 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Would be an 'excellent' rating but for the bed”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Stayed here the weekend just gone. Just a few days after the pub re-opened after the 'big wet'. Couldn't fault the team. The service was wonderfully well trained and attentive, the food at both dinner and breakfast was great and the choice of drink wide and varied. Staff member Grace in paritcular was super impressive and a real asset to the business. The location of the pub also very good for access to Winchester and walks in the South Downs. The only draw back we encountered was the size of the bed in the Spitfire Suite. Ridiculously small for a couple. I am no elephant and my wife at 5ft 3'' isnt either yet we found the 6ft x 4 ft ''double'' bed ridiculously small and uncomfortable for a couple. The fact we couldn't open the window in what is a very small room somewhat annyoing as well. Otherwise that aside would strongly recommend a stay here . Just don't get the Spitfire Suite.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Had a very pleasant lunch. Was given a warm welcome from friendly and efficient staff. The food was of high standard and the service we received was excellent. Lovely decor by the way which added to the atmosphere!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Winchester
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Don't know what planet previous review was from

But just had great lunch at a good price with my favourite beer served by my favourite landlord and his manager

Recommend it to anyone

I was an original shareholder

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Although there were no tables available, they squeezed into some uncomfortable seats near the bar, the service was rapid (they were very busy) and the food was good (excellent side selection of vegetables and carrots that tasted of carrots), I had asked for my meat rare and was duly obliged, pudding was good too...wine was disappointing, but beer selection very good - overall I would give this another go after having booked a table in their restaurant

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013

I stayed in the the 'Spitfire Suite' for 2 nights & hardly slept. This room is located above the kitchen and you are constantly shaken by the slamming of the cold room door which is adjacent to the room. Note that the kitchen opens from 7:30 am to midnight so you get the jist....
I could even hear an almighty argument in the kitchen, almost word for word, through the walls of my room.
The room is shabby; several light bulbs not working; carpet seen better days & the paint is peeling off the walls in the bathroom. Impossible to shower properly (you have to crouch down in the bath holding the shower head) . The heat in the bathromm is unbearable: the radiator is on full blast & impossible to turn off.
The pictures of the suite on their site are deceptive, it's much smaller than appears & there are stairs everywhere, it's very higglety pigglety.
On the upside: the room has its own seperate entrance via the carpark.
The pub itself is quite charming and the setting is wonderful.
The food was very good but overpriced and ridiculously small portions.
All in all quite dissappointing. Will not be returning.

Room Tip: The above review only concerns the Spitfire suite I can only hope the other rooms are nicer.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

Wonderful relaxing place to stay. Room was amazing (de blois) really homely subtle tasteful decor superb attention to detail fantastic bathroom with walk free standing bath with lions feet and superb walking shower. Evening meal and breakfast very good all staff friend helpful nothing too much trouble. Very close to Winchester you must stay here

  • Stayed December 2013
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in the De Blois room which despite being over the dining room was quiet. Beds very comfy,room spacious as was bathroom - nice fluffy towels! We ate on one night and despite being very busy the food was delicious and the service was good. All the staff were very helpful and made our stay special. The only criticism we would have would be that when we booked the room we were not advised that we should book a table if we wanted dinner. This is a very popular spot to eat and we could not book a table on the night as the restaurant was full.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The King's Head

Property: The King's Head
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 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hursley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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