We went to the Kings Head on a family day out and were let down by lacklustre service (to us and the tables eating around us) and food that was just plain rubbish, particularly for the price.
The (I presume) landlord and landlady and the one waitress we saw were friendly enough, got us (my partner and one year old) seated ok and we ordered at the bar (it's a "real" pub so we have no issue with that). The atmosphere in the pub is friendly despite being full of obvious locals.
Our soft drinks should have been the first sign all was not as it should be. Despite being served from a glass bottle my coke was warm, flat and the 2 ice cubes provided melted immediately. My partners OJ was the cheapest imaginable sort. Still, we were there, we wanted to have a nice family lunch, so we ordered from the long menu.
The duck pâté was revolting - fatty, bland and served with a cheaper than cheap white bread roll, half a greying gherkin (half!) and no chutney or relish as you'd normally get. My seafood and chips main (breaded scampi, fish goujons etc) were just about ok - barely cooked though and dubiously cool, how hard is it to make scampi and chips!? No peas or veg to accompany as you'd usually expect, and had to ask for tartare sauce. Other half's BBQ chicken/cheese/bacon mush (sorry, dish) was again just about edible, no veg served with it and very disappointing for the high price charged.
On the next table a woman had ordered something with roast veg which they complained to the waitress was vinegary and inedible, only to be told there's no vinegar in it, just oil and garlic. No apology, no offer of a fresh one. My only thought is that the veg must have been old/off giving a vinegary taste. All points to utter lack of skill taste or passion in the kitchen. And a brush-off shrug from the waitress implies these complaints are constant.
Overall the food, decor and atmosphere is incredibly dated and 80s; considering the price and location they could/should be doing so so much better. We won't be back.
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