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“Carnivore goes veggie”
Review of Kings Head

Kings Head
Ranked #38 of 140 Restaurants in Stroud
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Haresfield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Carnivore goes veggie”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I can't believe I did this. I ordered a vegetarian meal. well, nearly. And it was excellent.
What a great pub. Perched above the village of Chalford with its stone buildings and narrow lanes - leave the Rangerover at home - where one almost feels one has strayed into a corner of Cornwall. Not easy to find, one has to make a point of going there, but the combination of flourishing and hard to find, says it has to be good.
The décor, too pretentious a word for this down to earth establishment, is typical olde pub, but in a good way. Pubby carpet, offwhite walls, beams, all a bit ramshackle and funky. Rather like being in a well worn sitting room. No muzak. No games machines. No tele. Bliss.
There's a garden with both covered and uncovered seating.
The staff, very welcoming. Decent choice of ales and ciders. Locals debating the Times crossword in the bar. It felt like a locals pub - no big boozy parties. Like a step into the past, and all the better for it.
We went on Sunday. The menu is small, and all fresh. No huge list of 'specials' out of a freezer.
Despite there being roast beef or pork on offer, wife and I both had Nut Wellington, which came piping hot with vegetarian or meat gravy, and an excellent selection of vegetables including some super roast potatoes.
Then chocolate orange sponge with ice cream, superb.
And not expensive.
There was no sense of being rushed, relaxed service, stayed 2 hours over our meal and a drink.
Five stars.
Will certainly go again.

  • Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Stroud, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere, very welcoming”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Food was cooked to order, Gluten-free not a problem. Good range of real ales. Friendly locals. Busy on a Monday night with live musicians jamming. Difficult to find but well worth it.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Wacker1948
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Bar experience”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Only went for a drink, but the staff were friendly and attentive. A lovely pub in the middle of an idyllic village. Quite busy for a Monday night with friendly locals. Would definitely visiit again, probbaly in the summer when I could sit outside - but away from the smokers who seem to congregate just outside the main door

Visited February 2014
1 Thank MrsPeters70
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“value for money in the Kings Head”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

The Kings Head is a fine pub. Not only because of the good selection of beers, really good wines and delicious food (the nut wellington at sunday lunch an absolute favorite!), but also because the local people make you feel so very welcome! This includes the landlord and landlady, Pat and Mike Duff.
On a monday night, there is live music to enjoy and even to join in if wanted.
We stayed for 12 days in the loft that they rent out at the premises and had the best time. A perfect view of the valley, a lovely private garden in which we enjoyed the sun every day. A view of the pub garden from our kitchen window and noise was never a problem.
This is a pub you could walk in, all by yourself and find yourself having a great time because people connect (if you want) and the garden is lovely.
We hope to go back there soon, because we certainly will!

Roel & Joke from the Netherlands

  • Visited May 2014
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4 Thank Joke-Roel
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Millbrook, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing vegetarian roast with friendly service!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went here after reading some online reviews. Our high expectations were surpassed and the vegetarian roast was even more beautiful. It was excellent value for money, imaginative and sensitive to vegetarian considerations (a different vegetarian gravy was on offer). My husband (who is not vegetarian) enjoyed his meat roast though kept looking longingly at mine too. We wish we lived nearer as would definitely be regulars :) thank you for a lovely experience!

Thank Cheeky_Queen_Bee1984
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