Wow. We arrived at King John amidst glorious sunshine, in a beautiful setting with a wonderfully warm welcome. Booked in for one night only, we came to King John for food, as our final evening treat of a west England and Wales holiday jaunt. It was only when we sat down for a drink did we check out some reviews of the place (we chose it through its location and ranking in the Independent's top 100 UK gastro pubs) and we were surprised with some of the negative reviews, albeit we hadn't eaten yet. For food, this is a must. I had the oysters to start while my husband opted for the shellfish chowder - both wonderful.
We opted for the twice baked cheese soufflé and veal chop mains - the meat was thick and succulent, the cheese was divine. We couldn't resist the apple doughnuts served with toffee sauce and mulled cider and, I have to day, it is one of the best desserts I've ever had. King John isn't cheap bit it's worth it. Beautifully presented and tasty food that goes above and beyond and the service was delightful. We're now relaxing in our room (really lovely) for the evening, nicely stuffed whilst finishing off a great (and well-priced) bottle of Chateau neuf du pape. Can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the scenic village of Tollard Royal in rural Wiltshire, The King John Inn is a Victorian and award-wining country inn offering beautiful accommodation, delicious food and a warm, friendly service. Our eight en-suite bedrooms combine modern comfort with rustic elegance and feature luxurious linen, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, direct dial phones and luxurious toiletries. Our Head Chef is an accomplished fisherman, bakes his own bread, makes his own cheese and still finds time to get up early and catch local game when in season so you can expect that every plate on the King John menu is as fresh as it can be and is expertly crafted with a passion for the local countryside. We are proud to have recently received 1 Rosette from the AA. In summer, our terraced garden is the perfect place to dine alfresco while watching the chefs in action in their Victorian-inspired outdoor kitchen. In winter, relax near our roaring-log fires in our open plan pub or in the informal restaurant. The bar provides an ever-changing selection of imported drafts and local beers as well as an extensive wine list. Salisbury and its cathedral are only a 30 minute drive away whilst the beautiful hillside town of Shaftesbury is only 20 minutes. The King John Inn also sits within a 5-minute walk of the historic Rushmore Park, an area of lawn and open woodland home to the Rushmore Golf Club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- King John Hotel Wiltshire