Hello, I've travelled over the last 30 years to many inns in the UK, once spending almost a year going from county to county. To be honest, I never really bother with writing reviews. I normally just speak or write to the landlord if I've found somewhere exceptional. However, I was a paying guest at somewhere over the weekend which encapsulated everything you could wish for in an inn. The Kings Head in Bledington (near Burford and Stow on the Wold) is in the centre of a picturesque Cotswold village and has a brook running outside it. It has not only maintained the authentic 16th century rustic charm and atmosphere throughout but has combined it with sensational cooking (which was seasonal and locally sourced, love that), an unexpectedly wide variety of wines from around the world and an attention to detail which separates it from other inns I've stayed in. The owners obviously are passionate about the place. There are freshly cut flowers, newspapers everywhere for convenience and even muslin cutting across the ceiling of the breakfast room. There are family heirlooms scattered about, but all the modern essentials are there, free wifi being one. From the bedrooms and bathrooms to the oaky bar and restaurant you get a sense that the owners have put their guest's experiences above any other criteria. And this is why I have written this review. I have an award from the Institute of Customer Service, so I look for places that go the extra mile in terms of customer care, places when you've checked out you feel like had a great deal and instantly want to go back. This was one. Another observation was how friendly the locals were and how full the place seemed to be, although I never once felt it was overcrowded. This added to the experience. I banged my head twice going up to my room as the doorways were built for the 16th men and women, so watch out if you're tall or mildly inebriated. I had a large bathroom which was also a surprise, oak beams in there and the bedroom, and a terrace across the passage. I didn't see the other rooms across the terrace so may have to try one of them next time. If you feel you want to go back in time but have the exacting standards of modern day customer service, friendly staff and also enjoy the mother of all breakfasts, then go and stay there. Even if you can't get a room but are in the Cotswolds staying nearby then head there for lunch or dinner. If the Kings Head in Bledington is a secret, then it should be open one. Apparently, it is booked out til February or March which doesn't really surprise me. But its worth doing what I did, phone up on the off chance there's a cancelation. You won't regret it and I bet you'll want to go back there again. I remember certain great inns I've stayed in in Northumberland, in Cheshire and in Wales. This was the best I've seen in the Cotswolds, and in the top 5 of any inn in England.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally a 16 th Century Cider House this is the classic Cotswold Inn on the village green that warms the soul as soon as you see it .Excellent food ,well kept Ales and twelve delightful bedrooms combined with a priceless atmosphere give you the complete Cotswold Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The King`s Head Hotel Bledington
- The King's Head Inn Bledington, Oxfordshire