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“New Management New Attitude” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Kings Arms - CLOSED

The Kings Arms
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“New Management New Attitude”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

We are local and had Sunday Lunch recently. The roast was excellent, hearty with lots of vegetables and I had extra gravy and horseradish that was promptly supplied when asked.
for. My wife had a wonderful ham and leek pie, that was home cooked on premises. She wolfed it all. My little son had a burger made in the pub from local beef. All lovely food. The prices were sensible and well thought out. Just some finishing touches like a premium lager on draught and champagne/prosecco by the glass and we have the perfect country pub that caters for everbody locals and customers from further a field. Good to see the welly and dog contingent being welcomed in.Oh and please remove the carpet from the bar and reveal the lovely flagstones. Mind you the merlot and abbot ale kept us busy for a good 3 hours.....

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank MendipCommuter
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74 reviews from our community

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English first
Bath
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great new Landlord, team and food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

We popped in to the Kings Arms as we heard the it had recently been taken over by a new land lord and what a fantastic surprise. Scott and his team instantly made us feel extremely welcome even in our walking boots, we got a beer and Scott the new Landlord filled a dog bowl for our Springer who lay next to the roaring open fire very very content. A quick check of the menu and we could see Scott has got a great idea of what people really want from a beautiful country pub and when the food arrived no one could ever be disappointed - good food, fair prices and lovely people. Top marks to the team at the Kings Arms Litton and thank you for getting the pub back to what it should be. We will defiantly be regular visitors and we know you'll be a great success!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank SJSC
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bristol
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Under new management”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

We popped into the Kings Arms for lunch, as we'd heard it had been taken over last week. The new owner Scott, is friendly, enthusiastic and professional, as is the rest of the staff.
Service was great, our waitress was lovely, she was funny; helpful and ensured we had everything we needed. The food is freshly made on the premises, and they are using local producers and suppliers. The menu is good and my vegetarian friend had a few dishes to choose from, and none of it Quorn thankfully!
All the meals we ordered were well made and tasty. We were served quite large portions, so none of us could manage dessert, but we did spot other people having some, and they looked very nice.
We're really pleased the Kings Arms has reopened, it's a beautiful pub, with a gorgeous garden.. It even has a little stream at the bottom. The new management are really lovely, the food is good, so we'll definitely be popping down again soon.

Visited March 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Sue N
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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Closed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

After booking a table in advice from friends and family for my Grandad's 92 birthday we were slightly surprised to find the place deserted. Since part of our party had driven over an hour to get there it was irritating that we hadn't been informed and there was no mention of the fact it was closed for food on the web site. Fortunately the Blue Bowl at West Harptree was an excellent alternative.

Helpful?
1 Thank Simon W
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Somerset
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Food Paradise Has Become Food Hell”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

The King's Head has changed hands yet again. The last time we ate there it was incredibly good quality and value, but when we visited last weekend it was a very different story. The food wasn't just mediocre or less than perfect, it was memorably awful, possibly the worst food I've ever paid for.
We booked last minute so weren't surprised there was a bit of umming and ahring about fitting us in. However when we arrived it was almost deserted. The waitress said they'd had to delay us eating because they had had a large party of 12 diners and their main chef was away. When I jokingly queried whether the food would be ok I was assured the sous chef had everything in hand. When she came to take our order we were informed there was 'a cheese issue' so many dishes billed as containing cheese would now not! The whole establishment had a sad, abandoned air, particularly for peak time on a Saturday night, not helped by the awful piped lift muzak!
Clearly camembert was still available as we had a baked one to start. It was luke warm with uninspiring flacid white bread, edible, if not monumental, but then it's hard to make a mess of bunging a box in the oven. My main course was 'braised lamb shoulder, with garlic mash and roasted root vegetables' in a sauce of which one of the constituents was mint (I forget the rest) When the mains arrived about an hour later! there was a dollop of pureed mash with a few boiled carrots strewn round it. and no other veg. The slice of lamb was totally obscured by viscous almost black gloop, which tasted as bad as it looked, salty and with the consistency of tar. The lamb was dried out, leathery and totally devoid of flavour. At any price this was not acceptable but at over £16 it was appalling. When I conveyed my feelings to the very helpful young waiter he took my comments seriously and went off to consult with someone behind the scenes. He returned with the offer of a 10% reduction on my dish. I declined this offer and next time he returned this was upped to 50%! My partners meal of bangers and chips (which they agreed to swap for mash) was served with the level of presentation of a children's fast food meal. He said the sausages were fine but the chips were burger joint standard and the onion gravy served separately was 'disgusting.' Neither of us ate much of our meals and left with a very sour taste in our mouths after paying a substantial amount for a spoiled evening.
I regularly eat out in country pubs and am not expecting Michelin star standards, but this hit an all time low. We shall not be eating there again until it once more changes hands, which on this performance will be sooner rather than later!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
3 Thank rosetheintrepid
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