The good pub guide review
Dating from the 17th c, this busy pub has much character, with small rooms that have plenty of low beams and standing timbers, leather sofas and an attractive assortment of old dining chairs and tables on wood-strip floors. There is also a light, airy bar area, a knocked-through open fire and a couple of woodburning stoves in the restaurant areas. Adnams Broadside, Lacons and a couple of changing guests on handpump, 14 wines by the glass, 20 gins (including five local ones) and eight malt whiskies; background music. There are seats in the garden and the pub is opposite a little green. Add in impressive food, helpful, friendly service and good accommodation, this is an enjoyable all-rounder. The six bedrooms are comfortable and pretty, and there are also two self-catering apartments. Portable disabled ramp but no loos.
The good pub guide food review
Top notch food from a range of local suppliers includes sandwiches, chargrilled pigeon breast with black pudding potato cake, roasted chicory and crispy quail egg, smoked haddock kedgeree with spinach and poached egg, spiced falafel burger with barbecue pulled jackfruit, beetroot and apple slaw and skinny fries, honey-roast ham with fried duck egg, Norfolk seafood platter (crayfish, whitebait, treacle-cured salmon and pickled cockles), chargrilled lamb skewer with pickled red cabbage and tzatziki, and puddings such as rhubarb and custard millefeuille with rhubarb and ginger gin sorbet, and banoffee fondant with caramelised banana and rum and raisin ice-cream.
The Kings Head in Bawburgh, a 17th century freehouse pub, has been owned for 35 years by Anton Wimmer and his family. They pride themselves on their excellent reputation which has stood the test of time.
An award winning pub, restaurant and B&B, the Kings Head has been awarded by The Good Pub Guide the title of Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2019. They have also maintained their 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence, as well as the AA 4 Gold Star award for their B&B rooms during a reinspection in August 2018.
As one of the original pioneers of gastropub dining in Norfolk, The Kings Head Bawburgh centres its menu and philosophy firmly on local markets, produce and seasonal specialities.
Head chefs Jake and Max head a talented team who prepare and cook with the finest seasonal local produce, producing their ever evolving a la carte menu which changes monthly (although some Kings Head classics always remain). From a close relationship between The Kings Head and their local VIPs (very important producers) is born their daily changing specials full of imaginative, local twists.
In addition to their bustling pub, Anton and wife Tet are delighted with the consistent growth of their luxury B&B rooms, all named after important people in the Kings Head history, which have been awarded the AA 4 Gold Star award.
Anton, a business man with gumption, also completed the renovation of a property within eye-sight of The Kings Head to create two luxury self-catering apartments. Sleeping 4 or 6, these apartments are finished in the same high standard throughout the B&B, located in a quaint and quiet location at the heart of the picturesque Bawburgh village.