Pleasing contemporary furnishings in carefully opened-up pub, courteous, helpful service, good drinks and excellent food; pretty bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This friendly, civilised pub combines well kept real ales with an enticing menu, all in a lovely village setting on Cranborne Chase. The open-plan L-shaped bar has a log fire, nice little touches such as a pot of herbs and tiny metal buckets of salt and pepper on scrubbed kitchen tables, a screen made up of the sides of wine boxes, and candles in big glass jars. An attractive mix of seats takes in spindlebacks, captain's and chapel chairs (some built into the bay windows) plus the odd cushioned settle, and there are big terracotta floor tiles, lantern-style wall lights, hound, hunting and other photographs, and prints of early 19th-c scientists. A beer named for the pub (from Marstons), Gritchie English Lore and Waylands Sixpenny 6d Gold on handpump and wines from a good list. A second log fire has fender seats on each side and leather chesterfields in front, and there's also a stuffed heron and grouse; daily papers and background music. Outside at the front are seats and tables beneath parasols, with more up steps in the raised garden where there's also an outdoor kitchen pavilion. The eight bedrooms are comfortable and pretty.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty food includes crispy bacon, gem and avocado salad, crab on toast, 8oz rump steak with field mushroom, tomato, chips and garlic and parsley butter, chicken, ham and leek pie with mash and buttered greens, brisket burger with ruby slaw and fries, seared bream fillet with Cornish new potato niçoise, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding and dark chocolate brownie.
Situated in the scenic village of Tollard Royal in rural Wiltshire, The King John Inn is a Victorian country inn offering beautiful accommodation, award-winning food and a warm, friendly service.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. In summer, our terraced garden is the perfect place to dine alfresco. In winter, relax near our roaring-log fires in our open plan pub or in the restaurant.The bar serves imported drafts and local beers and has an extensive wine list.Visit www.kingjohninn.co.uk for more informationThe King John is part of The Epicurean Collection, a selection of Britain's most iconic pubs and inns who are passionate about creating the ultimate countryside experience www.epicureantimes.com/epicurean-collectionWe are really proud to be part of 'Pub Group of the Year 2016' by The Good Pub Guide.