Creeper-covered pub with interestingly furnished rooms, well kept ales, good wines and enjoyable food; lovely bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This gracious red-brick pub on the Hursley Estate has eight comfortable bedrooms, all named after celebrated incumbents of the manor and its land ' from Henry de Blois, original owner in the 12th c, to the Spitfire (Hursley House was control centre for the Spitfire programme during the war). The bar is pleasantly appointed: cushioned and shuttered window seats, high-backed plush green chairs and chunky leather stools around scrubbed tables on black floor slates, one high table with equally high chairs, and a raised fireplace with church candles on the mantelpiece above. Stools line the S-shaped, grey-painted counter where they serve Gritchie's English Lore and Ringwood Razorback on handpump, 17 wines by the glass, 40 gins and ten malt whiskies. A character lower room has a rather fine brick wall, a woodburning stove and wall banquettes with leather and tartan upholstery, and cushioned settles on floorboards; background music, daily papers and board games. The smart courtyard garden has tables equipped with parasols and heaters for the typically mercurial British summer. The skittles alley can be hired for private events.
The good pub guide food review
Pleasing food using local seasonal produce includes mac 'n' cheese truffle fritters, crispy battered haddock and chips, vegan burger with avocado, vegan cheese and fries, pan-fried 8oz rump steak with field mushroom, tomatoes and chips, seared bream fillet with Cornish new potates niçoise, and puddings such as rhubarb and custard crumble pie and eton mess pavlova.
The King’s Head is a traditional award-winning Georgian coaching inn located in the historic village of Hursley just moments from Winchester. Our Head Chef uses the best seasonal and local produce and she even collects herbs from our edible garden so you can expect that every plate on the menu is expertly crafted with a passion for the Hampshire countryside. We are proud to have recently received 1 Rosette by the AA.We also have our very own traditional skittles alley. Here you can sink into one of our leather sofas and catch up with friends or colleagues over a classic game of wooden skittles – a unique space full of great British character to enjoy your event, big or small.Visit www.kingsheadhursley.co.uk for more informationThe King's Head 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.comProud to be part of ‘Pub Group of the year 2016’ by The Good Pub Guide.