Pleasing contemporary furnishings in carefully opened-up pub, courteous, helpful service, a good choice of drinks and excellent food; pretty bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Locals do drop in for a pint of Flack Manor Double Drop, Ringwood Best and Waylands Sixpenny 6d Gold on handpump or a glass of wine from a good list but most customers come to this civilised pub to enjoy the particularly good, inventive food. The L-shaped, open-plan bar has a relaxed atmosphere, a log fire, nice little touches such as a rosemary plant and tiny metal buckets of salt and pepper on scrubbed kitchen tables, dog-motif cushions, 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 second log fire has fender seats on each side and leather chesterfields in front, and there's also a stuffed heron and grouse and daily papers. 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 bedrooms are comfortable and pretty and there's a self-catering cottage opposite.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using the best local, seasonal produce, the interesting food includes pigeon and bacon salad with croutons, house-smoked trout with a crispy egg and gherkins, twice-baked cheddar cheese soufflé, line-caught fish and chips with tartare sauce, roast duck legs with chilli duck noodle soup, rose veal chop with béarnaise sauce and puddings such as chocolate fondant and sticky toffee pudding, both with ice-cream.
What They Say
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.
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The 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.…
Spoil Yourself Sundays
Spend £60 or more on your Sunday dinner and enjoy a night’s stay for just £40
Make the most of your Sundays and enjoy a delicious dinner of our upmarket Cotswolds comfort food and spoil yourself with a good night’s sleep in one of our bedrooms.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly 01725 516 207 to book this offer.
Available on Sundays only, excluding any Bank Holidays and special events, and subject to availability. Booking is essential.
Good Pub Guide Information
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