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
Most people come to this elegantly furnished pub to enjoy the delicious food, but there's a genuinely warm welcome from the friendly staff and a good choice of drinks too. The L-shaped, open-plan bar has a log fire, a civilised yet informal feel and 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, a master of hounds picture and prints of early 19th-c scientists. A second log fire has fender seats to each side and leather chesterfields in front, and there's also a stuffed heron and grouse and daily papers. Butcombe Bitter and Adam Hensons Rare Breed and Flack Manor Double Drop on handpump and good wines by the glass; you can buy wine from their shop too. Outside the front of the building 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 produce, the inventive food includes numerous lunchtime dishes that can be ordered as small plates for sharing: rock oysters, lobster gnocchi, devilled duck livers on toast, gruyère fondue with grissini,and pigs head hash with parsley sauce and an egg. Evening choices include portland crab on toast, pigeon salad with bacon, warm fallow deer salad with greens, cod fillet with roast fennel gnocchi, rose veal chops with béarnaise sauce, and puddings such as chocolate and orange terrine and apple doughnuts with toffee sauce and mulled cider.
What They Say
Situated in the scenic village of Tollard Royal in rural Wiltshire, The King John Inn is a Victorian and award-wining country inn offering beautiful accommodation, delicious 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. Our 1 AA Rosette restaurant serves Pub classics along with creative seasonal dishes.
In summer, our terraced garden is the perfect place to dine alfresco while watching the chefs in action in their Victorian-inspired outdoor kitchen. In winter, relax near our roaring-log fires in our open plan pub or in the informal restaurant.
The bar provides an ever-changing selection of imported drafts and local beers as well as an extensive wine list.
The King John is part of The Epicurean Collection, a selection of the finest British pubs and inns handpicked by The Epicurean. www.epicureanti…
Good Pub Guide Information
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