A dinner and stay at The King’s Head, Hursley

I have discovered the perfect way to escape to the Hampshire countryside. The King’s Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome (whatever the weather), home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester.

We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.

The King’s Head Exterior

The King’s Head, Hursley is a Georgian Coaching Inn with sash windows, tall ceilings and old stories to tell.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Countryside Pub And Inn.
The King’s Head: Country pub and Inn.

The outside spaces are full of plants and flowers, lanterns and shade, for the sun (and today… the drizzle!).

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
Outside seating surrounded by plants and flowers.

The view along the street is crammed with picturesque cottages and Georgian homes. Opposite the smart All Saints Church nestles among the trees.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Pretty pub.

For the second year running The King’s Head, Hursley has been named Hampshire’s Best Pub by the National Pub & Bar Awards 2017.

It is also a place full of heart, with warming messages that bring a smile.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Country Pub Signs.
‘The fondest of memories are made when gathered around the table’.

Although we wouldn’t be sitting in the garden on this grey and damp day, the garden was still lovely to explore.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Heading To The Garden.
Heading into the garden.

As you head into the garden, it is worth noting that if you want to bring your dog for a nights stay at this country retreat, you can book the Spitfire suite, where they are most welcome. There are bowls of fresh water around the inn and dog biscuits available too!

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. The 'Spitfire' Room.
Dog friendly ‘Spitfire’ suite.

This room plays homage to the fact that the village of Hurlsey played host to the Vickers Aviation design team during Second World War, makers of the renowned Spitfire fighter plane.

The King’s Head garden

It makes for a lovely place to meet up with family and friends.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. The Garden.
The King’s Head garden.

 

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
‘Welcome to the garden’ sign.

There are flowers, fruit and herbs growing all around the garden. Some shade comes from bright umbrellas and fruit trees.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Strawberry Plant.
Lanterns and strawberry plants.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Apple Tree.
Apple tree.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Roses.
Roses.

I love that the entrance is lit by lanterns. We head inside this homely Inn and were welcomed with warm smiles.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Lamps On Steps.
Lanterns ready to light your way inside.

The King’s Head Dining Room

One of the first rooms you’ll spot is the main dining room. I loved it’s old world rustic charm. Faux bookshelf wall paper, crystal candles holders and an array of wooden tables with miss-matched chairs. This is a place you can happily relax in, whilst still feeling spoilt. They want you to feel at home, but little luxuries are everywhere.

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
The main dining room.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Table Setting.
Table setting.

This table is by an open door with lovely views of the village. Great for a summers lunch or early dinner.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Table By The Door.
Table by the door.

Bedroom: EDWARD VI ROOM

Our room had a four poster bed fit for a King.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Bedroom.
Bedroom: Edward VI

Soft pillows on a four poster bed, a fireplace, ornate wallpaper and a roll top bath were some of my favourite things about this room.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Pretty Four Poster Bed.
Pretty four poster bed.

There are 8 rooms and all of them are different. Each is linked a to one of Hursley’s rich historical past.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Roll Top Bath.
Roll top bath.

Antique furniture is matched with modern day comfort. You get a kettle with vintage tea cups and a selection of refreshments, comfy dressing gowns and good quality toiletries.

I don’t know what this says of me and my husband but we always let out a little cheer when we can make our own cup of tea! You can admit these things when you are enjoying your midlife!

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Dressing Table.
Bedside table with flowers.

Every room is guarded by a sweet dog that sits outside the room.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Do Not Disturb Toy Dog.
‘Do not disturb’.

Dumping our bags we head out to explore a bit more.

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
Vases of fresh flowers dotted all about.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Comfy Places To Sit.
Comfy places to sit.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Sash Windows.
Sash windows looking out to All Saints church.

The King’s Head Bar

This is proper country inn with quality real ales but it also has a great collection of gins. On top of that, the owner is a sommelier. So, if like us you enjoy a quality tipple, you won’t be disappointed.

The bar has a place for everyone, whether you need a high backed chair for one, a stool to prop yourself against or a cozy settle to share with friends.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. The Bar.
Pick a seat in the Bar.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Seating At The Bar.
Varied seating.

There is a really good selection of drinks on tap…

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Ciders, Ales And Lagers.
Ciders, Ales and Lagers.

including a King’s Head Ale!

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Their Own Ale.
The King’s Head own Ale (far right).

Most exciting for me, however is the quality of their gin selection…

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Selection Of Gin.
Selection of gin.

 

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
Eye spy… gin!

The smaller dining room just off the bar is perfect for a Sunday lunch!

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Relaxed Dining Room.
Relaxed dining.

The room is warm and cozy for small groups to eat, chat and enjoy home cooked food.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Informal Dining.
‘Cold beer – Warm conversation’

You can expect to get good advice on wine here.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Wine Menu.
Wine menu.

The Skittles Alley

This is a unique games room based in the large cellar found through a door under the stairs and down a winding staircase. It’s a delightful space with arching brick ceilings and giant naked bulbs for lighting.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Private Dining.
Private dining.

This room is not only home to the traditional skittle alley but can be hired out as a function or private dining room. There is room down here for up to 50 guests. Sport can be put on the flat screen tv.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Old Cellar.
Atmospheric lighting in the old cellar.

So, it’s a great room for meeting up with friends or colleagues. If you are local you could even join in their games night by bringing along your own skittles team!

We sat and enjoyed a cider before having a go ourselves. There are various ways to play, but we decided to keep it simple.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Skittles.
Skittles Alley.

The game came naturally to some of us…

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Playing Skittles.
Skittles game.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Skittles Room.
Setting up skittles.

 

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
Ready for the game.

For others, not so natural..!

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Playing A Game Of Skittles.
Someone might need some more practice…

Having had more fun beating Andy at Skittles we cozied up together by an open window, listening to the rain patter outside, whilst looking for local houses on our laptop. One can dream…

After a lazy soak in the roll top bath I got dolled up, ready for dinner. As soon as we left our room delicious smells rose from the kitchen downstairs, signalling our stomachs to rumble in expectation.

The King’s Head restaurant.

The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.
The King’s Head Gin with tonic water and grapefruit.

We started at the bar, where I chose The King’s Head own gin. They serve it with grapefruit and it tasted fantastic!

The menu is fairly small and well thought out. We like it when restaurants have 4 to 5 choices per section, it shows confidence in the dishes.

Rather than going for a starter Andy really fancied the flat bread with meats and mozzarella.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Flat Bread Dish.
FROM THEIR FLAT BREAD OVEN: Chorizo, Salami, Coppa Ham, Rose Harissa, Roquito Pepper, Mozzarella.

It was rather filling but juicy and full of flavours. Andy loved the Roquito peppers.

I chose the cheese soufflé, which was possibly the best I had ever eaten. It was light but also tremendously hearty and generous, cooked with delicious cave aged cheddar.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Cheese Soufflé.
Starter: Cave Aged Cheddar Cheese Soufflé.

Andy’s main was this whole plaice roasted on the bone. He really enjoyed it. It was as soft as can be and full of flavour, especially with the accompanying brown shrimp. I can vouch for the potatoes as I kept pinching them!

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Plaice Dish.
Whole Brixham Plaice Roasted on the Bone, Jersey New Potatoes, Brown Shrimp & Samphire.

I very rarely pick pork. The word ‘Tomahawk’ won me over and I’m so glad because the flavours on this dish were scrumptious. The Black Pudding & Garden Purple Sage Mash was a revelation! I also really enjoyed the crunchy bacon bits alongside all this soft loveliness.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Pork Main Dish.
British Tomahawk Pork Chop, Black Pudding & Garden Purple Sage Mash, Green Beans, Cider Sauce.

We were super full at this stage, but the thought of a double chocolate and cherry cheesecake was too much for me to ignore!

It was another deeply satisfying dish.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Cheesecake Dessert.
Double Chocolate & Cherry Cheesecake, Chocolate Ice-cream.

The food here is big, flavoursome and hearty. Expect to leave the table very satisfied and heavier around the waist!

The village of Hursley

The next morning, the weather was still grey but we headed out between the drizzle for a little stroll. Hursley is a gorgeous and tiny village (practically a hamlet). But there is a church (All Saints) you could take a look around.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Church Opposite.
All Saints church opposite The King’s Head, Hursley.

Perfect rows of cottages line the street, with beautiful wooden door ways and roses climbing around the windows.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Pretty Rows Of Cottages.
Pretty rows of cottages.

The village has a rich history involving Oliver Cromwell and Henry de Blois. The Hursley estate was used as an American hospital during WW1 and a during WW2 it became the control centre of the Spitfire programme.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Beautiful Door Way.
Beautiful village homes.

The local butchers looked really good and we considered buying a joint to take home for dinner. In the end, we couldn’t get our heads around it after feasting last night.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Village Butchers.
Village Butchers.

We wondered why one house had such enormous chimneys. If you know, please leave a message below. My guess is that it might have been the local bakers once upon a time…?

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Village Og Hursley.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Oversized Chimneys.
Oversized chimneys.

Incredibly, we had worked up an appetite during our little walk and head back to the Inn for breakfast.

Breakfast at The King’s Head

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Breakfast.
Breakfast.

The table was laid with cereals, a fruit bowl, quality jams and fruit juices.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Fresh Fruit At Breakfast.
Fresh fruit.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. A Selection Of Jams.
Selection of quality jams.

 

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Bottles Of Fruit Juice.
Vintage bottles of fresh fruit juice.

I ordered a cappuccino and was delighted when a giant cup appeared with masses of froth.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Frothy Cappuccino.
Frothy cappuccino.

We chose the Farmhouse breakfast. Every component tasted really really good. I ate it all and I would highly recommend it. It is an ideal way to start your day before exploring Winchester.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Cooked Breakfast.
Farmhouse Breakfast: Back Bacon, Hampshire Sausage, Flat Mushroom, Black Pudding, Tomato & Scrambled Hen’s Egg.

We really enjoyed our stay at The King’s Head, Hursley. It was everything you hope a traditional Inn would be with a dash of extra special.

A Dinner And Stay At The King's Head, Hursley. Contact Details.

THE KING’S HEAD, Hursley

Main Road, Hursley
Winchester, Hampshire
SO21 2JW

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 775 208

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Nearby attractions to The King’s Head, Hursley

  • Winchester Historical Centre
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • New Forest
  • Isle of Wight
  • The Watercress Line
  • Jane Austen’s House

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The King's Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome whatever the weather, home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to unwind, recharge and reconnect with one another. The countryside around is glorious and this Coaching Inn is also near some rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester.

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    1. Yes, it is! Hursley is a picture perfect village surrounded by lush countryside. But, it’s also close to some wonderful attractions! Hope you come back soon x

    1. Thank you so much! The gardens were lovely, so full of flowers and fruit. The strawberries were still a little green and the apples still in tight bunches, otherwise I’d have been very tempted to snack!!

    1. Thank you Liz. You should definitely pop in. Say you saw this review and Mark the landlord will look after you! x

    1. Yes, I agree – I love that mix of tradition and modern. The garden would be reeeally popular in the sun for sure! x

  1. Love that ‘plaice’.. get it 😉 A super cozy and warm stay in lovely surroundings! It’s a pleasure to enjoy it again through your colourful words, honey. Great post xxx

    1. It was great fun! I’ve never played skittles properly, but it was a really satisfying sport! I loved the vintage skittle pieces too x

    1. Yes, it’s a very pretty inn and Hursley is so gorgeous, we started to check out local houses for sale! haha! The food is good and hearty – so go with an appetite! x

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