The Kings Head

1 The Green, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 1BB - View on a map
Telephone: 020 8886 1988

The Kings Head Restaurant In London
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Overall 8.8
Food 9.0
Service 8.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 9.0
Based on 1 reviews

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i have been to the kings head a few times now and i think its great. i love the food there its always been delicious, the staff are always lovely and very friendly, and have booked there short room private dinning for a family birthday meal.
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katie williams
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Sunday, October 16, 2011

What a dreadful meal but allow me to set the scene first. The restaurant part of the pub is completely empty when we arrive. It takes 5 mins before we manage to flag anyone down to ask if we can go to our table. 'Sit anywhere' the guy behind the bar says. We chose our seats and get comfy. 5 mins later another waiter shows up and says 'you cant sit there', the place is still empty at this point but we don't grumble and move to another table. I ask for a French Pinot Noir, the waiter then in his most patronizing tone says 'wouldn't you rather one from New Zealand its far superior.'. Oh really!? Ok. He brings the wine of his choosing which was rather thick and syrupy for a Pinot and not what I was looking for but never-mind its not a big deal. Its drinkable.

I order Salmon fillet with savoy cabbage, bacon and peas. It arrives in a bowl swimming in cream. Which is a surprise because the cream wasn't mentioned on the menu and it would appear to be the main ingredient on the plate. The salmon was over cooked, 'crispy skin' was cremated black and it was all a little under seasoned, bland and erm creamy. Nevermind its just about edible.

Then we order sticky toffee pudding and banana ice-cream. This was served up in an old Lyons Syrup tin. In the tin was a cold, dry bit of toffee sponge and a blob of cold banana ice-cream. We thought Chef must have forgotten to add the sauce and asked if he could add it. We are then told that's how its served, chefs sold hundreds like that and no one else has complained. We said we'd never heard of a sticky toffee pudding being served without the sauce, where's the 'sticky'? The waiter then started brandishing a menu at us saying 'we need to read the menu more carefully in future as there is no mention of a sauce with the pudding. I thought back to the salmon dish, the menu didn't mention a cream sauce either but I got a soup bowl of it.

None of its a massive deal in the at the end of the day but why meddle with a fantastic recipe like Sticky Toffee Pudding, serve it in a gimmicky tin cold, dry with ice-cream and no warm sticky toffee sauce? Its all wrong, as was our waiters attitude. Its a shame, its a nice pub but they need to sort out the kitchen and staff issues before I'll be handing over my hard earned cash.
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E Harvey
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2
Friday, October 14, 2011

What a pub..

Great atmosphere, lots going on, always busy, (which is good to see) have been back x4 now after a bad experience a couple of years ago.. new manager was a young lad, or as he pointed out i might just be getting older, he stayed at the table for a chat, explained thereís a new Head Chef had some banter about the rugby, iím Scottish, he picked up on that, small detail but iíve eaten at different venues all over and the staff are robotic and iím talking about the managers...

If your a stuck up foodie this probable isnít the place for you (we had a couple of long waits but friday was immensely busy) if you like the hustle and bustle of a proper pub then give it ago, food and drink was very reasonable compared to the city and tasted better quite frankly

Favourite part treacle sponge and ice cream served in a lyons golden syrup tin..Great !
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John Craig
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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