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4.9 /6 Excellent 161 Reviews

The King's Head

Harborne European, British ££££ +100
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About The King's Head

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The King’s Head has graced the corner of Lordswood and Hagley Road in Birmingham’s Harborne for over a hundred years. With an impressive and respectful refit in 2007, this vintage British public house has been transformed into a very homely gastropub, offering fine, fresh and seasonal food cooked with love by head chef Dan Humphries and his creative team, who’ve designed a menu that pushes the boundaries with modernised British classics and continental delicacies served to diners in a spacious dining area that can accommodate up to 70 guests. Alongside a wide range of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails best enjoyed in the open plan lounge bar, those that are seeking to celebrate or dine privately should know that The King’s Head’s expansive premises house a number of spaces suitable for any sized group, from two to 200.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
The King's Head, Hagley Road, B17 8BJ Birmingham

Further Information

When General Manager Richard Perry embarked on the long process of refitting The King’s Head into a pub offering fine British and European food and drink, he was well aware of the significance, both historically and to the Harborne community, of this long-standing public house at the junction of Birmingham’s Hagley Road, Bearwood High Street and Lordswood Road. This handsome Victorian and Edwardian, two-storied mansion has been lovingly restored to some of its former glory complete with original tile work surrounding the ornate staircase originally installed in 1906 by architects Owen and Ward, and an historical mural on the terrace featuring the Albert ‘Bert’ Tudor, the pub’s longest-serving landlord those tenure was from 1921 to 1945. Head chef Dan Humphries has locally-sourced and seasonal produce delivered daily to his kitchen, ensuring that the wide variety of British and continental dishes that he and his team create are packed with flavour and goodness. The menu at The King’s Head is extensive, with light bites, a buffet menu, a refined a la carte offering, fixed price menus and a children’s menu. Classic mains line up beer-battered fish and chips with a homemade tartare sauce, blackened lemon and pea puree (that’s mushy peas to the layman – this is, after all, one of Birmingham’s finest gastropubs), and a delicious Butlers Secret mature Cheddar potato and red onion tart served with a Waldorf salad. Superfood salads with sprouting purple chia, black rice, fennel and pomegranate are ideal lighter options, while The King’s Head’s burgers are a famous among Harborne locals – the King’s Killer stack weighs in on the action with a 12-ounce beef burger, streaky smoked bacon, fried egg, cheese, and red onion rings. Importantly, because The King’s Head is a true independent rather than a chain pub, each customer is treated as an individual and greeted to a warm, friendly and homely welcome.


161 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 161 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 22:16

I have had many great meals here and the latest was no exception. In my opinion, the King's Head is by far the best Pub/restaurant in the area.

3 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 17:32

Good food. Going again! Good atmosphere too. Nice staff. Disability access and assistance if needed. Cannot think of any bad things to say here. Go see for yourself!

1 review so far 6
19.10.2015 08:09

Sunday roasts here at superb and the staff are incredibly helpful with knowledge of coeliac friendly food. They even made sure I had gf gravy :) very happy

1 review so far 6
18.11.2016 08:17

Very friendly staff, food was great. Will certainly be going back. My friends really enjoyed the pleasant surroundings and all enjoyed it. Well done to all the staff.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2016 09:40

Great venue, prompt service at the bar, which hasn't always been the case. Attentive service at the table, great food, reasonably priced looking forward to my next visit.

3 reviews so far 3
19.03.2017 09:45

Very nice chips. I understand the chilli and rice was good but it needed something e tar like Chianti or something to mop up the sauce. The burgers were too salty. Wine was good. The first hot chocolate was nice and cold but the second one was nice and piping. A mix of all sorts really.

1 review so far 5
02.05.2017 17:01

Great food in a great atmosphere. Couldn't help but feel sorry for the waitress who had to cover the whole of the restaurant, looked rushed off her feet! Apart from that, all good!

1 review so far 4
09.10.2016 09:20

Come here often for Sunday lunch which is always good however never been on a Saturday evening but it was still very good. The waiting staff are a credit to the restaurant. They always have a very friendly manner. Well done

1 review so far 6
26.03.2016 22:28

Good friendly atmosphere with nice food and even a late night bar afterwards for people to carry on drinking which is perfect.deffinetly reccomended place to go to

2 reviews so far 6
19.06.2016 20:08

Good service, Very filling food, great cocktails. Shame no live music for a Friday night to liven up the atmosphere.Overall a very enjoyable night out with friends.

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 09:56

A nice ambience, good food and service, very happy overall. Food quality and quantity was excellent and were looked after by a friendly and competent young lady

1 review so far 5
18.10.2015 09:09

Very good. Service was a little slow at times but always polite and helpful. Food was tastey and portions generous. We planned to have dessert but were full after starter and main.

1 review so far 6
15.11.2016 10:08

Great food and great service. Would recommend to anyone in the Birmingham area looking for quality food at good prices. 6 out of 6 from me!

1 review so far 6
20.12.2015 11:12

What a fantastic place not only at Christmas but all year round. Lovely food great atmosphere too. Friendly staff and great surroundings too. Very nice place.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2016 12:56

We had an excellent sunday lunch, very friendly staff, quiet. The place is nice and clean and the kids love it as much as we do.

2 reviews so far 6
06.11.2016 12:16

This is a great place food always warm and tasty can't complain, Sunday carvery is very good and well worth it and staff are always helpful

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 20:51

we went for valentines night there was a great atmosphere and the food was first class and price was very resonable had a really nice night

1 review so far 6
11.11.2016 07:13

Fantastic night, John our waiter was so friendly couldn't do enough for us!! Fantastic service, will Be going back for our Xmas night out! Lisa x

2 reviews so far 6
20.11.2016 14:45

lovely food really big sunday homemade dinners friendly staff the french onion soup was delicious and crusty fresh bread very nice massive burgers will be back

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 18:48

We had a great meal, perfect cooking - too much dessert for me to finish, Attentive staff, relaxed atmosphere. Have been before, will definitely visit again.

1 review so far 6
09.11.2015 22:05

Great food, location, atmosphere and service. Would definitely go again and will recommend to my friends. It was very clean. Very reasonable price for great food.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:59

Excellent Sunday lunch.staff are competent and happy. Just booked Christmas lunch on Christmas day. Good value for money and a varied menu well worth a visit

1 review so far 5
31.07.2016 20:58

Nice food. Service a little slow, and not up to speed with topping up drinks etc.. Mocktails were delicious! No jugs of water apparently.. Considering its summer.. seems a little overlooked.

2 reviews so far 5
24.02.2016 08:03

very pleasant and you cannot fault the food.my only fault is if you are placed in the window seat it is very cold which ruins your eating experience otherwise very nice

1 review so far 5
04.07.2016 21:20

Food and service excellent, no faults in either of those areas. Only criticism was we found the seating a little uncomfortable. Would recommend though because first class quality food and service.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 10:39

Lovely food with very attentive and efficient staff. Good atmosphere and friendly ambience. The nightclub attached to the pub had a great atmosphere although the music wasn't really to our taste.

1 review so far 3
09.06.2016 12:47

The menu did not state that the burger contained mayonnaise do it had to be sent back. We had eaten ours pretty much by time it came back. Food was expensive and nothing exciting. Dessert was good. Shame really as was looking forward to it but didn't live up to expectation

1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 13:05

Lovely meal and not too expensive. the burger was lovely and would happily return again. not noisy and they were also accommodating of a buggy which was with the group.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:46

Nice food and atmosphere. Definitely would return. Night time entertainment is ideal for a group of friends with a large selection of drinks on offer.

1 review so far 6
18.09.2016 10:23

Lovely meal. All good well with a great variety. Excellent service. Miguel was a brilliant waiter attending to all out needs. Will definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 07:56

Great Sunday lunch lots fresh veg and excellent friendly staff lovely atmosphere and outside looks great. Will be returning to try week menu soon 👋🏼

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 09:00

Excellent food and service. The atmosphere was a bit quiet for a Bank Holiday weekend but it was a really enjoyable experience. Will definitely recommend.

5 reviews so far 6
06.08.2016 21:26

We come here on a regular basis and never have any complaints. The food tonight was as good as ever and the service was excellent!

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 20:07

we thouerly enjoyed our valentines night at the kings head the food was amazing and staff are so friendly we will definattley be going again

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 21:44

Friendly, polite, professional staff, with delicious reasonably priced food and I would highly recommend :) I have visited many times and have never been disappointed.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2016 16:22

Great place , with very attentive staff. Food was great and at a fair price. Will 100% return and recommend to friends. Fab Sunday lunch

5 reviews so far 6
09.07.2016 21:49

We visit the King's Head on a regular basis & the food is always great. Our waiter, Miguel was as friendly & courteous as ever!

5 reviews so far 6
04.06.2016 22:32

Excellent food and service as always. Still working our way through the new menu! Great atmosphere and friendly staff - our waiter Miguel was excellent.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 22:58

The swordfish was delicious and my boyfriend wolfed down the lamb dish he ordered. A very successful first visit with a return planned very soon.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 09:05

Great food and service. Staff friendly and service excellent. Would definitely return again and recommend to friends. Great vegetarian variety too for our student son.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 08:44

Fantastic meal, great service. The staff are always more that courteous and ensure the customer is happy. A great place have rebooked now several times.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 16:55

The food is excellent - just launched a new menu -, great value for money. Service is second to none. Unbeatable for a Sunday lunch

2 reviews so far 6
05.03.2017 17:41

Good food, good company and efficient, happy staff - who needs more. Never had a bad meal at this place and always happy to return

2 reviews so far 5
13.03.2016 06:50

We arrived at a busy time, but still were seated & served very promptly.The staff were very pleasant & the food was so tasty. We will be attending here again

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 07:10

The food quality and service are always of a very high standard. I would recommend the king's head to anyone. The pizzas are especially good.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2016 19:49

Arranged a family celebration 91st birthday party and the Kings Head did us proud! Thank you to all the staff, we had a great time

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 11:44

Service was excellent. Food was well presented and tasted delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for others to experience. Reasonably priced. Have the lamb.

1 review so far 5
12.01.2016 21:01

Service was great, always a lovely atmosphere, staff were very helpful re. special diet requirements. My partner's burger could have been warmer but, other than that, a very pleasant meal.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2015 18:16

Good food, good service and nice atmosphere! Miguel our waiter was really helpful and attentive, making dure we had everything we needed. Will visit again!

1 review so far 3
02.05.2017 08:50

Food was very good but service was very poor. One long standing experienced waitress tried hard to serve a busy restaurant but eventually gave up and walked out. No apparent management intervention! We paid and left! Without assurance that adequate staffing in place will be hesitant to visit again.