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4.9 /6 Excellent 188 Reviews

The King's Head

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

Dear diners, for bookings of 7 or more people please contact the restaurant directly. Thank you.

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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

188 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 188 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 5
06.03.2016 08:42

Nice food Nice surroundings and not over priced Service a little slow at the end but thats being critical Would definitely go again and recommend

1 review so far 5
16.07.2017 16:26

Kings Head and it's staff was excellent from start to finish couldn't fault a thong Service and attention was excellent will gladly recommend yo friends.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 23:26

A great night with good food. recommend a visit! Convenient location without having to go all the way in to Birmingham. Will visit again soon

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 18:45

Great meal and atmosphere! Food of a good quality served quickly by friendly attentive staff. Even on a really busy Sunday the service was good.

1 review so far 5
13.08.2017 19:19

No such thing as perfect hence the score of 5 and not 6. This was my fourth visit now and I will definitely visit again.

2 reviews so far 5
21.02.2017 14:20

Good value ....excellent service with helpful thoughts .....we were looked after well ..prompt &couteous .always a pleasant experience...would recommend for lunch even with small children

1 review so far 4
07.04.2017 08:35

We were a group of five, so not a huge tableful of people, but waited an hour for our food, on a quiet Tuesday lunchtime. Food was good when it arrived.

1 review so far 4
02.08.2016 09:15

Lovely experience at the Kings Head restaurant, as always as I am a regular there now. Food was good, especially the tomato soup starter which was delicious. Service was good too.

1 review so far 4
05.05.2017 22:13

Food was a little bland, particularly the chicken/chorizo pappardelle. Fish & chips lacked other options i.e curry sauce. However overall service was wonderful, cocktails were delicious and atmosphere was lovely!

1 review so far 4
25.09.2016 20:29

Waited a long time for each course, service wasn't great even though it wasn't busy. Food was ok, and atmosphere was nice and relaxed although the music was quite loud.

4 reviews so far 6
28.08.2016 10:27

great service and great food always live this place friendly staff and only around the corner from where we live

1 review so far 3
11.05.2017 09:11

Restaurant was very quiet (Wednesday evening 6.30pm booking). Staff - very pleasant. Service - very long, wait for food to arrive after ordering. Food - SF chicken looked amazing Fish and chips and hunters chicken both very ordinary

2 reviews so far 4
29.06.2016 23:06

service was excellent. we shared a starter, which was very good. unfortunately one of the mains was served luke warm which spoilt its taste. wine was very good.

1 review so far 4
15.05.2016 19:24

Sunday lunch - beef really fatty, Yorkshire pudding burnt! Veg and gravy nice. Expensive for the quality. Good selection of drink. Quality decor and pleasant outside seating area.

2 reviews so far 4
09.07.2017 08:07

Lovely food, but a very long wait for it to arrive. Same with the drinks. My wine appeared quite quickly. But the virgin cocktail took about 15 min.

1 review so far 4
15.11.2016 08:59

We go here often found the sevice very slow had to ask for our drinks orders to be taken almost half an hour later. Staff friendly however.

2 reviews so far 4
30.04.2016 23:00

Excellent staff . Some of the food was great although there were some unusual food combinations that I'm not sure worked so well together. Lovely atmosphere

1 review so far 4
18.02.2017 09:17

Decent place with decent food. The vibe is good! Good Beers on tap. Management seems to be good as well. Decor is goods Will come again.

1 review so far 4
16.07.2017 13:56

Meal was ok we just found it noisy as our ages r between 60 - 70 years old and there wasn't much choice in a sweet

1 review so far 2
25.04.2016 12:07

The menu was not as good as we thought it was going to be - the gluten free burger meant with no bun! The service was poor, ordered drinks and saw our server helping serve other people at the bar before our drinks eventually arrived 10 minutes later. Disappointing overall.

1 review so far 2
14.03.2017 17:12

Arrived 7.50 , had to find drinks menu myself, eventually ordered food at 8.10 ( T bones x 2) , food arrived at 9.00 . Fortunately it was of decent quality , but by this time I was beginning to hallucinate . Not impressed at all .

2 reviews so far 3
17.06.2017 08:27

Took 40 mins to get the starter despite the fact it was just bread and olives. Waiter did not know the offers they advertised for the over 60's. Limited menu.

1 review so far 1
19.03.2016 20:17

2 out of 18 tables were in use and yet the waitress struggles to place us. Eventually we were sat on a table for.2. There is no reason why she needed to do this @6.45 in the evening She could have easily placed us on more comfortable table for 4. The food was un memorable apart from an over cooked poached egg with half of its white missing and tough ham hock. An experience to be avoided. Our waitress however couldn't have been more helpful.

2 reviews so far 3
29.02.2016 06:55

Visited The King's head a week ago for the 1st time fabulous meal so booked agsin for last night. Dissapointed as food not to the same standard 😯

2 reviews so far 3
07.03.2017 20:44

The food was fine but a 40 minute waite from ordering the food to it arriving at the table is unacceptable. The cheese board is very good.

4 reviews so far 6
28.08.2016 10:25

we love kings head went with whole family service great and food too

1 review so far 6
26.11.2015 10:57

very nice place to chill out with friends. all round good establishment

1 review so far 2
26.10.2015 08:32

Good food but bad service. Waited over half an hour to have a drinks order taken then another 20 minutes for them to arrive. When food eventually came it was good but very slow.

3 reviews so far 2
23.05.2016 09:07

Meal was lacking its usual high standards. Things missed of the suggested meal accompaniments Service was extremely poor... Only one waiter knew what he was doing, the waitresses hadn't got a clue!

2 reviews so far 6
28.03.2016 09:41

great food. great staff. we will definitely be back soon.

2 reviews so far 2
24.03.2016 07:48

The service was very slow, we waited 30 mins for our drinks order which was only a bottle of water & lemonade. Then the food was slow too.quite disappointed

1 review so far 5
17.03.2016 07:39

Excellent food with great service in a warm and friendly environment.

1 review so far 1
31.07.2016 18:47

Drinks very expensive main meal we both had beef roast meat full of fat and Grissel when I pointed this out offered a cup of coffee as an apology will not be recommending this establishment to anyone I know

3 reviews so far 1
10.08.2016 23:51

I ordered the pie... The crust was so hard I couldn't bite it. It was luke warm and the mushy peas had a foul taste to them. Very disappointing as someone who used to go there regularly

1 review so far 1
24.01.2016 15:00

Waited along time to get served very noisy and crowded. Food was good and the staff were very helpful. The price of the meals are a little high.

1 review so far 1
03.07.2016 20:22

Poor service left waiting for ages between courses had to ask for condiments, refused roast dinner as they had run out! Very poor shame as usually good

1 review so far 1
30.07.2017 11:14

Food was cold, lamb was fatty, too busy man forgot drink, some looked after you more than others. They put someone's pudding on our bill