Fin (1047) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 19, 2017
I visited here Thursday 19th January 2017, I came here after Fat Cat Brewery Tap and the Plasters Arms both stupendous places, so they were always going to be a hard act’s to follow. But let’s put them places to one side and concentrate on this place, I like it, I like it a lot. From the outside it is a fairly non descript place, it’s located just north of the centre but also still quite close to the centre of town.
I entered into the front bar, it was dead apart from me and one elderly guy who was making some unusual throaty near death type noises and yet when we both chatted he sounded perfectly fine. All the while I could hear chatter out in what seemed like a backroom. As the front bar was as dead as a Dodo, I headed out back for the excitement of the back room. Compared to everywhere else today it was fair buzzing, but I have come to the stark realisation that the Norwich pub scene on a Thursday lunchtime is positively morgue like.
Out back I heard a cockerneee’ type bloke, I had an image of him and was spot on, so typically he looked a bit Bulldog like (didn’t see if he had loads of chain around his neck) anyway he sounded a really nice chap, he was chatting about mobile phones, a young girl’ early twenties was talking to an older chap (dad perhaps?) and her friend about how next month she has to pay her Xbox live and also PlayStation Live accounts DD £40 each!!!! its a different world. Anyway back to the pub and out back, lots of wood (flooring, tables etc) simply furnished it’s a large rectangular room, much bigger than I expected. I liked it here, as Mike Scott (Waterboys) once sang ’Old England is Dying’ he’s right and he’s been right for a long while and sadly it’s pubs like these that will be lost. Oops nearly forgot to mention the beer, it is all cask but nice choice that focuses on local stuff, my beer was in great nick.
This pub is a slightly hard act to follow after the Plasterers up the road, but certainly worth a visit in its own right. No craft keg but there’s a decent cask ale selection, and the bottled beer selection - although they tend toward the readily available Belgians - holds some interest. It’s got a good vibe, friendly service, cheap prices and (on my visit) spicy potatoes which can either be viewed as extreme palate cleansers or taste-killers.
We visited The King’s Head on a busy Saturday evening. It is a traditional multi-room boozer with plenty of nooks and crannies to do you’re drinking in. They offer a nice selection of cask ales and ciders, as well as a solid selection of Belgian & German classics in bottles. We opted for some tasty cask cider and some Orval (hard to resist for the price). Service was friendly and the overall atmosphere jovial. Well worth a visit.
Visited on 22nd July 2016. Real old traditional pub with two rooms and a central bar. 8 beers on cask plus a mix of German and Belgian bottles. Lovely feel to the place. Wooden benches provide seating along the windows and a nice old fireplace in the front room.
Good range of local cask beers well looked after. Prices good. Service decent. Worth a visit.
A classic boozer. Great range of ales on cask. Good variety of styles. Fair value. Good service. No music. Just blokes drinking. Table games. Plenty of seating. I could pass a few hours in here. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Norwich.
Visiting in august 2015 with beery friends. Small, cosy old fashion pub, in a good way. The bar area just inside the the door. Small room in the front, larger room in the back. Very friendly staff, beers served with a smile and in good condition.
Super friendly chatty staff when I was there. Pub itself was a bit sterile though, not so plush. Bar billiards (4 mushrooms?!?) was nice to see. Sounds like an ever-changing selection of real ales (guys said 50 per week, which seems a little hard to believe, but I wasn’t there at peak hours). I like the die-hard cask proponency. Pin your colours to the mast with pride!
An unspoilt, no frills local with two or three small rooms and very friendly service. We stayed in the front bar, where there were six hand pumps one of which was Winters KHB, a beer unique to the Kings Head.
(Visited 3 August 2015).
A very old-fashioned cask ale bar on a street full of shops. Very dull inside, no outside area. Reasonable selection of local traditional cask ales. Nothing modern or exciting. Bar billiards available. Satisfactory service and prices. Caught in a time warp.