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The King's Head

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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

189 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 189 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
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DARREN W.
1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 17:19

Never get a bad meal or bad service here. The wife and I love it and will continue to done here for years to come.

Stan H.
1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 20:33

Restaurant was fairly quiet, after the 'ladies night' dinners had left. The friendly staff had reserved us our usual table, (we go about once a month), the steaks where excellent, cooked to our liking, the well done crispy chips, as ordered, where some of the very best ever and the chef even came up with some garlic butter that tasted of garlic rather than the standard rather insipid presentation. Also had some great beers on offer. A great evening again.

Sabrina T.
2 reviews so far 6
04.08.2017 05:35

Visited with family for a special birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and it was made even better by fantastic service with a smile throughout!

Nigel C.
1 review so far 6
24.07.2017 01:26

First time here for Sunday lunch. Won't be the last. Food excellent, and Oliver was just a delight. Service was very good and we will return soon.

Julian S.
2 reviews so far 5
30.10.2015 00:44

Very pleasant waiter, Miguel. As on every visit, staff very friendly. Decent beer available, as well as lager. Good variety of food, which we enjoyed. Proper chunky chips with the steak. If I have one observation to make, as a a person who does not like un-processed meat, non-traditional sausages, garlic, oriental cuisine, peppers, olives, chilli and sea-food, it is that, for the old-fashioned English diner who wouldn't eat beef, lamb or pork, the choice of 'unadulterated' traditional English food was a bit limited. e.g, I had to choose sausages with leek (which turned out to be o.k., but I only agreed to have them because the cod was with pureed peas and something called ( I think 'black' lemon), the other fish had prawns with it, another dish had 'sweet ' potato' dauphinois instead of ordinary potatoes. Also, the soup was chilli. In other words, along with the fancy fish and chips, perhaps ordinary fish and chips with garden peas and cheap old-fashioned sauce tartare without those wretched bits in it, and return of steak and kidney pudding, or perhaps a meat pie with ordinary chips or ordinary dauphinois. My leek sausage, mash and spring onions was very nice - but I very nearly didn't pick it because of the choice of sausages., What I am saying is, it would be nice if, along with all the fancy food, there could be one or two traditional staples for the old-fashioned English diner who doesn't like oriental and mediterranean cooking. Perhaps you'll say 'go to the carvery"- but the ambience and the cooking are so good at the King's Head that I prefer to try to pick my way through the exotic offerings available rather than go elsewhere. I do so hope this doesn't sound like a bad review, as the K H is really a nice place for a meal out at a reasonable price - but we native geriatrics would like one or two dishes to appeal to us!

Simon M.
1 review so far 3
29.10.2015 02:54

I wanted to give it top marks as the venue, value for money along with quality, choice, quantity, presentation of all the dishes we had were exceptional and this is the first visit for several years as it had gone downhill. However, although the service once we sat down until prior to the point of paying our bill was also of a high standard and had no issues. The overall experience was marred by the the wait at the Bar initially to get served (there were 2 staff members serving and no more than 6 people at the bar (including the 2 of us) we were not seen to very quickly and ignored for sometime whilst NEW people were served before us. Heading to the restaurant section, the member of staff was sullen did not look up when we arrived at the front desk and seemed totally un-interested in our booking (I think his name was Sergei and he was either Italian or Spannish). Once we sat down he was the opposite and went out of his way to be helpful and offering high customer service and this continued throughout the meal. We had booked for 2 for 630 through Quandoo and we both ate 3 courses and several drinks with the bill coming to £55 in total which was excellent value for the quantity and quality. About 830pm after coffee we were asked by another member of staff if we wanted anything else which we said no and we would have the bill. 5 mins later the bill arrived with another member of staff to which I asked for the credit card machine to pay with. Over 5 mins later the original member of staff came with the card machine and took my payment and a £5.00 tip. Whilst he was taking payment he was quite abrupt (obviously he now had the money so good customer service was no longer necessary) by saying that we have had the table for over 2 hours and we should have gone by 830pm as other people want the table. We were both taken aback by his behaviour and attitude. Nothing regarding maximum table time was on the booking site (Quandoo) or the 3 emails I received confirming the table booking. He never mentioned anything about this when we arrived at the front desk and were seated. Overall it was an amazing meal but due to this one event at the end of the meal, we have both gone away stunned (I have no problem with restaurants having 2 sittings) and are now not sure if we wish to return which is the opposite as to our discussions during our meal. Such a shame as we want to come back and it would be a friday about the same time, but the last word from this member of staff really has put us off.

Pam R.
1 review so far 4
05.05.2016 17:07

The food was fine. The people on the floor were fine. I had ordered skin on fries though & they didn't come out with my meal & the cheese was missing off another persons plate so the lady took it back. The lady bought some Mayo to the table & that's when I asked for my skin on fries as I thought she might have bought them out on her second trip to the table. The lady then returns with the fries & returns to the kitchen. On her way back with the other plate that was missing the cheese I ask her if my fries were skin on fries as the ones given to me clearly weren't & she replied saying that they were out of skin on fries. Normally I wouldn't mind but if I had known earlier, I would have tried a dish without fries - as you can tell, I was looking forward to them. You may think I'm being picky but I know what I was expecting and its not what I received. Firstly when I ordered they didn't tell me they didn't have what I wanted, secondly they didn't give me fries at all & thirdly they give me a substitute & think I won't notice. I just expected better, I've been there before & thought it was lovely. Probably won't go there for food again.

Sabrina T.
2 reviews so far 5
04.11.2016 01:01

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and can only compliment our waitress on her attentiveness and service. 3/4 opted for.sunday lunches and I have to say that it was truly tasty and cooked to perfection with a lovely selection of vegetables. The 4th member of the group chose to have traditional fish and chips stating the taste was nice and that the smaller portion suited their lighter appetite. Overall I had a great experience celebrating my birthday here but would say at times the noise level was quite high and it did make conversation slightly more difficult. Although in hindsight I do feel.the buzz of the place does add to the experience usually but due to me visiting with older relatives it was not the best environment on that occasion but I will certainly be visiting again

Jayne R.
1 review so far 6
31.03.2016 17:21

We have visited the Kings Head 3 times now and have found the atmosphere friendly, the staff are super efficient and the food is fantastic, I am really picky, the only thing I would mention is I would love some more attention paid to the roast potatoes because the Sunday Roast is fantastic, a Roast deserves a very special Roast Potato. We loved the sitting area outside, warm, comfortable and a fun space to hang out if you smoke and I am so excited that you are a dog friendly pub, Broghan our Cavalier loves it too. We live in Bournville so not far for us, see you soon.

Michael C.
1 review so far 5
22.06.2016 16:37

My family and I had a great meal at the restaurant and were well pleased with the quality of the food on all of the different dishes we experienced ranging from the rump of lamb and rib-eyed steak down to a chicken burger. On the negative side was the long wait to get our food - almost an hour - and the lack of a main vegetarian option (we had a starter as a main instead) which is why I can only score a 5 instead of a 6. We will certainly return again and try other dishes on the menu especially as we qualify for 30% off on subsequent visits as three of us are over retirement age!!

John H.
2 reviews so far 6
24.02.2016 09:10

We were looking for somewhere to eat, not sure where to go when I came across the Kings Head. We looked at the on line menu and decided to give it a go, we had a really nice meal, well presented, and really good quality. The staff took care of us without being pushy, just made us feel we were the only concern they had to look after. It's now on our list of good eating establishments, we are quite fussy about our food and can be hard to please, but everything was five star.

Jane H.
2 reviews so far 3
24.09.2016 19:32

Disappointing. This was a return visit after some months absence, previous to which we had been regular visitors, often as part of a large party of ten or more. Service poor - to start with, we were offered a very poorly sited table even though many others free although they did change it when we asked; main courses brought out before starters cleared and no effort made to move them; wrong food delivered in part; and to top it off, a tall candle was plonked directly in the centre of the table part way through with no regard to the fact that my friend and I were in deep conversation. Quality of food was mixed - 'rustic breads' for starters was in fact a single standard crusty loaf broken Into small chunks; lasagne was almost burnt, heavy and had little by way of filling, peas appeared to be out of a can. On the positive side, the gammon and sweet potatoes were good. We will not be returning until quality of food improves and service becomes friendlier and more professional.

Emma W.
3 reviews so far 4
15.06.2017 16:23

The food was lovely but the wait was almost an hour. We ordered the child's meal 15 mins before the adults but our 18 month child was getting very restless so we asked on numerous occasions to just bring the child's meal out as soon as it's ready. An hour later all the roasts came and the child's was brought out afterwards. It doesn't take an hour to cook mac and cheese which was then served in a piping hot ceramic dish, totally unsuitable for a child and quite dangerous. When we expressed our concerns they apologised but didn't offer to knock off the child's meal despite the fact it ruined the meal. Couldn't fault the food which was a shame because we'd struggled to enjoy it at that point

Mary H.
1 review so far 3
26.01.2016 06:02

Service very slow for starters mains and a pudding it took 2 hours and it wasnt because were were slow in eating. It took ages between courses and it was quiet as it was 12.20pm the table was booked for. I think there were onl6 tables with customers. The garlic bread was really nice and so was the crumble of the day. We ordered smoked cod on a dhal base with a mint yoghurt. The curry flavour was far too overpowering for the fish. It was such a shame as the cod was beautiful and tasty. Only problem was the lentil and black bean dhal was all you could taste. I made the suggestion that the chef took down the strength of the curry in the dhal so that the fish could be appreciated. It was a nice place and very clean. Perhaps we were unlucky but I would definitely hesitate to go back again.

hylton h.
1 review so far 5
31.03.2016 17:46

Staff were very pleasant and helpful, one slight problem as we are members of the diamond club we were expecting 30% off the bill unaware that the time of this offer had changed from 10pm to 7 pm and we had booked our table for 8pm, but we spoke with the waitress and she arranged a 25% discount for us. I had steak and asked for medium cooked but it came to the table very bloodied but again they were very helpful and cooked it some more and it was fine.

Karen H.
1 review so far 5
29.10.2015 01:14

The food is excellent and service is excellent. Lots of specials available but felt maybe a choice from a few more starters would have been good. The noise from the pub section can be a little loud at times but not enough to be a problem. The menu had changed from my last visit so I was a little disappointed not to be able to have the same, but then it made me try something different which was equally nice! Would definitely go back again.

Frank M.
1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 10:47

The staff were very polite & friendly , the atmosphere in the restaurant was good . The service was swift & efficient . The food itself was of good quality & good sized portions . If there was anything not quite right , it was that there was a little bit too much grissle in my ribeye steak , hence 5 stars & not 6.Otherwise a very enjoyable experience . Will definately go back.

Dr John M.
1 review so far 5
24.11.2015 22:32

A very enjoyable lunchtime occasion with two friends I haven't seen for a year. I booked the table on line with minor problems after trying without success to telephone. The food was delicious. I had grilled gammon (2 steaks!) and was very well satisfied but could not forgo my favourite pudding (syrup sponge and custard!). The sole waiter was efficient and we were served quietly and well. Thanks for a very pleasant lunch.

Antony M.
1 review so far 4
19.06.2017 16:48

Nice place with friendly staff. Main course was the Sunday roast trio of meat and it was amazing one of the best roasts iv had. The only thing that let it down was the desert, we all had the choc brownie sundae and it was by far the worst desert iv ever had, it was mainly warm cream that was obviously out of a can for £6 you would expect fresh cream also only one small scoop of ice cream. It started off well but we left disappointed.

Vivien S.
1 review so far 6
22.08.2016 16:42

First visit, very peaceful, friendly staff, meal good value for money. We Caught the Market Place offer but even if we hadn't the choice and cost looked value for money. Meal itself was well cooked and well presented. Very enjoyable post work meal. We will go again and suggest it as a venue for work meals.

Gemma M.
1 review so far 3
21.06.2017 18:42

Food was delicious as usual but service was poor! Had to wait 20 minutes for our drinks, restaurant was less than half full at this point on a Saturday night. Meals arrived with wrong sides, steak was well done when asked for rare. All rectified eventually by the manager after being told by our waiter that we would have to wait whilst he cleared another table and took someone else's order first! Manager was very professional sorted the problem straight away and gave us a free drink to apologise. Service has always been excellent here before so let's hope this was just a one off!

Richard L.
1 review so far 6
06.10.2016 17:39

Great place to eat . Service always good . Wide choices to satisfy all tastes and ages . Nice atmosphere. Value for money . Never had a reason to complain only praise the team and of course the back room staff - the chefs ! 10 out of 10 . Highly recommended.

Carole H.
1 review so far 5
22.12.2015 19:12

as it always is at the Kings Head the atmosphere was lovely - we did wait for over an hour for our food though which wouldn't have been a problem if we'd not been told we only had the table for 2 hours! However we were't rushed in the end as our table wasn't required and the food was excellent.

Claire H.
1 review so far 6
29.05.2017 08:42

Had a fabulous time today with my family. Beautiful Sunday roasts, friendly, helpful staff. Didn't feel rushed to leave our table, perfect. Will definitely be back soon and I'll bring my parents. My Mum will love the roasts, all most as good as hers - dare I say it!

Paul F.
2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 03:11

Similar to last year, The Kings Heed three course menu did not fail to impress. Staff were polite & helpful, evening providing cream as an extra for one of their deserts. The ambience never fails to impress, & the prices are great value for moreish food! Would definitely recommend!

Paul F.
2 reviews so far 6
14.02.2016 11:09

The Kings Head has helpful staff & tasty meals at a reasonable price. What is there not to like. Enjoyed a fantastic Valentines meal. Have eaten at the Kings Head before, & had a similar experience. Would recommend to other people, & you will definitely not be disappointed.

Julie B.
1 review so far 6
27.12.2015 19:56

Very clean and nicely decorated. Staff were friendly and good with the children. Food was nice, we only ordered pasta so you can't get much wrong with that but prices were a bit high for what you get on the adult menu. Children's menu prices very reasonable.

Angela H.
2 reviews so far 6
24.03.2017 04:08

Went for lunch with my mom at The Kings Head midweek. The place was quiet but had a few other patrons. We ordered from the market menu with had 50% off. Good selection from this menu. Good sized portions and the same goes for the sweets

Wend T.
1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 08:32

A very quick and easy process to reserve a table at our favourite place. For some reason however I need to write a minimum of twenty five words here before I can submit this which has put a negative slant on the while experience. Shame!

Louise L.
1 review so far 5
10.01.2017 06:50

A nice night, you can dress up too! Pleasant, helpful staff & good food. Comfortable surroundings. Keep up the good work. I would recommend The King's Head.

Ann S.
2 reviews so far 5
10.03.2016 09:49

It took a while to be "greeted" by someone when we first arrived but we had a nice table and the waitress was very attentive. The two of us had the Seafood Linguine which was nice but wasn't very warm. The ambiance of the restaurant was good with nice decor. Worth a visit.

Lisa E.
6 reviews so far 6
01.05.2016 07:30

We come here on a regular basis and were very excited to see a new menu. The food was as good as ever. My starter could have been a main course it was so big! Looking forward to coming back to try everything else!

Sharon K.
1 review so far 4
21.05.2016 22:16

Food was excellent really tasty and well presented and decent portions. Had to wait for a long period for our desserts. Some of the Front of house staff a little slow to respond to requests but everyone very friendly. On the website it advertises a two and three course set menu which when asked for doesn't exist so false advertising to get people in.

John H.
2 reviews so far 6
23.03.2016 07:45

Second visit to this place with my wife this time as a birthday treat, the food is really good, presented well and cooked perfectly. We both had a very pleasant evening, we felt well looked after but not pestered by the staff.

Amar s.
1 review so far 5
12.09.2016 05:06

I had heard about the amazing Sunday Carvery so we were eager to try it and it was worth it!! Succulent meat cooked to perfection, well seasoned veg, huge Yorkshire pudding (which the kids loved), overall very large portions. I will definitely be going back. Happy Customers!

Pamela G.
1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 00:56

Amazing place, amazing food. Sunday lunch is the best! We go every time we come to visit in Birmingham. I would totally recommend it to everyone. If you haven't been you have no idea what you have been missing!

Petar I.
1 review so far 4
22.03.2017 21:29

Sat down at 7-45 at 8 we were told chef was finishing early so needed to order quickly, we didn't get the option of a pudding !! Food was reasonable at a good price, beer (fosters) had a funny taste but overall an average evening unlike my previous visits where service, food and drinks were much better.

Gerard H.
3 reviews so far 6
17.04.2017 04:44

The food we had was splendid. We both had the lamb (it being Easter Sunday) which was delicious and tender. The accompanying vegetables were cooked to perfection and portions were ample. Thoroughly recommend it for Sunday lun h.

Jennifer D.
1 review so far 4
30.07.2016 19:41

Excellent food, however as it gets past 8pm the noise from the bar side of the pub gets very loud. At times it was difficult to hear the person sat next to you in the restaurant area. Service also got slower as evening progressed, had to send 3 people to enquire after our missing cheeseboard.

Hilary77 B.
1 review so far 5
25.07.2016 03:13

Very pleasant staff. Plenty of choice on menu. Sunday lunch was excellent, apart from Yorkshire pudding which was too large and overcooked. Very good helpings of chicken, roast potatoes and variety of vegetables. Those with me had fantastic salads ans really enjoyed them.

Elizabeth H.
1 review so far 5
14.12.2015 05:54

Nice night out with friends. Restaurant was busy but we didn't have to wait long for our food. Good selection of dishes, we all ordered different things and were all pleased with our choices. Friendly and efficient waiting staff. Prices reasonable. Will return.

Nadine H.
1 review so far 6
16.06.2016 03:13

i really enjoyed the kings head pub great place and food was of a high standard and have visited them again and enjoyed the food just as much second time round great sunday lunch.

Harvey S.
1 review so far 4
28.02.2016 09:42

Food and service in the restaurant was good. What let the the evening down was waiting at the bar for a drink for 20 mins Ignored us literally so had to leave at the end. Very annoyed which was a real shame as the meal n staff at restaurant excellent!

Gary D.
2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2016 07:09

our first visit to the kings head but certainly wont be our last lovely old building with a fantastic and tastefull interior decor. food was cooked beutifully and our waiter was very attenative

Betty T.
1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 03:47

Sunday lunch was amazing. Service was fantastic. We went at 1pm which wasn't particularly busy but have previously been at 3pm when it was a lot busier and service was still good.

Donna M.
1 review so far 5
07.11.2016 20:46

Although we had to wait a while, when it arrived the food was good and represented good value for money as we were able to get 50% discount off the market menu. Pleasant service from the waiting staff.

Michelle C.
1 review so far 6
25.07.2016 06:11

Lovely food and great menu, pub has a lot of old features but with a very modern twist, great atmosphere a little pricey but you always get what you pay for!

Michael G.
1 review so far 3
01.12.2015 20:25

First time experience and the food and service was good. Went primarily to book a table for a party of 20, admittedly a few weeks away. Was told that the Banqueting manager was too busy to see me but was able to place my request in a book. Was told that in a couple of days I would be contacted. Still waiting!

Claire D.
1 review so far 6
05.04.2016 04:22

Great food good service . Usually experience good service here but they can get it wrong sometimes . Food always good but better when it was buy one get one free.

Anne-Marie M.
1 review so far 6
16.08.2016 20:49

Great food, service and drinks selection. Will be going back. Sunday roast was incredible. The outside is very relaxed and clean. The music was a little loud for a Sunday afternoon