A Sunday Well Spent at Kings Head, Cirencester

Last weekend, I took a much needed time-out and escaped to the English countryside for the day with my parents. Our destination – the picturesque market town of Cirencester in the Cotswolds…


Setting out from central London mid-Sunday morning, we arrived at the Kings Head a couple of hours and several winding country-roads later, just in time for lunch.

The hotel is an integral part of the town’s community, with records showing that it existed as a coaching inn all the way back in 1550!

It recently underwent an extensive refurb, which whilst adding a contemporary touch, simultaneously accentuated several original features – from the preserved piece of Roman mosaic in the reception area, to the gorgeous exposed Cotswolds stone.

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With the hotel’s entrance leading quite conveniently into the bar area, it was all too easy for us to embrace the #WeekendVibes…

A refreshing mix of gin, elderflower liqeueur, apple juice and lime topped off with ginger beer – my Kings Guard cocktail was exactly what a summer’s Sunday should sip like!

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We lunched in the hotel’s cosy restaurant, taking our pick from the Sunday specials and regular deli menu.

A boldly-spiced curried butternut squash soup and  veggie ciabatta were spot on, irrefutably proving that sometimes there’s nothing quite as comforting as the combination of a hearty soup and well-done toastie. There was much to appreciate too, in the delicate finesse of tender asparagus stems artfully laced with truffle oil and honey…

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For mains, father enjoyed a tender and gently-seasoned grilled sea bream.

While I virtuously opted for a super food salad loaded with kale, roast heritage beetroots, walnuts, goji berries, pomegranate and crushed blueberries. Although beautifully textured, I thought the salad was missing one key ingredient… a sharply binding dressing. It was nothing that a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil didn’t fix though…

 

… Before we moved on to dessert, a classic sticky toffee pud. Lusciously moist yet not overwhelmingly sweet or stodgy, it hit all the right notes to round off our lunch with a flourish.

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We walked it off with a wander around the town, starting at the striking Parish Church of St Baptist, located right across from the hotel in the market square.

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And soaked up the sun, the peaceful charm and the quaintness of the historic town, which is said to have been one of the largest towns in Roman Britain…

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… Heading back to the Kings Head for a spot of tea and a chat with the hotel’s rather awe-inspiring magician, who’d kept us fabulously entertained over lunch with his nifty sleight of hand.

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We had time to explore the labyrinth-like hotel before leaving, convincing us of the need to plan another visit soon.

The property is actually quite large, comprising several adjacent and adjoining buildings. There’s even a terrace tucked away somewhere inside, perfect for a tipple on a warm and breezy evening!

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I also loved how quirky historical features had been preserved in the basement, not to mention the tranquil enclave that the hotel’s spa presented.

 

The hidden cellar was a real gem too. I’m told that it’s to be the site for Cirencester’s largest cocktail bar with jazz evenings, casino nights and all sorts of other fun in the works!

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The wonderfully relaxing daycation proved to be exactly what I’d been needing, as I returned to London rested and suitably recharged for another busy week ahead.


Have you been on a daycation recently?


The Kings Head Hotel, 24 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NR

We were guests of the hotel, but as always, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Author: The Foodie Diaries

A food travel & lifestyle journal, chronicling my culinary and other adventures around town.

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