Living out in the country we are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to gastropubs.
After feeling very let down by the service at the local fine dining restaurant we vowed never to return, well unless someone else is paying anyway, and needed somewhere to go with friends at short notice.
I booked The Kings Head at Napton as it was slap bang in the middle of both our villages. I’d read some good things about it and the menu looked great, being able to book on Opentable was also a plus.
Food is gastropub style, think horseradish ice cream and pheasant spring rolls and you will be on the right track, but not at extortionate gastropub prices. The wine list is also very reasonably priced.
We all started with champagne, why not, we hadn’t seen each other for 9 months and at that price it would have been rude not to!
I had figs wrapped in Parma ham and stuffed with cheese while the Gin Whisperer went for the scotch egg and soldiers. One of our friends went for the salmon and prawns with horseradish ice cream. The jury is still out on the ice cream if I’m going to be honest. I’m obsessed with figs, I buy them by the carrier bag full in Turkey but can’t say I’ve ever had them hot before but I loved these! And the scotch egg was fab! Perfectly runny to dip the Brioche soldiers in!
For mains I had the Slow Cooked Blade of Beef Wellington. I wasn’t expecting a Wellington, that’s because I was too lazy to read the whole menu, saw the words blade of beef and Stilton and knew that was the one for me. It was delicious. The beef melted in my mouth, no soggy bottom on this Wellington either, perfectly crisp puff pastry and a little pan of jus next to it on the plate. Amazing!
I went for cheese cake for dessert and again this was delicious.
On our next visit I was delighted to see that the Beef Wellington was still on the menu. I’ve made the mistake or ordering the same thing twice in a restaurant and been disappointed the second time round. Not this time, the Wellington was just as good as the first time!
The only problem we have had with the King Head is getting the bill. The first time we gave them a bit of slack, the staff were busy clearing up after a large fancy dress party. It took us about 20 minutes to even get anyone’s attention to ask for the bill. On our second visit it turned into a bit of a joke. We asked for desserts and said we would have coffees afterwards. We waited 20 mins for someone to clear our plates and take our order for coffee. We asked for the bill at the same time, remembering how long it took on our first visit. Coffees came. No bill though. Half an hour later and still no bill, we couldn’t even get the attention of a member of staff, we had clearly been forgotten. It wasn’t even that busy, the waitress kept walking towards the table to go to the kitchen but didn’t even acknowledge we were still there.
We won’t let this put us off though. We’ve booked in for Valentines Day on Saturday. Maybe we will just ask for the bill when they take our initial order this time!