The King’s Head, Ashford (Middlesex)

The King’s Head, Ashford (Middlesex)

The Kings Head, 4 Feltham Rd, Ashford TW15 2EBTelephone: 01784 244631. Website: http://www.kingsheadpubashford.co.uk/
Pig Mark 49. The Kings Head was a Watney’s pub back in the day but is now run by Marston’s. It calls itself a community pub and has a beer garden and a separate eating area.
Visited on Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 17.25. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered a pint and a half of Wainwright for £4.80.

Name:
Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Ambience (10):
Price (5):
Service (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
Cleanliness (3):
Wifi (2):

Total (50)

Piggy Dave
5
7
3
4
0
3
1
2

25

Piggy Corin
5
6
3
4
1
2
1
2

24

Piggy Sue








Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: The Kings Head describes itself as a fantastic community pub, but I’d reword that as ‘a local pub for local people’. The website also states “Welcome to the Kings Head, where a warm welcome and great service awaits you!” which (grammatical error aside) is far from reality judging by our experience. There were a lot of locals in the pub when we arrived and while it didn’t go completely silent, there was a definite lull in their conversations as they studied my hair and appearance. This is not an unknown phenomenon once I poke my nose outside London so I ignored it. We then waited at the bar for ten minutes while the lone barman collected glasses from one end of the bar to put in the washer and served two regulars in-between glass runs, despite us being ahead of them in the queue. When he finally realised there was little choice but actually acknowledge us, he grunted “Hello” in a most unfriendly manner. The beer selection was a little light, though as the pub was closing next day for renovations that was understandable. When we got our beers we sat down at a table only to have the locals at the next table start an antagonistic conversation amongst themselves, clearly designed to get a rise out of me. When I didn’t rise to the bait, the conversation turned to music and from there into a racist conversation the likes of which I haven’t heard in thirty-five years or so. All in all, unless the renovations include replacing both the bar staff and the regulars I’m unlikely to return in a hurry.

Piggy Corin: We were at this Marston’s pub just ahead of its renovation and it may be worth a visit once that has been completed. There were two beers on offer and the Wainwright’s was good, well kept and tasty. There is a long wooden bar, plenty of seats and Sky Sports News showing on screens. Plenty of locals have popped in for a beer after work and a chatty buzz pervades the pub, not distracted by the piped music. It might have felt fairly welcoming were it not for some of the locals. Sadly, the service did not match the ambience. The barman served others first despite us being ahead in the queue. Locals clearly have priority here. Listening in on conversations, we are clearly not amongst the most liberal crowd. Planning to finish my half and head for the hills.

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