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The Kings Arms, Tring

King Street
Tring
HP23 6BE
Phone: 01442823318

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Ian Mapp left this review about The Kings Arms

Handsome backstreet boozer that is only a couple of streets back from the main high street.

Impressive external facade and colouring. Inside is separate rooms but open plan, with dining areas and a darts, drinking area. Of course, the locals all sit around the bar.

Beerwise, there was a good selection of LocALES - breweries that I wasn't too familiar with. I went for a Leighton Buzzard Brewery Restoration X. £4.20 sounded a touch pricey and I would have hoped for a better glass than a Marstons 61 Deep.

All in all a decent local pub and worthy of its inclusion in 2020 Good Beer Guide.

On 30th December 2019 - rating: 7
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Gill Smith left this review about The Kings Arms

Called in on our coach trip of the area, and found this 2018 Good Beer Guide pub to be a friendly back street local. Family friendly and food served. We enjoyed 2 beers from Farr Brew from the choice of around 5 ales. Morris dancers were in the suntrap patio.

On 17th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Kings Arms

ORIGINAL REVIEW Dec 2012
Difficult to find tucked away is a residential part of town,this is a true community local popular with the residents,which in this part of the world means young professionals,earnest CAMRA types with a smattering of students.Women feel comfotable enough to pop in for a wine and the atmosphere is friendly and authentic.The barman looked uncannily like the chief casketeer in the Viz comic strip.
The interior is charming with three different sections,to the left of the front door there is a real fire with a wooden banquette running around the wall and scrubbed wooden tables,while the bar is at the back of the building.A lot of wood panneling is used on the walls.There is a walled garden outside ,free wifi and no muzak,gaming machines ,flat screens etc to detract from the positive vibe inside.Decent looking food served until 9.30pm.
The current owners revived this previously failing Ind Coope pub in 1981 and can now boast 31 consecutive years in the GBG.However I thought the selection on my trip was stuck in a time warp with some uninspiring brews from the six handpumps namely CW "Youngs" Special,Tring Sidepocket and Death or Glory,Wadworth's 6X and Old Timer,Adnams Shingle Bells and Old Rosie Cider.Three festive ales seemed too many ,and the breweries chosen are hardly at the cutting edge of the real ale scene .Maybe I was unlucky,or is this a case of resting on laurels ?
If you are in Tring ,you are obliged to pop in to see what's on,but I would sound a note of caution after this latest visit,a few notches down from previous trips.

UPDATE
A change of guard has radically improved the real ale range ,gone are the boring brown beers and in their place a decent selection with my Slaters Black IPA terrific as well as a very good Chiltern 300.Food is more of a feature these days although the plastic menus on every table didn't inspire confidence but thankfully most punters still come in here just to quaff and it retains a proper pub atmosphere.There is a good mix of customers,many regulars around the bar and a great interior with a real fire in one section belting out the heat.Upgraded from me,dont miss this one if you are visiting Tring.Deservedly back in the GBG 2016.

On 5th February 2016 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is a quirky boozer close to the town centre with the feel of a local.
It's not that easy to find despite being a solid pink Georgian building and is surrounded by Victorian terraces from where, I suspect, it draws its regular custom.
The interior is well described below so all I'd add is that it feels higgeldy piggeldy with a mixture of styles which seems to hang together.
It was busy on our chilly Thursday evening visit with a mixed clentele across age ranges and gender. You get all sorts in here and it makes for a good atmosphere although I wasn't too sure about the prominent beards and corduroy jackets at the bar. Perhaps it had been a tough day in the geography department.
Beers on: Wadworths 6X, a regular for many years here, Wadworths Horizon, Oakham/RCH Light Porter, Milton Nike and Tring Sidepocket. A reasonable range but not of the highest quality although our beers were in good condition.
I'd certainly nip in to see what they have on if in Tring but only after I'd supped well in the Robin Hood.

On 6th March 2013 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Kings Arms

Family-run since 1981, this pub is situated just off Tring’s main High Street and is easily spotted due to the bright fuchsia-coloured exterior. The pub is lovingly-maintained both inside and out, with a nice display flowers giving way to an eclectic but tastefully decorated interior, carpeted, with half-length wood panelling and an unusual turquoise colour scheme complimented by well-sourced brewania on the walls (of much amusement was the sign “Drawn from the wood” above the entrance to the gents).
Five ales were available; the regular, Wadworth 6X plus four interesting others – Salopian Oracle, Moles Mole Catcher and Moorhouse Premier alongside Westons Traditional Scrumpy cider with some decent bottled choices in the fridge. The quality of the ale was pretty decent overall, priced between £3.20-£3.50 p/p. Other interior features included a well-frequented dart board, traditional pub games including cribbage and dominoes plus real coal fires. To the rear there is a quaint cobbled courtyard with a dedicated servery hatch to the bar, gas heaters and canopies. An eclectic menu advertises home-cooked food which some of my companions enjoyed. The atmosphere was great – lively and buzzing without the need for music or machines. Toilets were spotless and the animal print tiles were good fun too. A downside, as mentioned below, is the rather unnecessarily eccentric opening hours – whilst Tring isn’t a thriving metropolis, I’m sure they could see their way to opening this place a bit more than they currently do.

Overall, this was a really impressive pub and I’d be well-chuffed if I lived locally to have this on my door step. One to seek out.

On 8th August 2011 - rating: 9
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train man left this review about The Kings Arms

Bays Dumpling, Rebellion Mutiny, 6X, Butcombe Bitter (came on), Black Sheep (condition reported iffy), Westons Country Perry. I had been looking forward to this pub, and we made use of the dartboard with plenty of space round to the left of the bar, there seemed a decent local atmoshere, but I was disappointed with £3.30(!) pp and with the fact that, ludicrously, it closes 15:00-19:00 Saturday, meaning we had to alter our schedule and return later on.

On 9th May 2010 - rating: 6
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