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The Kings Head, Marylebone, W1

13 Westmoreland Street

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custodian 42 left this review about The Kings Head

L-shaped room with the bar on the inside of the "L". Passable Old Speckled Hen - three hand pumps - one reversed. Some very noisy Irishmen outside didn't help.

On 1st August 2018 - rating: 3
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Tris C left this review about The Kings Head

This pub was indeed built in 1939 by Charrington’s to replace something that dated back to 1765. As mentioned, this is a backstreet Marylebone locals’ pub where the heart sinks upon seeing the Greene King insignia. The spirits don’t lift on entering as this is hardly a local gem. The interior does at least look to be original, especially the bar and pot shelf. There’s a tiled bar apron thereafter carpet. There are floral swag curtains with pelmets and traditional furniture with velour banquettes and stools. Décor comprises period prints to the walls and a TV was spotted – off – and muted music played. Food is served but it’s fish ‘n’ chips not gastro. There’s a tiny gent’s lavatory but it seemingly has no cubicle, which is a first for me!
The pub’s website describes its customers thus: ‘Clientele is quite varied being opposite the London Heart Hospital…’ – perhaps a last one for the road then?
The landlady was friendly, but the ale selection wasn’t, comprising just an unused pump, Greene King IPA and Morland’s Old Speckled Hen at £4.40 a pint which is a lot for this sort of establishment. An ordinary pub, not improved by the presence of some potty-mouthed locals, meaning that I won’t be returning.

On 27th January 2018 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Kings Head

There were two real ales on in here - GK IPA and St Austell Tribute (£4.50 a pint). I'm sure that a pub like this in Marylebone would do food, but I didn't get to see a menu.

This pub was built by Charrington's in 1939, and still retains some of its original features. The bar back is original, as is the wall panelling to dado level, but possibly the most unusual feature is the "piano key" design step and spitoon trough in front of the bar counter. At the rear of the servery is a staff entrance surmounted by a wooden carving featuring a couple of indeterminant animals (well, I couldn't identify them). There's an upstairs theatre bar, but it wasn't open when I was in during Thursday afternoon.

This is a lovely little backstreet pub, if any street in Marylebone can be described as backstreet. It's carpeted, furnished with normal tables and chairs, and struck me as a welcoming little place. This is one of the nicer pubs in the area, but a better (and perhaps less pricy) beer selection would be welcome.

On 10th February 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Kings Head

Traditional Greene King corner pub with a compact 'J'-shaped bar and limited seating. Also has a few patio benches outside. Upstairs Theatre Bar / dining room closed when I called in early on a Friday evening. Two of three handpumps in operation, with IPA (£4.00) and Old Speckled Hen on offer. Nothing special really, but it did seem to have a particularly convivial atmosphere for the area.

On 5th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Kings Head

The Kings Head is a pretty small boozer found off the main drag of Marylebone High Street. I was in here on a sunny Friday evening for a few Stellas that weren't anything to write home about. The barmaid serving behind the bar, that is huge in comparison to the area of the pub, was friendly enough. There are a few benches outside and even though I didn't venture upstairs I did notice the signs for it being a seated no smoking area (this may be a restaurant though and I didn't see anyone going up or coming down).

I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to drink here, but if I was walking past with a few minutes to kill I might pop in.

On 30th April 2007 - rating: 6
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