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Kings Arms Hotel, Hampton Court, East Molesey

Hampton Court Road
East Molesey
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Malden man left this review about Kings Arms Hotel

Backing onto the gardens of Hampton Court Palace and opposite the Lion Gate entrance to Bushy Park, this old pub and hotel is in an ideal location to pick up the tourist dollar. The frontage is asymmetrical with a double curved bay but then running along another block and then expanding into what was clearly once a separate building. I'd say the unequal end is an add on and therefore later than the date of 1709 displayed on the frontage. You enter to the main bar which is an impressive space, there is a large area of mosaic flooring with the pub name picked out in lettering, the remaining area is boarded. Lots of old dark stained wood panelling, some exposed brickwork and a large brick fireplace with kettles and pots on the hearth. There are all sorts of tables and seating, none of the high type, one huge table with studs on top would suit a large group.
A smaller room to the front through the bar has some more good quality panelling, some of it curved and with an intricate circular mirror of note. Beyond there is an area seemingly designated for dining. Outdoor seating to the frontage.
Fairly foody as you may expect in this location but it looked good quality, child and dog friendly, doggy biscuits and water available.
Hall and Woodhouse beers, I find them inoffensive but unexciting, at least twelve handpumps in two banks but just two on, First Call and Daring Diver. Plenty unclipped. My pint needed a serious top up.
A very nice and interesting building but with a transient customer base and indifferent service. I did however enjoy a quiet pint after a stroll around the park.

On 3rd April 2016 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Kings Arms Hotel

The Kings Arms Hotel is a fine 17th Century building with some excellent internal features as well described by the previous reviewers. The internal space is subdivided into four distinct areas but the most interesting are definitely the bar areas with its comfy red leather sofas , dark wood panelling, tiled floors and Henry VIII related features well described by John below.
As previously mentioned several hand pumps greet you on entering but nearly all are doubled up. But there were still four Hall and Woodhouse beers on for my visit and the Badger First Gold and Tanglefoot were well served and in good condition.
The food menu looked decent but a bit on the pricey side, but we decided not to eat here and subsequently looking at other restaurant related review sites today, that may have been a good move.
Also this is a fully functioning hotel with the reception up the bar, and there was a steady stream of people checking in after attending the HC flower show. But again a perusal of Trip Advisor may be pertinent before deciding to do the same.
So I’ll leave the food and accommodation up to others to comment on other sites, but if what you are after is a decent, well kept pint of ale and an interesting pub to enjoy it in after exhausting yourself around Hampton Court, then I can thoroughly recommend the Kings Arms for this purpose.

On 10th July 2011 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Kings Arms Hotel

Fine old inn, dating from 1709 and looks the part for the tourists beside the Lion Gate entrance to Hampton Court' gardens. Traditional bar located through the main entrance - with a nice mosaic tiled floor - and a lounge area - and its impressive fireplace - to one side. There is another counter in the passageway leading to the public bar (which is also extended through to another room beyond). Reasonable amout of outside seating, albeit with slightly incongruous concrete bases, in the patio beer garden out front. About 11 handpumps in total, but with a number disused and others showing duplicate clips the choice was three Hall & Woodhouse beers - Badger, Tanglefoot and the seasonal Firkin Fox (£3.50) served in the right glass (but rather cloudy, so perhaps I was just unlucky).

On 30th May 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Hampton Court, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Hampton Wick, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Thames Ditton, 1.52 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Kings Arms Hotel, East Molesey
14th Aug 2019, 13:28
Request to mark pub as open by Rex Rattus approved
14th Aug 2019, 13:16
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Rex Rattus, with included notes: Now reopened according to WhatPub.

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