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user reviews of the Kings Arms, Tring

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This place is more-or-less perfect. Lovely atmosphere with a good range of ales from local breweries and a warm welcome from the lovely barmaid (landlady?).
Food was good too with the best chips I've had in a long while. 10/10
baxterfish - 1 May 2016 15:18
I had an excellent pint of Moongazing upon my first visit with an impressive selection of the real stuff available. Had the feel of a local's local on entering but given the location off the beaten track this is not surprising. Parking can be difficult.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 2 Oct 2014 06:25
A change of ownership at the start of 2014, has seen this near legendary Tring boozer take a step forward in its cask beer offering.

Gone is the permanent Wadsworth 6X, to be replaced by Tring Brewery's Moongazing. Four other constantly rotating real ales compliment the house hand pull and these are chosen cleverly with variety in mind. A real cask cider completes the line up.

The beer is definitely as well kept by the new landlord, Rob, but dare I say that the variety on the bar is somewhat better than before.

I haven't tried the food but reportedly it's very good too.

No need to change my 10/10 rating.
davvac - 5 May 2014 17:25
Cheap, cheap pints in here and some well known brands but the experience as so often in these country RA pubs is soured by the sight of mournful publicans suspicious of anyone whom they haven't seen before - traditional British approach but somehow always surprises me.
A barman palmed off one of my young friends with a pint which I expect could only have consisted of "slops" as it tasted of vinegar and when I returned it, the morose governor regarded me with suspicion. He almost wretched when he tasted it: despite this, he didn't apologise but agreed that it should be replaced. When I asked if there was a price differential between this pint of cat's urine and the replacement pint he dismissed my concerns with a wave denoting largesse on his part. In fact, it turned out that the replacement pint was cheaper!

Other details: a large courtyard if you like a smoke, brightly lit interior somewhat retro. Difficult to get to and cramped parking.

I may have been a tad unlucky or caught them on a bad night, but I will not be returning.

reala - 30 Aug 2013 13:13
Outstanding local with six real ales rotating on tap and friendly welcome. It was packed of a Saturday night despite - strangely - only being open from an extremely tardy 7pm. Wall notices indicate that quizzery and darts are both taken very seriously here. A long, long way from public transport and Tring's almost invisible bus service but well worth seeking out.
BoehmBawerk - 27 Jan 2013 21:03
Excellent, welcoming Free House with good beer and very good food. Only downside is the pricey beer (3.25 - 3.55), but it's worth it. Highly recommended.
baxterfish - 28 Nov 2011 20:26
Dropped in here for an unexpectedly lengthy visit prior to moving on to the local brewery. Always nice to get a taste of the good stuff before actually going headling into a full-scale session!

The Kings Arms had received good reviews and has apparently been run - very successfully - by the same family for the last 30 years, having rescued it at the turn of the '80s as its future looked bleak. They've magicked up a canny formula of high-quality and diverse pub meals and a decent range of well-kept cask beers, and together with sound service and a welcoming atmopshere this has made for a very competitive and appealing local, which on a Saturday afternoon boasted old, young, couples, families, friends, single folk - you name it, most types of pubgoers were represented here (well, the respectable kinds anyway!). This can only augur well for its future.

Some ales were local although not exclusively - besides the inevitable Tring offerings there were Black Country, Wadworth and Springhead options on pump. The Wadworth was in especially excellent form and I managed at least 3 pints, following receipt of a message from the brewer that they couldn't open for us until 3PM instead of 2.... Damn. Only meant we dug yet further in here and enjoyed some grade 'A' grub - my Thai-influences chicken curry was both tasty and generous in size. Everyone else's looked pretty decent too and I heard nothing but praise for the kitchen staff.

All in all then, a pretty good pub, set in a charming little backstreet residential area of a rather lovely, well-preserved provincial town. What's not to like about that?!
TWG - 25 Nov 2011 16:54
only went in after being told about it by someone in another pub, not far from where i live and my husband was very keen on it, good selection of beer for him and nice wine for me, if did not have to drive we would make it our local, well if we went out that much!!!
lisareev - 23 Jun 2011 16:38
So, popped in for a quick one last night, ended up having 3. Great beer, as always
bucksboy1990 - 1 Apr 2011 16:19
Good choice of five real ales. Not too sure about the International food menu, would have preferred traditional English fare.
fugglehops - 30 Mar 2011 21:15
good choice of real ale, lovely choice took a drive out so only had the one ish lol
lennyg35 - 28 Mar 2011 16:57
Affectionately known by many as the Pink Pub but only as because of its exterior colour. In fact its a hardcore ale pub and the ale is generally of high quality; I always remember Oakham Asylum in particular.

There are usually 5 real ales to choose from however there have been the odd time when that choice has lacked variety - a lot of mid 4% bitters but no IPA or Golden Ale. This doesn't happen that often but can be a little disappointing when it does, especially if, like me, you don't live in Tring.

The kitchen is very much about good home-cooking and their curries are great value.

Ohh and the landlord looks like Bill Oddie.


Max1905 - 29 Dec 2010 16:51
One of those pubs worth visiting during a very long walk - friendly enough and the beer on tap was well kept when we visited last month. Basic interior (despite the grand if rather pink exterior) but unpretentious.
pkrp - 8 Nov 2010 21:56
This is one of the best pubs anywhere!
gobby_gasser - 23 Aug 2010 16:55
great pub tucked away at the back of Tring, fine selection of beers and the food looks good. garden space when the weather is nice enough to sit out (patio heaters help)
davehowe - 17 May 2010 22:29
The first pub we took in today and just about the best. The colourful exterior of the pub is garish to say the least. Parking is difficult. Inside, there are several tables with small collections of breweryiana on the walls. There is a good selection of real ales - Milestone Lion's Pride, York Pioneer, Batemans Valiant, Keltec King and Wadworth 6X on our visit. The real cider is Westons Traditional Scrumpy. Whilst we didn't try the food, the menu looked varied and interesting. Several plates of crisps, nuts and olives were scattered around the pub. Well worth the visit if you are in Tring.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Apr 2010 21:15
very disappointed. i'd heard that the chef from The Robin Hood had moved there but was very disappointed with (a) the quality of the food and (b) the service. all a bit shipshod. obviously reports that the chef from the hood is there are wide of the mark.

Does anyone know where he's gone?
bucksboy1990 - 1 Apr 2010 11:03
Good selection of beers which landlord changes regularly - really is a "must visit"
Scridian - 13 Jan 2010 10:41
Was in there on Saturday night - Beer was excellent as always.
Easily the best quality and selection in Tring
The only down side was the miserable group of locals swearing at the bar - not at all welcoming!
rob6 - 10 Jan 2010 17:20
Came in here after a visit to the Tring Brewery, a successful independent business in these recessionary times, and the same can be said for this pub. A great selection of ales (although no Tring beers at that time) and some interesting food, 8.80 for a rather exotic and really very tasty curry. I have never been to Tring on a pub crawl before, if I were to return this pub would be a 'must visit'
Abteilung - 24 Sep 2009 23:30
I'm afraid this can't be described as an average pub Romanique. It's a free house for starters and the selection of real ale, ciders, lagers and bottled beers is far wider ranging than any other pub I know locally. Nice outside courtyard and good food also raise it well above mediocrity.

The opening hours are a bit... um... eccentric by current standards, I agree. I would definitely pop in here on the way home from work.

If you want really good Fullers or Gales beer (and I quite often do), go to the Robin Hood which is another excellent (but tied) boozer at the other end of Tring. But if you want something a bit different real ale fans, try the KA.


davvac - 4 Sep 2009 15:32
Fairly average pub, with a good selection of real ales. Unfortunately, if you finish work early and are looking for a drink, dont come here as the doors don't open until 7pm, when most people have had their early evening drink and gone home.
Romanique - 3 Aug 2009 16:36
Quite easily the best pub in Tring for it's changing selection of diverse and well kept Real Ales. I believe there is a cask cider as well, along with a selection of draught lagers which are a cut above the Carling/Stella/Heineken norm.

The Fuschia coloured exterior ( a throwback to Rodwells ownership days?) and pea green interior are something to behold!

Nearly always busy, which is a recommendation in itself.

Love it!
davvac - 27 Apr 2009 20:22
Pub is great. It was made extra special by my story below:-

I met a guy called Brian Moles in here and I had the best evening of my life. We ended up dancing in the streets whilst he played a banjo (diversely I might add). I go back to this pub all the time in the hope that Brian will be in here again, but alas I end up drinking on my own.

My wife now thinks I am having an affair as I am always nipping out, but I am really going to the pub in the hope that Brian graces it with his presence.

Pub gets 10/10 for the best night of my life.


discerningbeerdrinker - 25 Nov 2008 12:16
I have visited this pub on & off for 20 yrs and it is still top of my list for what a proper pub should be.NO MUSACK.Superb choice of well presented real ales, good food, and congenial company. Sadly, I believe John & Vicky are leaving after many years, but cannot confirm this. So get there while you can and sample the superb ales & food.Truly worth a visit, a gem!
Myskolive - 2 Nov 2008 11:02
Lunchtime visit. Interesting menu (eg crab pasta, Moroccan Lamb ). Very well cooked. Excellent range of ales. No Musack! Highly recommended.
alexmacdonald - 19 Oct 2008 18:44
Great pub hidden away from the High Street. Excellent real ales and good food and interesting decor. Unfortunately I do not live nearby so rarely get the opportunity to visit, but when ever in Tring then I will head here. A real pub that is definitely worth the visit.
Brewshed - 4 Mar 2008 18:59
Just about the best pub in the area for beer quality. I like the staff and the food is not bad. Be content, however, with your own company, because this is very much a local pub for local people.
mally - 17 Oct 2007 00:19
I have known about this place almost forever, and have visited perhaps every 5 years for the last 20. It never changes, beer is excellent, food good; the best town pub for miles and all this for a pub which has a pea green interior and pink external walls!
Redriley - 19 Oct 2006 01:16
Just moved into Tring - this place is a gem.
The perfect local with lovely food to add to the fine, and continuoisly changing, selection of real ales.
Dogs not allowed in the bar, but are welcome in the garden where you will be served through a window.
rob6 - 30 Aug 2006 09:43
Brilliant pub with superb beer choice. The garden/yard is great even in colder weather due to the outside heaters. It needs to have these because inside so regularly gets full. Contrary to other reviewers, I find the clientele will not talk to anyone who is not a regular local and the owners do nothing but grunt at you. Don't go alone - take a friend with you because I doubt you'll meet any inside. That aside - best pub in Tring for beer - by miles
anonymous - 24 May 2006 23:25
Awsome pub great atmosphere even in summer when it is packed to the brim. Good beers always changing. A lot of hard work goes into The Kings Arms (I should know worked there for what fells like for ever) and it surely pays off. Top job!!
tommynorth1989 - 21 May 2006 09:32
OK - I know I'm biased as this is my local - but the KA is something special! A PROPER pub! Not a jukebox or 'big screen' or a chip in sight!

Instead - excellent company - fabulous food (their hot beef sandwich, served with gravy is legendary!) all homecooked - great beer/cider - the most wonderful homely atmosphere. We very much think of it as an extension of our living room!

Lovely cobbled yard with gas heaters and canopies.

Just the nicest place! I could go on!!
jos - 14 Apr 2006 22:47
Love it, always a nice atmosphere and the food is amazing!
hillbillyboy - 13 Feb 2006 19:26
I fly down from Glasgow just to spend a few precious hours in here. No parking - but you wouldn't take the car. Fun bar staff. My perfect pub!
Neo1967 - 12 Jan 2006 19:49
l like this pub when i was up from Bury a very good small pub great beers good bar staff food looks very good will eat in next time i am up in the area when visting my family in Tring, a very relaxing place
deafbulldog - 8 Jul 2005 13:14
Beer always first class for choice & quality.
mally - 26 Mar 2005 00:17
Unique pub - especially the decor ;-)
Always has 5 very well kept real ales on tap and many good draught fizzies and wines. The food is good, try the hot sausage & gravy sandwich if you don't believe me!
Linael - 7 Feb 2005 21:54
a good pub!!! good home cooked food!! (i sould know, i work there!!). not much for the teens. a more adult environment. nice garden for use throughout the year as it has garden heaters!!!
katrina754 - 19 Dec 2004 18:29
Had my pot at the KA since 1983. Great real beer, variety rotated weekly. Home made food, but not a chip in sight! Well worth a detour.
Bruce Sherring-Lucas - bruce@sherring-lucas.co.uk - 24 May 2004 15:08
Nice garden, good Food,
anonymous - 9 Apr 2004 20:33

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