Travel – Wiltshire – King John Inn

 Arriving midday on Sunday, it was clear this was a popular place.  There were no available parking places and most tables were full.  Though they were busy, the staff were attentive…

Arriving at The King John Inn

…and got us checked into the room without delay.

The King John Inn is on a main road but fairly isolated from  other commerce so it allows guests to really feel they are getting away from it all.

Road King John Inn is on…


Room at KJI

The rooms are comfortable, clean, and a bit plush.  There are windows that open allowing fresh air to flow through on nice days.  Within the room, there are coffee and tea facilities including a Nespresso machine, cafeterie,  kettle and various teas.

Coffee and Tea making facilities

And homemade biscuits left for guests – they think of everything!

The bathroom, spacious, modern, and clean, was filled with Pecksniff’s bath amenties  including bath salts and shower gels.

Shower at KJI


The King John Inn has wireless internet throughout, a real bonus if you need it.  However, the mobile phone service was not as reliable but that is not always a bad thing on holiday so depends on how you look at it!

Always an option? 🙂


Cosy place for breakfast or dinner

Breakfast – served in the main dining area, a cold buffet is offered before a hot breakfast for order.  The buffet includes a fruit basket, muselis, cereals, yoghurts, and juices.  Hot breakfast options when we were there included Eggs Benedict and a Full English, cooked to order.

Dinner  – The menu at King John Inn is seasonal and changes daily based on availability of items.  The menu is well written and indicates the originating location the menu item.  When we stayed, we had a starter of Roasted Artichoke with Quail Eggs and matchstick potatoes; this was absolutely delicious.  I had never had artichoke cooked that way but would have eaten it many times over!  I had Portland Crab on toast with chips.  Though this sounds like such a simple dish, the crab was dressed in a nice, light lemon sauce that was spot on.  My husband order the whole plaice with Charlotte potatoes and vegetables.  The plaice was the largest I had ever seen served and the size is evident in the picture.  All dishes were delicious.

Portland Crab on Toast

Huge Plaice – delicious!

The outdoor area is very nice and inviting. There is seating just outside the front door of the pub and also an outdoor area with a grill and bar.  The outdoor grill was not in use whilst we were there but it did not take much imagination to picture lively parties there.

Seating in front of pub

Lovely, Scented Lavender Path to Kitchen Garden

A nice place for an apertif or mid-morning coffee

I want this outdoor kitchen!

Wine Shop

There is a wine shop onsite.

Nearby Things to Do

Good nearby walks

The staff helped us by lending us maps and suggesting 3 walks  of varying lengths, all starting from the property.

Win Green 

Whilst in the area, be sure to visit Win Green where there are beautiful vistas.

Make your way to Win Green

Beautiful vistas from Win Green

Not to be missed on a Wiltshire adventure

National Trust properties

There are also National Trust properties of  Stourhead and Alfred’s Tower.  On a nice day, the garden of Stourhead is a lovely place to walk or have a picnic.  If you are able to make it up the 200+ stairs to the top of Alfred’s Tower, the views are worth the steps. 


Beautiful Hydrangeas at Stourhead

Ice House at Stourhead

Views from the tower after 200 steps

Pythouse Kitchen Garden

Another great stop for lunch or a coffee is the Pythouse Kitchen Garden.  It is open every day except Tuesday
9.00am – 5.30pm and the cafe closes at 5.00pm.  Visitors can walk through and enjoy the grounds of the walled garden.

Gardens on Plythouse

Sunflowers at Plythouse

New Forest

A drive to the New Forest is also an option for those looking for something a bit further afield. 

New Forest Wild Horse

The Staff

From the moment we arrived, the staff were very accomodating trying to help with even the smallest requests.  When asked if there was a fan available, one appeared at our door within 10 minutes.  When asking to complete the check out paperwork the night before due to a necessary early start, we were surprised by a breakfast tray delivered to our room since the kitchen does not open until 8 a.m.  We interacted with five of the staff members and they were all lovely and helpful.

Breakfast Tray delivered to our room

I hope to stay at King John Inn very soon.  I am secretly hoping they will adopt me so that I can go back over and over.  If you have the chance to stay here, do so.

The King John Inn
Tollard Royal
Tel: 01725 516 207

Rooms starting at £120, bed and breakfast rate


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