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…
…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.
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.
The bathroom, spacious, modern, and clean, was filled with Pecksniff’s bath amenties including bath salts and shower gels.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Whilst in the area, be sure to visit Win Green where there are beautiful vistas.
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.
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.
A drive to the New Forest is also an option for those looking for something a bit further afield.
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.
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
Tel: 01725 516 207
Rooms starting at £120, bed and breakfast rate