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The King’s Head, Whiteparish

Muddy says: As huge supporters of keeping it local, we can’t recommend enough this wonderful local pub. Oh, and the food’s pretty fab, too!

There’s nothing better for summer than keeping it local – a stroll down to the Kings Head for lunch in the sun, or sundowners at dusk…ah, lovely! A big Muddy thumbs up to this family-owned pub set in a 16th century coaching house, loving restored without losing sight of the fact that this is a village pub, loved by locals. Situated  right in the middle of the beautiful village of Whiteparish, on the edge of the New Forest, the pub was renovated and extended two summers ago, with the aim of making it a fabulous destination pub with food at its centre, while also offering luxury accommodation. And boy, have they succeeded! We particularly love their gorgeous orangery and cosy courtyard, overlooking the large, lush garden.
Fancy staying over? Their old barn houses eight lovely contemporary rooms with roll top baths, no less – this is very much a boutique, high-end B&B.
Food wise, the Bar & Grill menu offers traditional pub grub including fish and chips, venison pie and wild boar sausages and mash. And now the main event…Betony is the King’s Head’s signature restaurant, run by Chef Patron Matthew Tomkinson, who whirls up a storm of delicious modern British dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Matt held 1 Michelin star for many years at the Montagu Arms, and has brought with him Rob Boer to be Head Chef. On offer is a 6 course tasting menu plus a full a la carte menu, on Wednesday – Saturday dinner only. Oh, and heads up – they offer special rates for Betony dinner, bed & breakfast Wednesday through Saturday. We can’t wait!

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