In the heart of the Cotswolds market town of Cirencester, boutique hotel the Kings Head Hotel adds a sympathetic stamp of contemporary country style to 450 years of history.
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk up the wrought iron stairs to your room – the eponymous King is featured on the bannisters and, as you climb from floor to floor, he grows from a toddler, to a middle-ager (complete with bald pate) and finally to an old man.
There are two restaurants to indulge in, the hotel’s main restaurant (open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for dinner and for hearty Sunday lunch and dinners) is a homey-yet-modern space serving up British food with a contemporary twist; as much as possible is locally sourced. A mish-mash of artwork hangs on the walls, including a commissioned piece by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and there are leather banquettes and parquet flooring, plus a few rustic touches. The menu is as alluring as the décor.
The lively MBB Brasserie, with painted stone walls and leather banquettes, serves lunch and dinner. You can watch the chefs cook and bartenders mix up cocktails here, and the menu also champions locally grown, farmed and fished produce. Enjoy Creedy Carver duck terrine, garden beetroot risotto and lemon posset with brandy snaps. To ensure you get your fill, book in advance.