I recently spent an indulgent and relaxing 24 hours at The King’s Head Hotel in Cirencester, a historic Roman city known as “the heart of the Cotswolds”.
This boutique hotel dates from at least 1550, though its exact age is unknown, and is listed as a building of special architectural and historical interest.
It certainly has its share of notable stories—including that of Lord Chandos, who visited in 1642 to enlist men for King Charles I’s army but who ended up hiding in the King’s Head when the townsfolk began murdering his company.
They’re friendlier these days.
Staying at The King’s Head
The hotel is located right in the centre of Cirencester, and is surrounded by cute streets full of shops and places to eat and drink.
Each of the 45 rooms or apartments at the hotel is individually decorated. I was given 208, a cavernous space with restored wooden beams and a floor that feels characterfully old and uneven through the chic carpet covering it.
Everything you can think of is provided—from real fresh milk to the fluffiest of white towels, a perfectly-firm mattress to actual hair conditioner (Elemis bath products, thank you very much). We all know it’s these little details that make a hotel feel like a luxurious home-away-from-home.
Guests can also make use of the gym, spa and a roof terrace, however during my stay that was closed as it was being set up for a wedding.
Dining at The King’s Head
The King’s Head’s in-house restaurant serves seasonal British food, freshly prepared using premium local ingredients.
After a busy day of travelling and sight-seeing, I managed to make room for a full 3-courses, plus bread and butter because life is short.
- Starter: Pressed ham hock with piccalilli and toasted brioche
- Main: 8oz rib-eye steak with classic grill garnish and triple-cooked chips
- Dessert: Eton Mess
- Wine: Merlot
Every course was perfectly cooked (the steak was one of the best I’ve ever had) with just the right balance of flavours—my Eton Mess was crunchy, creamy, sweet and tart…heaven.
I somehow managed to make room for TWO breakfasts the next morning, starting with a pain au chocolat before moving on to a full English (with the black pudding not served as per my request). And of course a lovely cup of proper tea, because I am a British stereotype. Hotel breakfasts are probably my favourite thing in the world, especially when done this well.
The King’s Head Spa
The King’s Head has its very own subterranean spa, complete with vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and atmospheric lighting—I couldn’t resist.
My skin has been showing the signs of a tough couple of months so I opted for a heavenly 25-minute Aromatherapy Discovery Facial (£30), which uses essential oils, polishes and massage to “bring back an irresistible healthy complexion”.
As with all facials, I was advised there may be a breakout afterwards but the next day I was glowing. I did get one spot but all my existing blemishes cleared up, leaving my skin more even than it’s been for months.
— Becky (@AdventuringBec) September 30, 2017
Book your stay at The King’s Head Hotel in Cirencester directly, via Hotels.com or Booking.com from £140 including bed and breakfast. Due to the King’s Head’s popularity it’s also recommended that you pre-book the restaurant and/or any spa treatments.
Check out my tips for things to do in Cirencester.
—My stay, including dinner and breakfast, was free of charge. I paid for my own spa treatment. This has no impact on my decision to recommend the King’s Head Hotel in Cirencester, I had a wonderful time and wouldn’t hesitate to return!