Following a year-long refurbishment, the former Loch Fyne restaurant has been lovingly converted back to a pub with rooms, and will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday 31 October.
This highly anticipated pub restaurant, with boutique bedrooms and an alfresco terrace, will be launched as the all new King’s Arms, as it was formerly known over 30 years ago.
Grosvenor Pubs & Inns, the firm behind The Cricketers on the Green in Pirbright, Surrey, has breathed new life into the Grade II-listed building. Totally transforming the once-loved Egham stalwart into a modern multi-faceted venue, it now boasts six boutique hotel rooms, a sleek cocktail area, delicious fresh food restaurant and modern day pub and tap room.
The original building, which was initially used as stables in 1949, has encountered several transformations throughout the decades and is on the doorstep of where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. Throughout there are nods to the Royal history as well as King John and the barons; stain glassed windows in ‘The Angevin Quarter’; tongue and cheek artwork of Queen Elizabeth with tattoos; six rooms named after the rebel barons, and ‘The Menagerie’ with all year round alfresco terrace convertible roof, fire and ice tables, botanical trees and a lavish living plant wall.
Whilst The Kings Arms has retained some of its traditional touches including exposed brick walls and low-beamed ceilings, the pub has been brought into the 21st century thanks to plush furnishings and rich colour tones throughout.
The dining area, with its mirrored panels, statement light fittings and a bold floral wall, offers a high-end experience complete with a seasonal menu highlighting the best of British ingredients and produce found on The Kings Arms’ doorstep.
The talented culinary team have been working hard to create menus that are dictated by the seasons. Guests can expect the Grosvenor Classics, as well as dishes encompassing flavours from across the British Isles.
Starters include: Scallops baked in their shell with puff pastry, devilled mushrooms; Tuna Crudo, with avocado, wasabi, ginger and soy; and Duck liver parfait, served with red onion jam and toasted sourdough.
Mains come in the form of slow roasted Hampshire trimmed pork belly, served with crackling, puy lentils, salsa verde and cider gravy; Herdwick mutton Brick Lane curry, slow cooked in a medium spiced tomato and cardamom sauce, served in a silver platter with pilaf rice and garlic naan bread; and South Coast plaice, on the bone, served with samphire, brown butter capers, lemon and parsley.
Unashamedly British desserts shine a spotlight on long-standing favourite’s like the sweet pastry Bakewell tart, almond frangipane, served with mascarpone as well as baked apple and blackberry crumble, with a jug of vanilla custard.
The cocktail area features a copper wrapped bar and tasting room featuring a unique by-the-glass wine serving system, so you’re never left empty. Complete with a Royal throne, vaulted ceiling and wood-cladded walls, guests can peruse the extensive drinks list, featuring signature and classic cocktails, craft beer and wine sourced from vineyards both oversees and closer to home.
A new addition to The Kings Arms is the six boutique hotel rooms, all decorated with personality and comfort in mind. All rooms are keyless, and feature mod-cons like Nespresso machines and a state-of-the-art walk-in shower. Each room boasts its own personality and comes equipped with royal seal of approval mattresses, and in larger rooms the addition of a copper free-standing bath. No detail has been spared to complete the experience; Roberts radios will play as you check into your room and artwork tailored to each rebel Baron it is named after.
The recent redevelopment heralds a new age for The Kings Arms. Offering a number of dining and drinking experiences, the pub still holds locality at its heart.