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Back to the Future at The King's Head, Laxfield

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

The King's Head at LaxfieldOne of Suffolk's loveliest pubs, The King's Head, Laxfield, fondly known as 'The Low House', has been home to many landlords and ladies over its long history. Four months ago, this 'chocolate box' thatched country pub welcomed landlord Paul Rous, whose family owns the beautiful Bruisyard Hall nearby. At first glance The King's Head looks like it hasn't changed since the 1800s with its tiled floors, low beamed ceilings, wooden settles, cosy snugs and open fires. It's everyone's dream pub, except that there's no bar. Instead, the pub has a tap room where Adnams beer is served directly from the barrels, kept cool in the The-tap-room-at-The-King's-Head-laxfieldsummer by thick green shade cast by a tangle of shrubs and overhanging branches. The tap room's walls and ceilings are covered with brewing memorabilia - old beer mats, barrel clips, and tankards which add to the room's character - and it's a treat to order a cool pint served very much in the traditional manner. It's nicknamed The Low House due to its geographic location, situated directly below the neighbouring Church and historic heart of the village. Whilst offering a vision of Britain's pastoral heritage, Paul Rous is keen that this special pub offers the very best in modern standards by ensuring service is top quality as well as offering good value, quality food. Paul Rous with a pint of Adnams at The Low HouseAsked why he has chosen to take on this new venture, Paul replied, "This pub is local to me and I love it. Pubs like The Low House are precious - not just historically, but for the local community too. That's one of the reasons why I wanted to keep the pub open every day since we arrived. Instead of closing for redecoration, we kept the doors open - customers were very happy to avoid the wet paint. We've freshened up the walls and ceilings and added new soft furnishings. The fabric of the building remains unchanged apart for a fireplace that we've revealed which was hidden in the dining room behind an old electric fire." Double-chocolate-brownie-at-The-King's-Head-laxfieldPaul and his Chefs Lee and Allan have been changing dishes on the menu regularly to find a seasonal balance of top quality dishes that offer good value for money. The most popular main course dish at present is The Low House Burger - a tower of locally-sourced-beef burgers in a toasted sourdough with mayonnaise, sliced tomatoes, red onion jam, melted cheddar, crispy bacon, rocket and fries. And for dessert, the dish on everyone's lips (literally) is the double chocolate brownie served with warm chocolate sauce and caramel ice cream. With three rooms available as accommodation in an adjacent building, The King's Head is a wonderful base from which to explore Suffolk's rural heartland. Find out more on The King's Head website. You can view a selection of photos from The King's Head on Flickr.    


Sarah Groves