A curious and slightly odd pub, set in a rural location, close to the M25 motorway (Jcn25). The entrance has what appears to be a scaled-down medieval manor house door, this opens into a 'baronial' bar with an oversized stone fireplace. The heavy oak beams span the low ceiling and dark decor creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Parts of this pub date from the 16th century and it's thought a pub has stood on this site for over 1000 years. Its curious name comes from a ballad which tells of an encounter between the King (James I) and a tinker (itinerant pan mender). The King is separated from his courtiers whilst hunting and takes refuge in an alehouse. The tinker does not realise with whom he is drinking. When the courtiers find their King, the tinker discovers the identity of his new drinking pal. This is the pub where it happened.
The pub serves good straightforward pub grub and well kept ales. There's a large beer garden and separate children's play area. No children under 16 in the main bar area though. The King and Tinker -
Had Sunday roast there today. Beef was tough and tasteless. Seemed like it had been pre-sliced and warmed up. Curled at edges. Wouldn't go back in a hurry for Sunday lunch.
The King and TinkerChris58,
Just visited this pub with my family planning a nice Sunday lunch. After 1 hour of waiting (the couple next to us left after 45 minutes in disgust) we finally got our lunch which was poor to put it mildly. Upon asking to speak I with the manager hoping for at least some empathy and apology he came over with nothing but aggressive approach and simply told us to leave.
The King and TinkerDaveWebbing,
I used this pub in the early 1960's. If memory serves me correctly it was then managed by an American guy. In a nice way he corrected one of his staff on the way to pour a Worthington White Shield. One of the best bottled beers in those days. Wonder if it is still available there?. Hope to go for a trip there soon. Cornwall is a nice place to live but looking forward to this visit.
The King and TinkerBACCUS,
I was a bit worried about eating at this pub after those comments, but i'm glad i IGNORED them. My friend & I had a meal there last week. The food was hot & lovely. The manager was really friendly as were the staff.
The King and Tinkervictoriadriscoll,
AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!! Called into this pub with friends and had the worst pub meal ever. The food really is beyond dreadful. My complaint to the landlord was met with rudeness. He clearly needs to learn some customer service skills. I also saw a dog emerge from what appeared to be the kitchen area - not very hygienic to say the least! We will warn all our friends to avoid this awful pub!
The King and Tinkeremilydurrant,
My friend and I had a terrible time at this pub, and would not recommend it to anyone. The coffee did not taste right and the chicken was rubbery and slightly off. The landlord's response was extremely rude. He said that it must be my taste buds. I refused to pay for the chicken and we paid for the rest of the meal. The landlord then embarassed himself in front of a pub full of customers by making rude comments as we were leaving. He is a clearly a bully and lacks the maturity to carry out his role.
The King and Tinkerkkkk1234,
The King and (S)tinker Public House
Horrible food and even worse service! AVOID THIS PUB!
Zero stars out of ten for this one!
I visited this Pub with a friend for a leisurely Saturday lunch and chat over a coffee. The pub is pleasantly located near to Whitewebbs Park, Golf Course and Guy Lodge stables. This pub is best avoided unless you enjoy eating funny tasting chicken, being served by rude, obnoxious staff and do not enjoy visiting nice pubs. The landlord is from the Basil Fawlty school of customer service.
The King and Tinkernutbrown_ale,
My husband and I called in for Sunday lunch. The beef was very dry and over cooked. The veg was watery and mushy. My yorkshire pudding was burnt. The gravy was tasteless. Hence we will not be returning anytime soon.
The King and Tinkeralibarber,
Popped in and will be making trips back without a doubt.
Great homemade cooked food and special customer care with regular singers and family fun days I'm glad I found this old pub..
The King and Tinkervamjam,
Had a brilliant time at one of the live music event, will defo go to the next one, it's such a good atmosphere, the owner is now having live music every 2 weeks.
The King and TinkerToniduke,
Had a great meal. Good service. Will definatley go again & very soon. Very friendly pub.
The King and Tinkerjanetstevens,
Under new management lovli lovli people, so welcoming, love kids love dogs, my Sunday roast was lovli, will tell my family and friends to go to this very welcoming pub.
The King and TinkerMorgan,
Brilliant under new managment !!!! Best pint of real ale ive had for years,food was realy nice,entertainment on a sat nite "Pie & mash eve with a singer" Great Beer Great Food Great People!!!! Definatly going back !!
The King and Tinkerscottygib,
Had two meals at this pub this year and the food was lovely. Used to be a frequent visitor in the 70's and it was nice to see the pub again. Found out after we had eaten that the sausages we ordered were free range, organic ... chef should put that on the menu as they were lovely.
The King and Tinkersopjon8891,
I visited this pub on sunday 10/07/2011 for sunday lunch. it was vile.... roast beef was actually a slice of sirloin steak cooked on a griddle served with roasted vegatable..roast chicken was so small, a chicken nugget would be bigger! the gravy was made with SUGAR.. IT WAS HORRIBLE. WE ALL WALKED OUT WITHOUT PAYING..NOW I NOW WHY EVERYONE ELSE DIDNT HAS ROAST DINNER! AVOID THIS PLACE.
The King and Tinkerblueman,
It has been 32 years since i last had a drink at the King and Tinker. On a recent trip back to the UK from Australia i dropped in with my wife and boys to have lunch. The food was good and the lager cold just how i like it. This is a great pub in which the atmoshere is exactly how it should be, cosy and interesting with a feeling of warmth and history. I did miss the wooden chair that used to be by the bar, it was legend that the king sat in that chair when he visited the ale house. I was looking forward to showing my boys that chair as it was always a major attraction when i frequented the pub in the 70s. Its a pity that the chair could not have remained instead of being stored away in the landlords garage.
The King and Tinkeraajjkaajjk,
It has been a while since i had visited the King & Tinker, which is now under new management.
The atmosphere was so friendly and welcoming.
There was a gorgeous open log fire burning away so we took a seat next to this to enjoy the best Sunday lunch i have ever had.
They now have waitress service which is much better from how it used to be when we had to order at the bar - it made us feel speacial. The waitress were very friendly and were attentive to our needs.
I understand that a new week day menu will be coming soon which i can't wait to go back to try.