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Kings Head Inn, Carlisle

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Pleasant traditional pub in a city where cafe bars are prevalent. Nothing special but worth a visit.
hollybush33 - 11 Nov 2019 16:35
This place was dead on an early Friday evening and the selection of beers was pretty poor tbh. It lacked any kind of atmosphere or vibe. The bar lady with the bleached hair needs a lesson in customer service too.
littledrummerboy - 26 Feb 2018 15:45
Pub number 5 for me was the King's Head back in the town centre. It is situated in a nice street within the main shopping area. With all the shops closed, the pub still had plenty of punters and was the best pub I'd visited thus far. Ales were Yates's Golden Ale & Bitter, Arbor Oz Bomb & Ilkley Fireside Porter. Unusually for Carlisle pubs, it also had a cider - Rosie's Pig. I later found that the pub has just started offering a CAMRA discount. But it wasn't offered to this CAMRA member. Neverthless, the interior has plenty of character with plenty of old beams. There's no mobile phone reception - probably a good thing. Not the best pub in Carlisle. But it's up there.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Feb 2016 21:11
Still being refurbished. More ales than Howard though.
ArhurPint - 12 Oct 2014 11:47
Hadn't read previous reviews but was pleased to find this pub yesterday with its good selection of ales. Eden's Ruswarp, Yates Bitter, Anarchy's Quiet Riot and Tiny Rebel's Full Nelson were on sale yesterday as well as Gwynt y Ddraig Fiery Fox and Farmhouse Scrumpy and bottled Old Mout cider. We sat outside in the enclosed courtyard rather than the wooden beamed pub. Service was slightly sullen, I will blame the hot weather.......
paul_d102 - 26 Jul 2014 19:55
Visited this gem of a pub on Thursday as we found it was really close to the Crown and Mitre hotel where we stayed. Great atmosphere and a lovely couple of pints of Yates' finest made for an excellent evening.
roobs52 - 15 Oct 2013 00:35
The ales elevate this place which is full of local character (and characters), tucked as it is around the corner from the gorgeous Guildhall. Yates bitter and Youngers Scotch bitter were on and we enjoyed putting britpop and indie kitsch on the jukebox - EMF's 'Unbelievable' should really have seen us thrown out of the pub.
BoehmBawerk - 20 Apr 2013 08:40
Great pub. Went in for a few pints and some lunch on Saturday (02/04/11). Four beers on, two from Yates & Baxter (Golden Ale & Bitter), Empire Ooh Matron & Hambleton Cocky Jocky. Had the Empire and the Hambleton which were both excellent. The food is really good too. Had the steak & ale pie. The bar staff are friendly and efficient, and the landlord is really friendly too. Well worth a visit when you're in town.
zipdiskdude - 3 Apr 2011 22:21
Good, straightforward boozer. The outside does promise a little more than the interior delivers but the beer's good, the staff efficient and the landlord friendly. Close to the shops so a good place to escape to while the other half gets her retail therapy.
Yellerbelly - 3 Oct 2010 07:05
Love it. Decent beer, no bother, wooden tables, old-style seating, good landlord. Better than the overrated Howard in my opinion and definitely the most central pub in carlisle (100 yards to the market cross?). Did take me a while to realise it had an upstairs like...
grahamo - 23 Aug 2010 20:42
This pub hasnt changed in 25 years I ve known it, floorboard creaks just right of centre of bar area. Could be a lot better to be honest on the outside a vintage pub real beams, historic past etc and once inside there a couple of students sipping their "one hour" cokes and a drunk argiung with himself whilst clutching 2 pounds of pork sausages from Cranstons butchers a few doors down! Nice to visit for one or two but like I said, " Katherine Jenkins" on the outsie and more "Jordan" inside!
steviewonder - 18 Nov 2009 13:38
I visited the pub on Saturday lunchtime, it was not over busy and I managed to get a table for a meal, the bar staff serving were very friendly (2 men) towards me. Beer choice was good and no short measures! Excellent food and did not wait long for it either. My second visit to this pub and would go there again and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Roberttherailway - 26 Oct 2009 11:56
This pub looked good from the outside and first impressions of inside were good. I came to this pub with two friends whilst visiting the city recently (having come the best part of 400 miles). So, on the recommendation of the Good Beer Guide we headed for this pub one Saturday lunchtime. Whilst waiting at the bar a group of men (who had apparently been waiting some time to be served) got fed up of waiting for the girl behind the bar to attend to them and swept out in disgust. We were 'greeted' in the most unfriendly manner by this girl, who judging by other comments posted here, needs to revise her attitude towards customers. So, following the example of the others, we left. A great pity.
markcp1981 - 15 Oct 2009 17:05
Saturday lunchtime, bar was quite busy but managed to find a small table. Food, two different burgers, was delicious, the accompanying chips were superb, crisp outside and fluffy inside! It seems to quite a food orientated pub, that said, the beer, I had a pint of Yates, was top quality, and had just the right amount of head, although I did notice a few pints being carried to tables that had what I would consider way too much head! Service was great, apart from the arsehole that pushed his way in front of me at the bar, not the staffs fault tho! One other thing, the lock on the john is bust so you have to keep your leg against it while you're your having a dump, just thought you should know! A cracking pub and one to visit if you're in Carlisle, along with the Howard Arms!
budvar_1 - 30 Aug 2009 01:07
Have to agree with pour1malt, the pints were scandalously low 10% head, asking they be topped up Iwas told that their regulars didn't complain. Well I'm afraid I did, the barmaid topped them up with very bad grace. If this had been a pint of milk or a gallon of petrol weights & measures would have been down on them like a ton of bricks. To be fair however the beer, Yates bitter, was in superb nick but allin all I'll spend my hard earned pesion elsewhere.
beerslurper - 21 Jun 2009 16:54
Old fashioned sort of pub with nice beer. Couldnt understand a word of what the barman was saying due to him being foreign. Wife said he was from Geordie Land apparently.
Santa - 15 Jun 2009 14:02
Third time visiting- but the first time we were served short pints... and the girl behind the bar gave us attitude when we asked for a top up!!!

Two good Real Ales on... not many malt whiskies....
Pour1Malt - 16 May 2009 12:17
One of the few proper pubs in Carlisle city centre. Usually has Yates's bitter and a changing guest, although the last few times I've been this has always been from Phoenix. Always well kept ale and relatively low key atmosphere. A good place to sit and read your paper with a nice pint.
ROBCamra - 22 Dec 2008 15:43
One of my favourties in the city, a great place to sit and wind down with a good pint. Always a decent selection of real ale, a friendly welcome and a great location in the historic heart- this is one of the best pubs in the City centre.
Carlurmston - 1 Oct 2008 01:06
Good REAL pub behind the old town hall, Yates ale plus 1 or 2 others, can get a bit crowded but worth seeking out. Owner also has the Linton Hotel off Botchergate - an architctural masterpiece but too far to walk and find, worth a taxi ride. Also try the Howard Arms nearby.
beer_finder_general - 3 Aug 2008 10:53
This I have to say is one of the best pubs I've visited in Carlisle. Friendly staff, a very good pint of Yates bitter and the food is excellent. I had steak & ale pie which was about 5.25 and it was beautiful!
Well worth a visit.

sootythebeerbear - 10 May 2008 19:59
Welcoming traditional pub in the centre of Carlisle, close to the Tourist Information Centre.This pub had a wider range of real ales on than either the Howard or the Cumberland on my visit ( 4 Sept ) and I enjoyed a good hoppy pint of Yates Bitter at only 1.90p.

This is one of the oldest pubs in Carlisle - look at the history plaque on the outside wall.

Incidentally, I was interested to see a leaflet/map behind the bar giving details of as many as 22 breweries now in Cumbria. Real Ale rules OK !
JohnBonser - 26 Sep 2007 18:14
Good town centre pub that keeps a good pint of ale - I sampled Phoenix Arizona went down well. Staff were friendly and welcoming - only downside was the landlord kept absent-midedly whistling along to every tune that came on the jukebox, whether it was Motown classics or heavy rock, which was unbelievably irritating!
Rich66 - 19 Aug 2007 23:46
I like this pub. It has good real ale, or so I am told, and sells good wine. A good mix of punters, and no musak last time I was there. As for the smokey atmosphere - that has thankfully gone now!
anonymous - 2 Aug 2007 19:05
great pub shame about the prices though 20p dearer than other pubs
smutty - 12 Apr 2007 20:20
One of the few pubs in Carlisle I would recommend to strangers, interesting beers - usually has Yates, my favorite Cumbrian brew, and well placed in the centre of the shopping area so you guys can let the wench wander around the lanes whilst you have a scoop. Can get a bit smokey.
beer_finder_general - 5 Nov 2006 11:21

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