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Now named the "Kings Head Hotel" if you will, all I can say is good luck.
Baronloft - 11 Dec 2016 18:55
Boarded up.
oak_cliff - 11 Nov 2015 19:05
Went past here yesterday (Sunday) at 2.00pm and it was closed.

bjbrummiejohn - 24 Aug 2015 08:31

Great place to get a free shag from the new tenant , pop down there!!!
AshleyTomas - 28 Nov 2013 12:06
This pub has gone to the dogs in the last 6 or 7 months. Used it as a local for many years and seen it change hands a number times, however the latest incarnation is just dreadful. On several occasions they have completely run out of Ales on pump, which for a Fullers bar is an absolute disgrace and this happens on various days of the week so its not just after a busy weekend. There is a near constant smell of cannabis that doesn't seem to leave the beer garden on a Friday evening, not to mention the surly owner who could learn a thing or two about customer service. Don't get me started on the Food offerings, I've watched the "freshly prepared home made food" being brought through the pub in Iceland bags and that even they can even be bothered cooking, as far as I'm aware there is no sign of a professional chef in this operation and friends of mines who dared to eat here have waited in excess of an hour for their defrosted food, which was when there was about 5 people in the pub so not even when they were busy. The atmosphere here is drab and on a typical night you can experience Travellers shouting at and abusing each other and customers, sports that you have to squint to be able to see on their tv (when you actually get a member of staff who can work out how to use the foreign satellite dish) or the dull silence of people playing poker. Dreadful to see a pub that I've been using for over 20 years turn so badly so quickly
Valmorris - 12 Aug 2013 17:14
I Personally Find this pub to be a great pub! They have entertainment every evening without fail for all ages groups! They serve great food and the staff are fun and friendly! Great improvment since the new landlady took over! So Much credit to Claire! I would highly reccommend the pub out of any of the pubs in Acton!!!
Barman121 - 25 Jun 2013 13:07
A luvely pub to be in got a blowjob in the toilet of thebaans wife yes paddy she was good
Kbarr617 - 25 Jun 2013 01:01
Since the new owners have taken over the pub is a horrible place to be. i have been drinking in the kings head for several years with no problems, until this new owner came along. she allows travellers in, and they are violet drunken thugs. i can no longer drink in a pub i used to call my local for fear of my safety. DO NOT DRINK IN THIS PUB! Fullers have really let them self go with the tennant of this pub. an utterly terrible place to drink
criticaldrinker - 4 Jun 2013 14:37
another pub with a go behind your back barmaid, no good at all
formworker123 - 20 May 2012 12:34
ordered a pint of some lager but they changed my mind when I spotted the Litoval. Some bloke asked me what it was like because he'd never tried it and I said truthfully, Ive no idea because nor have I. But tried it i did because lets face it, a czech lager will normally be good and I loved it. A great find and would be glad to see it again. My dads band apparently rehearsed upstairs here in the late 60s/early 70s, and its clearly still a music style pub. Bit of a younger clientele feel about it which is fine. And any pub with a piano gets good marks. Decent
pompeyron - 26 Sep 2011 17:05
Now this is my kind of pub, pitty its in a terrible town were many people here would not appreciate this kind of pub, real ales, while minimum were well kept and the food was top notch, would love to come back but, acton, i dont know, i just dont like the place
rogersmith - 26 Jun 2011 12:59
Great pub and I enjoyed the quiz night.

Lovely beer, a few guest ales and great bar staff.
makavelli - 20 May 2011 14:13
Well located pub on Action High St. Fullers ESB & Pride are served. The cider is Aspalls. The interior is open plan with table football near the entrance and a stage to the right. Large windows make it fairly bright and airy. There are plenty of tables and chairs, including some outside. An Italian kitchen is advertised. Had a strange mixture of clientele, including some of the drunken types you would normally find in Wetherspoons. Very little or no atmosphere on my visit.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Jun 2010 15:25
having not spent a great length of time here i can only voice my opinion. had a bite to eat- the staff were both competent and friendly. food was excellent well prepared and good value. will definately be using this place more frequently.
yorkshirebelle - 17 Jun 2010 23:12
Evidently recently refurbished. Was there for well organised pub quiz Tuesday night. We enjoyed generous pizzas which were good value; Fullers beers, with cheaper guest ale.
Their staff were friendly and making an effort, which is why I'm leaving the feedback.
edb - 21 Apr 2010 11:04
Better since it has been done out. Low key but interesting music on Thursdays are worth visiting for
NigelW - 19 Apr 2010 16:59
The Kings Head is a large Fullers pub in the centre of Acton on the edge of the Market Square.

Shrouded in scaffolding on the evening of my visit due to external repainting being in progress, internally it's a largish single bar pub with that mish mash of traditional seating and sofas and different seating areas that you seem to get in pubs increasingly often nowadays.

There's much of the typical light wood panelling that Fullers seem to like. Several pillars help break up the interior nicely and prevent what could easily become a rather barn like interior.

Unusually, the food has an Italian emphasis - pizzas, pasta etc and a number of tables feature candles and menus. Rather incongrously in these surroundings, there's a large table football machine just inside the door on the right as you go in. It felt to me like a pub that was hedging its bets and trying to be all things to all men. The pub was virtually deserted on my recent early Tuesday evening visit, so perhaps there's still work to be done, although it might have filled up for the pub quiz later that evening.

A pleasant pint of Gales Swing Low - £ 2.50p - was enjoyed, but I'm not putting this one down for an early re-visit.
JohnBonser - 16 Apr 2010 12:43
Excellent staff and well-kept ESB in an interesting building. Would be nice if they could get some guest ales in.
gradualia - 5 Apr 2010 15:34
Refurbished early in 2010 and now a really nice pub with great Italian food, and exceptionally well looked after Fuller's beer, and nice choice of lager and tasty Aspinall cider, as well as a really good wine list. The open fire and big Chesterfield sofas make it very comfortable and welcoming.
martinbaker - 5 Mar 2010 11:10
Wow what an improvement - I'd heard The Kings Head had just been taken over by new owners so checked it out wondering how different it would actually be - pleasantly surprised! Really welcoming atmosphere, definitely improved clientele, gorgeous open fire at the back and quirky chaise lounges - I'll be back for a few glasses of red and some pizza!
DFK - 22 Feb 2010 23:41
This pub had been closed for a while, but it has just reopened. It's still a Fuller's pub, but it is definitely aiming for a somewhat more upmarket clientele than its previous incarnation with its new Italian menu, plentiful leather sofas and open log fire.
ianfromacton - 5 Feb 2010 19:30
I used to use The King's Head back in the late 70s when I worked in Acton. The Pride was always excellent, & the vibe decent enough.
So, it was with trepidation that I had a pint there last Friday early 2.30pmish.
But, pleasantly surprised & relieved I was that the Pride was still in great nick, & the pub & vibe fine. It was pretty quiet- about 4 of us-, & was definitely a good choice bolt hole away from the high street traffic & crowds. (I expect the fine weather played its role in all this!)
So, I'll rate it 8 on this one visit in over 30 years, & hope that things stay much the same there.

lenzarov - 6 Aug 2009 18:20
A couple of weeks ago they stopped showing anything on the TV screens. Not sure why; when I asked, the barman just said "We don't do Sky now" but didn't seem to know exactly why. Maybe the subscription fees went over the top.

Not that I mind. On the night I asked, every other pub would have been showing the Chelsea-Barcelona game and would have been heaving. The King's Head was nice and quiet and I could get an excellent pint of Pride and just sit on the comfy chair and enjoy it. That's why I like it. The beer's reliable and it's comfortable.

Royed - 10 May 2009 22:41
Huge town centre pub but comfortable. Friendly barman. Good pint of ESB. A real pub as opposed to a tarted up restaurant which just happens to sell beer too.
pomona - 9 Mar 2009 11:52
This place looks a bit grim from the outside, but I was pleasantly surprised upon entering as it is clean and decked out well. There are a couple of plasma screens and a small TV and they show Sky and Setanta. The barmaid was friendly, but my Pride wasn’t up to scratch. ESB is also available alongside some bog standard lagers.

This is a decent pub and hopefully my bad pint was a one off. Next time I am in Acton I will try this place again.
Strongers - 6 Mar 2009 11:18
Fuller's house. Pride and HSB on when I visited but no sign of Discovery or Chiswick. Like a number of Fuller's pubs in the London suburbs, this has been allowed to retain some of its own character and isn't as identikit as many of their central London houses. I noted (but didn't sample) the astoundingly cheap food menu - mains for £3.95 are notable in what is not a rich area. I quite liked this, and would return.
grecian - 9 Dec 2008 10:19
Bloody good pub!
camragirl - 9 Oct 2008 05:31
Went to this pub on thursday 5th Aug 2007. was served by a big guy who i heard was called drew. he wasd siperb and is an asset to this public house. who ever he works for shud ber pleased with his healthy banter and smile.
dishy101 - 9 Aug 2007 22:07
I visited in April 2006, for a quick couple of halves including a seasonal beer. Was enjoyable; the pub was fine. All the locals (presumably from Acton and environs) seemed friendly enough, and although Acton is a 30-minute Silverlink journey away from me I would have no qualms about revisiting if invited by a friend, etc. Atmosphere, friendliness and beer quality (Fullers acknowledged) earns the pub an 8/10.
lad_newton - 16 Oct 2006 09:56
If you have to go to Acton and stand the gun crime and "homies" with hoodies peering at you, then take cover here. The staff are friendly and the customers have a nice welcoming rapore. The decore is abit shabby (come on fullers put some money into your pubs) but the quality of the beer and the atmosphere is good. The food has gone down hill though since thier old chef left, so dont eat there, but it does show a good game of football and other sport too. Also is one of the few places around to have a function room that is good for p[arties and cheap too! my rating, 6 out of 10 thats because Acton is a hole, if it were in a diffent place it could push a 7.5!
anonymous - 15 Oct 2006 14:09
The best Sunday Roast in West London, don't be put off by the 5.95 price tag... The Polish chef is outstanding...

Thick cuts of meat, sesame seed honey roasted parsnips, crunchy veg, Huge Yorkshires and great size portions....

apparently they only serve around 10 on a sunday, I reckon thats because no one knows about this Gem of a roast...!

the pub itself is on acton high street so chiswick it's not, but then I'd prefer to dine with these lot then some pompous chiswolians.... If thats such a word.
howeeb - 16 Jul 2006 12:54
The best pub in Acton. If you are after the closest thing to a traditional english pub this is the best you are gonna get. Does a decent pint, but is a bit pricey, but a lot nicer atmosphere than the nearby Redback or Puzzle and without the dregs of the local spooners
pedwjk - 28 Dec 2005 16:49

Pity about the refurbishment normally Fullers manage to get it right. The new interior seems a little soul-less and bland. Suppose we must move with the times grrrr.
pdunderhill - 20 Sep 2005 13:10
I visited this pub last night for a quick pint and a bite to eat. On the face of it, this is a good pub, the food and beer quality is excellent (Fullers' Pride and Chiswick) and the staff are friendly and welcoming.

So it is rather unfortunate that some of the clientele spoil it. I was sitting down to eat my dinner, minding my own business when a short, Scottish bloke (very drunk at 8pm) walked halfway across the pub from where he had been sitting and sat next to me insisting on starting a less than desirable conversation, ending with physical contact. He then got up and startied speakin to blokes at the bar only to return to my table and hassle me again when I'd finished eating. I eventually felt so intimidated by him I had to leave.

I have nothin against gays but this pub is meant to be a mainstream pub where you don't expect that sort of thing to happen.

I also believed, mistakenly, that a decent pub shouldn't continue servin people who are obviously drunk to the detriment of everyone else's enjoyment in the pub.

I hope the manager reads this (he seemed like a nice guy) and speaks to that punter if he's a regular(about being drunk on his premises).

I would have given this pub 10/10 but only feel I can give it five after last night.
anonymous - 13 Jan 2004 16:02
The pub has benn given a makeover and is looking great and so to are the staff. The atmosphere is friendly and easygoing and the barstaff are ready to have a laugh and chat with the customers. As for Dave's comment about the Chiswick - good news - It will be coming back at the weekend! Also they soon will be starting quiz nights, live music and comedy nights aswell so it would be worth a night out either for a quiet drink or a more socialable fun evening. It looks asthough the food also got upgraded during the refurb as they seem to be turning out some nice meals at cheap prices compared with the other pubs in the area.
Andrew Turner - 18 Jun 2003 22:16
The King's Head, a Fuller's pub has been renovated and opened again (June 2003). The work seems to have been done fairly well and the place is quite attractive although the new carpet looks a little bit skanky already. There's a lot more space anyhow, and a lot less smoke. The beer seemed to be on form although Chiswick wasn't there and doesn't look like it's going to be. Several of the more recognisable customers clearly still go there and the toilets seemed to have missed the refurbishment. Looks like you can't take Acton out of the pub!
David Jollie - 9 Jun 2003 16:46

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