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Kings Head - Ivinghoe

Ivinghoe, Nr. Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9EB
A good foodie pub on the Beds/Bucks/Herts borders. Although still a pub, this is primarily a place for serious eating!

Expect a Grade 11 listed building - partly dating from the 17th century - with old beams, crisp napery, candlelit during the evening, and open fires in darker months.

On the food front, their evening prices are based on that of the main course - so you're in for the full haul - likewise, Sunday lunch is a set affair. Whilst weekday lunches allow for full flexibility.

On the food front, the kitchen follow the seasons, basing their menus - as much as possible - on local produce, which is often given provenance. The local Aylesbury breed of duck (from Richard Waller q.v.) is a feature, and if you like duck, this is not to be missed in some form.

An autumn dinner menu listed 'Duck Rillettes, Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Orange & Hazelnut Salad with Horseradish'; 'Slow-Cooked Oxtail with Red Wine with Parma Ham, Cauliflower Purée with Crispy Onion Rings'; 'Sautéed Scottish Scallops with Braised Gem Lettuce with Crispy Bacon & Granny Smith Vinaigrette' and 'Fish Soup with Rouille & Croûtons' amongst the starters.

'Fillet of Buckinghamshire Beef with Sautéed Foir Gras, Confit of Potato, Creamed Savoy Cabbage and Carrot & Cumin Purée'; 'Fillet of Atlantic Cod with Mushroom Ravioli, Roasred Shallot, Steamed Courgette, Courgette Purée and Cep Sauce' and 'Roasted Aylesbury Duck with Calvados Apple Sauce, Sage & Onion Stuffing, Seasonal Vegetables & Red Cabbage' (min. 2 people) on the list of half-dozen, or so, mains.

Vegetarians have their own menu.

Desserts (note we don't call them puddings on this occasion) are of a high standard - as well as anzcvx old-fashioned trolley, dishes such as 'Crèpes Suzettes' and 'Hot Chocolate Fondant with Shortbread Biscuits' are on offer. Cheese lovers have a selection of British & French varieties to tempt them.

Lunch brings less ambitious dishes - again depending on the season - perhaps including 'Lamb Stew with Dumplings & Root Vegetables' and 'Pan-Fried Fillet of Sea Bass with Petits Pois à la Francaise & Buttered New Potatoes'.
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
  • Lunch: all week 12.00-14.45; mains about £13 to £16; set L Sun £35.75 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: all week 19.00-21.45; Set D about £35 to £50 (3 courses), Menu Prestige £55.50 (9 courses)
  • Seats: 60
  • Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at around the £20 mark
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Nearest station: Cheddington or Tring Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page.
  • Parking: Yes

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pricy but good foodie pubplenty of atmosphere
pricy but good foodie pubplenty of atmosphere


Contact Details

Tel: 01296-668388
Address: Ivinghoe, Nr. Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9EB
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