The Kings Head is a classic, picturesque 17th century thatched pub, one of only three or four thatched pubs remaining in Gloucestershire.
The pub used to be tied to the Flowers Brewery in Stratford on Avon. A painted sign read: ‘Flower & Sons. Celebrated Ales & Stouts on Draught and in Bottle’.
In the 1960’s the Kings Head sold West Country Ales and a brewery plaque is still prominent. I remember the Kings Head in the 1970’s when I lived in the village. Back then it was still a basic unspoilt locals pub. The landlord served us his fine Cheltenham brewed PA only on the condition that myself and my adolescent friends sat out of sight in the annex bar..in the dark!
The Citizen: Wednesday, March 28th, 1990 – New look: A £110,000 refurbishment at the Kings Head pub in Bishops Cleeve is underway. Bosses at Gloucester-based Whitbread Flowers say the new look will not detract from the traditional character of the thatched pub.
A large function room has been built to the rear of the pub – the Garrison Savannah suite. In 2004 Douglas and Linda Davies won the best tenanted pub in the country in the Morning Advertiser awards. In preparation for the imposition of the 2007 smoking ban £20,000 was spent on a luxury outdoor smoking area, which even boasted a waterproof television set!
Owner in 1891: William Hicks (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £12.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903: William Hicks (leased Flowers & Sons. Stratford on Avon)
Rateable value in 1903:
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Landlords at the Kings Head include:
1891 Frank Emery
1903 Mary Trenfield
2000 Carl Stevenson (manager)
2002, 2004 Douglas and Linda Davies
2007 Mark Hodges and Rachel Baird