The history of Halloween; The King’s Head’s top 5 facts
Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year for us at The King’s Head in Harborne, as our whole team [and their resident ghost] get involved in the annual spooky events. However, few people know where the many traditions of Halloween actually came from. The team at our popular venue have decided to take a closer look, and reveal their favourite findings about this spooky time of year.
Calling all Birmingham and Sandwell based charities; we need you!
At the beginning of 2016, we set ourselves the task of trying to help as many local charities as we could, by holding events, a monthly quiz and themed evenings at this historic venue every month. The King’s Head have so far held fundraisers for: The Birmingham Dog’s Home, The Warley Woods Community Trust, Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice, the Queen Alexandra College and St Albans Community Association, and there will be many more in the coming months. We now need more local charities to come forwards and get in on our pledge for 2017.
The resurgence of the cocktail hour; The King’s Head show you how it’s done!
The resurgence of the cocktail hour; The King’s Head show you how it’s done!
From record sales of herbs to a market gone crazy for DIY kits – 2016 is seeing a surge in the cocktail making trend. Here at The King’s Head, our popular bar and bistro based in Harborne, we have offered up our secret recipe for the perfect summer time White Russian… with a twist!
Family fun at The King’s Head to raise funds for Queen Alexandra College
On Saturday the 2nd July, here at The King’s Head we are holding our biggest event yet – The ‘Summer Social’ to raise funds for the Queen Alexandra College; a national college for people with disabilities
The Great British Beer Boom; ‘Meet the Brewers' at The King's Head in Harborne
Popular gastro-pub The King's Head in Harborne have teamed up with Black Country brewery, Sadler's Ales, to showcase some of the best ales in the region at their ‘Meet the Brewers' event on the 20th May 2016.
The softer side of the Harborne local; The King’s Head ‘give back’ in 2016
When thinking about pubs, bars and venues that boast some of the best nights out in the area on a Friday and Saturday night, the first thing that comes to mind is something quite the opposite to ‘charity'. However, on the outskirts of Harborne is a popular watering hole looking to make a difference to causes in their community in 2016, with the help of their loyal locals of course.
This year The King's Head in Harborne has pledged to work with as many local charities as possible after hosting several successful charity nights since the beginning of 2016 - so far the King's Head team has raised over £600 for notable local causes.
The King’s Head in Harborne is a historical local venue that’s committed to giving back to the local community. On 7th February 2016 the popular pub joined forces with PubAid to raise funds for the Warley Woods Community Trust by hosting a quiz night in its honour. Over the course of the evening the venue raised £366.10 for the local cause.
The Warley Woods has been a public park since 1906 when it was officially opened to the masses following the efforts of Alexander Macombe Chance who negotiated a deal to purchase the woods from its owners, who were planning to develop the land. Chance said at the time, “I want it to be known as the People’s Park, for never was there a park in the Midlands before that was paid for directly by the money of the people.” The Warley Woods is now run and maintained by The Warley Woods Community Trust who regularly put on events for all ages and host amazing functions for their local communities of Bearwood, Smethwick and Harborne.
Show your pooch some puppy love this Valentine’s Day!
The Kings Head in Harborne is renowned locally for their hospitality towards humans and canines alike and this Valentine’s Day will be no exception. The popular local venue opened its doors to man’s best friend in the summer of 2015, and the new venture has been a hit with patrons ever since. Until the summer customers were only able to sit in the beer garden with their furry friends, but manager at the popular social hub, Richard Perry, decided to open up the 200 capacity bar area to dog owners and their four legged friends, after many requests from customers who regularly use the venue.
2016 Brings New Business Opportunities for The King’s Head!
In partnership with DBS Heart, a local community interest company, we are in the process of organizing the next wave of networking events, PULSE Bearwood, to raise awareness for local charities, build community relationships and engage with other like-minded business people.
After the success of our launch event in October 2015, over £100.00 was raised for John Taylor Hospice as the first charity to benefit from the events proceedings. PULSE Bearwood will host a different charity partner every month in an effort to promote local charities which lie in the heart of the Bearwood Community. Our 2016 events will kick start at the first event of the year on Thursday 28th of January.
Christmas dinner is notoriously difficult to get right and can either go one of two ways, utter perfection when you’ve prepared your slow cooked and braised meats for what seems like weeks - or a complete shambles. From cold spuds to undercooked turkey – it can seem really hard to get right.
Our Head Chef, Daniel Humphries has made it his mission to make sure you don’t have to suffer on Christmas Day again! Daniel understands the importance of top notch grub on this very special day, and he is one of the main reasons Christmas Day at The King’s Head is such a success. Most years we are fully booked by the start of November and this year is no exception thanks to this fabulous dish Duo of Turkey, Stuffed turkey breast with roast garlic, cranberry and Toulouse sausage, wrapped in Parma ham and Smoked turkey leg roulade, goose fat roast potatoes, chipolatas, braised leeks and sherry gravy. Yum!
Christmas is a nostalgic time of year for most, especially for those in the hospitality industry. We're a popular eating & drinking spot in the Birmingham and have been since its foundation in 1905. The recent restoration and repositioning of The King’s Head Clock by Sandwell Council has given us at the King’s Head even more of a reason to reflect on the past and celebrate old Christmas customs – we've put together a list of what we believe the Festive period would have been like at the venue all those years ago.
Time Flies; The restoration, relocation and reveal of The King’s Head Clock
Sandwell council are reaching their deadline for the restoration and relocation of The King’s Head Clock, a local treasure that was originally installed outside of The King’s Head coaching station (that’s us!) in 1900. Fittingly, we have been asked to get in on the action, holding the reception for the grand unveiling on Saturday the 24th October 2015.
Try our Duo of Turkey Recipe! This was such a success on last years’ Christmas Day Menu we've now decided to include it in our Festive Party menu for this year so everyone can try it!
Menu available from November 13th 2015 – January 3rd 2016 (Excluding 25/12/15 and 31/12/15) by pre booking only, book early to avoid disappointment!
Some say there’s nothing better than heading out on a long stroll with your pooch and finishing up with a drink at a local pub. Well, now you’re welcome to bring your loveable furry friends along to our beautiful historical venue without having to sit outside.
The time-old phrase of ‘Mother Knows Best’ certainly applies to our fantastic Mother’s Day Menu! We’re already fully booked! And are looking forward to making all the Mothers dining with us feel extra special.
I'd like to start by saying a huge thank you to all our customers over the festive period, you have been amazing, so polite and it really has made working here such an absolute pleasure! Your feedback has been phenomenal and we value this highly.
The busiest time of the year, I hope you’re all ready for the Christmas rush and not leaving all of your shopping until Christmas Eve! After my first month here at The King's Head it's safe to say I've been thrown into the deep end but I'm paddling away!
Today is my first day at The King's Head as Bookings and Events Manager and I'm feeling nervous and excited all rolled into one. I'm eager to get my teeth sunk into my new work and new challenges that are ahead.