King's Arms Heath

This extraordinary pub sits on Heath Common, a vast, open space dotted with tatty tethered ponies and buzzards wheeling about above you. Leased to Wakefield Council, it’s a conservation ‘village of mansions’ full of fine Georgian buildings, including the brooding Hall built by John Carr in 1753, complete with ha-ha. Apart from modern cars Heath shows few concessions to the new fangled, and the Kings Arms is no exception.

It’s a good enough looking pub, but nothing can prepare you for what lies within; coal fires, gas lamps, flagged floors, battered tables and settles and oak paneled walls – it’s incredibly atmospheric – actually it’s pretty dark – and it takes a minute or two for your eyes to adjust even on a dull day, of which Wakefield has a few.

Local lasses pull pints of cracking Ossett Brewery Bitter to keep the beer monsters happy; traditional pub grub includes beef and ale pie, Yorkshire Pudding and onion gravy, steak and ale pie and haddock and chips. These are proper platefuls of food; there’s no parsimony here. Puddings are school dinner favourites; treacle sponge pudding and custard, spotted dick. You get the picture.


King's Arms

King's Arms, Heath, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5SL

Tel 01924 377527

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Type: Pub

Price guide

2 out of 5

Cuisine type: Traditional British

Part of Eat West Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 20 November 2011

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