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, Heath, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5SLTel 01924 377527
Review by Mandy, 20 November 2011blog comments powered by Disqus