King's Arms (Sandford-On-Thames)

  • 777095
  • Sandford-on-Thames

This is quite a pleasant pub by the river (overlooking Sandford lock), serving good food (although beware long waits during busy times). The beer's not up to much, unfortunately. It is probably one of the closest places to the Ozone Leisure Park at which to eat well.

An anonymous commenter (May 2008) tells us that there has been a change of management (not sure when this was), and that the new management have a policy of asking people not to wear hats in the pub because of not wanting "riff raff", and in order that the security cameras can see people's faces.

Booked and had our Christmas lunch here in 2007. The team were great, catering to our every need including providing vegetarian dishes not on the menu for several of our group - approx 35. The food was excellent and the tables were decorated in the christmas spirit. I would recommend anyone incl. families to eat or drink here. We liked it so much we are looking at booking our Christmas lunch there again.

New reviewer - I took my mother, who has dementia here recently on a Sunday afternoon. She wanted to wait in the garden as it was such a sunny day. I was nervous about leaving her while I got the drinks, but it wasn't too busy, so, thinking I wouldn't be long I took a chance on it. Ten minutes later I was still waiting, very anxiously. The woman behind the bar was as slow as it is humanly possible to be. There was no sense of urgency, no awareness that people were being kept waiting, and no apology. When, after 10 minutes I complained, I was told that she now had to go and get the last customer his coffee and that this would take even more time (at which point the customer said that he would go back to his table and could wait for the coffee). I complained about the slow service and asked to see the manager and she said she was the manager. I said "so you are responsible for the staff scheduling" and she said "I wasn't to know it would be a sunny day - do you want me to serve you or shall I go and get his coffee". I said (admittedly somewhat impatiently) "just serve me - please". At this point she decided I was being rude and refused to serve me. Wild horses wouldn't drag me back there. (Fortunately Mum was fine). Angela

This pub now has a magician performing close up every Sunday lunchtime. He is great with both adults and kids and compliments to quality of food and hospitality at the pub.

Monday nights they now have a quiz. The standard of questions is high and the standard of quiz goer is equally high but it is great fun.

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