The King’s History


The Kings Hotel has been welcoming weary travellers since its first incarnation as a coaching inn in the 1600s. Back then it was called The George, then a little while later it was renamed The George & Dragon, which is what it was called when, local legend has it, that King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynn came to stay. Nell may have been just one of thirteen mistresses the king had in his lifetime, but she was his favourite, which may explain why her son, born only a little while after their stay with us, was given the title of the first Duke of St Albans.


When the inn was built there was little more than a dirt track to travel on to reach us, but it was roads such as this, and those that surrounded it where stagecoach services ran from London to Oxford and further afield, where infamous highwaymen such as Dick Turpin and Jack Shrimpton robbed, and where the stories that made them legends were told.


The coaching inn changed hands and names many times over the years until it became The Kings Arms Hotel, then simply The Kings Hotel around 20 years ago. Now under new management, dedicated to its restoration and renovation, The Kings has blossomed, its restaurant is being refurbished, an amazing new head chef appointed, and the hotel has once again become central to the local community as a family-run, friendly, historic venue.