Maidenhead SL6 9SJ
Tel: 01628 530667
Review added 13/03/2018 05:54 by anonFormulaic pub food only slightly upmarket from a harvester. Do people who rate places like this as 5 stars are effectively ranking it at the same level as e.g. The fat duck, waterside inn etc. Like most review sites there seems to be a severe lack of critical faculties.
Review added 04/03/2018 21:33 by Jennyr RI do not think this small complaint will have any impact but it needs to be said
Review added 04/03/2018 21:29 by Jenny RNever disappointed with good food and service but what I did not like is this automated booking service that got my meal time order wrong twice. Why oh why cannot not speak to a person to book a table. I am not very computer good so booking on line is not a good option for me. I am not happy
Review added 04/03/2018 15:19 by RPBReally good dinner (and excellent value too). Service friendly and prompt, despite the snow meaning the staff were having to walk home. I sometimes think the King's Arms suffers in comparison with the Bel & Dragon but I am never disappointed when I go there.
Review added 08/05/2017 18:56 by JennyRHad a lovely meal and good service x
Review added 11/03/2017 21:04 by JBLet down by poor management attitude.
Review added 19/02/2017 17:48 by Jenny RWent to Kings Arms on Friday night with my daughter, food was very good and so was the service a favourite place
Review added 07/02/2017 16:24 by Gill FieldArrived for a very late lunch - warmly greeted and had an excellent lunch with my sister-in-law. Would definitely come back again
Review added 27/12/2016 13:10 by anonFood is always fab and lovely atmosphere staff always really friendly. Just not too sure on the new manager sometimes he is completely over the top and other times he just completely ignores you!!
Review added 21/08/2016 10:09 by JennyRExcellent meal last night well cooked efficient waiting staff
Review added 14/07/2016 20:59 by JohnBeen to Kings many times and they did go through an 'iffy' period (although by no means bad!) but back to normal now.
Review added 06/07/2016 14:30 by TracyAfter a long break, we revisited for an early dinner last week. The food was delicious and service really excellent - a great improvement since our last visit.
Review added 07/06/2016 16:02 by Jenny RWent for lunch today brilliant food and great service.
Review added 30/08/2015 17:00 by Jenny RWent for a meal Thursday evening, very good well cooked food good service from staff. Very enjoyable
Review added 27/06/2015 20:44 by anonWent there for a meal with family last Saturday night.We all had different dishes - we all enjoyed them & the service was excellent.That's all anyone needs. Better all round than our previous visit, so credit where credit's due.
Review added 25/06/2015 20:27 by Jennyr RWent there this lunchtime sat in garden had a lovely meal well cooked staff excellent, great
Review added 04/06/2015 22:59 by Jennifer LamburnAppalling service. No excuse. What is wrong with you people ?
Review added 30/03/2015 20:20 by anonWhat's going on at The Kings Arms just lately. Went here for a business lunch today, a Monday, the service was terrible! We were sat down and then had to wait 15 minutes for menus, eventually ordered food, took 30 minutes for one starter of breads to arrive, once this was finished it took them 15 minutes to come and clear and then we had to wait another 30 minutes for the main course to arrive, we gave up after that, we didn't have the time to wait for deserts to be ordered and served!!! Come on Kings Arms you really need to get your act together! Extremely disappointed!
Review added 24/03/2015 13:38 by anonTerrible service...
Review added 09/01/2015 08:28 by anonWent here for Christmas lunch. We were a table of 12 and had prepaid for our food by 1 December as requested at £60 per head. We went last year and it was fantastic, this year was very disappointing!!. We were booked for the second sitting, so had to wait for our table to be relaid, which in itself was not a problem, except that once we were seated we had to ask three times for Christmas Crackers, an essential on Christmas Day you would think! To our disgust when we asked for our drinks bill at the end of the meal we found we had been charged £76 service charge!!!! WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING. Very disappointing Kings Arms!!!
Review added 27/10/2014 10:02 by DiHad a very pleasant family meal here Saturday evening great food great service set in a cosy atmosphere the staff could not have been more helpful going back in a couple of weeks with friends
Review added 10/02/2014 11:12 by anonMy partner and I went there for a Sunday lunch and sadly, had one of the worst experiences. The service was dreadful, we were simply invisible to them amongst all other guests (perhaps that was because of the awful table squeezed in we were sat on despite earlier booking). We spend 2,5 hrs there (more than any other restaurant I have ever been to!) due to lack of service. I had a good exercise though, waving my arms around, trying to catch attention from the invisible table, only to find our waitress leave dead on 5pm without passing our table to anyone. We waited 20 minutes for anyone to go past so we could order our desert (which, as a side note, was a microwaved crumble)!
Review added 21/11/2013 22:57 by ed mcneilI went here as a change. I have been to the ferry, bel and dragon and crown and I have to say this ranks bottom of all the places to eat I Cookham and also several places in Maidenhead.
Review added 13/11/2013 21:46 by anonBooked a table for 4 last Saturday and was very disappointed.
Review added 02/11/2013 12:53 by HilaryWe wanted a Saturday pub lunch after a bike ride- ploughmans/ sandwich maybe? No -everything very 'fancied up'. I had a baguette with pulled pork - no way - it was like the filling of treacle tart with fluff representing the meat! Homecooked crisps- a joke- stale and warmed in a small bowl. My partner had a bland beefburger because anything to add flavour was an 'extra'. Nice bar staff who were overworked but we wont go again
Review added 05/01/2013 10:36 by anonExcellent pub. Lovely cozy fire and deep couches into which you can sink after a long walk in the Winter weather. Meals are very reasonably priced, staff are friendly and don't seem to mind visitors arriving in walking gear. A real asset to the village.
Review added 11/10/2012 21:20 by MontyWent to Kings Arms for lunch today, lovely meal good service worth a visit.
Review added 21/05/2012 17:34 by tony keelervery good pub went for Sunday lunch friendly service
Review added 21/01/2012 12:24 by CatSince so many of our locals are closed at present for refurbishment we have been visiting the King's Arms,often on a Sunday afternoon, but more recently on a Friday evening. Last night the place was heaving with happy customers. And we were definitely amongst the 'happy'. The food was fantastic as usual. My partner had the pork and as I am a vegetarian, I had the black olive and onion pie (again). This dish is a real creation. When presented on my plate it looks like something from an oil painting. The lovely pie with vegetables spilling out over the edge and beside it on the plate a pretty arrangement of lightly baked cherry tomatoes.The net result is colourful and very tasty and warming on a Winter's night. Well done to the chef.
Review added 10/01/2012 13:30 by anonThe King's Arms has gone downhill lately - had two dreadful meals. One was a roast that was swimming in gravy and more like a school dinner followed by FROZEN creme brulee
Review added 08/01/2012 19:52 by anonFeeling like we would like to be a bit pampered today, we duly walked down to the King's Arms.
Review added 23/12/2011 15:40 by jenny rollWent to Kings Arms today for lunch. Lovely meal, great service. No complaints.
Review added 12/12/2011 17:10 by HelenI would just like to say thank you to everyone who supported myself and my staff at the Kings during my time there. It has been a pleasure working there and getting to know you. I have now moved to The Walnut Tree in Bourne End so if you ever find yourself in the area please pop in and say hi. Many thanks Helen
Review added 08/12/2011 16:27 by Jenny RollWe eat there at lot and have no complaints regarding service or food.
Review added 08/12/2011 12:57 by New to the areaGood beer but not sure about the food - have eaten on several occasions and there has been quite a variation in quality.
Review added 21/11/2011 23:03 by anonI totally disagree, I went for lunch yesterday and for a change found the place to be very relaxed and I did not feel rushed. I would imagine that the beer would run out as a result of a delivery last week as beer does not get delivered on a Sunday. Helen was still there last week wasn't she???
Review added 21/11/2011 21:42 by anonHelen, you have only been gone a couple of days and the hard work you put into building up a satisfied customer base has already been destroyed. Unwelcoming staff, no fires despite it being a cold evening and virtually a complete lack of any pump beers. If the bar is indicative of the restaurant, I pity anybody who was dining there. A complete disgrace.
Review added 04/08/2011 19:56 by MontyI went with a friend for lunch today, the main meal was lovely, service as usual great, but I ordered Eton Mess for sweet and it came a pile of whipped cream and a few strawberries. Eton Mess always has meringue crushed in it. Not one piece of meringue did I find. I did complain but I would have liked to email the manager and tell her so that other customers get a decent Eton Mess.
Review added 09/07/2011 21:55 by montyWent to Kings Arms for lunch last Thursday as usual foo good and staff were great.
Review added 26/04/2011 19:22 by montyWe have been to this Kings Arms many times and we have never been disappointed with the food or service. And as for being unclean I feel you are being very unfair.There is nothing wrong with the cleanliness of the restaurant.Perhaps you should clean your glasses -if you wear them -
Review added 26/04/2011 18:08 by anonHad not been to this 'so called restaurant pub' in a long
Review added 20/03/2011 11:33 by JennieWent to Kings Arms last night with friends as usual food was very good and though they were very busy service was excellent. Always a good food venue.
Review added 25/01/2011 02:26 by anonLook at any comments about any pub in cookham and you will get a list of about 20 people being petty!
Review added 21/11/2010 15:10 by montyWe went for lunch today-Sunday. very busy but good service great food, I can really understand why they got the award for good manager and service. I am sure it will contunue.
Review added 25/08/2010 02:21 by TuppenceWe had a great pub meal at the King's Arms on Sunday evening 22nd August. I was concerned that the service and food might not be up to standard on a Sunday evening but both were excellent! My husband had a rare steak and said that the quality of the meat was good. I was taking clients out for a meal and read the reviews in cookham.com beforehand as I hoped they would help me to choose a good place to eat. But they did not help me much as most of the more up to date reviews were so negative! In the end I chose The King's Arms as I had had a couple of excellent lunches there with friends earlier in the year. I am pleased to say it turned out to be a good choice. I would recommend The King's Arms for its good quality pub food and friendly service.
Review added 12/02/2010 16:43 by anonExcelent food and service! great value for money. will be returning soon!
Review added 02/02/2010 21:16 by anonThis time last year it would be 2 stars. Things are so much better. If unhappy last year give it another go.
Review added 28/12/2009 23:35 by cookham residentWent to Kings for works Christmas meal which was booked and our meals were pre-ordered for 7.30pm. we were seated in the bottom half of the dining area by the door to the garden. We waited and waited and finally after several enquiries got something to eat at 8.50pm ! By this time as you can imagine we were very hungry so we ignored the fact the starter was cold but to be fair the following courses were hot and were nice. What we couldnt ignore though was that we all had to sit in our coats (as did the table next to us)to eat because the room was so cold and it didnt help when the garden door was in constant use. It ruined the evening as all we wanted to do was get through the meal quickly and get home to get warm!! when we did complain we were given free coffees for the time delay on the food which was nice of them but regarding the fact we were freezing we were told "sorry people are always complaining" Perhaps the management should take note then otherwise like us many more will be going elsewhere in future.
Review added 18/11/2009 16:34 by GeorgeWas put off the meal by the soup which was disgusting and tasted like dishwater. Will not return.
Review added 23/09/2009 22:37 by SteveRevisited King's Arms recently and thought,
Review added 02/08/2009 17:19 by viv mitchellSunday Lunchtime at the Kings Arms 12md we had wonderful scrambled egg on toast done to perfection with a sprinkle of dill and thick brown hot toast. With freshly squeezed orange juice and hot coffee. Perfect. Staff quietly efficient, sun shining garden clean and inviting, and a bargain at £15 for two. England at it's very best!
Review added 30/07/2009 10:42 by AnnaHaving been to the Kings Arms on a number of occasions, I was quite dissapointed with our visit yesterday (29/07/09). The staff were pleasant and accomodating as usual so I have no complaints there. The interior is warm and relaxing with a nice ambience. However I was quite dissapointed with the food. It was suprisingly quick to arrive after ordering, which although I wouldnt want to be waiting a long time for my food - it's arrival was almost instant which made me question its freshness. Now yes the food was hot and yes it was edible, but I just feel that they are letting themselves down somewhat as I certainly wont be going back in a hurry as I know i can get a nicer meal elsewhere. We had the Homemade Pie with mash and vegetables. The vegetables were fine, the mash tasted like SMASH and the pie was nothing special. My husband had the Rigatoni which was quite bland with no real flavour or substance. All in all it was an ok visit, and maybe the chef was having an off day as we have been before and had much nicer meals. However as a pub in Cookham, I hope they step up their game with the food as it would make all the difference.
Review added 19/07/2009 15:19 by Cookham ResidentCelebrated my birthday at the Kings Arms on Saturday (18/07/09). Can't wait to go back ! Excellent service, excellent food and the waitress (Emily) made the evening perfect !!!
Review added 14/07/2009 09:48 by not happyFood below average depending who is cooking, what day etc - ps. change the manageress.
Review added 06/07/2009 14:05 by maidenhead residentI am a frequent visitor to the Kings Arms after finding it by chance while visiting the Spencer gallery. We had lunch the first time - good old english sausage and mash- it only cost £6.50 and was excellant and lots of it. The evening meals are very reasonable and the fish specials are fresh and extremely tasty. The staff are always friendly and helpful.The Kings Arms is a friendly warm welcoming pub which serves very good food. I would definately recommend it and am planning to celebrate my 60th birthday there.
Review added 30/06/2009 16:51 by Maidenhead residentFood overpriced and badly (pretentiously) presented..
Review added 27/05/2009 17:05 by anonStopped off at the Kings Arms for lunch on Saturday. As it was lovely and sunny we sat outside. Very nice garden area with lots of seating availible. We ordered the fish and chips but were bitterly disapointed when it arrived. The mushy peas were stale and dry. They looked very off-putting. The chunky chips were ok, but they were more like potatoe wedges and also quite greasy. The fish however was the worst thing. The batter was of poor quality and tasted of cheese! How is beer batter supposed to taste of cheese?! Needless to say neither of us had empty plates at the end. Perhaps we ordered the wrong things, but its a shame as the outdoor setting is very nice.
Review added 23/03/2009 21:10 by Cookham ResidentFood and drink OK for a pub. Manageress superb, staff untrained and clumsy. MAJOR COMPLAINT IS THAT I WAS GIVEN A CARD TO GO ONTO A PUB BLOG TO ENTER MY COMMENTS AND GO INTO A DRAW FOR A CASE OF CHAMPAGNE. ON EACH OF THREE ATTEMPTS I WAS THROWN OUT DUE TO "A FAULT ON THE SYSTEM". DO I BELIEVE THEM?
Review added 20/02/2009 17:33 by Cookham ResidentFour star rating is based on what it delivers against what it offers. Better food available at other local restaurants, but for "value for money" pub food, hard to beat. Excellent beer menu, who else offers Samuel Taylor "Landlord" in Cookham, plus an top quality range of lagers from around Europe. Wine list is "average" and not sure "on tap" wines from boxes tempt wine drinkers, but, to repeat, you gets what you pays for.
Review added 16/01/2009 00:40 by LeslieAfter reading these reviews, chuckling at most of them, I have to say I disagree and there are some very angry people out there! I find myself in the Kings Arms on occasion when it's a spur of the moment "lets go out for dinner" decision. Only being within the area for the past 8 months I may not have the knowledge of what it has been like in the past but I must say it's one of my favourite places to go. On this note I'm going to give a detailed description of my last night in there and the great time that I had, seeing as many people will read this page and probably not bother going... but I beg of you please give this place a try...
Review added 13/01/2009 17:55 by anonI recently visited the kings arms and i was plesantly suprised with the service, food and atmosphere. I had a delicious lamb shoulder and for desert a treacle tart. Also the manageress was also very knind and helpful. And her young son was very helpful, kind and quite atractive.
Review added 11/01/2009 17:44 by ajI'm not sure which huge pub chain owns the Kings Arms but after a meal there on Saturday, I am pretty sure it's being used, not as a restaurant and bar, but as a training ground for rookie staff, a bit like a catering version of army boot camp. After a few weeks working in Cookham, once you've mastered pouring a drink without breaking the glass, you're reassigned to another of the chain's outlets, terrorising unsuspecting patrons around the South of England.
Review added 19/12/2008 18:54 by anonHave not been in for a long time - I boycotted it when the children's playground was ripped out and it became a 'child tolerant' establishment, quoted from the new manager on opening night, after changing from the 'out and out'. Never had a problem before this and used to go lots with the kids.
Review added 02/12/2008 14:23 by stuartThe current Manageress could take lessons in manners from her efficient and friendly staff.
Review added 13/10/2008 10:36 by anonAfter returning to the Kings Arms on Sunday,after vowing never to return,I was extremely surprised. The decor has now changed and has been brought back to a traditional country pub with the atmosphere to match. It was very busy but the standard of food and service was superb. The staff were very friendly and smiling and nothing was too much for them. The roast beef I had was the best I've had (apart from my mothers!)and the vegetables were fresh and crisp and reasonably priced. I will definately be returning again and would recommend the Kings Arms.
Review added 18/09/2008 11:42 by anonWe went for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago and were not impressed. For a start the table was dirty and sticky, we had to wait ages for our order to be taken and when it came, my chicen was dry and stringy and the roast potatoes were chewy! The veg was lovely though. It is a lovely place decor wise, but the service and the food needs to be sorted. I won't be going back in a hurry.
Review added 31/08/2008 18:58 by JoanneMy partner and I had breakfast at the King's Arms today - Sunday.
Review added 30/07/2008 17:23 by RPThis pub does indeed provoke some strange reactions! personally I find it - though not without fault ( more later ) - one of the most enjoyable in Cookham.
Review added 29/07/2008 11:07 by anonI can't understand all the moaning about this pub, I have been there on numerous occasions and have found the food, service, and staff excellent. The new kids menu is fantastic (not just chips & a burger) well done for seeing that there is a requirement for kids in the village about time!
Review added 21/06/2008 22:39 by AndrewI haven't been back since a memorable summer evening when my partner and I popped in for dinner. The restaurant was quiet, one or two people I think, and the garden was almost deserted. Two serving people were gossiping at the till. Interrupting them (with some difficulty), I asked if we could order from the restaurant menu and eat in the garden. "Oh, we don't do that!" was the answer. Rebuffed,we went over to Bel and the Dragon, where nothing is too much trouble for the excellent staff, and have never returned to the King's Arms. A shame really, but Cookham is not short of good eating establishments, and it doesn't seem unreasonable to expect customers to be treated as something less than a nuisance, to be frank.
Review added 06/06/2008 19:38 by One Customer who won't returnTurned up at the 'grand opening' a few months back at 2.40pm. The Chalkboard outside said Lunch 12 - 3, 50% of food bill. Walked up to the door with my wife and (then) 18 month old daughter and was greeted by then new all smiling manageress. We asked for a table for '2 with child' and still smiling she responded, 'Oh, i'm sorry we are closing at 3' A couple (without) children had turned up a few minutes earlier and were seated without any problem. Haven't been back.
Review added 04/06/2008 23:43 by ClaireI am surprised to see the other poor reviews because I have found the food at the Kings genuinely good.
Review added 28/03/2008 10:55 by MaggieThe Kings Arms seems to have lost the plot in that it isn't by any means a gourmet restaurant, nor is it a proper pub any more. Foodwise, it left us disappointed as, from the prices, it pretends to be better than it is.
Review added 18/02/2008 11:50 by anonI took my niece who is 8 to the Kings Arms this weekend just passed.