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The King’s Head Hotel, Bootle, Cumbria

Posted on 04. Jul, 2012 by in Pubs

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King's Head Hotel

The Kings Head Hotel is a unique pub located in the small south Cumbrian village of Bootle.


The large grey rendered building is located on the main road that passes through Bootle but you easily miss it. The pub is decorated with just a painted ‘King’s Head Hotel’ sign above the doorway. Also above the doorway is a datestone of 1753.

Upon entering the pub you quickly notice the odd layout and the fact that there is no bar. Drinks are served from a small room on the left either from keg pumps or from a fridge.

The pub is one of just 11 pubs in the UK that don’t have a bar counter. The Heritage Pubs website has a full list of the pubs along with photographs.

The layout of the pub consists of a room to the right of the entrance which looks a little more traditional it has lost many of its original features.

To the rear is a larger room which was originally two separate rooms that was knocked into one in 1995.

If you continue past the serving room you reach the private accommodation of the pub.

Outside at the rear of the pub is a large beer garden with a well-kept lawn.

The Beer

Unfortunately the two hand pumps in the servery don’t dispense any ales and probably haven’t for some time. Only kegged beer is available in the form of Wm Youngers Scotch Ale, John Smiths, Guinness and Fosters.

Interestingly, if you want another beer all you need to do is shout and a member of staff will bring your drink to the table. If you are sat in the small room near the entrance you can ring a bell.

More Photos of the King’s Head Hotel

Venue Location

King’s Head Hotel

Main Street




LA15 5TF

Tel: 012297 18239

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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