Having been famously immortalized by Charles Dickens novel ‘Barnaby Rudge’ as the Maypole Inn, Ye Olde Kings Head in Chigwell was built in 1547 and is the second oldest public house in England and certainly the most renowned.
Over the years this grade * listed building has welcomed some truly illustrious visitors from the likes of Dick Turpin, Winston Churchill to famous American and film directors such as Orson Welles, Marlon Brando and former state governor and veteran actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
For many years the famous landmark building was the notorious watering hole of the London’s merchants and bankers who visited whilst staying at their Essex retreats. The building was also said to have operated as a covert meeting place for Roundheads during the English Civil War with an underground tunnel [which still exists today] connecting it to the 400-year-old St Mary’s Church opposite, which operated as an escape route.
In 2009 local entrepreneur Dylan Hunt purchased the building and spent more than one year sympathetically overseeing an enormous refurbishment and rebuilding project. The historic landmark property was eventually fully restored to its original character and glory whilst at the same time scattering outstanding pieces of memorabilia from his various worldwide travels. Don’t be too shocked or surprised when u see enormous stuffed wild animals, colossal chandeliers, giant bronze statues and remarkable classic cars scattered all around this extraordinary 20.000 square foot property.
Since opening as “Sheesh” at Ye Olde Kings Head we are incredibly proud and humbled to have received multiple leading industry recognized awards for both our high standard and quality of food and service. Earlier this year we won an award for “Best Fine Dining Restaurant In The U.K” Sheesh has coveted this much-respected award for the past three consecutive years.
Sheesh has become renowned locally and far beyond as both an extremely sophisticated eatery and entertainment venue that offers World Class musicians that perform in our Upstairs Cocktail bar five nights a week. Whilst being a strictly childfree establishment with a smart only [no trainers] dress code on all nights we are well known for our legendary guest-friendly atmosphere, which ensures we continue to have so many regular customers.
As soon as you come through our electric gates your Sheesh experience will truly begin. Once you car has been professionally parked by our valet service, you will be greeted on arrival by one of our professional front of house team who will lead you to your table where one of our experienced waiters will take care of you.
So get dressed up to the nines and get ready for one of the best nights of your life.