Built in 1547, Ye Olde Kings Head is one of the oldest public houses in England and is possibly the most renowned in Essex having been immortalised in Charles Dickens fifth novel ‘Barnaby Rudge’ as the Maypole Inn.

Famous visitors are said to include everyone from Dick Turpin and Winston Churchill to American actor and director Orson Welles.

For many years the favourite watering hole of the city merchants and bankers who had their country estates in Essex, the building has also been used as a court and a girl’s school and is said to have operated as a covert meeting place for Roundheads during the English civil war – with an underground tunnel between itself and St Mary’s Church opposite operating as an escape route.

Over the last 6 months the Kings Head has been beautifully transformed by the proprietors of Sheesh to offer the perfect setting for contemporary dining.

January 2011