9.4km from The Artichoke InnThe Kings Arms could be a lovely place to stay. Situated in a quiet little village, this XIth century thatched coaching inn oozes history and the downstairs areas manage to be both cosy and welcoming whilst being surprisingly spacious. Sadly however, the upper floors and bedrooms are a serious letdown with dingy carpets and chipped paintwork on the doors. The en-suite to our room was basic and shabby with a shower that was quite dangerous as the water went from freezing cold to scalding hot and back again without warning. The plug hole was in serious need of ‘degunging’ as within seconds one was standing in two inches of soapy water in the shower tray! The absence of a loo seat and no shelves/hooks also meant that there was nowhere to place towels. The 4 poster bed was a bit of a joke - simply a modern double with four pine posts and an incredibly thin and uncomfortable mattress. On the plus side there were copious supplies of tea and coffee - but the mugs were stained and had seen better days. Surely a trip to Ikea or Wilko wouldn’t break the bank! Breakfast was included in the room rate but we weren’t able to partake on the first morning of our stay as we had to leave early and the hotel didn’t start serving until 9am at the w/e and were quite inflexible. On the second morning we found the cooked breakfast to be excellent - tasty and well cooked. However there was absolutely no choice - full English or nothing and certainly no cereal, orange juice or even jam or marmalade. Sadly, based on this experience I can’t see us returning to The Kings Arms anytime soon - a real pity as the beers were good and our meal on the Friday night perfectly pleasant. With a little tlc and some investment this place could be a gem! Live in hopes!!