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...used to be the best pub in Harrow. It had five bars. King Henry the 8th stayed here. Centuries of history. Then some council idiot allowed it to become flats.
Bloody flats.
4th Jul 2008, 20:35   | tags:,,

tagglessnottles says:

this building was in fact, henry the eigths hunting lodge, & he used to hunt for deer over quite a large part of what is now the london borough of harrow

20th Jul 2008, 12:48

Col says:

They should have closed the rest of Harrow and kept this place open! I used to drink up there in the eighties and even addled on Old Peculiar, I realised this pub was a bit special. Did anyone ever find out why the Mild was only 40p a pint ?

21st Jul 2008, 12:47

Paul says:

A very great shame that this place has been gentrified. It looks as if all that's left of the pub is the facade, as the developers/vandals knocked down the old ballroom and I doubt there's much of the garden left. A genuine loss to the area.

22nd Jul 2008, 20:17

sandra says:

A magical wonderful place. Went there regularly a number of years ago with my boyfriend and friends. The atmosphere could not be beaten. History gone now. developers have again ta

12th Sep 2008, 23:15

sandra says:

I still think some thirty years on of my wonderful times there with my boyfriend and friends on a friday/saturday night. wonderful meeting place. Remember how long it would take to get from the entrance to the garden and that amazing bear in the restaurant.!? so sad that yet again our past is being taken over by property developers!!

12th Sep 2008, 23:19

Adam Polo says:

I used to be a barman at this lovely place at 1990. Mayby the reason of low prices (40p a pint ) was that I gotta no idea about this business, and offen reccomended clients: "help yourself" :-). Thanks for tips for guy from Poland. Now we can work legal in UK, but Im not a student anymore. Its a pity. So sorry King's Head is not the same place I remember. GL

28th Dec 2008, 23:57

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29th Dec 2008, 00:00

Mick Adamek(mickbear88-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Re-visited the UK last July after an absence of 24 years. Walked up the hill and the bloody pub had gone!
Whoever was responsible for this outrage should be hung by the balls with barbed wire.

30th Dec 2008, 11:06

Peter says:

Well, well, well,

I used to work in the King's Head in the early 80s. I see from another site that the building was saved from falling down by the developers. The rot started, when the owner in the 1970s died/sold up to an Indian called M***k. He let the place rot and just sapped the place of money. Even then, the place was falling down. The roof was full of pigeons, the cellar full of rats, that used to have to be chased away from the crisps at opening time and the slops used to make the mild...that's why it was only 40p a pint.

The Ballroom was beautiful, a long wooden floor with a bar running the whole length of the room, with a large window at the end with great views of Harrow. The Men's bar used to be where Churchill drank and the bar at the front of the pub was where Wham (George Michael and Andrew Ridgely) came to drink. What many never saw was the Club bar at the far left of the picture. This had snooker tables and a wonderful bar with over 100 whiskies, collected by the previous owner, many over 20 years old and un-opened. The travesty was that the owner only allowed his friends to use the bar and they were all tee-total. In the Garage at the side, was a large black Mayoral type limousine again, never used.

The man who let it decay should be shot. I wish him nothing but ill will, for being both a complete **** to work for and for allowing an extremely important piece of English history to go to ruin.

5th Jan 2009, 20:36

Sybill says:

I worked for that Indian and lived in the hotel on/off from 1994 until the developers moved in in about 2001. It was a magic place and I will never forget it. It's true that the he just sapped the place off money and let the bank repossess it. Use that as an analogy to what is now happening to this whole country. How have we ever allowed this to happen?

20th Mar 2009, 11:48

Charles Ray(fshbig111-at-Yahoo-dot-com) says:

I was with the USAF,stationed at RAF Northolt in the 1950s, lived at the Wioodlands near top of t he hill, Visited Kings Head regularly on special occasions. A beautiful place, a historical jewel. Sad to hear of its demise.
Loved Britatin, the people so wonderful, the country so beautiful.

26th May 2009, 13:16

Jonty says:

I used to work in the bars there in the early 80s, Peter is right, the slops became the Mild!

Loads of hidden rooms and character, i remember the whisky bar etc.

Great atmosphere on a Friday and saturday night.

How this sort of place could ever be turned into flats is a travesty.

31st Jul 2009, 00:07

Richcolour says:

Yes Jonty, Friday and Saturday nights were the best in town, I did them around 1986 and loved it.
One day a group of us should pool our resources and buy out all the flat owners - and make it a pub again! Yay, let's right the wrongs and do it.
We need about £10million I reckon. Anyone in?

31st Jul 2009, 00:18

Max Lewis(idwal-at-aol-dot-com) says:

We had our wedding reception in the Kings Head in '72 it was starting to get a bit tacky then but the garden was lovely.. Flata ugh

3rd Aug 2009, 18:07

Mrs P. says:

I was the widow of F.M.Payne who sold this beautiful hotel and pub to the westernised oriental gentleman in the 1970's. I am horrified to now find out that the new owner allowed this building to decay. This was Mr. Payne's pride and joy during his 20 years of ownership and he is probably spinning in his grave at this knowledge of this vandalism. I happen to have found a photograph taken in the 1950's of The Kings Head, that bought me to this site.

18th Aug 2009, 11:03

Miss B(bmukola-at-hotmail-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

hi my name is Beverly and my mother used to work for this man mr manek. there are chances this man could be my father and I was wondering if anyone could help me find him or any of his close relatives and get in contact with me through my e-mail. Thanks I would really appreciate it if you could get back to me

29th Jan 2010, 17:55

ossie says:

the gentlemens bar was unique

5th Mar 2010, 23:09

Gordon(gordo-dot-com-at-bigpond-dot-com-dot-au) says:

Hi my name is Gordon and I too worked and lived in as a back-paker for M**ck in 1980 for 6 months.Yes it is true that we were made too recycle the slops and the place was infested with rats. As I was the one responsible for reactivating the Real Ale Bar and fighting with M**ck's Scottish Madame to make sure the right beers went on the right taps. I was there when Reg ruled the bars as bar Manager with his cosh tucked away ready for unruly customers apart from his frequent abuse of drugs he was always a source of amusement. Was always under the threat of the dogs which resided in the garden hence the reason for its closure back then. Had some great time in that pub although I worked like a slave for 40 quid a week. Was sad to see it redeveloped.

10th Mar 2010, 01:29

John Davies(losromanosmijas-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

I was born in Crofts Road behind the Granada cinema on 18 May 1935. I used to cycle up the hill in the late forties just to look at the building. In 1953 I had a drink in there with my father round about my 18th birthday. When I last visited it it had been destroyed by an Indian. It was a shock. Am visiting Harrow shortly and thought it might have recovered but sadly no. It is no more. What a planning scandal.

3rd May 2010, 10:02

John Davies(losromanosmijas-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

I was born in Crofts Road behind the Granada cinema on 18 May 1935. I used to cycle up the hill in the late forties just to look at the building. In 1953 I had a drink in there with my father round about my 18th birthday. When I last visited it it had been destroyed by an Indian. It was a shock. Am visiting Harrow shortly and thought it might have recovered but sadly no. It is no more. What a planning scandal.

3rd May 2010, 10:02

Cindy says:

I am a Canadian who used to frequent the KIngs Head in the late 70"s . I am going to London next week to visit and had hoped to take my husband to the Kings Head for a pint. I am so sad that it is no longer there. It is shocking that such a beautiful and historical place is no longer there. I am so disappointed that a historical place lice this was allowed to be destroyed.

8th May 2010, 02:53

Cindy says:

I am a Canadian who used to frequent the KIngs Head in the late 70"s . I am going to London next week to visit and had hoped to take my husband to the Kings Head for a pint. I am so sad that it is no longer there. It is shocking that such a beautiful and historical place is no longer there. I am so disappointed that a historical place lice this was allowed to be destroyed.

8th May 2010, 02:53

Cindy says:

Anyone remember Old Reg. Telling everyone to drink up at the end of the evening. Steve and Pete are you out there !!!!

8th May 2010, 03:02

Barbara(karmathecat664-at-aol-dot-com) says:

I worked there one summer in 1985. The owner had mean dogs that guarded and shit in the main bar overnight. The Men's Bar was haunted. We slept in some crappy rooms over the back part of the hotel and regularly raided the bar and had fire extinguisher fights. The owner was such as ass.

13th May 2010, 21:32

david(david_thomas-at-pacbell-dot-nety) says:

Was married close bye in 1960 and we had our wedding reception there afterward
Sorry to hear of its demise.
Stumbled on this BB after planning to revisit on our 50th wedding anniversary.
What a bloody shame.
Anybody recommend anywhere else close by as a duplicate ??

24th May 2010, 21:31

Fareeda(fsdaar-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

yes it is really sad to read about this gorgeous building. Happy to be part of it as I have now developed the front ground floor center of the building and its basement into a lovely dental practice and a health and beauty spa, opening on the 19/7/2010.
Any one who has worked at the old Kings Head Hotel or Pub is more than welcome to come and browse this now a lovely place. What a joy. If you loved the place and would like to put a mark on its history, please send me any pictures you may have of inside the building or the outside, with yourself and friends and will put them up on our "history wall" with your permission and please come visit again.Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your story. For any pictures used on our wall , we will reward you with a free hygiene session, or 30 min facial or massage.
our telephone number is 02084265250.www.harrowonthehilldental.co.uk. you may email me the pictures or post them to 34 King henry Mews. Byron Hill Road. HA2 0JF

11th Jul 2010, 10:32

Tasha(nj2201-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I met my first husband there through my friends. We had a wedding reception in King's Head Hotel in 1992. Obviously at that time it was a hole lead by a mad Indian and was going down hill. There was hardly any glory in this place. It's a shame. Wanted to take my second husband to show him the place but never mind. Life goes on.

25th Jul 2010, 18:48

B says:

I do not wish to state my name but I am 18 year old and I have been told that the previous owner Mr Manek is my father and I would apprecitae it if anyone who knows this man could contact me as soon as possible Thank you Bmukola@hotmail.co.uk

10th Aug 2010, 17:09

Mark says:

Hi. I remember drinking there in later 1970s. Memoeries of loads of old friends and good times. The cocktail bar, main bar, gents bar and the real ale bar. The garden in summer. Great stuff. Played in a band in the Ballroom once.
Cindy: I remember 3 Petes from then: Davis, Douglas and Myers. Are those the ones you mean? We went to Douglas's funeral around that time after his accident.
Sandra: I knew a Sandra really well at that time. You?

7th Dec 2010, 15:48

Mark says:

Further, I remember going in with my cousin and Fullers Hock was 12.5p/half.

7th Dec 2010, 15:51

Richard Bennett(richard-dot-bennett660-at-btinternet-dot-com) says:

My Dad, Malcolm Bennett (now deceased) used to meet up with his manager and mentor - Harold Hadly at the Kings Head in the mid 40's. Harold Hadley had lost both legs in the first world war. One night after a drink with Harold, my Dad drove home and noticed a pretty young girl at the bus stop by Kenton bridge who had missed the last bus. He offered her a lift and this girl became my Mum.

9th Jan 2011, 21:28

Beverley says:

Oh my word, I lived at the Kings Head from when my step father, Mr Manek bought it in 76 til me and my mum (scottish madam :) left in 84.

Yes, he really was a horrible man who made our lives a misery. I wonder how many of the 'old' regulars remember a tallish skinny girl with long brown hair working behind the bar at 14 yrs of age! or collecting glasses til the pub closed and on school nights too.

Bitter sweet memories for me, the place was magical to grow up in but my god he really was a terrible man to work/live with.

So sorry to hear it's been turned into flats but that just sounds like something he would do. Like pp said, he bled the place dry. Probably living in India now I reckon.

11th Feb 2011, 20:55

Beverley says:

Oh my word, I lived at the Kings Head from when my step father, Mr Manek bought it in 76 til me and my mum (scottish madam :) left in 84.

Yes, he really was a horrible man who made our lives a misery. I wonder how many of the 'old' regulars remember a tallish skinny girl with long brown hair working behind the bar at 14 yrs of age! or collecting glasses til the pub closed and on school nights too.

Bitter sweet memories for me, the place was magical to grow up in but my god he really was a terrible man to work/live with.

So sorry to hear it's been turned into flats but that just sounds like something he would do. Like pp said, he bled the place dry. Probably living in India now I reckon.

11th Feb 2011, 20:55

Richard says:

I used to know two young women who worked there in the early 60's, Jennifer Blackshaw and Anne Knight. I lived nearby at Herga Court and would go there from time-to-time for a pint or two. Richard.

25th Mar 2011, 17:09

Terrianne(terriannetm55432-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

I am a midwestern American. I lived in Herga Court in the late 80,s, I loved the atmoshere. My soon to be husband worked in Harrow proper. We met at the end of the day at the Kingshead. I made the barkeep rewash my glass. He let me come behind the bar and fix my own Stolie, neat with a side of ice and 4 olives. He also brought in a bottle of Christian Brothers Brandy that they kept for me. After the evening we would walk back to the flat, looking at store windows and homes. I was there for a year and miss it to this day.

28th Mar 2011, 13:57

Michael(drwolfe-at-earthlink-dot-net) says:

I was really interested in reading Richard’s comment as I met my future wife, Anne Richards, who worked with Jennifer Blackshaw, at The King’s Head, on June 24, 1962. Jenny was friendly with a fellow USAF airman named Bob Woods who I knew from the South Ruislip USAF base. Subsequently, Anne and I were married in the United States in January 1964. We are still married today. Unfortunately, I don’t have very fond memories of The King’s Head as I was forever hitting my head on a supporting beam somewhat near the front entrance. The staff cubicle was to the right upon entering the hotel and the upscale bar down a flight of stairs to the left. Most often I would meet Anne in the bar after she finished work. As I was an airman with the USAF Strategic Air Command (SAC), I lived in fear that someone would see me drinking and report me as drunk to my command. Any infraction that was substantiated would mean I would lose my job and most likely be shipped back to the USA. I wasn’t much of a drinker (usually two drinks the entire evening), but to preclude any possibility of being reported, Anne and I would often drive to Birmingham (150 miles away) on the only super highway (M1) in England. There was a bikers’ café called the Busy Bee at the beginning of the M1 (Watford?) and we would always stop there for a mixed grill snack on the way to Birmingham.

31st May 2011, 18:34

Spencer(gatofrio-at-aol-dot-com) says:

Came upon this web site on a lark. Basically I lived in the cocktail lounge at the King's Head Hotel in the early 1960s, when it was a real place to stay, eat and drink. Loved the comments of Richard and Michael. At one time I was married to Jenifer Blackshaw, who has now passed away. I went back with my late wife in the early 1990 and would not even enter the establishment. It looked like a bad dream. For those who enjoyed this pub/hotel when it was a wonderful place, the memories are super. It was a the type of set the BBC would have used in a drama, and there were many, many dramas which took place there.

1st Sep 2011, 01:53

Sam(Sammylooloo-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

I loved the Kings Head pub-used to drink there in the 80s-met my first proper boyfriend for a first date there-stuart -he worked in "our price" records in Harrow!The place is also special as my parents met there at the ballroom in 1953!!!!She went to a dance with her sister Vera and I assume her twin Joy and met my very handsome father-fell in love and married 12 weeks later!(No not because they had to!)HaHa!I thimk my mum used to go there with a guy called BOB Small before she met my father-she is sadly widowed now....I wonder where Bob is,,,,if you are out there Bob do you remember Norma Watts with the blond hair?

2nd Sep 2011, 18:41

Lizzie(lizzie_mackay-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

I used to work at the King's Head, just after Manek took over. He was a proper nut case and quite menacing. The pub was a gold mine but was ran into the ground due. Remember Reg, who had vodkno on his cornflakes but a good bloke. No-one's mentioned the stuffed bear!

8th Feb 2012, 08:51

Lizzie says:

BEVERLEY!!! I remember you when you were quite small. Your mum Sheena was a character but we liked her. Later Maureen and her daughter D moved in too, which was a bit strange, I recently met a guy who knows D and we had a nice chat. Trouble was, I'd had quite a lot to drink and can't remember all of the conversation. Maureen has died sadly and I think Manek is living in India, as you suggest. Bet you have some tales to tell of the old Kings Head.

8th Feb 2012, 08:59

Margaret says:

HORRIFIED!! had my wedding reception there in 1949. had hoprd to revisit 2013 - will not do so now - will just keep my memories. it shouldn't be allowed,

22nd Apr 2012, 06:05

Pete H-F(healer1-at-hotmail-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

Hi Cindy,

just read your post of 365 days ago! I stumbled upon it.....Steve is well, we have tried to get in touch with you over the years....

Would be great to hear from you! Mines a Kingsdown....

Pete an Steve

8th May 2012, 00:26

Peter H-F(healer1-at-hotmail-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

Ooops make that 731 days !

Cindy : the tree man and I would love to hear from you.....

Mark: I also knew one of the Petes you mentioned, I knew Pete Myers, he used to dress himself as Phil Oakey and had his hair over one eye, I am surprised he ever got up and down the steps with alcohol and mono vision!

8th May 2012, 11:13

Rosemary says:

Such a shame to hear the demise of this wonderful old place. I worked there in good times (late '60s early '70s) Now living in Canada we were hoping to take a nostalgia trip back this Summer to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Often think back on great times with the 'Scot', (the cellar man) the 'ex merchant navy' (assistant manager, ) the other girls in the office (restored any Austin 7's lately?) and of course chef "Dylan" & the rest of the crew, & so many great customers - Happy memories :)

13th May 2012, 03:18

Charles says:

I was at Harrow Tech in the late 70s. The Kings Head was a regular hang out and ways always the final destination in the rag week pub crawl - great memories. Sad to hear that it was allowed to rot away.

20th Jun 2012, 21:29

Chip the Duck says:

I used to visit the King's Head in the late 60s and early 70s. My missus worked there at lunchtimes, usually in the Men's Bar (now there's irony). Women's Libbers raided it once and she had to hide out the back :-)

The garden was completely enclosed so it was safe for the kids.

It was owned by Mr Payne then - a nice man who enjoyed a brandy. From my memory he sold out to Trumans and the place lost its popularity, as you would expect when a free house selling Draught Bass (mmmm!) changed to a plastic mainstream pub selling fizzy keg beer and managed from afar.

Trumans must have sold it to the Indian, but I had stopped going there then as it had badly declined.

I believe I read that the Indian was in a brawl outside the place and lost his licence - then it closed for a bit before the developers moved in.

Henry VIII would turn in his grave!

30th Dec 2012, 17:03

Mark says:

Peter H-F:
Pete M is my cousin. Alas no hair left these days.
I had long hair then and not much left now either.

31st May 2013, 17:03

joan coulson(jmcoulson-at-aol-dot-com) says:

Loved the Kings Head. Used to be there in mid 1950s and one wild night I had a man and a drink in every bar. Those were the days.

1st Jun 2013, 01:45

sarah(foodiescarmarthen-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

My mum who is now 90 used to work there as a receptionist when she was 16. She has a lot of wonderful stories about it.

29th Aug 2013, 14:05

ray pool(raypool-at-live-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

In 1969 I was in a soul band who played at the Kings Head on Fridays - great days carrying a sax on my motor bike. The band was called The Images and I've lost touch with the guys but memories were golden. If anyone of you read this....!

28th Oct 2013, 22:17

Garry Wakefield(wolfik2000-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

I was based at RAF Uxbridge between Oct 78 and Sep 80. I have no idea how we found this lovely pub but my mates and I had many a great night.

We always turned up in uniform and the owner wasn't too keen as long as we stayed in the real ale bar which was the cellar bar I think? What a tragedy it has gone

14th Nov 2013, 16:19

RONALD says:

I met my wife to be over 55yrs ago at the kings head .

1st Dec 2013, 14:19

Sue Halkyard(www-dot-sydsplods-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

I used to work in reception in the late 60's. Loved the place, wonderful atmosphere. Met my future husband when he came to help me &Jock;(cellar man) with an Austin 7, which I had had permission to rebuild/mend in the garages. I remember the very large bear and the many bars/rooms all on different levels. The only men bar was always full of happy drinkers. I thought the owners were called Mr & Mrs Coates. How dare they destroy all that fun and warmth.
I remember Rosemary and I am sorry I bored you with Austin 7 talk., I still run one today.

3rd Apr 2014, 21:53

Tim says:

Went there first for my brother' stag night in (maybe) 1986, then from then on regularly in the "Stables" bar until it's demise a few years later.
I remember a procession of weird and wonderful of bar staff and customers, sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
For my friends and me, it was THE place to go at the weekends.
Sad but inevitable it would come to an end.
I remember a fight between a large black guy who used to work there and another member of staff in the ballroom. It all got a bit nasty and I think the place was closed from then on - I don't think we went back anyway.
Good memories, sad its gone.

7th May 2014, 16:45

kay says:

I remember you Beverley, I worked there when I was 18 having left my very unhappy home in strathpeffer around 1983, Mr M had me in tears a few times, your man however was kind to me I think she liked me as I was a young Scottish lass, hope this message finds you both well

15th May 2014, 10:32

kay says:

sorry I meant your mam, not your man

15th May 2014, 10:34

Viv says:

One of moblog's interesting features - post's like this that different folk add to over time :)

15th May 2014, 13:00

Claudine Bulpitt(claudine-dot-bulpitt-at-hotmail-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

I lived in the flats behind the King's Head (from 1963), Leigh Court, from 1963 onwards and drank in the place from the mid-70s onwards. Such interesting memories of it (and the people there, and the other pubs nearby, specially The Castle). Blimey, there goes life!

25th Nov 2014, 18:40

Anonymous says:

Is my iconic chestnut tree still there, by the way. As a kid, my bedroom was directly 'under' the tree, as our flat was level with that part of the garden. Beautiful old thing and I hope protected.

25th Nov 2014, 18:44

Anonymous says:

Sadly the large chestnut tree near the boundary with Leigh Court was cut down in 2002 along with all trees on the site. It was a beautiful tree. Such a shame. Climbed it many times.

30th Nov 2014, 20:10

beverley (Bebily59-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Hi Lizzie & Kay!!!

Funny to come back here 4 years later & read your comments! Alas my mum died in 1988, 4 yrs after she left the Kings Head. I'm a mum to a 5 yr old now. Me Manek really was horrible wasn't he? :( I had heard that Maureen had died, i remember her daughter (my step sister really) with fond memories. Hope you are both well x

15th Dec 2014, 00:58

Mark McNicholas says:

I had a couple of friends renting the garage to the left of the site around 1990-1992, part of the site of the Kings head. The man who destroyed this pub was called "Manek". He twice attacked the female staff who he employed, and was finally found guilty of rape, and enjoyed a few years at her majesties pleasure. While he was inside a daughter ran the pub until she too was arrested for stabbing a customer while her fathers goons held the man down. That is when it shut until planning permission was obtained, and we all know the rest. Around that time, the family who owned the "De-Porres hotel" were caught up in what was then Britains biggest ever mortgage fraud, and this corruption betrays the nature of local politics at the time. (has anyone noticed how "Northwick Park" was turned into Northwick Park toxic waste dump, which has since created the Northwick Park driving range?) What I cannot understand, is that Harrow school allowed this to unfold, very slowly. The Kings Head was absolutely part of the Hill, and this debacle occurred underneath the noses of some of the most powerful people on the planet. Could they not see what was occurring? A truly lamentable assault on us all.

19th Mar 2015, 12:46

Mark McNicholas says:

Everything I said is true. This awful, hate-filled little ogre really despised England. You could not make this up. Everything I described is true. What is really depressing is that manek is not the only son of the Empire who lives here, but one of many. How did this happen?

19th Mar 2015, 13:14

Mark McNicholas says:

Anyway, the reason I took time out of my day to contribute to this blog was to ask; Can anyone tell me what happened to the Grizzly Bear that greeted us at the doorway? All and any leads are welcome. God bless.

19th Mar 2015, 13:18

Chris T says:

We used to visit the kings head every Friday or Saturday from about 1977 till about 1982, great memories, it was always rammed with people (plus the stuffed bear) and most of the beer was off or badly tasting but we still loved to go there and convince ourselves that real ale was meant to taste like that! we played in a band in the ballroom once and our'roadies' helped themselves to all the optics as the bar did not lock and were legless by the time we had setup the equipment. Best memory was the strange bloke that used to walk around the pub telling people to 'Get out of my passage' as we were often sat on the floor by the stairs. The little bar near the front was always nice but the stables bar with the barrels was always a bit rough and the beer very smelly. Funny reading all the comments about the rats... the best bit was the walk back to the station via the graveyard and trying to scare people. Very sad to see that it was allowed to be converted into flats, could have been such a great place if it was renovated, great memories.

25th Mar 2015, 10:27

SecretHarrovian says:

I know someone who was distantly related to Manek and this is what he told me recently. After leaving the King's Head in virtual ruin, Manek went back to India with his wife It was said that his daughter was whisked out of the country within hours after she bottled someone in a fight which sealed the King's Head's fate. He then invested in property in Dubai. His wife died some years ago and Manek died in 2012/3 in India. His ashes were returned to England after a long legal battle. Does anyone remember Joe? He worked there in the 80s, small, baby-face, red cheeks, didn't talk much. He looked like a schoolboy. He continued to work for Manek after he left England and there is a court case right now trying to prove who owns Manek's estate. Joe is accused of embezzling all of Manek's property and signing over all of his business interests to himself. He apparently, still has a daughter who lives in England but her location was sketchy. It is such a shame that a hotel where Winston Churchill used to eat, served by my friend's grandmother, would end up as flats. Does anyone remember the barrel of cider which sat on the bar at the top of the stairs leading down to the 'Real ala bar'? We used to turn it round and help ourselves to cider all evening, along with the rolls and sandwiches.

4th Apr 2015, 18:58

Pete says:

I remember Joe as wall as Sheena and Beverley. Joe was always the sly one and i am not surprised at the above. There were some lovely staff who worked there who were veryoorly treated. I remember one guy, who i am ashamed tgat i cannot remember his name who died of tuberculosis. I remember having many conversations with him about Byron. A complete gent.

I also remember Wham drinking in the front bar just as they were becoming famous.

8th Apr 2015, 22:10

SecretHarrovian says:

I remember a customer called Willy. he was a tiny little fella from Glasgow with a scar down one cheek. He worked at Harrow School with another customer whose name I can't recall. Willy was a talkative little bloke and always good fun. His friend was always covered in soot and worked at Harrow School too. Unfortunately the little chap covered in soot drowned himself in the pond on the slope of the hill facing Northwick Park Hospital, near the sports fields. Shame, he was sad little character but never was rude to anyone.

10th Jun 2015, 15:08

Miss D says:

Hi, my partner is Stephen Tebbutt, he used to work at the Kings Head hotel and lived there as a teen in the 70's as a commis chef. Bit random I know, but he mentions a cheesecake that the restaurant used to get brought in with currants in it and he swears no cheesecake has tasted the same since! Mind you it was a long time ago so the details might be hazy! Does anyone remember this cheesecake? He said he worked for the head chef which everyone called Bonny/ie? Any info anyone remembers would be great, thank you

19th Jul 2015, 13:34

Anonymous says:

Hello again. I'm looking for anybody who may remember a man called Brendan Ryan, who worked at the King's Head in the 1960s. I've been approached by RTE Radio 1 in Dublin because Brendan has got a half-brother called Terry who is trying to locate him. Apparently Terry only found out about Brendan when their mother died 3 years ago. Brendan had been put up for adoption so obviously this is all a bit delicate. If anybody knows anything please could you post on here or get in touch with Fergus Sweeney at Liveline, RTE Radio 1 (there's a number attached which I take it is the 'phone number: 00353 1208 3438). Thank you.

4th Nov 2015, 15:03

Glitz(Glitz-at-sky-dot-com) says:

In May 1973 as a freelance journalist I covered a case at Hendon licensing court. A 60-strong group of women were objecting to an ancient tradition that prevented women from buying drinks in one of the five bars.
They lost.
Sitting next to me on the press bench was Sir Trevor McDonald covering one of his first stories for ITV.

29th Mar 2016, 21:08

Glyn(glynnieme-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Worked there late sixties as night security/dogsbody. Lovely, weird, scary place at night by yourself. Remember taking a cup of morning tea to Mr & Mrs Payne. Also remember having to clean out a cultist type basement room..that didn't feel right!!!. What a remarkably historic building it was and now gone forever!?

5th May 2016, 03:14

JEAN PLANT(jean-at-jplant-dot-couk) says:

I met my late husband, John at the KINGS HEAD HOTEL in 1959, where in those days they had a Live Band and Dancing every Saturday night. John was with 5 girls that night, so my friend and I made it up to 7! We all then went onto a Party in Docklands to dance the night away. john thought that at last he had met someone who lived NORTH of the River, but, I lived at Kingston in those days and was staying with a friend in Greenford. John passed away in 2010.

4th Nov 2016, 16:50

Jameswinct says:

I seem to remember that Indian owner came a cropper one night when he ran out of the pub & attacked a punter with an Axe! & ended up in court, nice guy!!

I am also sad to see this one go, it was about 5 pubs in one & packed in the summer, it'll be much missed,

17th Nov 2016, 13:49

Frank Baker(frankbaker10-at-ntlworld-dot-com) says:

I met my wife at the dance on the first Saturday in November 1958. It was a brilliant place in those days. We married in July 1961 and had our honeymoon there - if you can call one night a honeymoon ! We recently celebrated our 55th anniversary. So sad that this wonderful pub/hotel/dance hall has been lost for ever

19th Nov 2016, 21:19

Ignazio(ignaziop-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

ref:MISS D
I worked in the restaurant the chef Bonny if I not wrong was of Italian origins short slim body, Donna at the reception, mr Tann and mrs. managers.Mr Dino at restaurant Manager, Robert,Philippa,staff

12th Jan 2017, 15:10

Suzy McEwan(neè Keeys)(suzymcewan0810-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Remember the Kings Head with fond memories. Every weekend and some school nights (went to Heathfield) from 1976ish to 1979. Remember the 2 Pete's (Douglas and Davis) also went to Pete's funeral. So many of us there. Remember Myers too. Anybody have contact details? Crazy formative years. So glad I found this site as was planning to revisit. I guess Harrow will now stay a lovely memory. Guess I must have also bumped into Mark at some time too.

27th Feb 2017, 20:59

Mrs Daphne Tyler(danddtyler-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I emigrated to Australia 6 year ago and now live in Brisbane. I was upset to hear about the Kings Head falling into disrepair and having been converted into flats. I suppose, however, that this is better than total disrepair.

My grandfather used to manage the Kings Head, Charles Salmon. It must have been about 90 to 100 year ago. He died about 72 years ago. He subsequently bought The Devereux public house in London. My father lived at the Kings Head when he was a boy.

I remember visiting the public when I was young and thinking what a lovely building it is.

It is such a shame that such a piece of English history should have been allowed to fall into disrepair.

8th Mar 2017, 03:41

Miss D says:

REF: Ignazio

Thank you so much for your info! What was your job role? Steve said he was thrown on the floor by a waiter once and a big Irish porter with a patch over his eye grabbed the waiter off him! Don't know if anyone remembers. Steve was only around 15/16 at the time. He remembers having his first southern comfort there! The second chef repainted portrait of Henry 8th? Do you still know some of these people?

14th Mar 2017, 18:11

marc says:

In the late 80's, I used to live and work at The Great Frog across from the Kings Head. What a grand place it was. Lots of snooker tables and games and great atmosphere. I don't think I would recognize it now.

12th Sep 2017, 23:59

Graham B Dearsley(gbdearsley-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I came late to the Kings Head as I was 18 in 1985 although I first visited in 84. The place was in a state by then but it still had atmospere and the mild (slops) was 40p. I went with my girlfiend off and on for about 5 years and as she was a non drinker she drove. We only found out they had a car park 6 months before it was sold off !

22nd Sep 2017, 17:58

Ignazio(ignaziop-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Hi Mrs. D
I helped the Scottish second chef (Raimond?) to take down the painting that used to be in the green outside and take it to his room next to mine to touch up as it was in very poor conditions. I worked in the restaurant with Mr.Dino (Greek) as restaurant manager an Robert (Spanish) Emanuela Eladio as waiters. General manager for Truman was Mr. and Mrs Tann I think they have a pub somewhere around Ascot. Philippa, Donna, Rita from Australia,
worked in the reception at various stages, Ann at the cocktail bar but she (woman) use to serve sometimes in the only Mens bar! if someone has contact with any one here mentioned please contact. Do not recall Steve at my time there,sorry.

7th Jan 2018, 12:06

Philip Amos(blueberry0149-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:


I remember Willy well. His pal's name was Billy, and they were, if I remember aright, known as Big Willy and Wee Billy. Both worked at the school, Willy as a dish washer. Their accents were very hard to penetrate, but I do remember that after I bought them pints one evening, they thereafter always pointed at me, declaring, "He's a good man!" There was also 'Irish Jack', a labourer with the Council who could neither read nor write. A quiet man who kept to himself mostly. Also Derek, who owned the tea shop next door, and Eric, an engineer who mostly worked abroad, certainly in Egypt and the Middle East. All in the 'Smokers' Bar', of course. Whom have I forgotten, I wonder! It's a travesty that such a marvelous pub should met with this ignominious fate.

18th Feb 2018, 20:58

Malcolm Hutchinson says:

Such a shame this place has gone. I remember when I lived in London and my flat was burned down by a nutter for a while I was put up in the Kings Head.
It was owned by an Indian chap and his English wife. She was called Maureen I know they had a daughter. She was never there as she was being educated in a private school and also in France.
When I left it was still being used by Brent Council as a B&B; and a homeless accommodation. The bar was a good place and the gardens well kept. The Restaurant was run by Indians also for functions. Little Willie mentioned earlier in these comments was from Scotland and yes worked at Harrow School.
I just recall that there was an Annexe at the back of the hotel. I loved the building and would have loved to have had the means to buy it I'm sure would still be there today.

17th May 2018, 20:54

Kim says:

The 2 Willies who used to drink in the Kings Head were most definitely called Big Willy and Little Willy. My Dad was a Housemaster at Harrow and they used to work in our house as pot washers etc when the boys used to eat in their houses. Once the school all ate together in one dining hall, the 2 Willies still lived in flats at the end of our house but became pot washers in the main dining hall. They were drunk a lot of the time and the more they drank the harder they were to understand. I drank in The Kings Head from 1977 onwards. Mad place but many great memories.

2nd Oct 2018, 17:09

Ruth(ruthroxeth-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

The Kings Head was THE place in the seventies for students from school and Harrow tech alike. Wonderful memories of the bars and the garden in the long hot lazy summers.
Mark - I remember Pete Douglas

2nd Oct 2018, 17:41

Ruth(ruthroxeth-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Also remember doing the 3 legged pub crawl in Rag Week and ending up there a little worse for wear. I could always walk in there on any day of the week and meet loads of friends.

2nd Oct 2018, 17:42

Andy(Andy-dot-irwin-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I remember us “winning” a Harrow Tec four legged pub crawl which stopped in at the KH, probably in 78 or 79. The penultimate stop was the hospital bar next to the college. Different times.
Many great Saturday nights in the disco at the KH too and hot days drinking real ale in the garden. It was the Harrow hill landmark and a massive part of my youth. Very sad

22nd Apr 2019, 18:16

russell campbell(russ-at-brettonmotorcycles-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

hi,my parents spent their honeymoon at the kings head in 1950,they are since then deceased but I found the original receipt from the hotel in their possesions ,if anyone wants a copy please let me know,we are visiting the hotel this Saturday,thanks Russ,07802980860

21st May 2019, 17:32

Derek Eldridge (deldridge2-at-bigpond-dot-com-dot-au) says:

My wife Pamela and I got engaged in the lovely garden in 1952. Now live in Western Australia and we are still going strong at 87 years old both of us

30th Jul 2019, 13:11

Simon says:

I worked at the Kings head in the early 80s as a barman .Reading this blog has bought back a lot of memories. Lot of good times with the regulars who would often drink free at the bar I was working at. Lots of strange characters who worked there. I concur with everyone else that Manek was a very unpleasant abusive man. Willy the little Scottish guy who nobody could understand and be paid in glasses of whisky all night. Joe who sort of managed the place but looked like a very shy teenager. One night a Mexican wave of cheers and laughter swept through all the bars with news that someone had finally had the nerve to punch Manek. Despite celebs drinking in there I understood hotel was more like a brothel with Maneks girlfriend the Madame.Being paid £6 for 5 hr shift...I could go on...

17th Oct 2019, 10:25

Paul Gisbey says:

So sad to hear of its loss. Grew up in South Harrow and my mates would go to our meeting place, the Timber Carriage and go up the Hill to the White Horse, Kings Head and the The Castle. Was looking at the google map of the area I grew in tonight and reminiscing and couldn’t find either the TC or the KH. I remember the the KH in the late 70s 1977 summer. A levels at Lowlands college and all up the hill for a pint or three in the Gardens when we should have revising. No one cared as long as you behaved. Happy Days .

15th Jan 2020, 20:52

Danny Tavener(danny21960-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

Had 3 good years up there from 1977 to 1980,and then left it because it had lost it's charm a nd ambience.Loved the real ale bar when all the beerrs were 36p a pint and the place was jammed!Great juke box.

21st Mar 2020, 19:28

Phil B says:

Anyone remember a pub that was knocked down somewhere by the station in Harrow on the Hill. I'm seem to think it was called The Devonshire, but I may be wrong, and it was by a bridge I think!!
Cheers Phil

10th Jun 2020, 16:06

SecretHarrovian says:

Phil B, The pub by Harrow on the Hill Station was The Roxborough; if it's the same one I'm thinking of. It was knocked down along with all the shops on that parade, just by the roundabout on the bridge over the railway tracks. It was a great pub. Everyone went there from hippies, punks, rockers, stoners, old Irish labourers etc... Magnificent pub and no matter what you looked like you were accepted by everyone. It was on a parade of shops with a Chinese restaurant and a brilliant little independent electrical shop. I used to go there to by new stylus for my stereo. The owner was very knowledgeable and helpful. It's an office block now. It lay empty for years after it was built and still looks hardly used, a mess in other words.

26th Jul 2020, 09:33

Jo says:

Are people still looking for information about the place? I worked there from mid-90s until its very end...

24th Aug 2020, 18:52

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9th Sep 2020, 14:50

Melville D McIntyre(mcintyremj-at-comcast-dot-net) says:

This was the most memorable pub I have ever been in in my life. I used to go there when I was a student dating a girl in Pinner. 55 years later it is so sad to read that it has gone the way it has.

26th Sep 2020, 19:15

Patsy says:

Any ex workers remember woman nicknamed 'Mrs Harrods ' who used be permanent resident there or perma drunk irish chef ?
Remember Maniac absolutely detested him asked me fetch jar green pickle stuff and I added a lump snot to it. Really,enjoyed that .

23rd Nov 2020, 21:21

Christine La Porte says:

I too met my first husband on the dance floor back in 1972! The DJ in between the live band sessions used to throw the single records into the crowd .. and Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ got stuck under my blue suede platform clogs...he picked it (and me) up!!
Fond memories of the nightclub, sad to see flats standing where the old Hotel was ... at least they made a feature of the stocks.

11th Dec 2020, 13:35

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