King's Corner Pub - Jenkintown
I received a mailer announcing this new pub and was kind of interested. I know lots of folks like the Drake, but I've been a few times and it wasn't for me: uninspired, mediocre food at best served in a loud and slightly unpleasant setting.
I visited King's Corner on Sunday and found it to be visually a little kitschy, but cute - somebody there is clearly an anglophile. It's also a bit loud - no soft furnishings or rugs to absorb the noise, but the dining room is at least physically separated from the bar so the noise was not unbearable. There are TV's everywhere - I can imagine that if you went during A Big Game it'd be pretty deafening, but our visit wasn't unbearably loud.
The menu seemed promising - your standard British pub food with a few creative/unusual dishes thrown in to mix things up. I ordered the "Chicken in a Pot" (chicken pot pie) with a side order of mushy peas; one of us had the Lamb Stew and one of us had meatloaf and a cup of clam chowder. I have to say I was extremely pleased with the quality of the food - maybe a hair on the salty side, but everything seemed freshly made and not canned. Presentation was interesting too - the stews came out in cast iron pots and everything was served on top of wooden "trenchers" (OK, wooden cutting boards but they get an A for effort :) )
Service still seemed a bit spotty but I chalk that up to the newness of the place.
Overall I found it to be a very pleasant "neighborhoody" sort of place with above average food and friendly staff. They also do brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, so I'm looking forward to trying that out. I can see myself becoming a regular here :)
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Thanks for the tip. I'm always on the lookout for decent places in Jenkintown and hadn't heard of this one yet. Can't wait to check it out.
Thank you so much for posting this! We could throw a paper airplane from our door and hit King's Corner, so I was planning to try it soon anyway. Your review encourages me to go sooner rather than later, and to support another local business. Any comments on the beer list?
I've been here a few more times since, and they've cleaned up the service a lot. The food is still a bit on the salty side, but everything I've ordered - including some nicely prepared fish cakes and the newly added Rabbit Stew - has been very tasty and freshly made, not prefab frozen/canned. I'm impressed. I found out yesterday that they are owned by the same people who own the Drake, which I really didn't like, so I'm (pleasantly) surprised.