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About the Old King's Head


The Old King’s Head, standing in Kirton for over 400 years, boasts a storied past and is a building cherished by the local people.

The building sits right at the center of village life, in what used to be the county's third biggest settlement. Throughout its existence it has seen landlords, owners and tenants come and go, each leaving behind a tapestry of memories


Heritage Lincolnshire, the Buildings Preservation Trust for the county, came to the building's rescue in 2016 as the building stood proud, but vulnerable to irreparable damage.

Through fundraising and grants the Trust raised enough money to purchase the building and carry out the extensive restoration works that have been ongoing since February 2019

Heritage Lincolnshire

Heritage Lincolnshire are a local charity working to conserve the rich history of the county for the benefit of people who live and work in the area.

Founded in 1988, they are the most active Buildings Preservation Trust in the East Midlands, restoring and bringing buildings such at The Old King’s Head back to life.

The Restoration Project

This project has been ongoing for Heritage Lincolnshire since 2014. Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd was on site from late February 2019, and over the next two years, incredible changes were made to the building.

Fundraising & building the interest around the project begins in late 2016. From 2016 - 2017, events such as Murder Mystery Nights, raffles and sales were hosted to inform the community about the plans

Heritage Lincolnshire were able to buy the building with a loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund in March 2016 with Liz Bates, CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire at the time

Our Building Contractors arrived February 2019 to start the work on the roof and walls. February 2020 saw the windows being installed, internal walls being plastered and the original doors for each B&B room lovingly restored. Works continued at a gradual pace throughout until September 2021.

Watch the Transformation

Time to Open!

After two years with our building contractors on site, The Old King’s Head opened to the public on Friday 1st October 2021 as a café, 9-bedroom B&B and community room available for hire.

For the official opening day, The Duff family, who were former residents of The King’s Head, were welcomed back. They were the first to be served in the café and Mary, had the grand job of cutting the red ribbon to declare us officially open!

A Big Thank You

We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all our funding partners that have enabled us to bring this historic building back to life and transforming it into a luxury B&B, café and community space for the enjoyment of the public.