The Dorset Arms Public House in Withyham is an 18th century alehouse situated in the outstandingly beautiful Sussex Weald. Part of the historic Buckhurst Estate, the pub is named after the Earls and Dukes of Dorset, one time heads of the Sackville family, and shares a heritage of family ownership now headed by their descendant, the present Earl De La Warr.
Our aims are:
• To retain the atmosphere of a traditional village pub, whilst offering excellent food with an emphasis on local and seasonal produce of a high standard which we hope will attract a wider audience.
• To include on the menu Buckhurst Estate produce as well as exceptional food from other local suppliers.
• To create a greater connection and focal point for Withyham and the immediate community.
When in season you will find on the menu beef, lamb, venison, and game from the Buckhurst Estate. The Buckhurst Park Sausage is an attempt to emulate a famous sausage made in Tunbridge Wells thirty years ago. The celebrated Buckhurst Park Sausage is made in Sussex to Lord De La Warr’s own recipe. It has proved so successful that it is being produced by www.speldhurstqualityfoods.com and is available at the Groombridge village shop, Waitrose and other food outlets.
Garden & Garden Room
The Dorset Arms’ new garden room has a retractable roof and during the summer months it can seat up to 30 diners outside. Outside there are patio heaters so for those chilly nights, people can still dine outside. It is available for private hire and makes a great party venue and when the sun is shining is a great sun trap.
Our garden is also ready to welcome our diners and is located behind the pub next to the new Old School House which comprises of six en-suite bedrooms and bathrooms. There are benches and plenty of grass for all to enjoy including a few secluded spots, for those who are looking for a quiet drink. Located at the front of the pub are tables and chairs too.