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About Us

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 and is available at the Groombridge village shop, Waitrose and other food outlets.

Latest Menu

  • Starters

    Soup (v) £5.00
    Smoked Eel Mousse with Brown Toast £7.00
    Traditional Prawn Cocktail £7.00
    Cornish Rock Oysters (Pair/Half Dozen/Dozen)
    Scotch Egg with Mustard Mayonnaise £6.00
    Terrine of Foie Gras, Duck & Chicken Liver with Spiced Plum Chutney £8.00
    Potted Cornish Lobster & Prawns £8.00
  • Main Courses

    Goats Cheese & Red Onion Filo Parcel (v) £11.00
    Rack of Lamb with Pommse Noisettes & Wilted Kale £18.00
    Calves Liver & Bacon with Mustard Mash £15.00
    Whole Lemon Sole, Brown Shrimps, Samphire & Frites £16.00
    Scallops with Fennel Compote & Pernod Cream £16.00
    Venison Burger with Blue Cheese, Red Currant Jelly & Frites £12.00
    Haunch of Venison Steak with Stilton Mashed Potato, Glazed Parsnips & Red Currant Jus £16.00
  • Pub Classics

    Fish Goujons, Tartare Sauce & Pommes Frites £12.00
    Buckhurst Burger & Hand Cut Chips *Add Cheese or Bacon £1.00 £11.00
    Buckhurst Park Sausages & Mash £10.00
    Steak & Kidney Pudding, Mash & Vegetables *Add Oysters £2.00 £13.00
  • Grill

    Grilled Flat Iron Chicken, Rocket Salad & Frites £13.00
    Buckhurst Bar Steak (Bavette) & Frites £12.00
    Sirloin Steak Served with Frites, Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic Butter £19.00
    Where possible, our beef is sourced from the Buckhurst Herd of Organic Pedigree Sussex.
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Not visited this pub for some time and having read about the recent refurb, decided to book lunch yesterday to see friends who live nearby. So glad we did! Amazing transformation. The décor is very pleasing and the linen napkins add to the ambience of the place. All the food ordered was good and the prices good value for money. Friendly and helpful service too. Will certainly return with other friends and family in the future. - From Trip Advisor
Having looked forward to visiting, post the pub's recent renovation, I was very impressed after enjoying lunch here today. The interior decor is superb and uniquely attractive complimenting a lovely menu of reasonably-priced and well-made dishes. The bar staff is friendly, welcoming and attentive. Ten out of ten! - From Trip Advisor