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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.

Garden & Garden Room

Garden Room

The Dorset Arms’ new Garden Room has a retractable roof and during the summer months it can seat up to 25 diners. There are patio heaters so for those chilly nights, people can still dine here comfortably. It is available for private hire and makes a great party venue. When the sun is shining is a great sun trap.

Our garden is also ready to welcome our diners and is located to the side of 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.


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