***Our pizza oven is now open Fridays & Saturdays 12-8pm**

The Dorset Arms

Buckhurst Park, Withyham

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Welcome to the Dorset Arms

Traditional hospitality in the heart of the Sussex Weald

The Dorset Arms is a village pub that combines the proud heritage of the De La Warr family and Buckhurst Park – with our relaxed and welcoming restaurant, bar and garden as well as our rooms that give you a home from home.

We offer a wide range of drinks, a great selection of beers and wines from Berry Brothers & Rudd as well as our popular and ever changing menus that showcase the very best of local & seasonal dishes all making up our modern British menu.

So whether you want to enjoy a quiet pint, are joining friends and family for lunch, or looking to stay in the beautiful Sussex countryside, The Dorset Arms is a great place to visit.

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Eat & Drink

Eat at the Dorset Arms

We are committed to freshness and using local ingredients whenever possible.

Our menus offer a wide selection with our ever changing ‘specials’ allowing us to use local & seasonal ingredients as well as Buckhurst Estate produce & exceptional food from Sussex and artisan suppliers – not forgetting our very own Buckhurst Sausage, made to Lord De La Warr’s own recipe.

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Stay

Stay at the Dorset Arms

Each of our nine rooms have been uniquely designed by Lady De La Warr to reflect the history and character of The Dorset Arms. 

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What our customers say

""Excellent food, service & a lovely varied menu too""

"Excellent food, service and a lovely, varied menu too. We had a great evening, thanks guys. Highly recommended for dinner."

Steve Price - September 2022 - Google

""They were always attentive and the food was excellent. We could not have asked for more...""

"We hired a pod for our 40th wedding anniversary. The staff managed to balance being always available but not a constant interruption. They were always attentive and the food was excellent. We could not have asked for more..."

Paul Stockley - October 2022 - Google

"Excellent meal, excellent service "

"Excellent meal, excellent service. Very happy friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere.
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Malcolm Barton - November 2022 - Google

""Food was excellent, service was fantastic""

"It was the first time I've been to the Dorset Arms. Food was excellent, service was fantastic and I would recommend eating here. I will be back again for the Sunday roast!
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Tony Laughlin - November 2022 - Google

"We will definitely go back"

"The service was efficient and courteous and the food was great. Overall, a very pleasant experience and reasonably priced. We will definitely go back."

January 2020 - TripAdvisor

"Better and better"

"Since the Restaurant was taken back by the estate, it has gone from strength to strength.Good locally sourced food, good ambience & service.We shall return!"

Christopher S. - November 2018 - TripAdvisor

"Fabulous food in authentic surroundings"

"Really lovely inn. Very welcoming with real old worlde charm. Great service. Had wonderful perfectly cooked sole in delicious sauce. Wish it was my local!"

Anne E. - June 2019 - TripAdvisor

"One of the best..."

"Food is excellent, service is great. The flat ironed chicken is to die for. Great value, brilliant atmosphere."

Gordon D. - March 2019 - TripAdvisor

"Wonderful dining experience"

"Will highly recommend the dorset to all my family & friends and will be visiting there again! All the staff were a pleasure to be around."

Jean W. - May 2019 - TripAdvisor

"Great food and lovely pub"

"We went on a Sunday evening and enjoyed a great roast. Service was excellent. Pub was classy without even trying."

March 2019 - OpenTable

  • Certificate of
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    2015-2017 Winner, TripAdvisor

  • Diners' Choice
    Award 2018

    OpenTable

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Our Menus

Exceptional food using the best
local and seasonal produce

We use the very best of local Sussex produce to create modern, British menus with a strong focus on using the best ingredients simply.

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🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿To celebrate @england getting through to the #euros finals we are screening the game in the bar & the restaurant on Sunday night 🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿! 
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We will have a ‘Bar Snacks Buffet’ available at £10pp - kick off is at 8pm so come along from 6pm, soak up the atmosphere and get the ball rolling!! 
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Spaces are limited so call 01892 770278 now to book a table - we’ve got your Sunday sorted! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿#comeonengland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
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🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿To celebrate @england getting through to the #euros finals we are screening the game in the bar & the restaurant on Sunday night 🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿!

We will have a ‘Bar Snacks Buffet’ available at £10pp - kick off is at 8pm so come along from 6pm, soak up the atmosphere and get the ball rolling!!

Spaces are limited so call 01892 770278 now to book a table - we’ve got your Sunday sorted! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿#comeonengland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
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A delicious new dish on our summer menu - Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tuile, lovely and light with just  the perfect amount of ‘wobble’..

A delicious new dish on our summer menu - Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tuile, lovely and light with just the perfect amount of ‘wobble’.. ...

Fancy something for the table? Introducing some delicious new additions to our menu..Popcorn Clams with Lemon Aioli and Crispy Pork Belly Bites with Spiced Apple Sauce. Estrella Galicia makes the perfect summer accompaniment!

Fancy something for the table? Introducing some delicious new additions to our menu..Popcorn Clams with Lemon Aioli and Crispy Pork Belly Bites with Spiced Apple Sauce. Estrella Galicia makes the perfect summer accompaniment! ...

Introducing one of our delicious new summer dishes…Pan Roasted Rye Bay Stone Bass, Crayfish Lemon Beurre Blanc, Samphire, Jersey Royals, Green Beans. Summer dining at its best!

Introducing one of our delicious new summer dishes…Pan Roasted Rye Bay Stone Bass, Crayfish Lemon Beurre Blanc, Samphire, Jersey Royals, Green Beans. Summer dining at its best! ...

Our pizza oven is now open! Join us in our charming garden setting for our exquisite wood fired pizzas. Fridays and Saturdays 12 - 8pm.

Our pizza oven is now open! Join us in our charming garden setting for our exquisite wood fired pizzas. Fridays and Saturdays 12 - 8pm. ...

Dip into Summer with our Halloumi Fries & Sweet chilli dip - perfect as a starter or just to share .. 
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Dip into Summer with our Halloumi Fries & Sweet chilli dip - perfect as a starter or just to share ..
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Come and get a slice of summer! The sun is shining and we will be opening our pizza oven every week on Fridays and Saturdays  from 12-8pm .
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You can enjoy  our delicious hand made pizzas ‘al fresco’ in our beautiful garden - feels like summer is finally here! 
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Come and get a slice of summer! The sun is shining and we will be opening our pizza oven every week on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-8pm .

You can enjoy our delicious hand made pizzas ‘al fresco’ in our beautiful garden - feels like summer is finally here!
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Our Chicken Caesar Salad is proving to be a summer salad hit and the great thing is that you can have it as a Starter or Main Course size ..
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Our Chicken Caesar Salad is proving to be a summer salad hit and the great thing is that you can have it as a Starter or Main Course size ..
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Whole Sea Bream stuffed with Fennel & Shallot served with a Pernod Sauce, Wilted Spinach and Sauté Potatoes
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Whole Sea Bream stuffed with Fennel & Shallot served with a Pernod Sauce, Wilted Spinach and Sauté Potatoes
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The sun has finally arrived making it the perfect day to introduce our delicious new summer salad.. Smoked Heritage Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella & Baby Basil Caprese Salad - perfect as a starter or for a light lunch..

The sun has finally arrived making it the perfect day to introduce our delicious new summer salad.. Smoked Heritage Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella & Baby Basil Caprese Salad - perfect as a starter or for a light lunch.. ...

To celebrate #EnglishWineWeek why not try our very popular local English Sparkling Wines from our friends @bluebellvineyard estates
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The 2013 vintage Blanc de Blancs is crafted solely from Chardonnay grapes, delivering a refreshing aroma of lime and citrus blossoms, followed by crisp notes of gooseberry, elderflower, and peach.
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Or the 2018 vintage Sparkling  Rosé contains 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Pinot Meunier.
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This elegant Rosé has aromas of soft peach, wild strawberry, raspberry and rose hip on the nose, underpinned by plum, Turkish delight, nectarine and violet notes that give a rounded wine with a delicate, creamy finish.
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To celebrate #EnglishWineWeek why not try our very popular local English Sparkling Wines from our friends @bluebellvineyard estates

The 2013 vintage Blanc de Blancs is crafted solely from Chardonnay grapes, delivering a refreshing aroma of lime and citrus blossoms, followed by crisp notes of gooseberry, elderflower, and peach.

Or the 2018 vintage Sparkling Rosé contains 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Pinot Meunier.

This elegant Rosé has aromas of soft peach, wild strawberry, raspberry and rose hip on the nose, underpinned by plum, Turkish delight, nectarine and violet notes that give a rounded wine with a delicate, creamy finish.
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Dine, stay or getaway? You can do one or all with us here at The Dorset Arms.. Pop in for a pint or a delicious pub lunch or why not stay in Our Old School Cottage that’s looking lovely in the summer sunshine.
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With its 6 double en-suite bedrooms ( we have dog-friendly options too) it is the perfect place to stay and enjoy our beautiful corner of Sussex.
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Whether you are looking to explore the Ashdown Forest or head into Tunbridge Wells for some shopping in The Pantiles we are perfectly located for both.
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Have lunch or dinner with us and then just a short stroll through the garden is The Old School Cottage with its big comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi - all the ingredients you need for a great stay.
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With breakfast included in our room rates call now on 01892 770278 or book on-line.
#pubswithrooms #staycation #sussex #muddysussex #bedandbreakfast #tunbridgewellslife #ashdownforest #dogfriendlypub #localpub #minibreaks #weekendaway❤️ #b&b #englishpubs #christmaspartyideas #weekendgetaways #sussexlife #eastgrinstead #localpub #pubsofinstagram #englishpubs

Dine, stay or getaway? You can do one or all with us here at The Dorset Arms.. Pop in for a pint or a delicious pub lunch or why not stay in Our Old School Cottage that’s looking lovely in the summer sunshine.

With its 6 double en-suite bedrooms ( we have dog-friendly options too) it is the perfect place to stay and enjoy our beautiful corner of Sussex.

Whether you are looking to explore the Ashdown Forest or head into Tunbridge Wells for some shopping in The Pantiles we are perfectly located for both.

Have lunch or dinner with us and then just a short stroll through the garden is The Old School Cottage with its big comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi - all the ingredients you need for a great stay.

With breakfast included in our room rates call now on 01892 770278 or book on-line.
#pubswithrooms #staycation #sussex #muddysussex #bedandbreakfast #tunbridgewellslife #ashdownforest #dogfriendlypub #localpub #minibreaks #weekendaway❤️ #b&b #englishpubs #christmaspartyideas #weekendgetaways #sussexlife #eastgrinstead #localpub #pubsofinstagram #englishpubs
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Visit the Dorset Arms

Find us nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside on the edge of Ashdown Forest just a 15 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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Opening Hours
Mon & Tue: 12:00 - 20:00
Wed - Sat:12:00 - 23:00
Sun:12:00 - 18:00
Kitchen Hours
Mon & Tue12:00 - 14:30
Wed - Fri:12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Sat:12:00 - 20:30
Sun:12:00 - 16:00

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