A historic village pub with a modern approach
Lord De La Warr
Having spent most of his early career in the City of London, Lord De La Warr has always had a passion for food, which is evident in his involvement with all aspects of The Dorset Arms, but particularly the menus.
When, five years ago the opportunity to buy back The Dorset Arms presented itself Lord De La Warr was able to incorporate the pub back into the Buckhurst Park Estate as well as realising his childhood dream of owning a restaurant.
Lord De La Warr is passionate about using locally sourced food, our Sussex beef comes from a local farm or when possible comes from his own pure bred, organic (grass fed) Sussex cattle reared on the Buckhurst Estate, as do the pheasant, partridge, duck and venison that we use during the season.
The famous and very popular Buckhurst Park sausages are produced locally and made to his own (secret) recipe.
Lord De La Warr’s involvement in The Dorset Arms ensures that we have a diverse selection of classic and contemporary dishes, served in a restaurant that offers the very best without ever surrendering the feel of a village pub.
Simon’s drive and passion comes from his 20 years experience in the industry. From his training at Butler’s Wharf and The Royal Wells Hotel, his career has taken him to Sydney, Australia and through Europe into Spain & France giving him culinary influences that are featured in his menus.
Simon’s dishes reflect his beliefs in using seasonal, local Sussex produce to create modern, British menus with a strong focus on using the best ingredients simply.
Being based in Sussex means that he has access to wonderful fresh produce from across Sussex, including award-winning organic pure-bred Sussex beef and the famous Buckhurst Park sausages made to Earl De La Warr’s own recipe.
Simon, working together with Lord De La Warr keeps the menus varied and they are particularly inspired by Buckhurst Park Game during The Season and are also well known for the fantastic selection of seafood and shellfish dishes on the menu.
What our customers say
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"One of the best..."
"Food is excellent, service is great. The flat ironed chicken is to die for. Great value, brilliant atmosphere."
"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."
"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."
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