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About

A historic village pub with a modern approach

History

A public house steeped in history

The family records reveal that The Dorset Arms was built in 1595 and became a public house in 1735.

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, William Sackville, the 11th Earl De La Warr.

It has been in the same family ownership since the 16th century, except for the period 1986-2013, during which it was the property of Harvey’s of Lewes. It is now back under family ownership.

 

Easily accessed via the footpaths through the Buckhurst Estate are both the church of St. Michael and All Angels, in which the tombs of the Sackville descendants can be found and the real life “100 Aker Wood” made famous as the setting for the Winnie the Pooh stories of A. A. Milne, where Christopher Robin played with the present Lord De La Warr’s father.

In his 1909 ‘Sketchbook of Tours in Kent and Sussex, a charming drawing of the Dorset Arms appears by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the celebrated early 20th century architect, designer and artist. Mackintosh was known to be a close friend of Lady Margaret Sackville’s and while visiting Buckhurst Park designed the sign for The Dorset Arms and is also believed to have added the finials to the exterior of the pub.

Part of the historic Buckhurst Park Estate

Buckhurst Estate

Buckhurst Park has belonged to the De La Warr family for more than 900 years. In the reign of William the conqueror, it formed part of the Estate of Ralph de Dene, and was recorded in the Doomsday Book.

It passed to the Sackville family – Lords Buckhurst, Earls and Dukes of Dorset, and Earls De La Warr in 1140 and the history of Buckhurst and the Sackville family has been woven into English history ever since.

The Estate hosts many outdoor pursuits including pheasant shooting, fishing and clay pigeon shooting and, with the beautiful backdrop of Buckhurst Park, is the ideal choice as a wedding venue or for corporate events.

Find out more at buckhurstpark.co.uk

Our People

Lord De La Warr
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.

Careers

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Please get in touch for vacancies or to find out more.

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01892 770278

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
    Excellence

    2015-2017 Winner, TripAdvisor

  • Diners' Choice
    Award 2018

    OpenTable

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The Dorset Arms Instagram

We have 6 beautiful double en-suite bedrooms in our Old School Cottage that is located just at the end of the pub garden.
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So whether you want to visit
•Ashdown Forest 
•The famous Tunbridge Wells Pantiles 
•Penshurst Place 
which are all on our doorstep or just relax and enjoy some Dorset Arms hospitality we are the perfect place to be. 
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Our weekday standard double room prices start from £130 per room per night and Fridays-Sundays start from £155 per room per night from Jan-March and dogs are welcome too! 
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For further information or to book a room please call us on 01892 770278 or visit our website #linkinbio 
We have 6 beautiful double en-suite bedrooms in our Old School Cottage that is located just at the end of the pub garden.
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So whether you want to visit
•Ashdown Forest 
•The famous Tunbridge Wells Pantiles 
•Penshurst Place 
which are all on our doorstep or just relax and enjoy some Dorset Arms hospitality we are the perfect place to be. 
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Our weekday standard double room prices start from £130 per room per night and Fridays-Sundays start from £155 per room per night from Jan-March and dogs are welcome too! 
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For further information or to book a room please call us on 01892 770278 or visit our website #linkinbio 
#sussex #sussexpub #sussexlife #pubswithrooms #staycation #easter #getaway #minibreak #weekendawaywithfriends #muddysussex #englishpubs #weekendoff #ashdownforest #tunbridgewells #tunbridgewellsmums #villagepub #dogfriendlypubs #dogfriendlypub #englishpubs

We have 6 beautiful double en-suite bedrooms in our Old School Cottage that is located just at the end of the pub garden.

So whether you want to visit
•Ashdown Forest
•The famous Tunbridge Wells Pantiles
•Penshurst Place
which are all on our doorstep or just relax and enjoy some Dorset Arms hospitality we are the perfect place to be.

Our weekday standard double room prices start from £130 per room per night and Fridays-Sundays start from £155 per room per night from Jan-March and dogs are welcome too!

For further information or to book a room please call us on 01892 770278 or visit our website #linkinbio
We have 6 beautiful double en-suite bedrooms in our Old School Cottage that is located just at the end of the pub garden.

So whether you want to visit
•Ashdown Forest
•The famous Tunbridge Wells Pantiles
•Penshurst Place
which are all on our doorstep or just relax and enjoy some Dorset Arms hospitality we are the perfect place to be.

Our weekday standard double room prices start from £130 per room per night and Fridays-Sundays start from £155 per room per night from Jan-March and dogs are welcome too!

For further information or to book a room please call us on 01892 770278 or visit our website #linkinbio
#sussex #sussexpub #sussexlife #pubswithrooms #staycation #easter #getaway #minibreak #weekendawaywithfriends #muddysussex #englishpubs #weekendoff #ashdownforest #tunbridgewells #tunbridgewellsmums #villagepub #dogfriendlypubs #dogfriendlypub #englishpubs
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Warm Chocolate Fondant with Clotted Cream Ice-Cream - the perfect combination of classic flavours .. delicious!

Warm Chocolate Fondant with Clotted Cream Ice-Cream - the perfect combination of classic flavours .. delicious! ...

Our Saturday special ..Provençal Bouillabaisse with Toasted Sourdough and Rouille. 
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This famous Marseille fish soup deliciously combines the flavours of fish, tomato and Provençal herbs with the rouille, a mayonnaise made of olive oil, garlic, saffron, and cayenne pepper served on toasted slices of bread - just perfect for dipping or mopping up ..

Our Saturday special ..Provençal Bouillabaisse with Toasted Sourdough and Rouille.

This famous Marseille fish soup deliciously combines the flavours of fish, tomato and Provençal herbs with the rouille, a mayonnaise made of olive oil, garlic, saffron, and cayenne pepper served on toasted slices of bread - just perfect for dipping or mopping up ..
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Come and join us!
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We are looking to recruit:
• Waiting Staff
• Restaurant Supervisors
• Chefs
• Kitchen Porters
• Cleaners
We offer competitive rates of pay & salary, a dynamic work environment & offer an exceptional food and dining experience to our customers.
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So if you have a passion for hospitality,  enjoy teamwork & are keen to use your energy and outgoing skills to develop your career please email your CV to generalmanager@dorset-arms.co.uk - please forward to anyone who might be interested.
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#jobsearch #localpub #sussexjobs #sussexlife #sussexpubs #localpub #ashdownforest #hospitalityjobs #muddysussex #tunbridgewellsmums #jobvacancy #waitingstaff #kitchenwork #recruiting #hospitalityjobs #jobsinsussex #eastgrinstead #crowborough

Come and join us!

We are looking to recruit:
• Waiting Staff
• Restaurant Supervisors
• Chefs
• Kitchen Porters
• Cleaners
We offer competitive rates of pay & salary, a dynamic work environment & offer an exceptional food and dining experience to our customers.

So if you have a passion for hospitality, enjoy teamwork & are keen to use your energy and outgoing skills to develop your career please email your CV to generalmanager@dorset-arms.co.uk - please forward to anyone who might be interested.
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#jobsearch #localpub #sussexjobs #sussexlife #sussexpubs #localpub #ashdownforest #hospitalityjobs #muddysussex #tunbridgewellsmums #jobvacancy #waitingstaff #kitchenwork #recruiting #hospitalityjobs #jobsinsussex #eastgrinstead #crowborough
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A variation of this dish was so popular on our Valentine’s menu that we are transferring it - Crayfish & Avocado Crostini is now heading up our Specials board.. 🙌

A variation of this dish was so popular on our Valentine’s menu that we are transferring it - Crayfish & Avocado Crostini is now heading up our Specials board.. 🙌 ...

Love is.. 💕A Valentine’s Chambourd Spritz cocktail followed by dinner for 2 💕
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We have put together a delicious a la carte menu you will love featuring Lobster, Bouillabaisse, Warm Chocolate Fondant & more with the additional “Sharing Options” for each course of:
❣️Harvey’s Porter Rarebit, Dipping Soldiers, Celery & Cornichons 
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❣️Buckhurst Park Cote du Boeuf, Pommes Frites, Bearnaise 
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Churros with a Trio of Warm Sauces
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Or why not  can mix and match- the best of both worlds.. to book see #linkinbio or call now on 01892 770278 and get Valentine’s Day taken care of.

Love is.. 💕A Valentine’s Chambourd Spritz cocktail followed by dinner for 2 💕

We have put together a delicious a la carte menu you will love featuring Lobster, Bouillabaisse, Warm Chocolate Fondant & more with the additional “Sharing Options” for each course of:
❣️Harvey’s Porter Rarebit, Dipping Soldiers, Celery & Cornichons

❣️Buckhurst Park Cote du Boeuf, Pommes Frites, Bearnaise
❣️
Churros with a Trio of Warm Sauces
❣️
Or why not can mix and match- the best of both worlds.. to book see #linkinbio or call now on 01892 770278 and get Valentine’s Day taken care of.
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Moules Marinere going down a storm as a starter with bread or as a main course with frites.. #musselsfrombrussels (the recipe of course)

Moules Marinere going down a storm as a starter with bread or as a main course with frites.. #musselsfrombrussels (the recipe of course) ...

💕Pretty in Pink 💕- with just a week to go until Valentine’s Day we wanted to introduce you to our favourite “pinks” from our wine list as at this time of year these Rosé wines have their time to shine. 
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Hindleap Sparkling Wine 
With aromas of soft peach & berries and rose hip on the nose, all underpinned by Turkish Delight, necatrine and violet give a rounded creamy finish.
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Saint Baillon 
This is one of our best sellers - a classic Provence Rosé full of peachy, citrus & red fruit flavours dry with a  well balanced acidity.
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Domaine De Montaubéron
This zesty pink is from the Languedoc-Roussillon region and combines the Syrah and the Grenache grapes to give us a liquid summer pudding.
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All wines are available by the bottle or by the glass

💕Pretty in Pink 💕- with just a week to go until Valentine’s Day we wanted to introduce you to our favourite “pinks” from our wine list as at this time of year these Rosé wines have their time to shine.
💕
Hindleap Sparkling Wine
With aromas of soft peach & berries and rose hip on the nose, all underpinned by Turkish Delight, necatrine and violet give a rounded creamy finish.
💕
Saint Baillon
This is one of our best sellers - a classic Provence Rosé full of peachy, citrus & red fruit flavours dry with a well balanced acidity.
💕
Domaine De Montaubéron
This zesty pink is from the Languedoc-Roussillon region and combines the Syrah and the Grenache grapes to give us a liquid summer pudding.
💕
All wines are available by the bottle or by the glass
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Team tasting of our delicious Valentine’s Sharing Starter of Harvey’s Porter Rarebit and Dipping Soldiers with celery - and we decided to add cornichons for extra crunch and zzziiipppp!! 
#valentines #valentinesday #howtomakeit #rarebit #cheese #dinnerdate #sussex #chefslife #sussexpub #englishpub #cheeseandwinenight #datenight #localpub #beerstagram #lovelocal #dreamteam #sussexpub #muddysussex #datenightideas #makeyourown #tunbridge

Team tasting of our delicious Valentine’s Sharing Starter of Harvey’s Porter Rarebit and Dipping Soldiers with celery - and we decided to add cornichons for extra crunch and zzziiipppp!!
#valentines #valentinesday #howtomakeit #rarebit #cheese #dinnerdate #sussex #chefslife #sussexpub #englishpub #cheeseandwinenight #datenight #localpub #beerstagram #lovelocal #dreamteam #sussexpub #muddysussex #datenightideas #makeyourown #tunbridge
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Welcome to February! We have made it through Jan with all that it brings including its 5 Mondays ..!
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After a very busy Shoot, Christmas and New Year & to give our team a well earned break, from Monday 5th February until the end of March we are going to be closing the kitchen on Monday and Tuesday evenings so the last food orders  on those days will be at 3pm - but there will be light bites available for our B&B guests.
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On Mondays & Tuesdays the bar will be open as usual from 12 but last drinks orders will be at 8pm.
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Thank you in advance for your support and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Welcome to February! We have made it through Jan with all that it brings including its 5 Mondays ..!

After a very busy Shoot, Christmas and New Year & to give our team a well earned break, from Monday 5th February until the end of March we are going to be closing the kitchen on Monday and Tuesday evenings so the last food orders on those days will be at 3pm - but there will be light bites available for our B&B guests.

On Mondays & Tuesdays the bar will be open as usual from 12 but last drinks orders will be at 8pm.

Thank you in advance for your support and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Introducing our delicious new salad..Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese with Toasted Almonds and Balsamic Dressing, a classic combination with a Dorset twist.

Introducing our delicious new salad..Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese with Toasted Almonds and Balsamic Dressing, a classic combination with a Dorset twist. ...

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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-Sat:12:00 - 23:00
Sun:12:00 - 6pm
Kitchen Hours
Mon-Fri:12.00-14.30
18.00-20.30
Sat:12.00-20.30
Sun:12.00-17.45

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