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Eat & drink

Eat at the Dorset Arms

Our philosophy

Exceptional food using the best local and seasonal produce

Our menu selection offers you the option to enjoy drinks and a light bite in our cosy bar or move into to the restaurant to choose from our popular Specials, favourite British classics and delicious Game dishes, all reflecting the best of what Sussex has to offer.

Bar

An 18th century alehouse in the beautiful Sussex Weald

The De La Warr family records reveal that the Dorset Arms was built in 1595 and became a public house in 1735. It was called The Ale House until 1820 when it became The Dorset Arms. It has therefore 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.

Being a free house we have a selection of cask beers on tap and change our guest beers every 2-3 weeks, often showcasing local beers from independent brewers in and around Sussex.

Our specialist suppliers keep our bar well stocked with a large range of spirits, vodkas & gins which include the old favourites as well as locally distilled small batch gins, which we like to feature as our Gin of the Month. Berry Brothers and Rudd provide us with our extensive wine selection, many of which can be enjoyed by the glass.

So whether you prefer sitting at the bar with a paper, by the fire with friends or in the garden when the British weather allows, we look forward to seeing you.

Restaurant

Fresh seasonal dishes
served every day

Committed to freshness and using local ingredients whenever possible, the menu offers a wide selection with our ever changing specials allowing us to use seasonal produce to highlight the best of what we do.

Locally we are well-known for our fantastic Game dishes which feature on our menu throughout The Season.

Plate

Enjoy the summer
in our Garden Room

Our unique Garden Room, decorated and designed by Lady De La Warr is available for everyday dining as well as private hire. It seats up to 25 guests and is a popular space for dinners, receptions, parties and private events.

With its retractable roof, it is the perfect place for summer lunches in the sunshine, while in the winter months it is a warm and cosy addition to our dining space.

For private event enquiries please contact us on 01892 770278 or email enquiries@dorset-arms.co.uk

Private dining

The perfect space for private dinner parties

For any occasion where you need a more intimate setting, why not opt for The Gun Room or our unique Garden Room with its retractable roof.

The Garden Room seats up to 25 and The Gun Room up to 12, so whether you are looking to host a party, a special occasion or you would just like a bit of privacy give us a call and one of our team will be delighted to help you plan your special event.

If you are looking for any overnight accommodation for your event, we have a selection of rooms in The Old School Cottage and above the pub that can be booked individually or as a whole.

For any enquiries or further information, please call us on  01892 770278 or email us at enquiries@dorset-arms.co.uk

Dining & Drink Lodges

Enjoy our Garden Lodges

We have a stunning private drinks/dining lodge in our garden that is available for hire. It is  the perfect venue for any celebration you are planning.

Taking advantage of our beautiful Sussex setting it has been designed around the ‘Country Lodge’ theme. Our lodge can accommodate 15 guest seated and 20/25 standing guests.

You can use the lodge so that it open out into the garden or have it  them closed for privacy – it is the perfect venue for any occasion you are planning from birthdays and dinners to baby showers and intimate weddings.

Prices start from £50  for private hire of the lodge and for parties of under 10 we have our A la Carte menu and for events  of 10 or more we have set menus for you chose from.

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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
    Excellence

    2015-2017 Winner, TripAdvisor

  • Diners' Choice
    Award 2018

    OpenTable

Reservations

Book a table

Or call us on
01892 770 278

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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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-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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