Eat & drink
Eat at the Dorset Arms
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the summer
in our Garden Room
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.
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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