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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

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01892 770 278

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The Dorset Arms Quiz is back by popular demand ..🙌
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Our next Quiz Night will be on Tuesday 11th June from 6.30pm for a 7.00 start.
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Teams of up to a maximum of 6 
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Quiz entry
Pulled Pork Platter and Sides
Prizes on the night 
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#sussexpub #quiznight #localpub #quizzing #sussex #sussexlife #currynight #dogfriendlypub #nightout #muddysussex #ashdownforest #tunbridgewellsmums #tunbridgewellsevents #eastgrinstead

The Dorset Arms Quiz is back by popular demand ..🙌

Our next Quiz Night will be on Tuesday 11th June from 6.30pm for a 7.00 start.

Teams of up to a maximum of 6
£15 pp to include
Quiz entry
Pulled Pork Platter and Sides
Prizes on the night

Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential- please call us on
01892 770278 to register your team.
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It’s back! Our delicious Crab on Toast, one of the  most popular dishes on our menu, and something a little different from the usual ‘dressed crab’ … 🦀

It’s back! Our delicious Crab on Toast, one of the most popular dishes on our menu, and something a little different from the usual ‘dressed crab’ … 🦀 ...

Spring Asparagus from Birchden Farm, Groombridge - very popular and simply delicious.. #lovelocal

Spring Asparagus from Birchden Farm, Groombridge - very popular and simply delicious.. #lovelocal ...

Spot the difference…🖤

Spot the difference…🖤 ...

Rumoured to be Taylor Swift’s favourite cocktail the French Blonde has arrived at The Dorset Arms… 
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Combining Lillet Blanc, Saint Germaine, Grapefruit, and Lemon bitters it’s a delicious sophisticated, citrusy combination served super chilled with a slice of grapefruit - the perfect cocktail for spring. #happymonday

Rumoured to be Taylor Swift’s favourite cocktail the French Blonde has arrived at The Dorset Arms…

Combining Lillet Blanc, Saint Germaine, Grapefruit, and Lemon bitters it’s a delicious sophisticated, citrusy combination served super chilled with a slice of grapefruit - the perfect cocktail for spring. #happymonday
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Loving the spring sunshine today in the garden - don’t forget if you are thinking of joining us over the Easter weekend we would love to see you so call 01892 770278 to book a table or book on-line.
#easterweekend #bankholiday #sussexpubs #sussexlife #dogfriendlypubs  #tunbridgewells #pubswithrooms #pubgarden #englishpubs #weekendvibes #ashdownforest #eastgrinstead #weekendgetaway #countrylife #weekendwalks #lunchwithfriends

Loving the spring sunshine today in the garden - don’t forget if you are thinking of joining us over the Easter weekend we would love to see you so call 01892 770278 to book a table or book on-line.
#easterweekend #bankholiday #sussexpubs #sussexlife #dogfriendlypubs #tunbridgewells #pubswithrooms #pubgarden #englishpubs #weekendvibes #ashdownforest #eastgrinstead #weekendgetaway #countrylife #weekendwalks #lunchwithfriends
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Our Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Salad .. the perfect Saturday lunch - you know where we are…

Our Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Salad .. the perfect Saturday lunch - you know where we are… ...

The cocktail of the week is our Hugo Lemon Spritz a long and super refreshing combination of @gordonsginuk Lemon Gin, Elderflower, Prosecco, Soda water with Cucumber and Mint.

The cocktail of the week is our Hugo Lemon Spritz a long and super refreshing combination of @gordonsginuk Lemon Gin, Elderflower, Prosecco, Soda water with Cucumber and Mint. ...

It’s Friday and we have a little “spring” in our step now the evenings are getting lighter… whatever your plans are for the weekend why not pop in and join us for something to eat or a drink by the fire and your favourite four legged friends are welcome too ! 🐾 
Call 01892 7720278 or see #linkinbio to book your table.

It’s Friday and we have a little “spring” in our step now the evenings are getting lighter… whatever your plans are for the weekend why not pop in and join us for something to eat or a drink by the fire and your favourite four legged friends are welcome too ! 🐾
Call 01892 7720278 or see #linkinbio to book your table.
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New to the menu, our delicious Fish Pie - the perfect dish for a Friday lunch.
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Filled to the brim with delicious fish and chips egg, coated in a creamy white sauce and topped with our buttery mash. #fishonfriday

New to the menu, our delicious Fish Pie - the perfect dish for a Friday lunch.

Filled to the brim with delicious fish and chips egg, coated in a creamy white sauce and topped with our buttery mash. #fishonfriday
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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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