***Our pizza oven is now open Fridays & Saturdays 12-8pm**

Come & explore

Local area

Wonderful walks &
places to visit

Located in the rolling countryside of West Sussex we are lucky enough to have a huge selection of places to visit and things to do in Kent and Sussex.

Winnie the Pooh's "100 Aker Wood"/Ashdown Forest

The most famous part of The Buckhurst Estate, is 100 Acre Wood immortalised by A. A. Milne in the Winnie the Pooh stories. A.A. Milne lived in Hartfield, one of the villages on the Buckhurst estate Lord De La Warr’s father even remembered playing with Christopher Robin and his famous bear.

The church and the real-life “100 Aker Wood”, made famous as the setting for the Winnie the Pooh stories of A.A. Milne, can be easily accessed via the footpaths through the Buckhurst Estate.

Find out more: ashdownforest.org

Image © National Trust

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens

Famous for its beauty and its gardens Sissinghurst is well worth a visit. Designed by famous gardener, writer and poet Vita Sackville-West , Lord De La Warr’s relative (her ashes are interred at the Sackville Chapel, Withyham).

When she and her husband Harold purchased Sissinghurst castle , it was a ruin and it was from there Vita created the world famous gardens, including The White Garden and The Rose Garden.

Find out more: nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden

Knole Park

Image © National Trust

Knole

We can highly recommend a trip to Knole in Sevenoaks not only for its deer, stunning grounds, gardens and 400 year old history but also because it is one of the seats of the Sackville-West family.

Lord De La Warr’s cousin Robert Sackville-West, Lord Sackville still lives in the wing of the main house with his family.

The Sackville family prospered throughout history and became the Dukes of Dorset ( hence The Dorset Arms ) and owned both Knole and Buckhurst Park. The families merged together with one son inheriting Knole and the other Buckhurst Park.

Find out more: nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

The Pantiles, Royal
Tunbridge Wells

The famous Georgian Colonnade at the bottom of Tunbridge Wells was created following the discovery of the chalybeate spring in the early 17th century and today it attracts visitors from all over the world.

Today The Pantiles offers a range of specialist shops, bars, restaurants and farmers markets (every other Saturday) with the famous Jazz Evenings on the bandstand in the summer.

Find out more: thepantiles.com

Penshurst Place

Once owned by Henry VIII and used as his hunting lodge while he was courting Anne Boleyn, Penshurst is steeped in history and has been owned and run by the Sidney family for the last 460 years.

Whether you are interested in the gardens, the house, the parkland or the adventure playground there is something for everyone here.

Find out more: penshurstplace.com

Image © Hever Castle Ltd

Hever Castle

This stunning 700 year old double moated castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in 125 acres of glorious grounds, there are award winning gardens, a Yew Tree Maze , miniature model houses and boating lake – well worth a visit at any time of year.

Find out more: hevercastle.co.uk

Image © Bewl Water

Bewl Water

This 800 acre site is home to the largest stretch of open water in the South East – a complete outdoor adventure for £4 a day ( car parking ). Choose from biking, walking, fishing, cycling as well as pedalos and rowing boats. Open all year round it is a fantastic day out for everyone.

Find out more: bewlwater.co.uk

Image © Forestry England

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.

The National Pinetum is home to a world-leading collection of conifers and provides a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics. The Bedgebury café also has wonderful views across the Pinetum.

The forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running, as well as Go Ape tree top adventure, and an adventure play trail.

Find out more: forestryengland.uk/bedgebury

Bayham Abbey

Image © English Heritage

Bayham Abbey

Set in stunning grounds designed by Humphry Repton the famous landscape gardener who also counts the grounds of Kenwood House, London amongst his creations.

Find out more: english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bayham-old-abbey

Image © National Trust

Monk’s House, Rodmell

Owned by Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard, their 17th Century country retreat and famous writing lodge is hidden away in beautiful gardens.

Find out more: nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house

Image © English Heritage

The Battlefield of Hastings

From the 1066 battlefield to the vivid re-telling of the day Britain’s history changed forever explore the story of one of the most important parts of English history at the English Heritage 1066 Battle of Hastings experience.

Find out more: english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/

The Dorset Arms Instagram

🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿To celebrate @england getting through to the #euros finals we are screening the game in the bar & the restaurant on Sunday night 🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿! 
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We will have a ‘Bar Snacks Buffet’ available at £10pp - kick off is at 8pm so come along from 6pm, soak up the atmosphere and get the ball rolling!! 
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Spaces are limited so call 01892 770278 now to book a table - we’ve got your Sunday sorted! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿#comeonengland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
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🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿To celebrate @england getting through to the #euros finals we are screening the game in the bar & the restaurant on Sunday night 🙌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿!

We will have a ‘Bar Snacks Buffet’ available at £10pp - kick off is at 8pm so come along from 6pm, soak up the atmosphere and get the ball rolling!!

Spaces are limited so call 01892 770278 now to book a table - we’ve got your Sunday sorted! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿#comeonengland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
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A delicious new dish on our summer menu - Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tuile, lovely and light with just  the perfect amount of ‘wobble’..

A delicious new dish on our summer menu - Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tuile, lovely and light with just the perfect amount of ‘wobble’.. ...

Fancy something for the table? Introducing some delicious new additions to our menu..Popcorn Clams with Lemon Aioli and Crispy Pork Belly Bites with Spiced Apple Sauce. Estrella Galicia makes the perfect summer accompaniment!

Fancy something for the table? Introducing some delicious new additions to our menu..Popcorn Clams with Lemon Aioli and Crispy Pork Belly Bites with Spiced Apple Sauce. Estrella Galicia makes the perfect summer accompaniment! ...

Introducing one of our delicious new summer dishes…Pan Roasted Rye Bay Stone Bass, Crayfish Lemon Beurre Blanc, Samphire, Jersey Royals, Green Beans. Summer dining at its best!

Introducing one of our delicious new summer dishes…Pan Roasted Rye Bay Stone Bass, Crayfish Lemon Beurre Blanc, Samphire, Jersey Royals, Green Beans. Summer dining at its best! ...

Our pizza oven is now open! Join us in our charming garden setting for our exquisite wood fired pizzas. Fridays and Saturdays 12 - 8pm.

Our pizza oven is now open! Join us in our charming garden setting for our exquisite wood fired pizzas. Fridays and Saturdays 12 - 8pm. ...

Dip into Summer with our Halloumi Fries & Sweet chilli dip - perfect as a starter or just to share .. 
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Dip into Summer with our Halloumi Fries & Sweet chilli dip - perfect as a starter or just to share ..
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Come and get a slice of summer! The sun is shining and we will be opening our pizza oven every week on Fridays and Saturdays  from 12-8pm .
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You can enjoy  our delicious hand made pizzas ‘al fresco’ in our beautiful garden - feels like summer is finally here! 
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Come and get a slice of summer! The sun is shining and we will be opening our pizza oven every week on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-8pm .

You can enjoy our delicious hand made pizzas ‘al fresco’ in our beautiful garden - feels like summer is finally here!
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Our Chicken Caesar Salad is proving to be a summer salad hit and the great thing is that you can have it as a Starter or Main Course size ..
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Our Chicken Caesar Salad is proving to be a summer salad hit and the great thing is that you can have it as a Starter or Main Course size ..
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Whole Sea Bream stuffed with Fennel & Shallot served with a Pernod Sauce, Wilted Spinach and Sauté Potatoes
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Whole Sea Bream stuffed with Fennel & Shallot served with a Pernod Sauce, Wilted Spinach and Sauté Potatoes
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The sun has finally arrived making it the perfect day to introduce our delicious new summer salad.. Smoked Heritage Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella & Baby Basil Caprese Salad - perfect as a starter or for a light lunch..

The sun has finally arrived making it the perfect day to introduce our delicious new summer salad.. Smoked Heritage Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella & Baby Basil Caprese Salad - perfect as a starter or for a light lunch.. ...

To celebrate #EnglishWineWeek why not try our very popular local English Sparkling Wines from our friends @bluebellvineyard estates
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The 2013 vintage Blanc de Blancs is crafted solely from Chardonnay grapes, delivering a refreshing aroma of lime and citrus blossoms, followed by crisp notes of gooseberry, elderflower, and peach.
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Or the 2018 vintage Sparkling  Rosé contains 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Pinot Meunier.
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This elegant Rosé has aromas of soft peach, wild strawberry, raspberry and rose hip on the nose, underpinned by plum, Turkish delight, nectarine and violet notes that give a rounded wine with a delicate, creamy finish.
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To celebrate #EnglishWineWeek why not try our very popular local English Sparkling Wines from our friends @bluebellvineyard estates

The 2013 vintage Blanc de Blancs is crafted solely from Chardonnay grapes, delivering a refreshing aroma of lime and citrus blossoms, followed by crisp notes of gooseberry, elderflower, and peach.

Or the 2018 vintage Sparkling Rosé contains 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Pinot Meunier.

This elegant Rosé has aromas of soft peach, wild strawberry, raspberry and rose hip on the nose, underpinned by plum, Turkish delight, nectarine and violet notes that give a rounded wine with a delicate, creamy finish.
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Dine, stay or getaway? You can do one or all with us here at The Dorset Arms.. Pop in for a pint or a delicious pub lunch or why not stay in Our Old School Cottage that’s looking lovely in the summer sunshine.
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With its 6 double en-suite bedrooms ( we have dog-friendly options too) it is the perfect place to stay and enjoy our beautiful corner of Sussex.
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Whether you are looking to explore the Ashdown Forest or head into Tunbridge Wells for some shopping in The Pantiles we are perfectly located for both.
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Have lunch or dinner with us and then just a short stroll through the garden is The Old School Cottage with its big comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi - all the ingredients you need for a great stay.
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With breakfast included in our room rates call now on 01892 770278 or book on-line.
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Dine, stay or getaway? You can do one or all with us here at The Dorset Arms.. Pop in for a pint or a delicious pub lunch or why not stay in Our Old School Cottage that’s looking lovely in the summer sunshine.

With its 6 double en-suite bedrooms ( we have dog-friendly options too) it is the perfect place to stay and enjoy our beautiful corner of Sussex.

Whether you are looking to explore the Ashdown Forest or head into Tunbridge Wells for some shopping in The Pantiles we are perfectly located for both.

Have lunch or dinner with us and then just a short stroll through the garden is The Old School Cottage with its big comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi - all the ingredients you need for a great stay.

With breakfast included in our room rates call now on 01892 770278 or book on-line.
#pubswithrooms #staycation #sussex #muddysussex #bedandbreakfast #tunbridgewellslife #ashdownforest #dogfriendlypub #localpub #minibreaks #weekendaway❤️ #b&b #englishpubs #christmaspartyideas #weekendgetaways #sussexlife #eastgrinstead #localpub #pubsofinstagram #englishpubs
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