What’s on

Due to staff logistics our restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice, BUT our wood-fired pizza oven and BBQ are both open from 12.00- 18.00 on Mondays & Tuesdays and from 12.00-19.00  hrs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays so you can still enjoy our Dorset Arms hospitality – so come come along…

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Our ‘Country Garden Lodges’- the perfect places for private dining

We are delighted to announce that we have launched our stunning ‘Country Garden Lodges’. We have 3 lodges available to book from today for all of your private dining events with prices starting from £25 midweek and £50 at the weekend (per lodge) We have two beautifully bespoke designs to choose from with the two…

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With a heritage stretching back to the 1590s, expect old school charm at The Dorset Arms in the Sussex Weald. There are nine rooms – three above the pub and six in The Old School Cottage, which can also be booked in its entirety.. read more

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Festive opening hours

We are looking forward to seeing you all this week (safely of course) to celebrate the run up to Christmas. • Our opening hours are as follows over the festive period & if you are coming to see us please book in advance if at all possible. • Christmas Eve Food will be served from:…

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The Dorset Arms featured in The Times ‘Cosiest Pubs in the UK’

We were delighted to be featured in The Times’ Weekend section as one of the ‘cosiest pubs in the UK’ with a special mention for our ‘open fireplace, comfy armchairs & Sussex ales’. Our much loved favourites of fish and chips and our excellent Steak and Kidney pie were selected as menu highlights. See the…

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“Extend your weekend”

We are delighted to be introducing our “Extend your Weekend” offer. Whether you have explored the walks in Ashdown Forest, shopped ’til you dropped in Tunbridge Wells, visited some of our local National Trust properties or just want to tuck yourselves away in our beautiful corner of Sussex .. why not ‘extend your weekend’ with…

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Our pizza oven is now open on Thursdays & Fridays ( weather dependent)

We are delighted to have now opened our fantastic new cutom built, woodfired pizza oven – based on a traditional Roman bread oven design it can cook a pizza in just 90 seconds! We have been mixing, kneading, chopping, sprinkling & stoking our pizza oven to get everything ready for this exciting new addition to…

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The Dorset Arms featured in ‘Best UK Pubs to visit’ by Tatler.com

There’s nothing quite like an English country pub. Now that hospitality has fully reopened, there’s surely nowhere better for a long-awaited catch up with friends and family than The Dorset Arms: the De La Warr family’s stunning pub in the pretty east Sussex village of Withyham. Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/3yk6W0e

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Our marquee and garden are now open!

We are delighted that our garden and marquee tables are now available for bookings and we can now welcome people from 2 households or groups of up to 6 people from mixed households (including children), to enjoy some alfresco eating and drinking with us. As our number of tables is limited we would be very…

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Thank you and welcome back…

“It has been a year like no other for us all and especially at The Dorset Arms, Withyham. We have opened, closed and re-opened and then closed again, all in line with the Government guidelines.  We know that without the commitment of our dedicated team and the support of our suppliers and our wonderful customers…

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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."

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

    2015-2017 Winner, TripAdvisor

  • Diners' Choice
    Award 2018


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