Sondes Arms

4.3
408 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Sunday Lunch
Welcome to The Sondes Arms

The Sondes Arms, Rockingham, is a 16th Century coaching inn, with amazing views of Rockingham Castle and Church. Having recently undergone a full refurbishment by the Haynes family of Thornhill Arms in Rushton, The Sondes Arms offers a delightful Bar and Restaurant ideal for every occasion.

We pride ourselves as a family friendly public house & serve a traditional pub menu of home cooked food. In addition we serve our beautiful home cooked carvery all day Sunday and Wednesday evenings along with a great range of lagers, ales and wines

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 408 People Are Saying
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KathrynF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service even though they were very busy.

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TwinMum77
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, as it has always been previously. There was a large party in the restaurant but the staff managed this very well. We were offered a seat in a quieter part of the pub. There was a slight billing issue but it was quickly resolved and we left very happy with our visit. We will definitely be back, as we feel it is the nicest place locally to have a enjoyable lunch.

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Suse
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good value for money, tasty lunch menu ... haven't been for an evening meal. Lovely, friendly service from the waiting staff. Easy to book online.

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DuncanF
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was disappointing, vegetable lasagne was mainly pasta and tomatoes with grated cheese on top, no flavour and no bechamel sauce, steak was overcooked and the chips seemed dry as though they had been kept hot and not freshly cooked.

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Jimbob
Northampton
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value and excellent quality. And the staff were excellent

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IanH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the place was packed we had a booking for 6/30 we had our meal within 15 minutes staff were pleasant meal was good.no complaints

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WendyS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We go regular on a Wednesday, but the carvery was not up to usual standards , roast potatoes were poor , seemed reheated, gravy tasteless and cauliflower cheese was watery. Poor for them unfortunately

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WeeSandra
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with my friend. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Such a lovely, clean and friendly little village pub, will definitely go back again.

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LiamM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly staff! Food was great value for money

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ChristopherS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday lunch. Excellent food and good portion sizes. Really good value for money. Staff fantastic

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely deco, sue the waitress amazing amazing x

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SamD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended to try here and we were not disappointed. What a gorgeous place. Great food, superb service, lovely garden area. Before and after our meal we sat in the garden area in one of the huts. Plenty of shade for those that wanted it. We dined inside and staff could not have been more helpful. We were a large party and even though the pub was busy we were well looked after.
If I lived closer it would be a regular place to visit. We will be back though.

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LorraineA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Starters were lovely
Mains were mixed
What did not help was an accident leaving both my sisters and my dads partners cream cardigans covered in curry sauce put a dampener on the experience

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Have been here before and had a great meal. This time the starters were great. I had the fishcakes, my wife the pate. Excellent. For mains I ordered what was described as chicken in a garlic and mushroom sauce with a rosti and parmesan shavings. What appeared was a breast of dry, overcooked chicken with what resembled a mushroom soup sauce.(thick, tasteless no garlic) and a piece of undercooked pale potato cake drenched in the sauce. No parmesan. What surprised me was it was served with chips, peas and carrots! Pretty disgusting. They took it off the bill but ruined our day. I think they have problems in the kitchen. The manager came to see us and said they have had problems with their last delivery of chicken. So why serve it? Shame. We may comeback and try again if only to see if this was a once off

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WilmaF
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Decent food and good sized portions, so much so we couldn’t finish our meals. Chilli Salmon was good but I would drop out the roast potatoes, as the salmon and stir fried vegetables are more than enough.

Waitresses were attentive without being intrusive and we never felt rushed. Restaurant was very quiet however and that impacted on the ambience a little.

Overall, we were happy with the Sondes Arms and would definitely go again.

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Murphy
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was ok, it doesn’t live up
To its website sadly.

LM
LorrianneM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely pub/restaurant! Great food at a good price! Atmosphere was nice and service was good. 100% recommend

JM
JudithM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and all the staff friendly.

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Oneof3
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very welcome, great atmosphere, really well looked after by the staff. Had a really lovely evening, thank you all!

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LJ000000
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as always! Polite staff , prompt. Very clean.

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LynneC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We went to The Sondes Arms for lunch and were very disappointed, one of my party wanted the Beef Lasagne it wasnt available so she chose the Camembert only to be told that wasnt available either so she chose the Nachos which when they came were very over cooked and the salsa had made the nachos soggy. My granddaughter wanted plain pasta and was told that you dont do plain pasta so had to have the nachos, my father ordered the cod and chips and it was a frozen piece of cod along with a portion of frozen chips which were not very hot. I had the chicken with mushroom and garlic sauce the chicken was very hard to cut as it was over cooked as well. we were very disappointed and sorry that we will not be coming back to the Sondes Arms

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful old-world pub, refurbished inside; pleasant atmosphere; three excellent courses for just over a tenner! Be back soon!

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SarahJ
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcome. Very enjoyable and excellent service.

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reuben
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We had the carvery which was delicious. We were directed per table to go and get our food, which was good. Would have preferred someone to help serve the vegetables and there were no screens to prevent people breathing all over the counter and the food. There was a large party in our section of the dining room who were very noisy making it difficult to hold a conversation without shouting. To leave for the car park we had to walk past a lot of tables where people were eating, and the dining room was very full. It is obviously a very popular place to eat, but felt the dining room was too full considering the current situation.

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BobB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. We waited for the drinks and the starter arrived before the drinks order.
Very noisy and echoing, a lot of banging. Would not go again, perhaps outside would have been okay.

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SuzanneN
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal . Efficient and very friendly staff . I definitely recommend a visit

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BillN
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spent a lovely evening with good food and drink in a perfect setting.

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Mknh
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely food and very good value. Always a lovely meal x

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Sueg
Northampton
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the meal very much. 4 of us had the carvery & 1 the veggie lasagne. We weren’t sent up to the carvery until the lasagne had arrived which was ok. We weren’t very happy about the queue for the carvery as very few were social distancing & my son very politely asked a lady to keep further back. She was ok but the man ( son?) didn’t like it. Also no one apart from us was wearing masks. The staff were apart from the man doing the carvery who wasn’t!

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VincentB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful pub in a beautiful setting. Whether it’s a Sunday lunch or a romantic meal, this is the place to be. Fantastic value for money with great food.

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LewisC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was a little apprehensive as friends had suggested the service and food was below par, but found it very enjoyable, food was excellent and staff very attentive.... Well done

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ArthurW
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very slow service and brought dessert menu and did not come for our order for a long while Arthur WHITTAKER

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Nic123
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Little concerning about the roof in the area we where sat in. Looked like it was going to come down and had just been randomly fixed but not professionally.

Other than that all was good

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TheresaC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

When we arrived we were seated for them to check if our table was ready, it then took half an hour and we had to remind them we were still waiting

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MarilynP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good, service slow. Servers unable to answer questions regarding wine or desserts. Servers wearing masks still so communication was poor as couldn’t hear what they were saying.

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JakeP
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, very busy Sunday. Staff were pleasant and helpful, just felt more info could be given about when you can go up for Carvery. Felt like a free for all at times!

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AngeJ
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked one of the igloos for lunch which incurs a fee but it was worth it to have a nice spacious area for lunch. All of our party opted for the carvery which was tasty and good value for money. The service for all wait staff was excellent. Would recommend 😀

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

It was really cold in there due to doors being open and the weather was cold and windy really struggled to eat with the cold temperatures

Also food over cooked

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Poor food and service - disappointed to say the least! Pub itself is beautiful!

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HydeeG
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal with my mum. we were very well looked after .very relaxing good value for money very clean

FAQs

Sondes Arms is rated 4.3 stars by 408 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.