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Sondes Arms

4.3
4.3
436 Reviews
£25 and under
British
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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

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Booked 22 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 12:00–19:30
    Lunch
    Tue–Fri 12:00–14:00
    Sat 12:00–14:30
    Dinner
    Tue–Fri 18:30–21:00
    Sat 18:30–21:30

  • Phone number

    01536 772193

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Corby

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Starters

  • Homemade Soup of the Day£4.50

    Served with crusty baguette & butter

    • Brixworth Pate£5.00

      Served with Cumberland Sauce & warm toasted bread

      • Prawn Cocktail£5.00

        Succulent prawns on a leaf salad & drizzled with our marie rose sauce

        • Stilton & Garlic Button Mushrooms£5.00

          Served on garlic ciabatta

          • Oven Baked Camembert£6.90

            accompanied with warm crusty baguette

            • Breaded Whitebait£5.00

              Deep fried in paprika flour, accompanied with tartare dip & lemon

              From the Griddle

              (uncooked weights) accompanied with fried mushrooms, grilled tomato & beer battered onion rings

              • 8oz Fillet£19.50

                • 10oz Sirloin£17.50

                  • 10oz Ribeye£17.50

                    • 10oz Gammon£14.50

                      • Surf & Turf£17.50

                        8oz Rump & Breaded Wholetail Scampi

                        • Chook & Turf£17.50

                          8oz Rump & Cajun chicken breast

                          • Homemade Sauce£2.25

                            Stilton - Pepper - Spicy Cajun

                            Poultry

                            • Cajun Chicken£13.00

                              Chicken breast topped with our hot & spicy cajun sauce

                              • White Wine & Mushroom Chicken£13.00

                                Chicken breast in our homemade sauce

                                • Homemade Curry of the Day£12.50

                                  Served with white rice, naan bread & a poppadum

                                  Fish

                                  • Beer Battered Cod£12.00

                                    Fresh fish battered in our homemade beer batter

                                    • Pan-Fried Sea Bass£15.00

                                      on a bed of crushed new potatoes, with a watercress & pesto sauce

                                      • Breaded Plaice£11.00

                                        Served with mushy or Garden Peas & Tartare sauce

                                        • Breaded Wholetail Scampi£11.00

                                          Only the best wholetail scampi, served with tartare sauce

                                          Vegetarian

                                          • Homemade Vegetable Curry£10.50

                                            served with white rice & Naan bread

                                            • Beetroot, Butternut & Goats Cheese Burger£8.50

                                              Served in a ciabatta bun

                                              • Vegetable Lasagne£10.50

                                                served with garlic Ciabatta

                                                Favourites

                                                • Homemade Pie of the Day£11.00

                                                  topped with a puff pastry lid

                                                  • Homemade Beef Lasagne£11.50

                                                    Minced beef, tomatoes, peppers, garlic & herbs, topped with white sauce & cheddar cheese

                                                    • Classic Sausage & Mash£11.50

                                                      Our locally sourced tasty sausages served with red onion gravy

                                                      Desserts

                                                      • Desserts

                                                        Please see our dessert board for today's selection

                                                        Last updated: 6 October 2019

                                                        What 436 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                        4.3
                                                        4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.3Food
                                                        • 4.2Service
                                                        • 4.3Ambience
                                                        • 4.3Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                        1. AT

                                                          AnneT

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          All food very good, especially steak and mushroom pie of the day. A bit noisy but only to be expected as it was pretty full. Lovely waitress. Will be back soon.

                                                        2. LG

                                                          LindaG

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                          Excellent carvery. Lovely waitress. We loved the igloo, surprisingly warm on a November evening.

                                                        3. SC

                                                          SeanC

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The Sondes is an absolutely brilliant place to indulge yourself with a lunchtime treat. Their lunch menu was not just delicious, but well priced for 3 courses! Can suggest the Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing pie finessed of by either the Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake or the Lemon and White Chocolate Roulade that my wife had!

                                                        4. R

                                                          Rabc

                                                          Cumbria

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall2food3service2ambience2

                                                          Food was good,but our booking was messed up as they wanted to put in an igloo in the courtyard which was freezing, a heater was put on but would have taken ages to heat,we asked to be moved and was found a table inside.All the waitresses were very pleasant.

                                                        5. IM

                                                          IanM

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                          overall4food3service3ambience3

                                                          When it comes to value for money the Sonders always delivers. One slight query was dealt with quickly without fuss. I will continue to eat there on a regular basis.

                                                        6. PT

                                                          PeterT

                                                          Manchester

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 18 November 2021

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                          Lovely pub with a good menu selection and only 2 minutes from our b&b

                                                        7. J

                                                          Janney

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 18 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food never had a bad meal from here. The carvery is delicious.

                                                        8. MJ

                                                          MaureenJ

                                                          Northampton

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 17 November 2021

                                                          overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                          Had a nice evening food was good staff pleasant second visit in the last week. 😊

                                                        9. ST

                                                          SueT

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 16 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Homemade steak & Ale pie v good with plenty new pots and veg. Ham egg chips okay plenty of ham given Homemade chicken curry delicious fully recommend

                                                        10. DW

                                                          DavidW

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                          Family visit lovely carvery all veg was kept fresh and all meats we're beautiful

                                                        11. MJ

                                                          MaureenJ

                                                          Northampton

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Lovely evening good food service good staff polite and helpful.

                                                        12. c

                                                          clarer

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 11 November 2021

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                          Meal was nice . Service a little slow and a starter was forgotten but they apologised and it did not ruin a good evening.

                                                        13. LM

                                                          LorraineM

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always a pleasure to come here ..Visiting family & friends while staying here from Scotland..We try to come here on one occasion

                                                        14. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Northampton

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                          overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                          Lovely place fabulous staff menu very limited

                                                        15. l

                                                          lorrainew

                                                          London

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 31 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Very friendly staf food very good

                                                        16. CY

                                                          CarolineY

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 17 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Even thou we had a power cut the food was still amazing at a great price with great service what more can you ask for?

                                                        17. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Manchester

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 17 October 2021

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          Food was excellent throughout. Service was also very attentive. Children running around spoilt it some but not sure what the pub can do about that even though hot food being carried and trays of drinks.

                                                        18. CS

                                                          ChristinaS

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 15 October 2021

                                                          overall4food2service4ambience4

                                                          Overall the sondes has a lovely atmosphere, staff very helpful. Was disappointed though with the meal, chicken was over cooked and vegetables were hard

                                                        19. BC

                                                          BarbaraC

                                                          Essex

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 14 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          After reading some of the earlier reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm really pleased I went. The meal was lovely and the salmon was cooked to perfection. The food was served promptly and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I'd go again.

                                                        20. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 10 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Arrived a little earlier than expected, was seated straightaway, drinks order taken while we perused the menu, quick to serve at the carvery, good portions and selection of veg was good! Well worth a visit.

                                                        21. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Northampton

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 9 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Amazing food😍

                                                        22. SN

                                                          SuzanneN

                                                          Northampton

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 6 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always eat out at this restaurant. So nice and friendly and food is always well presented and hot

                                                        23. g

                                                          grahamc

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 6 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          pleasant country pub with good food ,attentive staff ,comfortable seats !

                                                        24. A

                                                          Anonymous

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 29 September 2021

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Lovely friendly service, food was good and great value.

                                                        25. GS

                                                          GaryS

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 25 September 2021

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                          Waited 10 minutes for drinks had to go and ask someone for service Had breaded plaice not sure if there was any plaice in there Otherwise was ok ✅

                                                        26. SG

                                                          StephenGM

                                                          Edinburgh

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 23 September 2021

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                          The menu claims everything is homemade. I don’t believe the Thai Fish cakes were. My tomatoes were burnt and my steak was cremated for my main. The mushrooms were tasteless with no seasoning. My son had sausage and mash and said the mash was inedible. My other son had a burger again over cooked, dry and no seasoning. The waiter forgot our sauces and we had to wait a long time for the main to arrive. I am normally a big fan of the Sondes but the last 2 visits have been very disappointing. The wine list has also changed, very limited and the Sauvignon is not palatable.

                                                        27. C

                                                          Coling

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 23 September 2021

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                          Had a distinctly below-par experience at a family birthday meal. Overall, food was very average at best while what appeared to be a largely inexperienced serving staff was highlighted in that there were three errors when food/drinks were served. The restaurant area we ate in was rather dark, uninspiring and in need of a real makeover … not helped by a badly marked chair as part of our seating. The restaurant lacked leadership, from a thoroughly underwhelming welcome to little or no connection from serving staff to customers. When you add all these areas together then it certainly didn’t represent good value or a good experience and we won’t be planning a return unless there is a major rethink at the Sondes.

                                                        28. PB

                                                          PipB

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 19 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Carvery was fabulous as usual and staff are so friendly. We weren't rushed off the table and had a very pleasant evening.

                                                        29. KF

                                                          KathrynF

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 15 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Excellent service even though they were very busy.

                                                        30. TM

                                                          TwinMum77

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 15 September 2021

                                                          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.

                                                        31. S

                                                          Suse

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 14 September 2021

                                                          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.

                                                        32. DF

                                                          DuncanF

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          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.

                                                        33. J

                                                          Jimbob

                                                          Northampton

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on 10 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great value and excellent quality. And the staff were excellent

                                                        34. IH

                                                          IanH

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          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

                                                        35. WS

                                                          WendyS

                                                          London

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          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

                                                        36. WS

                                                          WeeSandra

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          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.

                                                        37. LM

                                                          LiamM

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        38. CS

                                                          ChristopherS

                                                          London

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        39. CH

                                                          ClaireH

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        40. SD

                                                          SamD

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          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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                                                        Sondes Arms is rated 4.3 stars by 436 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.

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                                                        Booked 22 times today
                                                        Google Map for Sondes Arms

                                                        Main Street Rockingham, Leicestershire LE16 8TG

                                                        • Area

                                                          Corby

                                                        • Hours of Operation

                                                          Sun 12:00–19:30
                                                          Lunch
                                                          Tue–Fri 12:00–14:00
                                                          Sat 12:00–14:30
                                                          Dinner
                                                          Tue–Fri 18:30–21:00
                                                          Sat 18:30–21:30

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          British, Pub

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Dining

                                                        • Dress Code

                                                          Casual Dress

                                                        • Payment Options

                                                          MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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