The Queens Arms- Sherborne

3.9
114 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
The Queens Arms is situated at the heart of the ancient village of Corton Denham, nestling on the Somerset / Dorset border just north of Sherborne.
Surrounded by stunning countryside, this late 18th Century British pub with rooms will delight those in search of good drink, good food and real comfort. Recently awarded Taste of Somerset Best Pub 2013, the Queens Arms also has an AA Rosette for its food offering, CAMRA 2012 Cider Pub of the Year and National Best Freehouse for 2012 Awards, makes this a destination pub. Our Eight en suite letting rooms have received AA 4 star Gold Inn rating and 4 star silver accolade Visit Britain award
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Gastro Pub, Southwest
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 10am, 12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 10pm
Sunday: 8am - 10am, 12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 9pm
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Phone number
01963 220317
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ben Abercrombie
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Catering
The Queens Arms Catering Service We can help plan and deliver the perfect, tailored solution to meet any of your catering needs. We can cater for any corporate, wedding or special occasion. Whether it is a wedding breakfast for hundreds of guests, hog roast in a field, a kids party or an intimate dinner party.
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Parking Details
We have 30 parking spaces in front of the pub and the village has no parking restrictions
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Public Transit
Sherborne Rail-station is 3.5miles south of The Queens Arms
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, High Tea, Private Room, View, Wine
What 114 People Are Saying
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KW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great but not enough of it. Had to raid the fridge when we got home, never a good sign.
Excellent service though and lovely environment.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a loveky evening, food was fantastic, service was great. Was just gutted i missed out on the groyse main course. We both had a lovely evening 👌🏻👌🏻

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BD
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Some of the best food for miles around and the service is always lovely. There were a couple of flies buzzing around so I've knocked a star or two off 'Ambience' for that. (Owners - please do something about flies when they appear.) There was a great 80's soundtrack in the background but my personal preference is not to have music while dining.

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KJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine but menu very limited which was disappointing. There were lots of flies in the dining room that was a little off putting. It was ok.

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NF
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our spontaneous trip to the Queens Arms - such a fantastic local pub - it menu surpasses itself! What a diamond of a find

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P
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

45 minutes to waiting for fish & chips - overcooked!

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been coming here for years enroute to Cornwall and have recommended it to all our friends and family. Lunch last week was however a little disappointing. Slightly disorganised service, food a little cold, order mixed up. The Queens Arms has always been outstanding. Now so many new ventures (brunches, B and B expanded, marketing Christmas in August) they seem to have taken their eye off the ball where excellent food and superb service are concerned. Am hoping it was a one off.

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JP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited an hour for an over-cooked and very over-priced roast dinner. Very very disappointing

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GC
Dorset
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Not what it was...Service disinterested, which was a shame, food limited, puddings good but doesn't compare to the pub of a few years ago....

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PB
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

I have been a number of times - this was not good. No atmosznd indifferent service

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxing lunch. Good food and service. The sound of the sheep in the next paddock was a bonus. The pork pies are always a must.

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T
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Stopped off here for lunch en route to Devon and it was well worth the diversion. We ate in the garden area and were spoiled for choice from the menu. Authentic local food and brilliant service from young enthusiastic staff. Thoroughly recommend.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The portions were extremely small and the prices the opposite. It’s in a nice location but wee were surprised by a last minute decision to change the format to a barbecue which would have been fine if they served a good sized meal, and they could make a lot more of thoutside space available, which was rather sadly bland and concrete considering the pub is a nice building in a good spot. The prices for both wine and food were excessive for a country pub, especially given the tiny portions served.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Extremely disappointing meal! Only a choice of 3 main courses. There was a wine tasting function on - they just managed to find me a wine glass reluctantly ... we counted 9 members of serving staff behind the bar but the service to our table was poor. Haven't got a clue what they were all doing ...

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HA
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

I booked the restaurant as had heard great things about it but I must say I wasn’t impressed. When we arrived we got the menu which had no starters, only 3 main courses and a burger and fish and chips on it. Very different to usual and when we asked why such a small menu choice were told there were staffing issues that day. I feel that we should have been informed as we booked online and certainly would have gone elsewhere with such a poor menu choice. Also when we got our burgers the frozen thin chips were very undercooked and the whole thing was very underwhelming to be honest, we will not be returning

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PH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugely attentive staff took great care of us. Mother-in-law is habitually hard to please but thanks to the care taken in listening to our order and delivering just what we wanted, she was quietly wooed. And that is a result, believe me. Food was excellent and very well presented. the ambiance was terrific too. Only critique would be the music in the restaurant which was an overly frenetic accompaniment. MIL would probably have complained but thankfully is quite deaf. Back to the food - please please make that chocolate mousse dessert a signature stalwart. It was superb!
Thanks again to all at QA - will definitely be back soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had the hake dish and thought it one of THE BEST and most original meals we had ever had.

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SS
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visiting this pub. Great Sunday lunch, great service. Will definetly go back.

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

This is a nice pub IF there aren't two large parties having lunch at the same time. There were items on the menu not available and our lunch took more than an hour to arrive. The waiting staff were very apologetic and brought bread and gave us some free drinks when we asked after an hour. The manager should have organised things better. Lunch when it did arrive was good though.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've been to the Queens Arms many times with family and friends, and usually been impressed with the food and overall experience. On this occasion, unfortunately, the service was not great (a bit rude, actually), and the roast portions appeared smaller and not up to usual quality. If you're selling yourself as a 'food pub', this isn't what I would expect. I'll definitely be back, as I do think it's a great place, and will hope this was just a once off.

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OT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our daughters birthday. Was a warm lovely way to spend a Sunday lunch

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HE
London
77 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The best sunday lunch I've had in a very long time! Light and fluffy yorkshire pud, tasty beef and lots of perfectly cooked veg, including red cabbage, roasted parsnips and carrots, pureed parsnips and very cheesy cauli cheese ... oh and good roast potatoes too. A gravy fan - this was really thick and naturally tasty. Shared a very good starter of crab croquette with generously sized portion of smoked salmon. No room for puds but the cappuccino was excellent. Open fire, attentive service and tonnes of well behaved dogs! Perfect up market country pub.

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E
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went over there on boxing day with our almost one year old baby: everything was arranged and the high chair we requested was there. The waiter suggested a nice local beer, which was indeed nice with the meal: we chose the venison with beetroot dauphinoise and potatoe puree. The dish was looking nice, but I had to make a joke to my partner about the size of the meat. I said to her: I didn’t know that hamster was venison. It was hidden behind the beetroot: it tasted great but it was too small. The jus was too much for the meal. We both had two different desserts: both were lovely to see and even better to eat. Also our little sprout enjoyed her children menu and it’s great to see that they take care for the young ones too. It’s a great place with the pub divided from the restaurant, because it’s nice to have a drink afterwards close to the fire place.

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OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely food and great service. One of my favourite pubs.

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H
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic country pub. Delicious food and a great atmosphere

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Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely lunch, very good value for money, friendly staff and great atmosphere

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t
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mains were very good. The whole experience was spoiled for us because the kitchen lost our dessert order. We waited Ages and asked three times for our dessert until finally someone confessed the chef had overlooked our order. This was a failure of the whole team which could have been avoided if there had been proper follow up the first time we asked.

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Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Queens Arms is always a treat, have been many times for both lunch and dinner. Food is always very good. Nice casual atmosphere in bar area ideal for lunch.

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SR
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for lunch on a wet miserable day and had an enjoyable meal. Both of us started with smoked salmon with a crab croquette, very light and tasty. Then cod loin with mushroom risotto and belly pork with squid and chorizo. Both mains very good. No room for puds, but if there had been, there was some good choices. Would go again, but might wait for Spring/Summer as very lovely countryside.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for five was excellent, approved by all. Order taken in bar and called to restaurant when ready. Great staff, Caroline was both friendly and efficient and Adam was pleasantly professional . We would all return.

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Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Queen's Arms continues to be everything you want in a pub. Comfortable, friendly and with absolutely fantastic food.

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We visit the Queen's Arms once or twice a year, and had not been there for about a year. We used to think of it as a gastro-pub, but not any more. On previous visits, the menu was extensive and there were a good selection of specials alongside the normal menu, but that is no longer the case. The chef had changed since our previous visit, and the Restaurant Manager had only been there one month. The menu was presented as a large single sheet, similar to what you get at places like Pizza Express and Nandos. The only special was "chef's special steak", and there was only one of those left. We ended up choosing both starters and mains from the starter menu. My starter was really good, but my wife's was a bit over-fussy. Our mains were fine, and our desserts were fantastic. I must complement the staff for decorating my wife's plate with a "happy birthday". To sum up, the food was fine but not special, and we wouldn't choose to return for a special occasion. We left feeling slightly disappointed.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

As regular visitors to the Queens Arms we were left a little disappointed on this visit. The quality of the food was superb as we have come to expect as was the lovely waitress who served on us.

Unfortunately on this visit we were let down by potion size. With three adults dining our mixed veg came out in two small pots. There was one spoon full of mashed swede. When are asked for more, highlighting there was simply not enough to go around we were told initially that we would need to pay for it. Fortunately the waitress serving us agreed and said we would not be paying for more.

When the bill came out we had in fact been charged £1 for the veg. We also noted throughout our meal that other tables had also asked for more veg while other tables had theirs served in larger pots.

Next time we visit, we will insist that our veg is plated to ensure that we are not left short again.

Your reputation for food is excellent in the area and the food is superb, it only take a few incidents like ours for that good reputation to be lost.

Please sort out your position sizes and return them to how they used to be!

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly staff, a good choice for spending our anniversary present

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DR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was our 4th visit to the Queens Arms. The staff were very friendly and efficient, the pub itself is lovely, but on this occasion the food was ok but overpriced for what it was.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch with a great walk up Cadbury Castle to follow. Our dog was no problem. We sat in the comfortable bar and had draught cider and a Sipsmith London Cup. Our meals were a roast hake and pulled pork. Delicious.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very casual relaxed atmosphere , great food and good access to the A303

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful location, characterful building, v.good food and service. Supportive of local suppliers. Good traditional ales. Only downside is awkward parking.

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Kent
103 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately it is difficult to provide a good review because despite booking on Open Table the previous day we were informed less than 2 hours before we were due to arrive that they didn't have a table after all, giving me no time to book an alternative on Easter Monday. We ended up at Burger King!!

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k
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Usually excellent, this time just a bit sleepy. Service non urgent and waiting is becoming annoying and place not full at all. Food usually good, this time not very good at all. Duck was poor, beef ok. Deserts usually superb, average this time.
Just feels a bit tired now, remains quite expensive, London +, and this latest meal was not good value.

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