The Queens Arms- Sherborne

4.2
133 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
British
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Local Ingredients
  • Outdoor Eating
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.

Our philosophy is 'measuring our food in meters not miles'
We strongly believe in the provenance and quality of all our food that is why we source as much as possible from the stunning South West countryside and local producers.
We have chickens and pigs on our own smallholding and the head chef works closely with our neighbour to provide us with Corton Denham grown fruit and vegetables.
What 133 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
SK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Last roast here 18 months ago was excellent so we were looking forward to returning last Sunday but left so disappointed. Tough beef, no hint of pink and not sure why but they gave you one enormous roast potato size of a jacket potato - hard and undercooked in middle. Definitely lacking lots of crunch! All 3 of us left them having nibbled at outside bits. I did mention this to friendly waiter but was told they were all done this way. Not a cheap lunch venue and left very underwhelmed. Sorry Queens Arms - wont be coming back for a roast.

Report
Helpful
J
Jersey
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in lovely location . The service was quite fast & very friendly .

Report
Helpful
p
London
94 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a most enjoyable dinner at The Queens Arms. The menu was diverse and interesting and the wines reasonable value

Report
Helpful
JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a lovely garden setting with stunning views.

Report
Helpful
CW
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely rural venue. Great service, views and food and drink.

Report
Helpful
W
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic quality food in a beautiful setting. Worth a detour, as Michelin says.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely pub with friendly staff serving good food. Interesting selection of local beers.

The only downside was weak coffee!

Report
Helpful
m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had two courses starter and pud. Exceptional, served in the bar and I would call this meal fine dining.

Fabulous

Regards.

Report
Helpful
AM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue and superb standard of food. This is a favourite of ours and I would highly recommend to anyone.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely spot to visit on a Saturday lunch time. We were well looked after by very friendly staff. Good variety of choice on the menu with local produce including a brunch option as well as lunch. Food was tasty, a real treat. Will be visiting again very soon.

Report
Helpful
PM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Standard of food very poor compared to price. Our Sunday lunch was tasteless (never had bread sauce before that tasted of nothing!). Starter was £11 for effectively 2 small scallops. My wife had the same starter and had 3 small scallops - why the difference. Unfortunately, just cannot recommend the Queens Arms anymore. It used to be truly excellent. Poor value for money with mediocre/poor food.

Report
Helpful
T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Wines are a bit overpriced and nothing special which made the evening over £50/head (starter & mains)

Report
Helpful
FR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious lunch as always. The staff are friendly the atmosphere is lovely

Report
Helpful
E
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Food good but pricey and some main course portions on the mean side, such as the duck breast. Other local gourmet pubs such as Kingsdon Inn and Firehouse have similar standards of food but are better value.

Report
Helpful
OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good experience. My beef wasn’t great but my husband said his was good so a bit of inconsistency. Overall very good

Report
Helpful
M
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This pub was recommended to us by friends and didn't disappoint. Delicious Sunday lunch in a quiet and relaxed setting. Lovely, attentive service. We ordered the roast chicken to share and there was enough for 3 hungry eaters. Very succulent and moist. Sadly didn't have any room left for the puddings which all looked very promising. The only downside was the parking which is quite limited. We had to squeeze our car into the hedge a few metres down the road.

Report
Helpful
l
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate lunch here, had a buffet supper for New Year’s Eve and had breakfast. All meals were excellent and priced appropriately. Fresh local ingredients used very well and prepared imaginatively. Staff are delightful and committed to very good customer relations. Highly recommend for great eating, great drinking and for its stunning location. Can’t wait to go back!

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and service

Report
Helpful
LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The restaurant had no record of our booking but blamed us not you or them.

there was no fire lit although this is a country pub

Food was OK but not outstanding

Background music radio - horrid

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
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 👌🏻👌🏻

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
P
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

45 minutes to waiting for fish & chips - overcooked!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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....

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
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.

Report
Helpful
T
Surrey
3 reviews
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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 ...

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
4
null