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The Dorset Arms Pub

4.5
4.5
731 Reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Welcome to The Dorset Arms, one of Sussex's best kept secrets!

The Dorset Arms Public House in Withyham is an 18th century alehouse situated in the outstandingly beautiful Sussex Weald. Part of the historic Buckhurst Estate, the pub is named after the Earls and Dukes of Dorset, one time heads of the Sackville family, and shares a heritage of family ownership now headed by their descendant, the present Earl De La Warr.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30 Mon–Fri 18:00–20:00 Sat 12:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01892 770278

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Hartfield

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    291 Bus stop, Dorset arms pub

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 731 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Sussex

    Best Ambience

  • East Sussex

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • East Sussex

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Sussex

    Most Booked

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  1. EL

    EdmundL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Heard good reviews. Had to send back tempura prawns which were grey and half frozen still. After that service and food improved marked. But not cheap.
  2. PH

    PhilH

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service. Staff very helpful. Nice and quiet on the day we went (a Wednesday evening). Will be going back soon
  3. TT

    TonyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great staff, superb experience, will return v soon.
  4. SL

    SashaL

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Unfortunately for the venue, they were understaffed in the kitchen and this was to the detriment of the service, heat of the food and length of time waiting for the food. Father's Day is always busy so prepare the staff, the food and get ready for a busy service. The food took too long to come out. Starters and Desserts were nice. Main course was cold, the potatoes were very poor and overcooked outside and under cooked in side. Overall was so looking forward to a lovely meal but totally underwhelmed I'm afraid
  5. PJ

    PeterJ

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    On a glorious June day, we asked to move to the garden, with its lovely views. We were served by Justin, who was outstanding. Food was good, despite the distance everything brought to us efficiently and speedily. A lovely lunch made special by warm, helpful and efficient service
  6. KR

    KathR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad 5* My absolute favourite local pub The most welcoming and efficient staff
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Very limited lunch menu and quite expensive Just had 2 steak sandwiches and fries plus 2 regular drinks bill was £40
  8. S

    Scrummy1

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful birthday meal at The Dorset Arms. It never disappoints. Absolutely excellent in all respects. Thank you.
  9. S

    Sandy

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real pub real food real beer Great place to dine
  10. HP

    HilaryP

    East Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This is a lovely pub, but the first food that came out was not our order. The food was not as hot as it should gave been. However the service was very good.
  11. G

    Grzkl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Dorset Arms can be relied upon to give one value for money with its excellent food, service and ambience.
  12. CJ

    CliveJ

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I visit family in Sussex I will always visit the Dorset Arms. I just think it is a wonderful place for lunch or an evening meal.
  13. SC

    SimonC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Very disappointed with the burger and Eton mess. Mentioned it but no immediate interest from management.
  14. OB

    OwenB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have visited the Dorset Arms before and chose it to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the staff were attentive without being intrusive.
  15. S

    Speedbird

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect Friday lunchtime, the food, the staff, the garden we will be back..
  16. AF

    AmandaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Due to a wedding on at the same time it was noisy and the food was cold
  17. GT

    GandT

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely staff and overall highly recommended.
  18. TR

    TimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought friends from Devon who have spent many years in the catering trade .They were extremely impressed with the food quality and courtesy efficiency and helpfulness of the staff.Definitely a great place to bring house guests .
  19. SR

    SueRoll

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We visited After a day out at Chartwell and Hever. Table booked well in advance and we arrived early. The bar had about 6 men seated. We had to wait for bar service and were not asked if we had booked a table. We had a drink and at 6.30 asked if we could go into the dining room. We were the only table booked , until 4 more arrived at 7.30. There were 2 young staff on duty, very pleasant , doing their best without supervision . Service was sporadic and slow. Our impression was that serious training is needed, along with management intervention. The food was very acceptable, but all in all a disappointing visit. We are not from the area, so unlikely to visit again.
  20. l

    libbykay

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good place to dine; pleasant and homely surroundings
  21. S

    Samina

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I had dinner which was delectable! The waiter, whom I believe was Malaysian? Was very attentive! Extremely clean and tidy overall and would definitely come back!
  22. KM

    KarenM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    A real mixture of meals 2 mains out of 4 excellent, 1 poorly presented and avoid the fish and chips as it was awful. Pureed mushy peas overcooked fish and overcooked chips - very poor. But overall great starters great puddings just a few areas that needed more attention from the kitchen team.
  23. L

    Lizzy

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - individual service - great outdoor setting - attentive staff - thanks Charlie ( I think)
  24. S

    Steve

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went for lunch for my wife's birthday - could not fault the service or food - just great.
  25. RT

    RodT

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good thanks. why should we write 50 characters? beer was good too.
  26. GN

    GilesN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Met with 2 friends here for lunch after we 'd done a walk in the area together. The staff were very attentive and accommodated us on the patio as one of our group had a dog. Would thoroughly recommend - an excellent pub in a beautiful area.
  27. m

    michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had stayed here once before and therefore had some preconception of what our overnight stay might involve. We were not disappointed. The welcome was genuine, the ambience convivial, our room was spotless with a profusion of towels. The evening meal for the two of us was excellent with attentive and consistently satisfactory service. We were made to feel very welcome. We shall be visiting (and staying) there soon. m&l.
  28. TM

    TonyMcL

    Kent

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time I've been to the Dorset Arms. Food was fantastic, service was fantastic and I would highly recommend eating here.
  29. SW

    SamW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful visit. Great location, great food and great service. Will def be back.
  30. S

    Samantha

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service, all the food is locally sourced and seasonal, cooked to perfection, friendly and attentive staff, and a comprehensive drinks selection too. Lovely ambience as well and a mixed bag of patrons, minus and thankfully, no screaming children high on E numbers. It’s not the cheapest out there, but it doesn’t market itself as an all you can eat fest for fatties! Nor will you get a three day old Harvester salad special with a suspicious looking burger and a complimentary dose of listeria thrown in. It’s value for money though and as the adage goes, you pay for what you get.
  31. BH

    BarbaraH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love going to this pub. Warm welcome, great service and interesting menu. The flatiron chicken is lovely - moist and tasty. Venison burger was chewy and disappointing. The white chocolate dessert is stunning and one of the best puds I have ever had. When it gets warmer the Garden Room is lovely place to eat! I look forward to my next visit.
  32. TW

    TiffanyW

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere very helpful and friendly staff! Food was delicious
  33. PJ

    PeterJ

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely lunch venue. Beautiful pub, good food, pleasant service
  34. JM

    JulietM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous Sunday lunch in the garden Room with an open roof & the sun streaming through. Highly recommend this place!
  35. DW

    DWest

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great lunch. Shame it was so draughty. Understand why the garden room door needed to be open...but front door to bat needed to be closed and heating possibly higher
  36. RJ

    RobertJ

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First visit on the recommendation of a good friend. Will be revising in the not to distant future
  37. NL

    NickyL

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent, secret, find. Great for catching up with friends.
  38. CP

    CarolineP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Apart from sitting close to the bar and gents toilets cannot fault the food and service and worth a repeat visit.
  39. RW

    RogerW

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the Dorset Arms a number of times. The choices offered were excellent, well presented and delicious. It was a bonus to meet the owners as we left! Living as I do next to Knole Park in Sevenoaks, I had always thought there must be a connection with the Sackville family who were, for a period time, Dukes of Dorset. It was very interesting to have my thoughts confirmed. They are rightfully proud of their family traditions to which they can add a superb country pub dining experience.
  40. JP

    JeremyP

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was much better prepared on this visit and service was good but we do wish they would have more changes to the menu with perhaps a dish of the week as a special

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

The Dorset Arms Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 731 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Dorset Arms Pub

Buckhurst Park Withyham, East Sussex TN7 4BD

Additional information

  • Area

    Hartfield

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30 Mon–Fri 18:00–20:00 Sat 12:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    291 Bus stop, Dorset arms pub

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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