The King's Arms

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A35, Junction Stinsford Roundabout; 3 minutes


Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm
(kitchen closed Tues 3pm-6pm)

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    Dog friendly

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    Kid friendly

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    Disabled access

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    Free WiFi for visitors

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    Vegetarian or vegan options

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    Gluten-free options

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    Parking available onsite


Dorchester is the Casterbridge of Thomas Hardy's novels. Escape the madding car crowds to enjoy some West Country cooking with a twist at The King's Arms - a foodie pub (with 28 rooms) whose staff were called 'utterly delightful' in a recent broadsheet review.

This 16th-century coaching inn retains its Georgian good looks. Beyond its Doric columns lie stylish spaces, friendly faces and myriad literary connections. The menus are fresh, unfussy and seasonal. Think grilled baby aubergine, Malaysian-spiced mackerel or a King's Arms Triple Roast. Bright, gourmet creations stand out against dark, slate plates and ingredients are often local, wild or organic. Fresh local catches and organic Old Spot pork often enrich the daily specials.

With award-winning food and a buzzing atmosphere, this landmark building is back on the map with a sonic boom following its 2020 revamp. Toast its success with a local ale or Dorset cider in the bar, restaurant or old smoking room.

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The King's Arms,
30 High East Street, Dorchester,
Tel - 01305 238238
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