Went here hoping for a special 31st anniversary dinner after reading so many good reviews. Arrived 7.40 for table booked for 8pm and directed to wait in 'snug' with drinks before being seated. We waited politely until 8.15 before my wife asked if our table was ready. The staff looked confused why we'd sked and immediately directed us into the dining room which was not at all full. It was confusing as we felt neglected and thought they were stalling for 40 minutes while our table became free? Our order was taken by a pleasant young lady who seemed to be a little unsure of herself and when asked she assured me that the duck was crispy but it wasn't. We weren't asked our potato choice and I had to go and check. Our starter was tasty but small for the price. My main was tasty despite the slightly soggy duck. My wife felt that her steak was small for a Rib Eye and it tasted quite average. Overall, we felt that the food was a mixed bag, the service was disappointing and despite mentioning that it was our anniversary (no we weren't looking for a free drink) this wasn't even acknowledged by the person I assume was the manager or owner although they never introduced themselves so I'm not sure. For a meal that cost £100 we expected better; perhaps we caught them on an off night but we only get one 31st anniversary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kings Arms, with its original facade, stylishly chic interior, picturesque garden and beautiful bedrooms is the ideal venue for both social and business alike. Situated in the pretty village of Charlton Horethorne, near Sherborne close to the Somerset and Dorset border, this 5 star Inn has been totally renovated and restored by its owners, Sarah and Tony Lethbridge, and now offers a chic Dorset Country Pub and Hotel with 10 luxury en-suite bedrooms, a modern restaurant, bar and terrace area and staff ready to offer you a very warm welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Kings Arms Hotel Charlton Horethorne