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“Dinner at the Dorset in December”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Dorset Arms

The Dorset Arms
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Withyham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Forest Row, United Kingdom
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“Dinner at the Dorset in December”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

I phoned for a reservation on Friday, 13 December for the following evening and was advised the restaurant was busy but numbers had to be confirmed on a large party booking. I left my phone number and within half an hour received a call to advise that they could fit us in at the time we wanted. I am so pleased they could fit us in!

We received a warm welcome the moment we stepped in the door and the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and the young lady who served us was both charming and attentive. I had the baked Camembert and my husband the Crab Tian for Starter followed by the Buckhurst Venison. The food was beautifully presented and was delicious - the venison was produced on the Withyham estate was cooked to perfection.

We consider the food to be excellent value for money - fresh local produced to a very high standard

We will definitely book again and will recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

  • Visited December 2013
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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“Great pub grub!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Four of us had a lovely supper at the Dorset Arms, Withyham, on Friday. We had a very warm welcome from the staff and were pleasantly surprised at just how different a feel the pub had since the new management have taken over. We all had different starters which were presented beautifully and three of us had Buckhurst venison from the Withyham Estate which was accompanied by absolutely scrummy stilton mash and parsnips! A really superb dish! Naturally the Harveys ale went down well and the bottle of Bordeaux too. A return trip is definitely planned and would absolutely recommend this pub to friends and family.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank JennieSmith100
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“under new management, fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

after bad previous experiences found out it was under new management, so thought id return. staff were attentive, food was fastly prepaired and of great quality also not expensive. would recomend to friends and family

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London, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Had a lovely lunch on Saturday with a party of 6. Warm personal welcome and great service and choice of dishes from local sources. Emphasis on local meat and game. Food was hot, staff very friendly. Lovely choice of wine and local ale.

Very clean and easy to park.

Dorset arms is a hidden gem and we would highly recommend.

  • Visited November 2013
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West Sussex, UK
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“Not outstanding”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Visited here with my wife for lunch. The pub is under new management and re-opened 5 days ago. The food menu is now much shorter and more expensive. A plate of 3 sausages with mash and gravy in the bar for £12 seems very expensive to me, although they did taste good. The steak pie served with a separate pastry lid, cabbage, and the same mash and gravy as the sausages was also £12 a plate.
The menu here used to be inspiring featuring liver and bacon, fish & chips and so on, but these are nowhere to be found on the new short menu.
The only plus point is that they now offer sandwiches at lunchtime as an alternative to cooked meals.

  • Visited November 2013
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