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“Maintaining top standards...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Kings Arms Inn

The Kings Arms Inn
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The Kings Arms Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Gillingham
Certificate of Excellence
Sturminster Newton
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62 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Maintaining top standards...”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

This was our third visit here in the space of six months or so (one previous lunch, and an evening meal), for a most enjoyable lunch, at absurdly cheap prices. They are maintaining a top quality standard of cooking, presentation and whole staff approach. To pay £5 a head for a delicious chicken, ham & mushroom pie, and a shepherds pie with delightfully al dente mixed vegetables, was in our view extremely good value - we would expect to pay more anywhere. We indulged in a pudding as well - lovely - but we shouldn't have done - job to walk up the slope to the car park! Lovely - and thanks again...we shall be back!

Room Tip: Didn't stay - we live locally - but if the rooms are as good as the restaurant, you couldn't...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We've eaten here three or four times and have always had an excellent meal and good beer.
The service is always friendly and prompt and there is a nice atmosphere.
Lunch time specials at a fiver are particularly good value.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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126 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

We had dinner there several times during our stay in Dorset and were not dissapointed. Great food and value. Just make sure you book as they are usually pretty well full up. The choice of meals is good and the meats are especially nice. The staff are very friendly and make you feel at home.

Room Tip: We didn't stay there as we were renting a cottage close by.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Dorset, UK
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80 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Sunday carvery proved to be an excellent choice. The staff were friendly and welcoming, the service was excellent and most important the food was beautifully cooked. The meats offered are cooked and presented superbly, beef is offered either from a rare joint or a well done joint. Vegetables were a delight, the roast potatos were crispy ,parsnips really great and all other veg offered in good condition and in no way "stewed" or "dried up" warming lights.
Seating is comfortable and there is an impression of space around the tables.
Ok it is no longer a traditional country pub, but there is a reasonable range of drinks on offer and there is a small bar away from the dining area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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206 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We spent 2 nights here while visiting friends in the area. Rooms were nice and warm (it was January) and nice hot shower. Room was comfortable and well decorated. Hearty breakfast! It was what we needed for the short visit.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bearsted
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43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2012

This was our first visit to the restaurant whilst visiting relations in Shaftesbury. Our relations had booked a table for our party of 7 but when we arrived, it seemed a double booking situation had arisen and the staff had to hastily arrange a table for us in the bar area. We chose the carvery and there was a choice of 4 meats with a good and varied selection of vegetables. The foot was hot and of a good standard although at £9.95 (Sunday price), we thought it was slightly overpriced. We would be happy to return there on another occasion though.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2011

I live in cambourne Cambridgeshire, and I travel to dorset to visit family being a chef myself I have great interest in restaurants and hotels around the country and I must say this one really has stuck out to me I have visited the kings arms for a meal twice now and I always come back home with nothing but good things to say about it. Waitresses are kind and professional and the food is outstanding!! Really is an all round 5 star expeiriance I can't wait to go back!!!!

Sophie Littlechild
Age 18

  • Stayed November 2011
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Thank Chefsophie
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Property: The Kings Arms Inn
Address: Kings Arms The Common | East Stour, Gillingham SP8 5NB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Gillingham
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Gillingham
Number of rooms: 46
Also Known As:
The Kings Arms Hotel Gillingham
The Kings Arms Inn Dorset/Gillingham

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