The Dorset Arms Public House in Withyham was built in the 16th century, although didn’t become an alehouse until the 18th century. It is part of the historic Buckhurst Estate and is situated in the outstandingly beautiful Sussex Weald. 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, William Sackville, the 11th Earl De La Warr.
Very much part of the local community, The Dorset Arms encourages local groups and clubs to meet there, and welcomes families and walkers with dogs. Aside from the comfortable, stylish and historic surroundings, it is the carefully selected wines, the fine ales and the quality of local dishes which attract repeat custom.
Chef Simon Brazier, who has been at the pub since November 2014 likes to keep the food and dishes he creates simple, fresh, tasty and value for money. Being part of the Buckhurst Estate he uses as much of the produce as possible; for example the award-winning herd of organic pure-bred pedigree Sussex cattle and the famous Buckhurst Park Sausages (Lord De La Warr’s own recipe). Eggs are used from the estate and the Buckhurst sausage meat for our homemade Scotch eggs, and during the season, venison for burgers and steaks and the pheasants, partridge and duck is often featured on the menu in various guises.
The Dorset Arms has a garden room with a retractable roof and during the summer months it can seat up to 30 diners outside. It is available for private hire and makes a great party venue and when the sun is shining is a sun trap.
In addition to the popular pub there are also six beautiful bedrooms. Each with their own unique character and charm, they feature either a super king or king-size bed, an HD Freeview television, free wireless internet, Nespresso machine and four have both a bath and shower and one has a bath and one a shower only – the ideal place for friends and family to stay whilst visiting. Rooms start at £105 which includes breakfast served in the pub Monday to Sunday.
Described as the ‘Little Gem’ of East Sussex by The Good Food Guide 2016 this a proper pub with a bar with a dart board, real ales and a water bowl for the dogs. Here at The Dorset Arms we like to say there is something for everyone.
Mon–Sat: Noon–11pm (food served noon–2.30pm & 6–9pm)
Sun: Noon–10.30pm (food served noon –4pm, Sunday Supper 4-8pm)
The Dorset Arms