The Kings Arms

2 Front St, Portesham DT3 4ET
$$ Contemporary

A traditional village pub situated in the beautiful West Dorset village of Portesham, close to the south coast between Weymouth and Dorchester. Our ethos, which underpins our menu, is based on our unique location 'Where Coast Meets Country'.

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 2 Front St, Portesham DT3 4ET
  • Cross Street: Portesham
  • Cuisine: Contemporary | Desserts | English | Seafood | Steak |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Pub
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Staff: Michael Culley | Chef
  • Phone: 01305 871342
  • Features: Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Lounge / Bar, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, River View,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Date Night,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Bar/Restaurant 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Sept. 12, 2022
Tuesday
Bar/Restaurant 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Sept. 13, 2022
Wednesday
Wednesday Dinner 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Sept. 12, 2022
Thursday
Bar/Restaurant 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Sept. 12, 2022
Friday
Friday Service 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Oct. 1, 2022
Saturday
Bar/Restaurant 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Sept. 16, 2022
Sunday
Bar/Restaurant 12:00 - 21:00
The Deck 12:00 - 21:00
Valid between: July 11, 2022 - Sept. 17, 2022
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.5 out of 5 stars based on 200 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 16, 2022
Denise T.
The roast was just average. Little or no green vegetables, mostly root vegetables. Beef was difficult to cut & we should have been given steak knives. We had to ask for vegetables which should have been part of the children’s meals.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2022
Ade A.
Excellent all round , second time out for dinner with my family at the kings arms, rating is 20 out of 10 on each occasion , extremely good food, excellent service , reasonable pricing, glad we live locally to such an amazing place. we will definitely be back Dr. Akodu

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2022
Brenda L.
Very impressed with all aspects of our meal, great food, service and atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2022
Vincent T.
Fantastic food drinks and staff highly recommend

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 06, 2022
Gwenda B.
So good we’ll be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 29, 2022
Raymond P.
We have been dining at the Kings,Arms for many years and it is always a good experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 25, 2022
Simon M.
Quiet country pub / restuarant with a good ambiance, good service & good food

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 21, 2022
Helen H.
Pricey, but everything has gone up. The only downside was there was no stuffing with the roast pork, otherwise it was delicious

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 06, 2022
Daniela L.
wonderful restaurant, very nice Service; you must try the sticky toffee pudding for dessert :-)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 20, 2022
Ian S.
Pleasant and efficient staff and a most enjoyable meal

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 26, 2022
MARTIN E.
Quality of food was very good. All the items in the main dishes came hot and were well presented. The staff were attentive and polite

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 14, 2022
Lauren S.
We absolutely love the Kings Arms. We go there every time we're visiting the area ( which is several times per year) and always have a really incredible meal. The staff, ambience, menu and friendliness of the place are something we really appreciate, and the little glass window in the outdoor decking that looks down into the stream is such a lovely touch for summer evenings. The only improvement that could be made is the sticky toffee pudding could be a little more moist... but a very small detail indeed when everything else is so lovely.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 20, 2022
Linda J.
Superb roast, disappointing dessert menu but overall was an excellent meal. Very attentive staff. Fantastic music.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 19, 2022
Andrew C.
Nice meal, gluten and dairy free as normal limited however they did their best to accommodate for my wife’s condition

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 26, 2022
Lee U.
A very good pub with a good range of food.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
May 31, 2022
David R.
Lovely pub in a lovely village. Beautiful garden and the clearest chalk stream running through it, with lillies everywhere. Big roomy bar with plenty of tables. Nice staff and good food. Perfect place to eat just before a walk around the Swannery, which is what we did. Would go again. Thanks.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
May 18, 2022
Mark C.
Sunday roast was excellent. Atmosphere was good. Service was a little slow at times but then we were warned that it may be as we arrived late for our reservation.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
May 07, 2022
Paul T.
The service was first class and the food came very promptly. The only suggestion I would make is that when the restaurant is by no means busy diners are spaced out rather than being seated next to the only other couple who were eating at the same time.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 08, 2022
Lu L.
Staff a bit busy not offered water but food lovely

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 21, 2022
Paul H.
Food good. Service a little slow, but overall good. Recommend the ics cream!!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 01, 2022
Edith M.
Service was great even though they were very busy. Very attentive and polite young people. Food was reasonable. My companion and I couldn’t eat the red cabbage - too sweet and tasted of mostly cinnamon. Nevertheless, Yorkies, beef and roast potatoes were very good. Would eat there again.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 25, 2022
Brenda F.
Food could have been more than basic pub grub

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 20, 2022
Beverley L.
Sunday lunch. Easter. Fish and chips were excellent Sunday Roast good quality and portion size, but sadly not very hot. Tasted good. Dessert. Sticky toffee good, daughter loved it. Crumble, fruit warm in places cold in others, bowl served in was hot. Fruit in base then custard with crumble sprinkled on top. Preference personally is for the fruit to be cooked with the crumble.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 20, 2022
Jenny S.
Food was great although menu was very limited. Only one choice for vegetarian/vegan. Loved the variety of veg with the roast dinners and the beef and lamb were both delicious. Waitress was pleasant but needs to gain more knowledge of what is available - what soup is available? is it vegan? Cutlery arrived after the food and then no spoon for the soup

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 4/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 28, 2022
Sally W.
Food and drink good quality and very enjoyable. Staff were lovely- just not enough of them.