The Dorset Arms

“Good food in this buzzy village local” - AA Inspector



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Licensed over 250 years ago, the pub was named after the heads of the local landowning family, the Dukes and Earls of Dorset. The centuries-old building is a jigsaw of styles, with slender chimney stacks, sharp gables, white weatherboarding and worn tiles. The interior doesn’t disappoint with its comfy period mix of flagstoned and oak-boarded floors, vast open fireplace and undulating beams. This is a true village local, with darts, and good Sussex and Kent ales from Harvey’s and Larkins; wines served by the glass include three sparklers. The kitchen’s output is also a major draw, with eggs, sausages and organic beef sourced from the Buckhurst Estate.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Dorset Arms
Buckhurst Park, WITHYHAM, TN7 4BD
Phone : 01892 770278


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
  • Sports TV
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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