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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews steak and kidney pudding potatoes prawns salad bread the pub beer garden cooked to perfection lovely lunch great place to eat varied menu family meal generous portions specials board booked a table roast landlord
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A quite fantastic chicken roast dinner. Excellent value. But what’s more as I suffer with digestive problems I have to say having had two pints and the roast I’ve got home with no bloating which is quite unusual and tells me the Chef uses locally...sourced authentic meats and vegetables. Would not hesitate to recommend The Kings Arms and we’ll be back for sure. Thank you Thank you.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wind had an icy chill when we arrived in Sandwich. We were hungry and tired and were looking for a bite for lunch. We decided to try the King’s Arms. Walking into this pub was the best feeling in the world - like somehow...feeling a sense of home even though we were visiting from abroad, and a sense of stepping back in time even though we were firmly rooted in the present. With its cozy interior, the warmth from the crackling fire, and the deep colors of its interior, the edge from the winter’s day had vanished. Even warmer was the friendly welcome of the staff - like they were welcoming back friends even though we had never been there before. We of course wanted to have sandwiches, because well… when in Sandwich(!) I ordered the bbq chicken sandwich - it was among the best chicken sandwiches I had ever had in my life. And we can’t get chips like that in the states - fantastic!! My husband had a ham sandwich and a pint. I had a glass of white wine (I think it was chenin blanc?). It was really a perfect lunch. The food was excellent, the drinks were great - but really, the Kings Arms did something special. It transported me. The ambiance, the warmth from the fire and the attitude of the staff, a sense of being outside of the present somehow - into the past - and having that winter’s chill dissipate … it was a perfect afternoon escape.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

Fabulous food at this wonderful pub, which has been done up beautifully. Friendly, attentive staff and a lovely atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

After a short spell under the wrong management it was great to visit again last night to find the original team back in place and it was as good as ever! Warm welcome, well cooked food, cold beer and a roaring fire - what's not...to like! I wish you every success and will be back very soon.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Review of the Kings Arms Restaurant, 63-65 Strand Street, Sandwich, Kent One of the original Cinque Ports on the River Stour and about 3 km from the English Channel, the small town of Sandwich still has a maritime image about it. There are the coastal...lands, the noisy gulls, the images of heritage buildings – listed buildings, almshouses, residential houses, churches and a handful of splendid public houses - many of them originally medieval; there’s also gates in the old town walls. Get the best from the town by wandering the town centre, along the riverbanks and, further afield, the parks and nature reserve. Feeling energetic? Take in the ancient Roman Fort of Richborough. Its about 2-3 km to the west above the current town where the Romans first established a foothold on the country. They came by sea … of course. As the result of having a good friend living locally, we were not unfamiliar with the town – having been there previously in pre-Covid-19 times. We had a shared meal in mind and, given that we had never eaten/taken a drink at the Kings Arms/Restaurant before – we’re always open to new places - we opted for the gorgeous-looking two-story building on the corner of Strand Street and St. Marys. Parking is a cinch too – St.Mary’s crosses Strand Street and runs alongside the River Stour for a short distance where … there … is … plentiful … parking. Look out over the river landscape and appreciate those quazi-medievel images of Olde England – only the ancient mariners and their sea boats are missing. There’s a painting of the Kings Arms in the restaurant. Match that to the image of the building today and the similarities are obvious – much the same in fact (given that the painting is fairly modern judging by the people in it). Sure, the place will have had numerous makeovers from the 16th C. on, but the original façade remains true – the stepped out upper level of the corner building, for example. Around the back the building is a melange of styles, ages, added sections, different rooflines and more – 300 years in the counting? In the background and across the road from the Kings Arms is the ancient church of St Marys (c. 17-18th C. and a re-build mid-19th C.) with images of flint and stone, now largely redundant for Anglican requirements. Also, out the rear of the Kings Arms is an extensive area of grasslands, gardens and paved patio – for sharing a drink or a meal al fresco or a place of quiet solitude. We were there mid-July23 and it was … easier to share our meal inside. We had booked for an early lunch – and we had the back room next to the main saloon/bar largely to ourselves. It suited us too – this thing about the complacency and/or the dangers of Covid-19 infection. What a disaster infection would have been. We had thought to eat outside, but it was just that little too cold when the warmth of the dining room through the window looking out was so much more attractive. Outside was completely devoid of people. And then there was the meal. It was a Sunday, and we had a challenging menu with which to work – attractive roast foods listed and - given it was a first time for us: we were not certain when we would be back. There were three of us and we paid £65.40 for the meal that included food and drinks. We enjoyed three mains: roast chicken, roast gammon and steak & ale pie with contorni of potatoes/veggies and green/tomato salad. For dolce we had a couple of gelati. The meals were well-presented/culinary feast for the eyes before the palate took priority. Mine was the steak & ale pie with gravy – the quintessential English pub lunch – where better to celebrate this kind of food but in the Kings Arms … living the images as we travelled through and ate lunch in the reality of a traditional English town on a Sunday. It was our pleasure to share lunch with a good friend who just about blends into the same description. And that’s not simply my findings. The Kings Arms has attracted >600 Trip Advisor reviews of which >85% have been positive. That … is … a … lot … of … satisfied … punters. Peter Steele 16Dec23More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023

Great lunch with especially good specials menu. I had the Lambs liver and bacon, with buttery mash, delightful gravy and good selection of vegetables. Friendly people looked after us, all really nice. Desserts, wow, they were good! Wine was ideal and beer for my friend....The amazing log fore added to a great winter atmosphere. I highly recommend this pub/ restaurant which is under new and much improved ownership. Thanks all who looked after us.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Wow what a pub - a Camembert starter followed by a steak and kidney pudding second to none - this place and the lovely lady managing it are amazing! I can’t recommend this highly enough - portion sizes are mammoth!!!!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

Visited tonight, to see what the new management were offering. Pleased to say that the atmosphere and staff were very pleasant. The food was hot and tasty. The only comment I would like to add is that the menu does not indicate which meals were...suitable for specific allergies. I asked about gluten free, there were a couple of meals to choose from, but it would have been easier if the menu indicated thisMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Wonderful evening, fabulous food and great service. The Kings Arms has recently changed hands and we were very pleasantly surprised to find that the standard was excellent. It’s always difficult for a new proprietor coming into a local such as this, congratulations on the hard...work. The atmosphere is traditional, warm and very friendly. Menu choices varied and excellent portions. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

The Kings Head has changed hands recently and Jason & his team have really turned it round. There is a warm & friendly welcome and the food is absolutely delicious. We’ll be back for sure!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

We visited The Kings Arm today for lunch and we were very impressed with the food. My husband had the seafood chowder which was a special and I had the prawn and crayfish sandwich. The chowder was mopped up and enjoyed with crusty bread and...my sandwich was full of prawns and crayfish served with a lovely side salad and crisps. The ladies serving were lovely and friendly. We will definitely go back again for lunch or dinner.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

Excellent service. The order was taken quickly. Food was freshly cooked. My husband had soup which was homemade and excellent. Mains was all homemade. Service was good.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

We heard there was new management recently, so we decided to try again after a previous disappointing experience. It's totally different now, fortunately with good welcoming service in lovely surroundings. The food was excellent, everything cooked perfectly. This is a lovely traditional pub with garden...parking and accommodation, and we will certainly be back more oftenMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

This pub has once again new management. ( since Monday 16th of October) the previous management was unfortunately not great. As I heard it was under new management and with a new chef, we decided to give it another go. And good thing we did!...We had sunday roast ( 1 chicken and 1 beef) it was great. Lots of fresh vegetables too, generous portions and very tasty !Paul is a great chef and the service was very attentive too. Definitely would recommend this place.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

I think it should be pointed out that many of the reviews and photographs are from when the pub was under different management. Since the beginning of this year I believe the pub has been clawed back by the brewery with very inconsistent results.

Date of visit: September 2023
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I was told while staying there that the whole building is going to be re-vamped. I suggest you ring them and ask. They are very friendly and helpful staff.
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