Staying in a holiday cottage and our hosts recommended the Kings Arms. The quality of the food was excellent and not unduly overpriced. We were not offered table in the dining room. Maybe there is insufficient demand on a Monday night. The dining area in the bar area was a little noisy but OK. My starter of scallops and pea purée was a delight. My partners hot smoked salmon salad was generous in portion but not a great delight to the eye. we both had the pork dish served with an apple terrine and a black pudding fritter and celeriac purée. It was delicious. For desert my partner had a selection of sorbets which were obviously produced in house and excellent. I chose a chocolate fudge cake and stem ginger ice cream...... Some one should explain to the chef the difference between a fudge cake and a brownie! This was disappointing after the previous courses.
The serving staff were pleasant and efficient. The meal and service was leisurely. Two and a half hours from start to finish. The wine list was adequate and reasonably priced. £100 for three courses, a bottle of wine and two aperitifs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kings Arms, with its original facade, stylishly chic interior, picturesque garden and beautiful bedrooms is the ideal venue for both social and business alike. Situated in the pretty village of Charlton Horethorne, near Sherborne close to the Somerset and Dorset border, this 5 star Inn has been totally renovated and restored by its owners, Sarah and Tony Lethbridge, and now offers a chic Dorset Country Pub and Hotel with 10 luxury en-suite bedrooms, a modern restaurant, bar and terrace area and staff ready to offer you a very warm welcome. ... more less
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- The Kings Arms Hotel Charlton Horethorne