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“One of the best restaurants in the area”
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The Kings Arms
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Bournemouth
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40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants in the area”
Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

This is not my first review of this restaurant, however we went again with friends on Saturday night and truly deserves another mention. It was a very busy night but did not detract from the service, friendly & welcoming staff and most importantly the quality of the food. This is the sister restaurant to The Jetty (another must go to place) , the restaurant ambience is wonderful, even though it was busy the tables are not close to each other so doesn't feel crowded. The menu has locally sourced products, cooked and presented to perfection. I had the mushroom risotto which I usually only have at Le Manoir but this certainly was as good as Raymond Blanc (sorry RB) the others had the twice baked cheeses soufflé which is to die for ( and one of the signature dishes). Mains we had the pork belly (yum) and the plaice( very nice) the deserts are wonderful ( although I didn't have as too full) we ordered a portion of side veg but wasn't really needed as there was enough on our plates. The bill for 4 which included mid range priced 2 bottles of wine, glasses of champagne, bottled water and coffees came to £205, which I think is very reasonably priced. We had our table for the whole evening and did not feel rushed or pressured to leave. I believe Bournemouth town needs to get its act together as there is not one decent restaurant there (unless you want fast food/restaurant chain/or just plain and simple expensive poor quality food)so for anyone visiting from out of the area then look at Christchurch for excellent restaurants - you will not be disappointed with The Kings Arms. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any further information

  • Stayed April 2013
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you for writing a lovely comment on trip advisor about your visit to The Kings Hotel restaurant.

I am very glad to hear that your evening was most enjoyable and that you and your guests were very happy with your dinner experience.

We hope to see you again at some point in the near future.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Stayed here on our wedding night (and I stayed here the night before also) as we got married at Christchurch Priory and then onto Highcliffe Castle and it's soooooo lovely :) I got ready in the room before I went to the church and it was a dream, the room (I had one of the biggest one's on the front - Platinum) fit so many people in, all bridesmaids, hair, make up, mum etc and we all got ready in there no problems at all :) The staff are excellent and the dinner and breakfast was so lovely :)

Couldn't rate this place highly enough. All of our family stayed here for two nights so we pretty much booked out the entire hotel (I think it was around 15-20 rooms) and they all spoke incredibly highly of it too

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you very much for your comment.

Congratulations on your recent marriage!

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our King rooms, I will pass on your praise to the staff at The Kings Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you again.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Bournemouth
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Absolutly 5star this hotel could not be faulted from the events team Karen and Natasha, Chris the gentle man in charge on the evening, the food, the kindness of all the staff, welcoming receptionist it he rooms were beautifully clean, we spent the day at the Christchurch harbour for a spa and lunch , before going to the kings they were equally kind and helpful
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I wish I was able to score higher I would well done to harbour hotels

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Roro2013Bournemouth
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you for such a positive comment.

We are glad to hear that your event was so enjoyable and that the staffs were able to make you feel welcome.

I will pass your praise on to Karen, Natasha and Chris, I’m sure they will be more than grateful.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Aldwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Just returned from spending a lovely but wet weekend in Christchurch. The menu's at the Kings and Jetty looked so mouth watering and varied we decided to book the food lovers package which included a bottle of fizz on arrival and nibbles. These were most welcome after our drive!

We felt the package was very reasonable and would defiantly consider this again.

The hotel is very well presented with some lovely features. The bar is a great place to meet and enjoy a drink or two. Our room was lovely (loft room) at the front and we found there was very little noise from the road..Nothing that kept us awake anyway.

Full English breakfast is very hearty and lots of choice - will set you up for the day.

All staff were very friendly and stopped for chats whilst carrying out their duties, nothing appeared to be too much trouble.

Would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone considering staying in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you for writing on Trip advisor about your recent stay at The Kings Hotel in Christchurch.

Sorry to hear that the weather was not on your side! however we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our front facing loft rooms.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013

the hotel is well situated for the town and walks along the river the staff are welcoming and very helpfull also very polite this hotel has a great resurant and the food is excellent the rooms are very well presented with homely furnishings in all a great stay and a great hotel

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank stephen w
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you for you comment.

I will pass your praise on to our staff and i am glad to hear that they were able to make you feel welcome.

We look forward to seeing you in the future.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Having stayed here previously and had a fantastic experience I had no reason to hesitate to book a return visit. We booked a silver double room on the 2nd floor, great offer £95 including a bottle of fizz and breakfast.
Prior to arrival I mailed the hotel to request the same room as our first visit and they happily did this for us. Upon arrival there were no car parking spaces at the back of the hotel and the lady at reception found us a space no problem.
The welcome from the staff and the room was great, bubbles were chilling in the room ready for our arrival. I ran a bath and noticed that it had not been cleaned, called down to reception and the lady was very very apologetic and was up within 3 minutes with a cleaning kit and two glasses of fizz. She spent 10 minutes cleaning the bath and again apologised the whole time. This was obviously an oversight by the cleaning staff as the rest of the room was spotless.
We’d booked a table in the restaurant so went for pre-dinner cocktails in the bar, unfortunately this wasn’t the best experience. After 15 minutes we chased up our order to find the barman had forgotten us, another 15 minutes later we had our drinks and they were very nice. I mentioned this experience to the restaurant manager who at the end of our meal persuaded us to have a complimentary drink. Unfortunately this also went horribly wrong, the barman made two yellow drinks that didn’t even look like mojitos. He attempted to correct his error with a sprig of mint and some ice, by then we gave up and went out to watch a band at The Thomas Trip pub. Again the restaurant manager was very apologetic, I actually felt a bit sorry for him.
We had a great night sleep in their amazing beds with at least 10cm down mattress topper followed by a wonderful breakfast.
Despite the bath and the cocktail issue we have a great stay, just disappointed as our expectations were high based on our last visit. The hotel staff were amazing and on this occasion were let down by the cleaning and bar staff. We were not charged for the cocktails and were also given a discount off our room rate at checkout.
Would it this experience prevent another visit? Probably not.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you very much for your comment.

I would like to apologise again for the issues you experienced while staying with us.

However, we are glad to hear that you also had a very enjoyable experience and that our staff were helpful. I will pass your praise on to them.

We hope you will come and visit us again in the future.

Kind Regards

Lukasz Dwornik
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Chesterfield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Came and stayed here for 3 nights last weekend for Mother's Day. The room was lovely and spacious over looking the front of the hotel. Lovely view of the bowling green and church. The beds and pillows were extremely comfortable too. Breakfast was just ok and not a lot of variety and they didn't top up any cereals that were running low. The bar and restaurant was buzzing at night with a good atmosphere. My only gripe was the girl on reception who was on when we arrived on the Friday and again on the Saturday....there was no good morning or good afternoon not even a smile in fact she kept her head down while we're bookmg in and talking to her. Very miserable and unprofessional and should not be working on a front desk to meet and greet! The hotel is in a fab location and easy access to the town.

Room Tip: The rooms on the front are bright and spacious but a little bit noisy from the traffic but that soon...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
Thank you for your comment on trip advisor.

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our rooms and that it was comfortable for you.

I would like to apologise for the issue experienced whilst staying with us, this will not happen again.

We hope to see you again in the future.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Property: The Kings Arms
Address: 18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT, England (Formerly The Kings)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#2 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#4 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Kings Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kings Arms in Christchurch, is a stunning Georgian building in the heart of Dorset - combining a traditional yet stylish Restaurant with luxurious bedrooms carefully restored in true Georgian style, whilst Alex Aitken remains chef patron at The Jetty he is also spending time with the chefs and team at The Kings Arms, Alex has headed up the team re-styling the restaurant menus and cooking philosophy. The Kings Restaurant has a delicious menu using the best local ingredients and is proud to have been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand status for three consecutive years. The Kings Arms has everything you need for a Dorset short break, situated in the historic town of Christchurch, Dorset, a popular yachting town, overlooking the Avon River, Christchurch Castle and The Kings Arms Bowling Green, The Kings is marvelously picturesque. A short distance from the Dorset Jurassic Coast, The Kings Arms combines coastal beauty, historical town discoveries and stunning scenery, all with a comfortable place to relax after a day's adventures. ... more   less 
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