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“Tapas with Torres evening (Nov 28)”
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The Kings Arms
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tapas with Torres evening (Nov 28)”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

We are regulars at The Kings Arms monthly 'supper club', so when the opportunity to share Spanish wine with Spanish food came, we knew it would be a great evening. A member of the Torres wine family made it interesting and full of facts on the wines they manufacture. The professionalism with which the whole Kings Arms team executes these events is second to none. We are just wondering if the Hotel will maybe do the same with other countries, ( just an idea Lukasz ! )

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 November 2013
Thank you for joining us in our Spanish tapas evening, we are very pleased the event was a success and we are currently looking at future events based on the same style for the near future. We hope to see you return to the kings again in the near future.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

I was looking for a nice place for an evening meal for myself and some business colleagues that we're visiting from Brussels.Being local myself I looked at a few places. However I was recommended the Kings Hotel by a very trusted friend of mine.I booked for five of us to eat in the hotel restaurant. We left that evening very satisfied. The service was terrific with the staff providing us with professional and exceptional service.Service that was always presented with a smile from every staff member.
With regards to the food, we as a group gave it 11 out of 10 and more. Every dish from the starter to the desert was very well presented. Every member of our group complimented how delicious the food was. They also had a comprehensive selection of wines, beers and refreshment. The establishment overall looked exceptionally clean and very well presented. I'm even seriously considering booking there for mine and my wife's next weeding anniversary. If you are thinking of booking a table for dinner, booking a room for an overnight stay or longer or even looking at a venue for your wedding. Please go and visit the kings hotel. It's a must.

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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 November 2013
Thank you for writing such a positive review for our hotel and restaurant, I have passed on the wonderful feedback to the rest of the team and we are very pleased to have such a high review. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Kings sometime in the near future.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Bransgore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Had a really great Sunday lunch with my God Daughter who loved the whole experience. The food was very good and the service even better, so thank you Pedro for all your great organisation and also thank you Chef for a splendid Sunday lunch. I know I have review this Hotel before but just had to do another review to cover our really good experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 29 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and restaurant once more, we are very pleased with the positive feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Lukasz Dwornik
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

we have just stayed 3 nights at this hotel and loved it ! our room, the food and the staff all excellent
Lovely setting with beautiful views over the green towards the church and ruins of the old Priory
lots of places to walk down by the river and to the quay,the town centre has plenty of individual type shops to browse.

Room Tip: rooms on the front have a wonderful view, but if you are light sleeper you can hear the traffic,
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 23 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our hotel, we are very pleased with your feedback and look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. We strive to ensure our guests have a happy and pleasent experience in the hotel and i shall pass your great feedback onto the staff.

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Dorset, Vermont
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

we went to a friends special birthday party held in the very nice function room, where we were served very nice buffet . But we were very surprised at the price of drinks. we have never paid £5 a pint before! £5 a pint of COKE that is!!!! Disgraceful

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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to pass this review on to us, I apologise that you did not fully enjoy the function event here at the kings, i have spoken to the bar staff and we serve our coke's at £2 therefore a pint is double that and total of £4 which is rarely asked for, however I can confirm also that it was not £5, however we have looked into pricing for particular drinks. We do hope to see you return some day to the Kings.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located in a lovely part of the world. Christchurch is a pretty town a nice place to wander. The hotel has minimal parking which is nuisance. The hotel building is splendid and well maintained. Our room was large well appointed with a comfortable large bed. There was a radio come ipod player on the bed side table whose operation I found impenetrable. The bath was comfortable but there was no facility to put a book or whatever. Some shelf space would have been helpful.

We ate in the restaurant twice and I must say I found the food slightly disappointing. The first night I had a starter of fish salad. Which was OK but did not excite me. Which given it cost £9 should not have been the case. The second course was pork which I found dry and fairly tasteless. The next evening I had the burger. Again found the pate dry and tasteless. My wife made better choices she had a ham terrine and rack of ribs which she enjoyed. Be aware the burger and the rack of ribs are substantial. I would resist having a starter if you order those dishes.

The breakfast was good.

Staff terrific. The breakfast waiter "Chris" is very good as is the lady on the reception. But to be fair the standard of service from all the staff was high.

You can use the Spa in the hotels sister hotel which is rather swish.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel, we are pleased that you enjoyed the comfy beds and bath tubs we provide, sorry to hear about your experience in the restauarant, we do hope you can visit us again soon, i will pass this onto the restaurant and kitchen team further. We do strive to ensure all our guests are happy and satisfied with service and quality of food so we do hope you return in the near future to try our menu once more.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

My partner and I stayed 3 nights at the hotel, having seen an offer on line. We like to stay in quality hotels and we were not disappointed. The hotel is in a lovely setting in the historic part of Christchurch, with an abundance of interesting places to visit nearby. On arrival the hotel organised a parking space for us in the small area opposite and from then on everything was as close to perfect as it gets. Excellent food, lovely staff and rooms appointed with quality fitments such as the modern style bathroom. Maybe the TV sets could be improved, because if you are like us, we like a bit of decadence when we stay away, like watching in the late afternoon and the size and sound quality didn't match what we have at home (everything else does, or even exceeds). I realise that all these positive reviews might tempt 'Harbour Hotels' to put up prices, but as things stand the tariffs make this such an attractive place to stay. Well done to all the staff.
P.S. could you please organise draught beer/ lager to extend your range, which is simply Beck's Vier at present?

Room Tip: 2nd floor is quality
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lukasz-Dwornik, General Manager at The Kings Arms, responded to this review, 16 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are very pleased to see you have enjoyed your stay with us at the Kings, i have passed on the praise to the team and also looking into the draught beers with the bar team. We hope to see you return again soon.

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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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