We went here for a drink as we live nearby. Frankly it was better before being taken over by Gary Rhodes. The bar, although decorated and furbished to a high standard, was tiny with only a few tables. That wasn't a problem though because it was empty. That was probably due to the extortionate prices. There was also no beers on tap, only bottles always a sign of a pretentious bar!
According to the staff they are trying to encourage people in ("even those in shorts and flip flops'' the manager said) as they said people are being put off by the fact that it looks so exclusive.
The restaurant was almost empty. The menu was again expensive for what I would class as basic food.
There are plenty of other pubs in Christchurch, I would advise you go to one of these and not here.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kings Hotel Christchurch
- The Kings Arms Christchurch, Dorset