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The Kings Arms Restaurant

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, European, British
18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT, England
+44 1202 588933
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“chateaubriand” (10 reviews)
“cheese souffle” (16 reviews)
“steak” (34 reviews)
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Bar, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a super evening at the Kings Arms. Cocktails prior to the meal were great, food was delicious and the staff were really helpful, efficient and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to return next time we are in Christchurch.

Thank Jackie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited yesterday for a late lunch and used a voucher for the Market menu. We opted to pay extra for 3 courses, instead of just 2, and we thoroughly enjoyed each one. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the...More

Thank lizparrBournemouth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on the evening of Tuesday 11 Sept for a drink in the bar and then a prebooked meal in the restaurant. Although it was happy hour the barman was curt and abrupt. We could'nt wait for our table to be ready. We were seated...More

Thank ian d
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear ian d, Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to have drinks and dinner with us. I am sorry to read of your experience in the bar but of course pleased that both the quality of service and food improved for you in the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for cocktails with friends on a Saturday early evening. The bar is really impressive with lots of tempting gins to try. We were in late afternoon and was still busy with a good vibe and I expect its really good later in the...More

Thank wherediditallgowrong
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear wherediditallgowrong Thank you for posting your nice comments having popped in for some cocktails at the weekend. Alex Aitkin does indeed oversee the food operation here as well as at The Jetty restaurants in Mudeford and Southampton so you will have to come and...More

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

My partner and I had previously had a bad experience here but as we were out with friends we decided to give it another go. We came here on a Friday evening and got a last minute table as Koh Noi was full. The member...More

Thank dreamer262017
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear dreamer262017 I am so sorry to read of the experience you have had with us when recently dining with friends. This experience is my no means what we aim to offer both in terms of the food and service received. I would welcome the...More

Reviewed 10 September 2018

Yet another return visit, we started our visit with a trip to the bar for a drink, we were brought menus and chose our meal before we were taken to the restaurant. As usual the meal was very good, my soufflé was sooo hot and...More

Thank Denise C
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Dear Denise C It is great to read you and your husband enjoyed another lovely visit to us at the weekend. Thank you for your kind comments about the staff, I will be sure to share this with them. We hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

I have been coming to the Kings Arms as a guest and for evening meals whilst staying elsewhere for a number of years as a holiday maker. Having moved to the New Forest I continue to come for the occasional evening meal (you cannot fault...More

Thank JimB3453
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Dear JimB3453 Thank you for such a glowing review and sharing your secret escape from the hustle and bustle of the high street. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Luke Comerford

Reviewed 4 September 2018

The food was very average and better food is available close to the hotel. It is quite expensive for what it is.More

Thank 311ruth58
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Dear 311ruth58 I am sorry to read that you found the food on offer in the restaurant both quite expensive and only average. We have a number of menus including a 2 or 3 course market menu which we feel offers good value alongside our...More

Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Had mixed experience with food in the past at the Kings but thought we would try again. The crispy duck starters just didn't work for us and were tasteless and gritty. Two of our party has risotto verde and were very disappointed in it's blandness....More

Thank George M
LukeC2515, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Dear George M Thank your for reviewing your latest visit to our restaurant. I am most sorry to read of some inconsistencies with both the food and service on this occasion. I will of course be sharing your feedback with the teams here so that...More

Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Love the food and cocktails here. Great place to eat/drink. Lovely friendly service. A smart comfortable place. Look forward to visiting again.

Thank loujackk
Luke C, General Manager at The Kings Arms Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Dear loujackk, Thank you for sharing your recent experience of drinking and dining at the hotel. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Luke

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 41
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT, England (Formerly Jacks Restaurant at The Kings Hotel)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 588933
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at The Kings Arms
Description
Alex Aitken from Le Poussin, Limewood and The Jetty, is now in charge of the food and menus at The Kings Restaurant.The Restaurant serves the very best local and seasonal food – with sophisticated simplicity and a unique and charming English setting, overlooking the Kings Arms Bowling Green and historical castle ruins.The Kings Restaurant is honoured to introduce the new 'Josper Grill', a technique that imparts a distinctive charcoal flavour to all the local and handpicked ingredients placed upon its coals. The delicious menu makes use of the very best local ingredients either caught, grown or prepared close to Christchurch from the New Forest and the waters of the South Coast.
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