The Kings Arms

East Stour Common, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5NB

01747 838325

Mon - Sat 12 - 3pm / 5.30 - 11.30pm

Sun 12 Noon - 11.30pm

The Dorset pub with an hint of Scotland

A very warm welcome to the Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, a country pub with contemporary interior, set in rural Dorset. You can find us 5 miles outside of Shaftesbury on the A30 and whether you visit us for a meal in our new restaurant, or a drink in our public bar or stunning gardens we trust that you will enjoy our Scottish ambience.

The Kings Arms Inn has always been a pub, with the original building dating back to the 18th century and providing the starting point for the local hunt. Over time, the original building has been extensively but sympathetically added to. We've kept the Victorian fireplaces for cosy log fires in the winter months but added modern wooden furniture and contrasting subtlely coloured fabrics to help create a refreshingly different contemporary environment for you to relax in.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Kings Arms Inn but in the meantime "Haste Ye Back" to the website to see our latest seasonal menus.

Ross and Teresa Campbell

Scottish heritage

Our Scottish heritage - we are Campbells of Argyll - plays an important role in the ambience of the Kings Arms Inn. Burns Night is always an important date in the Kings Arms' calendar and this year we had a superb night. We've got a lot of pictures up on the walls of various places in Scotland and there are lots of Robert Burns' quotes about the place, which are a great conversation point and fun to translate! We have a large proportion of Scottish food on the menu and there is even a Scottish theme to our bar with Big Country memorabilia and of course plenty of single malts!

Warm welcome, great atmosphere

We're told there's always a great atmosphere at the Kings Arms and we put that down to the dedication and happy camaraderie of our long serving team! We took over the Kings Arms Inn in 2005. I run the kitchen and I've got an exceptionally good kitchen team to help me. Heading up the team are my 4 fantastic chefs - Dominique, who has been my right-hand man for many years, Matt, Rob and Ian. Tracy, Dominique's wife is our manageress and the rest of the team have been here almost as long as we have. All helping to create a happy, friendly welcome for you to enjoy, whether you are a regular visitor or dropping in for the first time!

The new bar completes the light and airy contemporary look throughout the Kings Arms East Stour Dorset.

Stay a while

There is ample car parking at the front of the Kings Arms Inn and if you just can't bear to leave, we also have three en-suite bedrooms and can offer a full Scottish breakfast the next morning! Or stay a while longer and explore the beautiful surrounding Blackmore Vale. Duncliffe Wood is famous for its bluebells in spring, you can fish at Todber Manor Fisheries, see where the Hovis advert was filmed on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury or visit the Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum.

Our teams and charities

Gillingham Town FC crest - proudly sponsored by the Kings Arms East Stour

The Kings Arms East Stour is a proud sponsor of Gillingham Town Football Club!

Our pétanque (French boules) pitch, provides a home for the Shaftesbury and Gillingham team. A game of pétanque is also a great way for anyone to spend a sunny afternoon, so we hope you will come along and join in the fun. Please revisit the website soon for more details as the season unfolds!

The Kings Arms' charities are now:

  • Guide Dogs for the Blind (we are sponsoring a puppy) &
  • Dorset Air Ambulance

Great food

With a team of 5 chefs you won't be surprised to find the Kings Arms Inn is very much a food led pub. We source as many ingredients as we can locally and our menus are very wide ranging. We offer traditional pub grub, a full à la carte menu, children's menu, Sunday carvery and our now famous £8 lunches. You can enjoy our delicious food in our wonderful light and airy restaurant, our M.Allard Room, which overlooks the garden, or our comfortable public bar. We can easily cater for large parties and are very, very happy to cater for any dietary requirements. We are open and food is served every day, 365 days a year including Christmas Day, which is always great fun!

Enjoy  delicious food in the wonderful refurbished light and airy restaurant of the Kings Arms East Stour.

Specials... or anything you like

Our specials board changes regularly depending upon the season but we always have various steaks, mixed grills and fresh fish. To make your meal extra special, choose anything you like! How about a T-bone steak, a lobster or Dover sole? If that's what you want and you give us 24 hours' notice, then depending upon the season and availability, we will source and cook whatever you like.

...and if you enjoy our food why not treat your family and friends with a gift voucher? Available in any denomination they make great presents for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.

Free house

As a free house the Kings Arms Inn offers a great range of beers, several different ciders, a good selection of wines and of course a fantastic choice of single malts. In the winter months you can enjoy your drinks in our public bar by an open fire. While in the summer we have benches and umbrellas in our extensive beautiful enclosed beer garden, where you can while away long afternoons and evenings.

The beautiful wood bar completes the contemporary look of the Kings Arms East Stour

Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,

O, what a panic's in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty,

Wi bickering brattle!

I wad be laith to rin an chase thee,

Wi murdering pattle!

Robert Burns "To a Mouse" 1785

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