Michelin Bib Gourmand Award

The Kings Arms RestaurantChristchurch, Dorset

The Kings Arms restaurant offers award-winning dining in the heart of Christchurch, Dorset. Chef Patron, Alex Aitken, heads up the food with menus that showcase the very best local and seasonal produce; including the popular ‘15 Mile Menu’, with ingredients sourced within a 15 mile radius, the extensive a la carte menu and Friday ‘Fizz n Chips’.

The Kings Arms is delighted to retain a prestigious Bib Gourmand in the 2015 edition of the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland. The only restaurant in Dorset to have been awarded for three consecutive years, the Bib Gourmand denotes a restaurant offering exceptional food, with good service and value for money. Inclusion in the Guide is synonymous with quality and is internationally recognised as the benchmark for integrity in the cuisine and value to the guest.

With a relaxed ambience and delicious food, the chefs make use of the very best local ingredients, caught, grown or prepared close to Christchurch, from the New Forest and the waters of the south coast. The wine list offers an eclectic and interesting selection, many by the glass, and the Gin O’Clock and cocktail menus are extensive.

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Opening Times

Lunch is served daily from 12 noon
Dinner Sunday to Thursday 6pm – 9.30pm
Friday & Saturday 6pm – 10pm

Sunday Roasts 12 noon – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm

Our Menus

The menus use seasonal, local produce. Below you’ll find a selection of sample menus, with some dishes subject to the availability of local ingredients.

sample menu

NIBBLES

Local “Breadport” Artisan Breads with butter oil balsamic £2.50
Kings 15 mile Market Soup £4.50
Roasted Chorizo Strips £3.50
Tempura Prawns Chilli Dip £1.95 each
Spiced Tempura Vegetables £3.50
Chicken Pop Corn £3.50
Marinated Dorset Sourced Olives £3.00
Spiced and Smoked Nuts £3.00
Wasabi Peas and Beans £3.00
Hummus and Veggie Nibbles £3.00
Truffle Pop Corn £3.00

STARTERS

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé £6.50

Add smoked haddock £2.00
With glazed Dorset cheddar cheese

Mushroom and Truffle Mac n Cheese £6.50

Sauted mushrooms, diced truffle topped with
macaroni bound in cheese sauce

Warm Fig, Burrata, Mozzarella, Honey £7.00

Purple fig split open, torn burrata on toasted
sour dough with truffle honey

Raw Cured and Pickled £8.50

Meadowbrook cured meats with Kings pickles
Stefan’s sourdough bread

Kings Prawn Cocktail £7.50

Crunchy lettuce, egg mayonnaise and prawns
Spiced Marie Rose sauce

Tiger Prawns, Salted Mango £7.50/£16.50

Hot and sour chicken wings

Asian Beef Salad £7.50/£16.50

Strips of beef, marinated in soy seared with
peanuts chilli bok choi and bean sprouts

Crab Benedict £8.50

Fresh picked crab on a toasted muffin
Topped with soft poached egg and hollandaise

Scallops Chorizo Squid Rocket £9.50

Chick peas sautéed with chorizo and squid served
With seared scallop and wilted rocket

MAINS

Haddock and Chips £9.95

Fillet of haddock in crisp batter
Chips, Sarsons vinegar

Calves Liver and Bacon £16.50

Calves liver sautéed pink with slab bacon,
bubble and squeak and gravy

Quail Pie £15.50

Whole quail stripped off the bone stuffed with mushroom
wrapped in pastry. Served with a rich port sauce and mash

Veal Holstein £15.50

Escalope of veal bread crumbed fried in butter
Fried hens egg, capers lemon and anchovy

Hake and Ham £16.50

Fillet of Hake wrapped in prosciutto and roast
With Poole clams and ‘froggy peas’

Sea Bream £16.50

Fillet of bream, fregula pasta, prawns,
wilted baby spinach

Breast of Chicken £15.50

Whole breast sautéed with tarragon
Cream and wild mushroom sauce

Soba Noodles £14.50

With tender stem broccoli, shiitake mushrooms
Sesame and soy dressing

Sweet Corn Risotto £14.50

Crispy kale coconut and chilli

side orders

Fries £3.50
Chips £3.50
Posh Fries- parmesan and truffle oil £4.50
New Potatoes £3.50
Mashed Potato £3.50

Market Greens £3.50
Broccoli Hollandaise £5.50
Asian Veg Chili Stir Fry £5.00
Simple House Salad £3.50

Fregola Spinach and Basil £4.50
Avocado Gem and Pine £5.50
Chic Pea Chorizo and Rocket £5.00
Crispy Kale Coconut and Chili £5.00
Classic Mac N Cheese £5.00

The Butcher’s Block

Butchers Small Treats on Toast

Potted Beef in Dripping £5.50
Chicken Livers £5.50
Duck Hearts £6.50

Spicy Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs £14.50
Prime Aged 10ozs Rump £16.95
Prime Aged 10ozs Sirloin £23.50
Prime Aged 10ozs Rib Eye £24.60
Prime Aged 8ozs Fillet £28.50
Chateaubriand for two to share £45.00

Aged Beef on The Bone

Using British loins aged on the bone by
Meadowbrook and cut into great steaks sold
by weight, to share or perhaps not they weigh
between 400 and 60 0 gram (12 to 20 ozs)

Sirloin £5.50 per 100grm
‘T’-Bone £6.50 per 100grm
Porterhouse £7.50 per 100grm

*Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces. All prices are inclusive of VAT at the current rate. Supplements may apply on some dishes. Discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill.

Sample Menu

Salted Chocolate Mousse £6.50

Creamy chocolate mousse spiked with sea salt,
served with autumn raspberry sorbet

Recommended drink:
Moscato d’Asti, Moncucco DOCG, Fontanafredda, Italy 2015 £5.00

Sticky Toffee Pudding £6.50

Warm sticky toffee pudding drenched in caramel served
with ginger ice cream

Recommended drink:
Pedro Ximènez, Spain £4.50

Vanilla Rice Pudding £5.50

With autumn berry compôte

Recommended drink:
Nederburg Noble Late Harvest, South Africa £7.00

Mango Panna Cotta £6.50

With tropical fruits and lemon sherbet syrup

Recommended drink:
Late Harvest Tokaji Katinka, Patricius, Hungary 2013 £8.00

Iced Banana Parfait £6.50

With peanut butter shortbread

Recommended drink:
Villa Maria, Noble Riesling, New Zealand £10.00

Limoncello Coupe £5.50

Lemon curd, meringue, whipped cream,
lemon sorbet and Limoncello

Recommended drink:
Limoncello Crush £4.50

Selection of Ice Cream £6.00

Please check for today’s flavours

cheese

A taste of the region

3 cheeses £6.50
5 cheeses £8.50

Recommended drink: Graham’s L.B.V. £5.50 or
Cypres de Climens, Sauternes, Bourdeaux £5.00

 

Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces.

2 Courses £15.00
Additional course £5.50

Please note this is a sample menu and changes with the seasonality and availability of local ingredients. Supplements may apply on some dishes.

sunday lunch sample menu

nibbleS

Local “Breadport” Artisan breads £2.50
Humous and veggie nibbles £3.00
Mixed marinated Dorset sourced olives£3.00
Roasted chorizo strips £3.50
Tempura prawns chili dip £1.95 each
Spiced tempura vegetables £3.50

STARTERS

15 Mile Market Soup

With daily changing ingredients from our local suppliers
And even allotment holders please ask what the soup is today

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé

With glazed cheddar cheese (v)
add smoked haddock £2

Smashed Avocado on Toast

Ripe avocado smashed with chili and lime,
on toasted sourdough with soft poached egg

Kings 15 Mile Market Terrine

Each week we make great flavoured terrines and pâtés,
using produce from around 15 miles

‘Confit’ Chicken Livers and Mushrooms

Slow cooked chicken livers, sautéed
With wild and exotic mushrooms in a cream sauce

Wild mushroom Penne Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Sautéd mushrooms topped with macaroni
Bound in cheese sauce

Chicken wings

Crisp Chicken wings with salted mango
With Asian style salad

Chorizo Squid Rocket

Chick peas sautéed with chorizo
and squid served wilted rocket

mains, roasts and catch

British Sunday Roast Beef

Prime aged beef roast medium rare roasted roots,
Yorkshire pudding

Loin of Meadowbrook Pork with Black Pudding

Slow roast pork loin with crisp crackling
Served with black pudding and Sunday roast garnish

Breast of Chicken

Roasted plump chicken breast, served with
Sunday roast garnish

Sweet Corn Risotto

Sweet Corn Risotto
Crispy kale, coconut and chilli

Battered Fish and Chips

Served with smashed peas, tartar sauce and
Sarsons vinegar

Fillet of Sea Bream

Seared fillet of sea bream, served on crushed potatoes
With wilted spinach and a light butter sauce

Calves Liver and Bacon

Calves liver sautéed pink with slab bacon,
Buble and squeak gravy

Simply Grilled

Local or West Coast seafood
Check specials for supplement price

desserts & COUPES

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

Rhubarb and Ginger crumble
With Vanilla custard

Mango Panna Cotta

With tropical fruits
And lemon sherbet syrup

15 Mile Market Pudding

Please check what classic pudding is available

Toffee and Pecan Sundae

Salted caramel ice cream, toffee sauce, pecans,
whipped cream and crumbled toffee pudding

Chocolate Brownie Sundae

Chocolate Ice cream
With Chocolate sauce, Brownie pieces

Selection of ice creams

Please check today’s flavours

 

*Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces. All prices are inclusive of VAT at the current rate. Discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill.

The menu changes daily according to the availability of local ingredients.

2 courses £15.00
3 courses £20.00
Monday to Thursday lunch & dinner

2 courses £20.00
3 courses £25.00
Friday & Saturday evenings from 6pm

SAMPLE MENU

Nibbles

Local “Breadport” Artisan Breads £2.50

Roasted Chorizo Strips £3.50

Hummus and Veggie Nibbles £3.00

Tempura Prawns Chili Dip £1.75 each

Mixed Marinated Dorset Sourced Olives £3.00

Spiced Tempura Vegetables £3.50

 

Starters

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Oil

Served with sourdough bread

Salmon Cannelloni

Pickled fennel and watercress salad

Local Mussels cooked in a Garlic and White Wine Sauce

Served with homemade croutons

Double Baked Cheese Soufflé

With cheddar cheese glaze

Mains

Fish Broth

Salmon, pollock and haddock cooked in a tomato, leek and onion broth

Sticky Chicken Wings

With stir fry salad

Confit Chicken Liver

With tender stem broccoli and balsamic reduction

Wild Garlic and Nettle Risotto

Creamy risotto with wild garlic and nettle served with poached egg

Dessert

Toffee and Pecan Sundae

With salted caramel ice cream

Espresso Panna Cotta

With peanut butter brittle

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

Served with vanilla custard

Selection of Three Local cheeses

£2.50 supplement

Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces. All prices are inclusive of VAT at the current rate. Discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill. The Kings Arms • 18 Castle Street • Christchurch • Dorset • Tel 01202 588933 • Email [email protected]

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE BAR

Afternoon tea in The Bar at The Kings Arms is a real treat.
Catch up with friends in The Bar’s vibrant setting and enjoy a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, scones with Dorset clotted cream and delicious handmade cakes.

Served daily between 12pm and 5pm.

CAKE OF THE DAY

Homemade Cake
£2.75 per slice

cream TEA

Warm plain and sultana scones, jam and Dorset clotted cream served with a pot of tea or coffee.
£5.50 per person

Traditional afternoon TEA

A selection of traditional sandwiches, handmade cakes and warm plain and sultana scones with Dorset clotted cream and jam. Served with tea or coffee. 
£12.95 per person

champagne afternoon TEA

A selection of traditional sandwiches, handmade cakes and warm plain and sultana scones with Dorset clotted cream and jam. Served with tea or coffee and a glass of house Champagne. 
£22.50 per person

Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces. All prices are inclusive of VAT at the current rate. Discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill.

We have an extensive wine list at The Kings, so there is something to suit every palette!

Click to view our sample Wine List. 

 

 

Meet some of our great suppliers within the fifteen mile philosophy

Beaulieu Organics, on the Beaulieu estate great local and organic meats fruit and vegetables.

Ferndene Farm Shop New Milton have a great range of meats fruit and veg. Not all organic but Ian makes sure of very high quality and traditional butchery.

Meadowbrook Produce, Alex and Caroline’s own smallholding selects wild and local foods for Kings Arms and The Jetty. Also rears sheep, pigs, cows and chickens.

Noah’s Ark Chickens and eggs, based in New Milton fantastic chickens. And you don’t have to buy them two by two!

Sopley Farm Asparagus – Fantastic asparagus from 4 minutes up the road. Also a great ‘pick your own’ in season.

Dan Tanners fruit and veg, Dan is a great friend and has the above Sopley farm also close to Meadowbrook, Dan has some amazing Cathedral Glass houses.

Lyburn Cheese at No Mans Land, Landford – fantastic cheeses.

Rosary Goats Cheese West Wellow on the edge of The New Forest.

Dorset Charcuterie Lychett Matravers is right on the limit (actually just over) but great smoked trout cured meats. Lee is curing Meadowbrook Pork for us to use.

Pete Dadds, Fisherman – Lobsters and Crabs from Mudeford.

Andy Jones, Fisherman –  wet fish; Plaice, Dabs Soles, Whiting and Pollack landed at Mudeford Quay for The Jetty and now The Kings Arms.

Jamie Russell – Mackerel fishing trips for the boys in the kitchen and excess catches find their way to our kitchens.

Make a Reservation

To enquire about making a reservation at The Kings Arms, please call us on the number below, or enquire online and we’ll get back to you.

Call us on: 01202 588 933

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Host an event at The Kings Arms

Celebrations, anniversaries, special events… the perfect venue.

If you’re looking for somewhere special to hold your birthday celebration, engagement party, christening party or other special event, look no further – The Kings Arms can cater for functions of all sizes.

With an award-winning restaurant, The Kings Arms provides a variety of menu options to choose from. Whether it’s a simple supper or a special dinner, dining in either the restaurant or one of the private dining rooms, the team will create a truly bespoke menu and experience.

We can help with decorations, menus and table plans, and whether you’re planning an elegant dinner and dance, a surprise birthday party, with a jazz band and a relaxed buffet-style spread, or an office party with a disco, each event can be tailored  to suit your exact requirements.

We offer private functions and parties from just £15.00 per person.

At The Kings Arms, we feature a range of exclusive spaces for you to host private dining events. The Private Dining area can seat up to 36 people, and is popular for smaller, intimate gatherings, while The Kings Pavilion and Kings Priory can seat up to 96 people.

We also have a fantastic outdoor space opposite the hotel, with our very own bowling green; perfect for BBQs of all sizes, allowing for up to 120 guests.

View our Private Dining Menus.

How to book

To enquire about hosting an event at The Kings Arms, please call us on the number below, or enquire online and we’ll get back to you.

Call us on: 01202 588 933

Thank you. Your enquiry has been sent.