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 ‘Market 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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We actively support the charity Action Against Hunger here at The Kings restaurant.


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.

View our delicious new autumn menu here.

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.

Click here to view our menu.

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

2 courses £15.00
3 courses £20.50
Monday to Thursday lunch & dinner 6pm-7pm


Ham, Lentil and Pearl Barley Broth

Rich, warming ham broth with lentils and pearl barley

Warm Salad of Squid

Chick peas and cavolo nero

Mushrooms on Toast

Toasted sourdough, sautéed mushrooms with spinach in a cream and tarragon sauce

Coarse Country Terrine

Served with chutney, toasted sourdough


Kings Fish and Chips

Battered haddock fillet with fat chips and smashed peas

Smoked Haddock Fishcake

Wilted greens and soft poached egg

Salt Baked Celeriac, Veggie Casserole

A casserole of winter vegetables. Salt baked celeriac, sage and apple dumplings

Kings Beef Bourguignon

Slow cooked beef in red wine, onion, mushroom and bacon, served with creamy mashed potato


Sticky Toffee Pudding

Drenched in caramel sauce, rum and raisin ice cream


Whipped cream, mixed forest fruits, vanilla ice cream

Apple Crumble

Baked apple with cinnamon. Topped with oat crumble, served with custard

Ice Cream Sundae

Apricots, ginger crumb, cream and ice cream

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]

Available for dinner on 14th February
6 courses for £35.00 per person

A la carte menu is also available

A taste of the Kings

A little cup of exquisite wild mushroom broth with truffle under a puff pastry cap

Lobster Thermidor Souffle

Alex’s twice baked soufflé with a lovers twist, topped with lobster thermidor sauce cheese and baked

Seared Scallops

Cauliflower risotto, rocket salad, tomato dressing

Kings Surf and Turf to Share

12 ounces Sirloin, 4 large prawns in garlic butter, two ‘oysters raw or tempura or angels on horseback, fries and Kings salad

Upgrade to fillet steak with a chateaubriand +£10 each

Kings Valentines warm Chocolate Fondant

With Raspberry sorbet


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

Click to view our sample Wine List. 



Celebrate Scotland’s greatest poet Robert Burns with us on the 27th January.

Join us at The Kings Arms for a night of delicious Kings inspired Burns dishes, in a lively yet relaxed setting. Enjoy an evening of great food and wine alongside celebrations with a piper to set the scene.

Arrival 7pm, followed by a Whisky cocktail.

Only £25 for four courses.


On arrival



A traditional Scottish soup of smoked haddock and potato we give it a Kings twist blending the soup into a creamy veloute



Alex’s great dish of a leaf of Scottish smoked salmon filled with smoked salmon mousse that is spiked with Laphroig whiskey, served on avocado salsa



Dorset Lamb saddle cooked pink served with haggis shepherds pie topped with ‘neeps and tatties’ Extra Haggis piped in with our Piper



Layers of whisky and honey flavoured cream, raspberries, raspberry sauce, meringue and whisky ice cream


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.