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Real Ales Good Food Single Malts

...and a warm Scottish welcome await you at our Dorset pub

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

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common has always been a pub and is set in rural Dorset, close to Shaftesbury. The original building dates back to the 18th century and provided the starting point for the local hunt.

The pub has been sympathetically extended and opened up to create a light contemporary environment. While outside we have a beautiful enclosed beer garden and a pétanque (French boules) pitch for you to try.

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

Food & drinks

Food is our focus at the Kings Arms sourcing as many ingredients as possible locally & offering traditional pub favourites, a Sunday carvery, an à la carte menu & seasonal specials with a Scottish flair.

As a free house the Kings Arms serves an interesting range of real ales, traditional ciders, premium lagers, wines and a fantastic choice of single malts.

We can easily cater for large parties and are happy to cater for any dietary requirements.

Stay a while

We have three en-suite bedrooms and we can offer a full Scottish breakfast the next morning.


The Kings Arms East Stour sponsors Gillingham Town Football Club and we are home to Shaftesbury and Gillingham pétanque team.

We support Guide Dogs for the Blind and Dorset Air Ambulance.