Kings Arms, Dorking - Exterior

Welcome to the Kings Arms Dorking

Believed to be the oldest building in Dorking, dating back to 1405, the Kings Arms is a distinctive and characterful pub.


Opening times

  • Mon - Thurs

    12:00 - 23:00

  • Fri - Sat

    12:00 - 00:00

  • Sunday

    12:00 - 22:30

How to find us

Kings Arms

45 West Street,
Dorking, Surrey

01306 886496

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The Kings Arms is situated in the heart of Dorking, an historic market town surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills.

Originally three farm workers’ cottages, it became a coaching inn during the 16th century. King Charles II is believed to have stayed at the pub, and it features in Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit.

As it was originally several buildings, knocked into one, the Kings Arms is laid out on four different levels. It has retained many of its original features, including cosy alcoves, leaded windows and oak beamed ceilings.

When the weather is fine, customers can enjoy dining or drinking al fresco in one of the pub’s two courtyards. The larger courtyard has a 50” outdoor TV screen, allowing customers to watch sports or music. It has also been decorated with bicycles to reflect the local area’s heritage, as nearby Box Hill was used for cycling events in the 2012 London Olympics and there are several cycling groups in and around the town. The smaller courtyard is more simply decorated, and is the perfect choice for a quiet drink or meal.

What our customers say

Excellent traditional pub - Visited the pub for the first time. Friendly welcome from the staff and the locals at the bar. Extremely tidy and well-decorated in a classic style. Reasonably priced menu and well-cooked. Excellently presented ales and lagers. Highly recommended


Lovely food - Opted for the steak pie which was lovely. Great service here too. Nice and clean with a nice atmosphere. Sunday lunch was very much enjoyed by fellow diners.


Nice pub - Friendly staff, good Pub food and live music on Saturdays. A plus: High selection of beer and a beer garden.


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