On Saturday 15th August 2020, we were joined by the singing group The Decadettes here at The Kings Arms, Portesham, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. The Weymouth based female vocal quartet with vintage harmonies serenaded guests while they enjoyed Afternoon tea in our Beer Garden. Manager Scott even managed to get a short clip of the ladies in action.
As it was #AfternoonTeaWeek from 10th August – 16th August, chef Wendy whipped up some afternoon tea treats specifically for the VJ Day celebrations. The afternoon tea cake stand included:
A selection of finger sandwiches, including classic cucumber sandwiches on brown bread
A selection of cakes, including chocolate brownies and lemon drizzle cake
Scone with local Dorset clotted cream and strawberry jam
Tea or Coffee
Afternoon Tea at the Kings Arms
Although it drizzled slightly (this is a British summer after all!), a lovely afternoon was had by all that attended and we made sure that those who fought for our freedom will always be remembered.
The Decadettes at the Kings Arms Portesham
We would like to thank the girls from The Decadettes for doing a splendid job of entertaining the troops, even staying on brand with their face masks! We hope to see you back again with us very soon!
Continuing on our theme of updates in regards to Covid 19, we have thought about the ways in which we will be keeping you safe whilst you visit us.
How We’re Keeping You Safe – Post Covid 19
Of course, if you have any concerns or questions at all then please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can reassure you; your safety whilst you are visiting us is of the utmost importance. Just give us a ring on 01305 871342, email us firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook.
In addition to our safety measures, and per Government guidelines, we will ask that you ‘check-in’ with us upon arrival via our Track and Track webpage. We will ask for your name, a contact number, contact email address and how many people are in your party and keep your details for 21 days. This is a precautionary method so that if the worse was to happen, we will be able to contact you. Your details will not be stored or used in any other way after the 21 day period has lapsed.
We do hope for your understanding and co-operation on these matters so that you can enjoy your stay with us in a safe and enjoyable matter.
All that is left to be said is that we can’t wait to enjoy a catch-up and a pint or two with you!
Things are slowly starting to get back to how they used to be Post Covid 19, and a new normal is now beginning to creep in. Here at The Kings Arms, Portesham, things are starting to gear up as we look forward to welcoming you all back. From the 4th July 2020, we will be opening our doors for you to have a cosy pub dinner or a chat over a pint or two at your favourite Dorset Pub! However, things are going to be a little different than before, and while you’re with us, there are a few things that you should note for your safety and the enjoyment of yourselves and others.
Below we have come up with some ideas to help make your visit with us run nice and smoothly.
We do hope that you will join us in the coming weeks, and maybe even raise a glass to all the NHS workers as well as other key workers who have been working so hard to keep this country going.
If you would like to book a table for drinks or a meal, then please get in contact:
We have been overwhelmed with your support already and can’t wait to see all our regulars as well as some new faces. While you’re with us, why not tag us in your pictures with the hashtag #KingsArmsPortesham
A conventional, working farm in the heart of the Dorset countryside with over 70 years of experience!
Situated in a quaint little hamlet halfway along a valley stretching from Portesham to Upwey, East Shilvinghampton enjoys acres of grassy grazing meadows and beautiful panoramic views for as far as the eye can see. After all, it is surrounded by outstanding Jurassic Coast beauty, being only 10 minutes from Chesil Beach and 15 minutes from the sands of Weymouth Beach!
Their Limousin cows which are bred and fed on the farm make up the established Shilvington herd, particularly known for their soft nature, gorgeous golden red colouring and of course not forgetting their lean meat. Traditionally farmed and grass fed, they produce delicious, good quality beef, which is succulent in taste and delicious in texture.
This means that East Shilvinghampton are trusted beef suppliers to many local businesses, including Ducks Farm Shop and The Kings Arms in Portesham. It really does take the term “fresh meat” to a whole new level… but when it is quite literally just a stones throw away (2 miles to be exact), why want to source it from anywhere else?!
There are lots of meaty options on offer all year round as Ducks Farm Shop & Cafe stock the shelves with all kinds of fresh beef steaks and joints from Sirloin, Rump, Top Rump and Braising to Ribeye, Beef Silverside, Beef Brisket and Topside.
Head further on up the village to The Kings Arms gastro country pub and take your pick from the juicy specials menu of more succulent East Shilvinghampton Steak, alternating from Rump to Sirloin to Fillet, all served with chips, roasted tomatoes, peppercorn sauce & a mixed leaf salad. Otherwise, savour the occasional African Beef Curry or Beef Stir Fry options or their popular main menu trademark dish of Kings Arms Homemade Beef Burger. It’s a must-try! – accompanied with tomato relish, lettuce & red onion in a brioche bun with chips & mixed leaf salad.
Last but by no means least, their hearty Roast Beef served every Sunday weekly with confit roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and topped off with red wine gravy.
As July rolls in and summer is upon us, the time comes to put your feet up and take that well-earned break you’ve been yearning for… Here at The Kings Arms however, there is no time to rest as we have lots of new and exciting events to bring you!
The Portesham Motor Show is one of our biggest events of the year and is GO on Sunday the 7th July! From 12 until 6pm, there’ll be cars in abundance of all models and makes, shapes and sizes, meaning there’s definitely something that everyone will love. You can expect everything from historic racing cars to American muscle cars or your vintage Ferrari’s, Rolls Royce’s and Aston Martin’s, to classic Land Rover’s, Ford’s and Truck’s…plus many more bangers to spectate!
If you’re feeling peckish, fear not… We’ll have oven-baked pizza available in The King’s Arms very own pizza shack from 2pm onwards and usual main menu food options from 12pm. Live Music will be playing all throughout the day, kick-starting with Lucy & Stacey duo “Til There Was Uke” from 12pm, followed by Steve Wilson & Simon Fulton at 2pm and finishing off with Hamish Jeffcott from 4pm into the evening. Electric atmosphere is always guaranteed!
There will be a prize giving from 6pm for the “Best Car in Show” as voted for by the public with the winner receiving a trophy to keep. In addition, tickets for “Coby’s Quiz” will be on sale in the garden for £2 with the winner getting a £50 Kings Arms meal voucher. And the fun doesn’t stop there as after the show, there will be a Coast Road Cruise where a number of lucky passengers can enjoy a 40 minute ride in a car of their choice, for a minimum £10 donation. Visit the show gazebo to secure your spot and get in on all the action!
Money raised from the quiz and cruise will to go towards a defibrillator as part of a joint project with the Portesham Volunteers and will be kept safe in the hands of The Kings Arms.
As if that’s not enough excitement, our new Summer Menu launched earlier this week, on Tuesday 2nd July. Packed full of punch, our delicious new dishes are perfect for the summer season, including light starters, salads and vegetarian options, whilst not forgetting the likes of our popular pub favourites..because can you really beat a good old fish and chips?
Be sure to book a table to eat in advance and why not make a stay of it in one of our four-star rated rooms? Each of our three rooms, Hardy’s, Chesil and Jurassic, named after local sites of interest are fully equipped with luxury beds and En-Suite shower rooms, as well as a smart TV and tea & coffee facilities. It is the perfect summer retreat… But do get in quick as we’re booking up fast! In the morning, wander down the road to Duck’s, our neighbouring Farm Shop & Cafe for a scrumptious breakfast and pick up some local, organic produce while you’re at it.
When all is said and done, relax and unwind by the beach. Just a short 15 minute drive away, on one of the world’s most scenic routes and officially ranked 16th on the UK’s 50 Greatest Drives, you’ll find yourself completely in awe and spoilt for choice, along the famous Jurassic Coast. Soak up some sun and brave a dip in the sea, before making your way back for a chilled pint in our beer garden.