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The Kings Arms - Dorchester

Proudly situated on Dorchester high street, The King’s Arms is a Hotel, Restaurant and Bar that’s famed for it’s literary links to Thomas Hardy as well as hosting the likes of Queen Victoria, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones over it’s 300-year history.

We were approached in 2016 to put together a kitchen & bar design to bring the property into the 21st century as part of a multimillion-pound refurbishment. The building did not go willingly into its new era, throwing up a variety of challenging design issues to contend with. This led to the project taking 4 years to complete and a Tailor Made record of 32 kitchen drawing revisions.


In August 2020 even covid-19 could not delay the installation any longer and the new open plan kitchen finally found its new home. The centrepiece of the kitchen is a contemporary Waldorf suite comprising of solid top range ovens, fryers, and rise and fall grills all in a gloss black finish. A rotisserie grill adds theatre for the diners and the latest Rational I-combi pro ovens helps the chefs to produce their contemporary menu with relative ease.


Precision drawer refrigeration throughout the kitchen ensures the chefs do not need to rummage around a conventional door fridge to find their ingredients; they are always on hand. Bulk refrigerated storage is taken care of by the large, bespoke coldroom and a Maidaid Evolution dishwasher makes pot wash effortless.

Custom built fabrication in the bar includes ice wells, hand wash basins and speed rails ensuring bar staff can create their signature cocktails in record time. Gamko bottle coolers ensure beverages remain at the perfect temperature and the Maidaid undercounter glasswasher and Ice machine keep the bar flowing, even at peak times.

We would like to thank Tom, Nat, Pat, Alan, and the rest of the team for enlisting us to carry out the project. It is great to see such a wonderful kitchen come into fruition after so many years in the planning. A must visit if you’re in the Dorset area.

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