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The Queens Arms

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year

Below the Blackdown Hills, just over the Dorset border in Somerset, stands this late 18th-century, stone-built, one-time cider house. Beneath the beams in the bar and separate dining room are grand open fireplaces, leather chairs and sofas, and old scrubbed tables set with tasteful china. The bar offers the pub’s own ale, Legless Liz, alongside Otter and Exmoor beers, local farm ciders, apple juices and a remarkable range of bottled beers, gins, malts, world spirits and liqueurs; even the 60-bin wine list includes six champagnes. Owners Gordon and Jeanette Reid champion high-quality local produce, measuring the distance their food travels more in metres than miles; the back of the menu illustrates just how close some suppliers are, like their own farm in Sutton Montis. Settle in with a Margarita on the rocks, then start with Redlake Somerton beetroot-cured trout with crab, cucumber and soda bread; followed by North Dorset 28-day-aged rib-eye steak with foie gras butter, roasted garlic and hand-cut chips; butter-poached breast, braised leg and confit thigh of guinea fowl with celeriac, quince and charred broccoli; or Cornish mussels steamed in cider and chorizo with home-made bread. Typically imaginative puddings include, for example, yogurt and saffron pannacotta with spiced winter fruits and gingerbread; and chocolate marquise with popcorn, marshmallow and caramel. The sheltered terrace and sunny garden are perfect for outdoor eating and drinking. Muddy boots and dogs are no problem here. In July there’s a beer festival. Breakast is available to non residents from 7.30am-9.30am.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: all wk 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Sat 6-9.30, Sun 6-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Exmoor Ales, Gyle 59 Legless Liz, Otter Ale, Bath Ales Gem, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Hecks, Wilkins Farmhouse, Burrow Hill, Orchard Pig

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Jul


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A303 follow signs for Sutton Montis, South Cadbury & Corton Denham. Through South Cadbury, 0.25m, left, up hill signed Corton Denham. Left at hill top to village, approx 1m. Pub on right

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