The Kings

A multi award-winning restaurant, in the historic heart of Christchurch, serving dishes inspired by seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients to showcase the region’s finest flavours.


This multi award-winning restaurant in the historic heart of Christchurch is still the only restaurant in Dorset to have been awarded the Bib Gourmand for three consecutive years.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at The Kings is an indulgent and tasty treat. Featuring pretty pastries, homemade scones and delectable cakes, alongside fabulous finger sandwiches and savoury snacks.

It’s the perfect accompaniment of a flute of fizz or a dangerously good cocktail or two!

Served daily from 2pm until 5pm in the bar or the private dining room.

Sample menus

See sample menus

Opening times

7.30am - 10am
Monday to Saturday: 12pm - 2.30pm
Sunday lunch: 12pm - 3.30pm
Afternoon tea
2pm - 5pm (served in the bar or private dining room)
Monday to Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
Sunday: 5pm - 9.30pm
last seating 8pm
Bar opening hours
12pm - 10pm

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Private dining

Come dine with us

The hotel’s private dining area, seating 12-36 guests, is ideal for private dinners. For larger dinners, the Priory Suite can cater for up to 96 guests.

In addition to the restaurant’s a la carte menu, Chef Alex Aitken has created additional menu options exclusive to private diners. You may create your own bespoke set tasting menu, or opt for one of the fixed-priced, set menus, a 5-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings, or go for his ever-popular ‘Bring me Food’ menu, with dishes delivered platter-style to the centre of the table for communal feasting.

If you still can’t find the menu you want - ask Alex to create you one!

About the chef

Chef Patron Alex Aitken is one of the South of England’s most respected chefs and a thirty-year veteran of cooking in the New Forest. 

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Make unwanted gifts a thing of the past. Treat someone special to an experience they’ll love and remember – like an exquisite gastronomic dinner or a sumptuous afternoon tea.

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