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.

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. 

Sample menus

See sample menus

Opening times

Weekdays: 7am-9.30am
Weekends: 8am-10am
Mon-Sat: 12pm-2:30pm
Sunday lunch
Afternoon tea
Daily: 2pm-5pm (served in the bar or the private dining room)
Monday – Thursday: 6pm-9.30pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm-10pm
Sunday: 6pm-9pm
Bar opening hours
Daily until 11pm (weekends until 1am)

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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!

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Treat someone special

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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