Encapsulating the best of all that an English pub should be, The King's Arms, Lockerley is a hop skip and a jump from Southampton, in one of the Test Valleys most charming villages. It offers local ales, and simple seasonal English food with a warm welcome that makes you feel you have opened the door to you're local from your first visit.
A warm welcome awaits you from all at the Kings Arms. Whether it is a gorgeous day and you are enjoying a refreshing glass of wine, with some irresistible BBQ food, or a cold winters evening and you are cosying up by the fire with a beer and some great company we have something to tempt you to stay.
Our ethos is to source everything locally and at its seasonal best to create a sustainable business that also helps to support those in our area. We aim to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone from those in muddy wellies to those in their Sunday best. We look forward to meeting you, and finding out what you think about the pub.
We here at The King's Arms want to create a pub that is not only the center of our village and community but a place that many people with common interests and passions can meet to enjoy some great food and drink. To that end we have created a number of societies and events. These days we have everything from a shooting club and a golf society through to regular wine dinners and flower arranging master classes. Everyone and anyone is welcome,
so please call the team for more information on 01794 340 332 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The village of Lockerley, centred around Butts Green, may well be over 1000 years old. As recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, there were 3 manors in the area belonging to the Bishop of Winchester. One of the three, Lockerley Manor, appears to be what is now the Lockerley Water Farm. Of the public houses, the Kings Arms is a listed building dating from the 18th century and it may well have been a very popular watering hole given it's location just off Butts Green. After the monasteries were dissolved in 1536, all able-bodied men were required to spend an hour each Sunday performing archery. The archery target is referred to as the "butt," from the French "but," and thus the Green owes its name to being the site for regular practice.
On your way to the pub you may well drive past another popular spot from the Middle Ages. In the 1300's, a villager of poor health was apparently granted a license from the Bishop to hear divine oratory within his home. The road leading southeast from Lockerley to his land is appropriately known as Pains Hill!
Sadly, Lockerley's original church was demolished in 1891 after the new church was built, but well worth a visit is the very pretty saxon style church in nearby East Dean. And, of course, the beautiful Mottisfont abbey, owned by the National Trust and housing the National Trust's collection of historic roses, is only a couple of miles away.
The King's Arms looks forward to welcoming you any day of the week and especially on Sunday, after your archery session, as the royal decree is still in force!
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