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The Bolton Arms


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Originally built as a farmhouse circa 1490, this Grade II Listed building was extended during 1550, 1650 and latterly 1720, as shown below. The sympathetic renovation of 2008 uncovered a wealth of period features such as vaulted ceilings, oak beams and central brick fireplace, all of which have added to the intimate ambience of the three clearly defined areas : Roschild’s Restaurant (fine dining); The InnBetween (snacks and nibbles); The Village Bar (quality wines and beers). In addition, there is an attractive landscaped Beer Garden at the rear of the property For the historians, Old Basing was the site for the longest siege of Oliver Cromwell’s reign where Roundhead met Cavalier during the
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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All reviews liver fillet steak tapas pork prawns sunday roast pudding pie sandwiches soup the pub feel very welcome great garden great sunday lunch couldn't fault booked a table bar staff
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate here on Saturday evening as we were staying nearby. We had a drink in the bar first and then went into the restaurant area. The bar is an impressive space with a high beamed ceiling and lots of interesting artefacts and memorabilia, and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Annabellacottonsocks
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met friends here for a Sunday lunch, popular place so ensure that you book. Menu changes a couple of times a year to keep it fresh!

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank SueyG2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the pub today (not far from the office) Both sandwiches were yummy Fish finger and prawn Rustic chips were delicious Would definitely return and recommend. Nice old fashioned pub

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank 828louiseb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us had roast sunday lunch, 1 lamb and 3 beef, all cooked nicely. Service was friendly and first class and overall a happy lunch. Not 5 stars because a little too much gravy, would be better served in a gravy boat and veggies...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank johndick70
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

had visited this pub with my lover on last sunday.excellent ambiance and elegant decor.staff are so friendly.perfect combo of dishes.just ordered Sunday special roast which was so delicious.enjoyed a lot with my favorite.kudos to chef and team.highly recommended

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank margaretjayden121
Reviewed 3 January 2019

We visited the Bolton Arms on the Sunday after Christmas with special friends who needed some special time. We were very surprised to find ourselves in the beautiful restaurant on our own. The waitresses were lovely and very attentive. Our drinks came quickly and also...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank horwood_20
Reviewed 27 December 2018

A huge thankyou to Nicole and her team, we were here for a family Boxing Day lunch, 14 of us, aged from 4 years to 81 years old. The food was great served on hot plates, all the waitresses were friendly and efficient. A big...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank WendyandAndy
Reviewed 26 December 2018 via mobile

First time at this lovely pub. The food was delicious and served on hot plates. Can’t fault the experience at at. Staff were attentive and made the day even better. Would recommend this establishment to anyone in the area, I’m going back in the new...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank MJJ9960
Reviewed 23 December 2018

A very special, quintessentially English (can I say that?) pub. 3 months since our last visit but, as they say, things can only get better - and they do, here. The ability to mix'n'match from the menus is to be treasured. Programmed tills are too...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank David G
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Have been there twice on a Saturday night to watch a band. The pictures on the web page are very misleading as the reality is that it's jammed full of tables with barely room to move. If you are just passing and pop in, then...More

Date of visit: December 2018
6  Thank Andy2073
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4 December 2018|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
I can only say that I would expect they are OK with dogs in the garden. In the distant past they would allow dogs in the bar but they had to leave by 7pm. Honest. Ring them, they don't bite. Often. Happy Holidays.
4 December 2018|
Response from H8622JOpaulc | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Always best to call and ask!
Steve H
11 March 2018|
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Response from SwissTone101 |
It’s a question many friends have asked as I have myself, having frequented many pubs over the years in many locations I’ve never found a pub that does the following - 1) require a table to be booked when busy 2) have no... More
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