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The Bolton Arms

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91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
+44 1256 819555
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Reading, United Kingdom
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400 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Catering for a large number (especially when exact numbers are not known in advance) is never easy - but The Bolton Arms managed extremly well - even being able to serve a choice of hot food on what was a cold day.

Thank BobandJosie
Old Basing, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love coming here with clients! I can always expect a great pasta and the cheesy ships are to die for! Duncan, Mikki,Nicole & Jan thank you!

Thank Sandra_Sergeant
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had lunch in The Bolton Arms today and it was excellent. Very friendly staff and quick attention. Quite an extensive choice for a small country pub with clear information about allergies, which was really helpful, as is the option of smaller size meals. Our food came quickly, was piping hot and delicious. We both had fish... More 

1 Thank anneee726
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to The Bolton Arms but the first time we have had a meal. The dining room was very attractive with it's white linen tablecloths and napkins. We all chose the Sunday lunch menu which was excellent - Roast Bely Pork, Roast Lamb and Roast Beef. The potatoes and vegetables were done to a T. The... More 

1 Thank horwood_20
Hampshire, UK
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This seemed OK. The service at the bar was good and the wine was fine BUT the bar and eating area were then engulfed by quantities of smoke as two vapers started up regardless of the people drinking and eating. It is 2017 and perhaps the pub should recognise this. I will not be back.

3 Thank Richard D
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this review

Well recognised ! It is 2017 and YOU should accept that Vaper-ers do so LEGALLY as it is WATER VAPOUR - NOT SMOKE Unless our Vaper-ers had lungs the size of Blue Whales, there is no way their LEGAL activities could affect our separate Restaurant, or, The InnBetween, or even the majority of our expansive Bar So, the next time... More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I visited this pub with a few friends for an evening meal two months ago, everyone enjoyed their food and there was real ale to be had, all through the wine selection was a little disappointing ,,This place is not cheap but the food and the service is very good . I recommend the Bolton arms for that special dinner... More 

1 Thank fellowes2014
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Went here following the good trip advisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. Menu had a good selection and the food was fantastic. Ribs and pork belly went down a treat. Puddings were also spot on. Definitely worth a visit and we will be back!

1 Thank Charlie H
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Just been for Sunday lunch and it was absolutely brilliant. 6 of us went and all agreed food was great. All had roasts nothing was left...perfect amount of veg and meat. Serving staff were really good nothing too much trouble. Puddings were also enjoyed. We will definately be back.

2 Thank Maggie S
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Just returned from a lovely meal at The Bolton Arms. We'd booked late so were prepared to eat in the bar, but on arrival we were told there was a table available in the restaurant. We ordered Tapas to start, which consisted of Chinese ribs (delicious) peppers stuffed with Feta (also delicious) and sauted Chorizo with Balsamic glaze which was... More 

1 Thank UkVimtogirl
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We hadn't been to The Bolton Arms since it was a pub only very many years ago and took my son for his 21st birthday last night. The Landlord was very hospitable and after we sat at our table, he came to ask my son what he would like to drink. He asked for a gin and tonic and the... More 

1 Thank kitleysue

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Basingstoke  >  Old Basing
  • Phone Number: +44 1256 819555
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 23 month siege of Basing House which ended in November 1645. A large proportion of the ruins were used to build the houses in The Street with musket ball damage still being visible. The site of Basing House is open to the public for most of the yearThe InnBetween at the Bolton Arms was built from the bricks of Basing House and is renowned for sitings of “The Cavalier” ghost that has been seen on many occasions. It is rumoured that upon his arrival in Old Basing Cromwell beheaded one of his generals in the original part of the building as “encouragement” to others !Following Oliver and Richard Cromwell’s Protectorate period the House of Stuart was restored to the throne in 1660 when the lands of Basing were returned to the Paulet family. A “Dukedom” was specifically created and bestowed upon Charles Paulet as a show of gratitude for his loyalty to the Crown. Charles Paulet became the first Duke of Bolton, hence the name of the pub. Charles Paulet was later elevated to the position of Lord Bolton by a simple clerical error when called upon to address the House of LordsThe InnBetween was the original Dame School for the area prior to the education system being established. Between 1720 to 1740 two spinster sisters offered rudimentary lessons to local youngsters between 8 am to noon for a penny a week - prior to the boys going to work in the fields and the girls commencing house chores. In the evening the schoolhouse became the local hostelry Conveniently situated in the quiet and picturesque Conservation Area of Old Basing, the Bolton Arms is less than two miles from Basingstoke town centre. The village is surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside of open fields and riverside walks and is next to the cricket green, archery and bowling club, tennis courts and children’s recreation ground. If these pursuits appear too energetic, however, you can relax while spotting the many species of wildlife and birds that are found in the area ?

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