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The Bolton Arms

) #1 of 9 Restaurants in Old Basing $$ - $$$ , British,
91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
+44 1256 819555
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“risotto” (3 reviews)
“pork” (8 reviews)
“prawns” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a very good lunch and as others have commented, the chips are superb. My only disappointment was the coffee which I thought was a bit expensive ar £3.20 for a small cup. Other than that it was excellent.

Thank rosie102015
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I have eaten here many times - both in the bar for day to day food, all of which is delicious and in the restaurant when something a little more special - same menu. Staff are very pleasing and helpful . The fish & chips...More

1  Thank Susan H
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We visited The Bolton Arms, Old Basing for a work function. Nicole helped with the co-ordination and the arrangements and I was very impressed with her friendliness and efficiency. We started off the warm evening with a cool drink in the beer garden. It was...More

1  Thank 1972PaulaMM
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

After a cycle ride through the village, we stopped off at the Bolton Arms. So, we looked for a place to park our bikes. There was a hedge, which looked like a good place to put them. As we started drinking, we saw the landlord...More

2  Thank elo18org
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Hi elo18org, The "hedge /bush" you refer to is the topiary centrepiece of our garden that we have been cultivating for 8 1/2 years, which grows at 1cm per year and is a very delicate plant For someone to use it as a bike support...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

The food is very nice, you can select good basic pub grub like sausage, egg and chips or be a bit more adventurous and try something from the specials board. There is also a good selection of real ales if you are a beer drinker...More

1  Thank Phil B
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Despite being slightly lacking in atmosphere, we received friendly and prompt service and perfect pub food. I had liver and bacon, which was full of flavour and delicious.

2  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Went with girls for a evening out, sat in the bar area, lovely food had fish pie very nice and tasty, very friendly staff

2  Thank Jill B
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

A frequent visitor to this pub And usually a nice enjoyable experience however was slightly put off by bar staff coming to my table expecting me to pay straight away for drinks when it was their idea to ask were more drinks required. Being asked...More

1  Thank Steve W
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Hi Steve You've got me puzzled here ?! I can only assume it could have been a new trainee, but they are always accompanied by an experienced Member of Staff Next time your in, could you please ask for me ? Thank you Cheers, Duncan

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We visited The Boulton Arms on Monday and were disappointed with two of the three meals that we ordered. My mother's spare ribs were well overcooked (black in appearance and incredibly dry/inedible). We of course immediately explained that she wouldn't be able to eat her...More

3  Thank B S
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thank you very much for your feedback, but I do believe you have been slightly unfair in your comments for the following reasons :- 1 the ribs are slow cooked in a mixture of five spices, which gives them a "blackened" appearance ; 2 our...More

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Great lunch at the Bolton Arms, great choice and service. The rustic chips are excellent! Lovely garden area and choice of bar seating or restaurant area, good choice of real ales. We will definitely be back to try the new spring menu in the restaurant.

3  Thank mags722
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Naomi L
27 September 2016|
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Response from Duncan K | Property representative |
yes, from several ramped external areas, but as it is an 500 year bulding access to the toilets does include a 6" high step
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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