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The Bolton Arms

91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
+44 1256 819555
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to use the Bolton Arms on a regular basis when I worked in Basingstoke. The pub has changed over the years but I have to say for the better. We lunched at the Bolton Arms with friends (14) after our monthly 'rugby mob'...More

2  Thank Jim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped in for Sunday Lunch without booking and managed to get a table for two. Even though pub was busy with a 16 party group and various families of six and four, the staff got us settled and refreshed with drinks in short order. Likewise...More

1  Thank Steve D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really like this place. Friendly staff and good food. Went and had there early in the week lunch special. Selected mains and a beer or wine for £12.00 I had the ham egg and chips wife had scampi. Good quality pub food and a pint....More

1  Thank andrewroberts177
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch today, 4 of us, we had scampi and home made chips, and homemade steak & ale pie plus deserts excellent cooked food hot and very well cooked. Don't mind spending good money for this and staff and ambience was perfect. A...More

2  Thank Steed123
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We all opted for the Sunday roast. My judge on a restaurant is: does it serve food better than I could cook. In this case, the gravy was tasty, but the let downs were the vegetables which were over cooked and the Yorkshire puds which...More

3  Thank Yowzerrr
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Popped into old basing to find a pub that we had popped into awhile back and fate led us here again. Lovely food and great young staff that are hard working and professional. Food was good wuth a good selection of wines

2  Thank BandC-Lil
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Haven't been to The Bolton Arms for years. Pleasantly surprised by the change. Decided to eat in the garden as it was a lovely evening and the quiz night was going on. The food was very good quality and arrived nice and quickly. Service generally...More

3  Thank Pinkskwiff
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Popped in on Sunday without booking. Staff were excellent and managed to get us into a table in the bar. The haddock and prawn bake and the soup of the day were excellent. We had to wait a while for our mains , but it...More

3  Thank David A
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We held our Corporate Summer BBQ at the Bolton Arms and as the organiser I was really impressed by how attentive they were in helping me to get all the aspects, i.e. menu, drinks, timings, etc. sorted out. On the evening the staff were so...More

3  Thank OrganiserElf
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Lovely setting and very convenient. Never been here before but will certainly make an effort to get here again. We are blessed with plenty of good eating places around here but I would put this one amongst the top end of the list. Food very...More

6  Thank chrispHampshire
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Naomi L
27 September 2016|
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Response from OldBasingPunter | 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, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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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