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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 good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“prawns” (4 reviews)
“pork” (8 reviews)
“roast dinner” (4 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a little gem of a place, we sat outside in glorious sunhpshine to eat our Sunday roast, very good portion sizes, a bit too good for us and tasty too! Staff helpful, polite and attentive. Fabulous setting. Plenty of tables but not crowded. Interesting...More

Thank Vivette E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a party of 16 that had reserved a table outside for Lunch. We were given a table on the decking in the garden, it was lovely. If you are going in the summer months I would recommend booking a table outside as they...More

2  Thank Emma O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic pub to just drop in and good to have a good quality , unpretentious meal . The service is friendly and the food tonight was good as ever . The liver and bacon is always good but this evening we tried salmon main...More

1  Thank 33MAL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Met a friend and this was a good meeting point halfway between us. The pub has a large car park to the side. The service was warm and friendly, food was ok but you can’t really go wrong with scampi and chips. Thought it would...More

Thank 2114s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to lunch on a sunny Friday and sat in the delightful garden. We had booked as it gets very busy and we did have a bit of a wait for our food but then we were four fussy eaters who all ordered complex mixes...More

1  Thank littleartybird
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Duncan, Mikki, Nicole, Emily and the rest of the team hosted a private charity event for the Brittle Bone Society charity on Saturday for 60 people. The whole evening was brilliant, from 5 star food from Emily and her kitchen team, where 61 3 course...More

1  Thank SteveEddersEdney
Reviewed 9 April 2018

We had booked a table in the restaurant, and were quickly shown to our table. The pub was very busy, but our service was really good and we were very well looked after. We had a variety of food, from Tapas, king prawns were divine...More

1  Thank Sally A
Reviewed 9 March 2018

On the rare occasions it snows in England, it really is good to go for a walk and explore.... and find a lovely village pub to relax and enjoy lunch!! The first thing I liked about The Bolton Arms was the warm polite greeting from...More

1  Thank DJCOTTS
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Attended a wedding reception here and it was absolutely fantastic! The food was great as were the staff. They did the wedding couple proud. A fantastic local, community, village pub which makes me wish I lived nearby!

3  Thank DDFarnham
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Amazing food good beer . brilliant staff who couldn’t do enough to help. we had a lovely day thanks to all the staff for a lovely day 😊

3  Thank Dyanne N
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Steve H
11 March 2018|
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Response from DJCOTTS | Reviewed this property |
It is a good pub/restaurant. As frustrating as it might have been when you visited, good pub/restaurants can be very busy at certain times. I would advise try again, or better still book a table. It is not like the pubs of... More
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
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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