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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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Frome, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 lunch and the solution to this problem was that they took the ribs away, leaving... More 

2 Thank B S
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this review

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 Chef tasted the ribs upon their return to the kitchen and found them to be... More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank mags722
Berkshire, UK
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Found this by fluke had lunch with my husband service is top notch, food very good and the pub ambience so quaint and delightful, really happy we found this pub.

1 Thank tbritpak
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I had been looking forward to eating here after hearing good reviews from family members and reading the online reviews but was disappointed with my Sunday roast dinner. Am hoping it was just an "off" day for the chef. There was no colour to the meal - it was all brown with a hint of green veg. The potatoes and... More 

Thank bristolbelle06
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this review

Hi BristolBelle06 Thank you very much for your comments relating to your recent Sunday lunch, which is obviously disappointing as our Sunday Lunches are extremely popular. Did you happen to mention to your Server your concerns as we would have immediately replaced your meal, while removing it from your bill ? We are pleased you found the Staff to be... More 

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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The staff are really great. Friendly & very courteous. Nothing is to much trouble, Food is really good quality & always hot. Great atmosphere, choice to eat in the bar, the Restaurant of the In-between. In the restaurant if you have a party of 20+ you can have this room for your own function,

1 Thank ScubaSteve_9
Otford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Just went to THe Bolton Arms. Wonderful service and amazing food- try the pie and the brownie.10/10 bar staff were very attentive and the pub is very quirky with lots to see on the walls. A must visit !

1 Thank larc1983
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Went for lunch to meet a friend and broke down on route. The staff were really fab in looking after my friend until l arrived and in looking after me when l arrived soaked and frozen! Thanks! The coffee was perfect and the soup was delicious 😋

2 Thank Brown2000
Reading, United Kingdom
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433 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

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.

1 Thank BobandJosie
Old Basing, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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!

1 Thank Sandra_Sergeant
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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 

2 Thank anneee726

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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, Gluten Free Options, 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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