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The Wellington Arms

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Baughurst Road, Baughurst RG26 5LP, England
+44 118 982 0110
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Simply outstanding Simon and the team epitomise the best of what an amazing restaurant should be. The menu exemplary. Wines unbeatable. Service cannot be beaten Even the pot of tea exceeded expectations

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1 Thank Elysiumcarpediem
Tadley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a treat, can't decide what was best the cheese soufflé, the chicken, the sherry trifle wonderful my husband devoured his lamb and everything else he had the staff were friendly and attentive and we will definitely be back lovely recommend it for sure

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1 Thank June B
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had celebratory dinner last night which was great! Delicious food, great wine and service! They also have lovely fresh produce for sale.

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London
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Myself and my husband stayed at The Wellington Arms this weekend and could not believe the love, care and attention to detail that went into every single aspect, from Home-Grown/Reared produce, to hand made cookies in the rooms, everything was utter perfection. We stayed in the Hayloft, which has a lovely little nook at the top of the room with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a night away without children and we stayed at The Wellington Arms. It was such a peaceful pub with beautifully decorated rooms, a wonderful restaurant and a super garden. The owners of the pub have the most amazing eye for detail and everything they do is done just perfectly. So much care and hard work... More 

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1 Thank Lucy M
winchester
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous food, warm welcome, great ethos and charming environment. It was lovely. Food was much enjoyed by us all - well-prepared, good presentation and great taste. We had an unhurried, indulgent and much appreciated dinner. It's great when you return to a good restaurant after some time to find it is every bit as good as you remember. And it... More 

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1 Thank Discerning_Diner_10
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely lunch here. Staff were helpful but left us to chat even though everyone else had left. Food was very good.

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1 Thank betty970
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten in some great restaurants all over the world, but we keep coming back to the Wellie. This charming pub conversion provides some of the very best food in the area. The dishes are well thought out and meticulously well prepared. We are always torn what to choose from the seasonally changing menu. The staff are efficient and... More 

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1 Thank Mike T
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a table at The Wellington Arms on a whim as we were in the area for the day on business, and we were so happy we did! On first inspection the buildings and surroundings are picture perfect. The interiors are sublime. Extremely comfortable and fantastic attention to detail. Warm and inviting in every way. A massive "thing" of... More 

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2 Thank David M
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40 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visites after reading about this pub being on he top 50 UK gastropubs. We were not disappointed. Super fresh home cooked food and completely on point. They deserve all the accolades they receive.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 54
Cuisine
British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
09:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Baughurst Road, Baughurst RG26 5LP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Baughurst
  • Phone Number: +44 118 982 0110
Description
Eating at this homely yet sophisticated pub (with a menu so local that the eggs, chicken, honey and ham are bred and made on the premises) feels like being in the dining room of a dear friend. Muddy wellington boots welcome. (The Times, May 1st 2010)DescriptionYou get a real thrill walking into Baughurst’s Wellington Arms. It’s tiny – only twelve tables – and the busyness and passion emanating from the kitchen hits you immediately. Owners Simon Page, who does front-of-house, and Jason King, who cooks, are like a couple of kids who’ve found themselves running their own sweet shop. They love what they do and their enthusiasm is infectious. They’re not amateurs, though – far from it. Jason is an Aussie who worked in the best places in Melbourne before meeting Simon in Hong Kong. They decided to relocate here to Britain and ran a catering company before taking on the pub in 2005 on the sort of mad whim that marks some of the best dining pubs and makes them so truly individual. Opening a restaurant didn’t appeal. “We couldn’t have afforded it,” says Jason. “We had enough to buy a short lease from the brewery and that was all. But I didn’t want a restaurant anyway. That smacks of a glass-fronted box on a high street. We wanted a place where you could come in your wellingtons if you felt like it, where we could create the kind of space we wanted and cook the kind of food we liked without any rules. The pub is so small and such a personal kind of place that we do sometimes feel as if we’ve opened up our living room to people,” he says with a grin. The table and chairs – all Edwardian and as carefully sourced as the food – make you feel as if you’re at your granny’s, except that granny never paid this much attention to detail: twinkling tealights of amber glass (lit even during the day in the colder months), linen blinds, perfect pats of butter and neat salt and pepper holders. As you read the blackboard menu you are cocooned in homeliness: jars of honey from the pub’s own bees, homemade jams and chutneys and teapots with cosies knitted by Simon’s mum line the bar, and there are boxes of eggs from their own chickens on the counter, all for sale.The food is a mixture of British fare (despite being from Australia, Jason is a stickler for running an English venture and using local produce) with a few splashes of exotic colour and some original spins on better known dishes. You might find the potted local trout with homemade pickle and toast soldiers, venison and field mushrooms in red wine with rosemary dumplings, free-range pork with crabapple jelly, Moroccan chicken stew and candied quince and almond tart. Rural, homegrown and local is written all over it. This is honest food, beautifully executed.With their own chickens, bees, pigs, fruit trees and vegetables out at the back, Jason and Simon care doing what many people dream about but never pursue. Thank goodness they’re allowing us into their living room.An extract from The Gastropub Cookbook - Another Helping by Diana Henry. Published in Great Britain by Mitchell Beazley in 2008.

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