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The Bolton Arms

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
“pork” (8 reviews)
“prawns” (3 reviews)
“ribs” (3 reviews)
Closes in 24 min
11:00 - 15:00All hours
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 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

Thank Pinkskwiff
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank David A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank OrganiserElf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

3  Thank chrispHampshire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely pub with a really nice atmosphere! Welcoming and attentive staff. The food was delicious. I will most definitely be returning. So many things on the menu that I want to try!

2  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I met a colleague here for lunch and we both selected the haddock and chips. I had thought about having the scampi but the staff member mentioned about how good both choices were, but the haddock was extremely popular! I'm surer the scampi would have...More

4  Thank ChurtSunseeker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good wholesome food, friendly staff, plenty of car parking space but average surroundings. If in the area i would viit again.

2  Thank billH3010NE
Reviewed 14 August 2017

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.

2  Thank rosie102015
Reviewed 10 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

3  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

3  Thank 1972PaulaMM
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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, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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