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The Bolton Arms

) #2 of 9 Restaurants in Old Basing $$ - $$$ , British,
91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
+44 1256 819555
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“risotto” (3 reviews)
“pork” (8 reviews)
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After a cycle ride through the village, we stopped off at the Bolton Arms. So, we looked for a place to park our bikes. There was a hedge, which looked like a good place to put them. As we started drinking, we saw the landlord...More

Thank elo18org
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is very nice, you can select good basic pub grub like sausage, egg and chips or be a bit more adventurous and try something from the specials board. There is also a good selection of real ales if you are a beer drinker...More

Thank Phil B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite being slightly lacking in atmosphere, we received friendly and prompt service and perfect pub food. I had liver and bacon, which was full of flavour and delicious.

1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with girls for a evening out, sat in the bar area, lovely food had fish pie very nice and tasty, very friendly staff

1  Thank Jill B
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

A frequent visitor to this pub And usually a nice enjoyable experience however was slightly put off by bar staff coming to my table expecting me to pay straight away for drinks when it was their idea to ask were more drinks required. Being asked...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 12 April 2017 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...More

3  Thank B S
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

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...More

Reviewed 8 April 2017

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.

2  Thank mags722
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.

2  Thank tbritpak
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...More

1  Thank bristolbelle06
Duncan K, Owner at The Bolton Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

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...More

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+...More

2  Thank ScubaSteve_9
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Naomi L
Is it wheelchair accessible?
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, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
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
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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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