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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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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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91 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7DA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

2  Thank DDFarnham
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 😊

2  Thank Dyanne N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we attended to celebrate my sons 21st, nice welcome from the staff, a fantastic, well maintained pub, my son commented that it reminded him of 'Game of Thrones', which was a bonus. We originally booked into the restaurant but as it wasn't too lively (wed...More

2  Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very nice welcome on arrival for our Valentines meal and were shown to our table (22), drinks were chosen and arrived promptly. As I leaned over the table to plant a kiss the table was very unstable and we nearly lost our...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The annual Burns night at the Bolton is always a special occasion and this year was no different. Great food and drink and a wonderful atmosphere in the best setting for Burns Night in Old Basing. The bar is transformed to pay homage to Rabbie...More

3  Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

The Bolton Arms is a proper pub serving a good selection of beers and ales and a great choice of home cooked food. Although the wines are a little bit dearer than you might expect in a pub the atmosphere makes up for that. All...More

3  Thank Adrian R
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Very surprised by quality of food. Well cooked. Not over done brussels or under done partridge. Settings were okay, little dated and needs redecorating. Service fast and polite. Value for quality food.

2  Thank northan77
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

I had Sunday lunch at the Bolton Arms with my wife, 18 month old son and cousin. We were the first diners in the pub, so it was relatively quiet. Two of us had roast beef and the other had roast chicken. Portion sizes were...More

Thank gunner07971
Reviewed 12 December 2017

A group of 18 of us booked the Bolton Arms in Old Basing for the 4th time this year for our Christmas get together. We were given a separate room where our (sometimes rowdy!) crowd could laugh and catch up with each other without disturbing...More

6  Thank K R
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Steve H
11 March 2018|
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Response from DDFarnham | Reviewed this property |
Yes this really a pub. a very popular and busy pub as you found. Enough said!
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
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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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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