The Wellington Arms is located in picturesque open countryside about 15 minutes to the north east of Basingstoke. This gastro pub has to be somewhere that people are willing to travel to as there is virtually no passing trade, and very few homes nearby. It is however worth the effort as you are rewarded by well prepared delicious food in a cosy and comfortable environment.
There is parking in the small car park at the rear of the pub and a small number of spaces at the front. The pub sits in beautifully tended gardens where vegetables, herbs and other ingredients are grown for the kitchen. Chickens, sheep and pigs are also reared here, and therefore provides a real connection to the food on your plate.
Inside, space is at a premium, there aren't many tables so reservations are a must, but its very welcoming and smartly decorated. The service is good, friendly and unpretentious.
We were a party of 6 of mixed nationalities out for a business meal. There was ample choice of starters and main courses from the well balanced menu. The menu itself is not actually printed, it is on a blackboard which is on a wall quite close to one of the tables which means that you have to hover around the table to read the menu and make your selection. This would certainly be an irritation for me if I was at that table.
The food is very well presented, and delicious. Our starters included scallops, cheese soufflé, winter vegetable soup, warm prawn salad. Our main couses ranged from pheasant stew, T-Bone steak, confit duck, and sole. Most main course do not include side dishes which you therefore pay extra for as you do for bread. The portion sizes were generous, but we all managed to find room for dessert, again, plenty of choice and equally delicious. .
The wine list is well thought out, reasonably priced and has a fairly good selection of wines including organic wines
All in all, good food, cosy atmosphere and friendly servce. Our bill was 283 pounds for 6 and that included 3 courses, drinks and a 10% discretionary service charge.
My tip would be to book in advance and select a table away from the blackboard and entrance. It is well worth the journey
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