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“First time visit this evening. Very impressed.”

The Wellington Arms
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Baughurst
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $55
Cuisines: Barbecue, International, Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“First time visit this evening. Very impressed.”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

First time visit this evening. Very impressed. Had venison potpie which was fantastic. Will definitely be going back. More of a restaurant atmosphere than a pub. Very relaxing and food and service was amazing.

  • Visited February 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Delicious and very generous portions!”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Myself and my boyfriend visited here recently, found the food delicious and the staff very pleasant. We both had the game terrine to start, I had liver with root veg mash for my main and my boyfriend had the rib eye steak with chips. My portion was huge! I did manage to eat it all though because it was so tasty. For dessert we both had the brownie. I also sampled their own sloe gin, mmmm! We liked this place as it is small and very welcoming, there are only 12 tables so I would advise booking if you wish to visit. It's very popular with the locals as well as visitors. They grow a lot of their own veg and also have chickens where all the eggs they sell come from. Highly recommended!

Visited February 2014
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Derbyshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Lovely staff and fab food”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Went for lunch with another couple. We were greeted and shown to our table immediately. We were offered drinks, bread and olives at once and given to menus to peruse at leisure. The specials board was very tempting too. What was especially nice was that specials could be ordered as either a starter or main course. The chef came out in person to check my food allergy, so re-assuring.. The food was flawless and had huge portions. They had real local draft beer and locally produced cider too.
Can highly recommend this place.

  • Visited January 2014
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Winchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Good Sunday lunch”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

First time here and had read some great reviews so met friends for lunch. A reasonable sized menu with choice of beef of pork as a roast. I had cured salmon to start which could of done with a touch more acidity for me. The cheese soufle I think was the star turn starter wise. Scallops were good but at £14 it was London pricing. We all had the roast's and all very happy although I have better crackling. We had ordered two extra veg which we barely touched as pretty large and veg already came on plates. We managed a treacle tart and sticky toffee pudding between us and needless to say didn't eat again that day! Interesting wine list with reasonable mark ups and they do make a good bloody mary. We did enjoy but did think a touch expensive for effectively a Sunday roast.

  • Visited February 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Reunion lunch”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

We booked Sunday lunch for 12 but 2 of the party were ill and did not attend then another couple had to leave for family matters just before we were due to arrive. We were charged our deposit for too and lost £20 against our meals. The food was good but very expensive with a roast dinner costing £16+. There was a mix up over a drink which the waiter argued with one of my friends who was correct and it was changed but with no apology. Overall a great place to eat with good food but watch to costs because it is expensive.

  • Visited January 2014
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