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“Bolton Arms”
Review of The Bolton Arms

The Bolton Arms
Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Old Basing
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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 ?
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Have eaten here twice in the past week or so. Choosing to return should tell you enough.
We were met with a warm welcome , seated in the "inn between" which is nice for informal dining, and received friendly service from the youg waiting team. I chose the homemade lasagne, and my companion chose the homemade chilli. We were both pleased with our choices.The Hogsback TEA beer is a rare treat too. Keep up the good work .

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I work not very far from Old Basing and should we feel like a treat we often chose the Bolton Arms for lunch. The ladies behind the bar are always very welcoming and helpful, the food is always of a good pub food standard and served relatively quickly (always useful in a lunchtime). This is a place I have been using for a lot of years and will continue to do so as you can guarantee to get a good lunch at a reasonable price.
If I were to make any suggestions, I would like to see more salads on the menu and sometimes in the winter the pub can feel a little cold.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A very welcome surprise. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. Food was excellent will definitely recommend to friends, family and neighbors. We received a very warm welcome and shown to our table in the restaurant, we were left to choose from the menu at leisure and were never rushed. The staff were friendly and attentive. Well done to the team.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

I first visited the Bolton Arms on my record breaking Great British Pub Tour in 2011 (raising funds for Help for Heroes) after that visit I decided that it was well chosen and was certainly one of the greatest pubs of the tour!...and one of the most charitable!
The balance between pub and restaurant was excellent with fine dining either in the "pub" or, if that didn't suit, the bar free restuarant area. This allows the bar to have that proper pub feel with local friendly banter among patrons and staff. The gardens are a delight and even on my last visit in the most dismal march weather it was obvious they were well cared for.
The waiting staff are generally young, friendly and learning a work ethic with a "nothing is too much trouble" attitude leading seamlessly through to the bar staff and management with a sociable, affable "worldly wise" repartee and experience that makes the art of pub conversation easy for regulars and strangers alike.
I have returned to the Bolton Arms twice since and it is gratifying to know that with the right people at the helm and a focus on hard work and detail, quality can be consistent...and talking of quality the food staff are undoubtedly included in the same regime as the rest of the team as everytime I've eaten there a consistently superb quality has come from the kitchen.
But hey!...what do I know?
As well as internationally, I have travelled the whole of the UK visiting licensed premises large and small as part of my working life (I am a performer) and what has happened to the British pub over the last 30 years is scandalous...but thankfully some, like the Bolton Arms, are still great British pubs...but good things don't just happen!
Good work all!

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Thank Ian C
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had been away for the weekend and on the way back decided to see if the Bolton Arms had a free table for us (this was about 1pm) and lucky for us they did. the place was very inviting and bar staff friendly and we had roast beef which was very good, great portions and cooked to perfection and really quick on serving. great price and a warm & friendly place.

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