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“Proper pub”
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: Breakfast, Late Night, 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 May 28, 2014

As with The Crown, been attending 'mass' in the Bolton since the mid 60s. Keeps a proper pint too if tharts what you likes..

Thank Brian T
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have been here 3 times in the past 2 months and each time the food, service and atmosphere has been excellent. Having been to a few Pubs and Restaurants, find this venue great each time. Management and staff are friendly, helpful and attentive each time.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

We have visited The Bolton Arms a handful of times now and the food and service has been excellent each time we visit, I would thoroughly recommend it. There's a good atmosphere and the staff are friendly and only too happy to help in any way but they also maintain their distance in allowing you to get on and enjoy your meal. Looking forward to our next visit

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1  Thank AnnBennett333
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

A few months ago our family visited the Crown Pub in old basing and just a mile away is the Bolton Arms. We decided to try the Bolton Arms as it was only a walk from our house and it was a nice day. 6 of us had a really fantastic tasty 2 course meal. The pork was beautifully prepared and the battered haddock and chips divine. One dish that didm;t get full marks was a bit off the normal menu... Aligator. It was interesting but not great compared to the other fine dishes on offer... ah well you do need tho try brew things every now and then. Overall a great place, great service, lovely ambience. If you avoid the reptile, you'll be smiling when the bill comes!

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Thank DrGrahamecox
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's a great pub for a meal out and it's our favourite! We've been 5/6 times in the last 6 months or so and we've enjoyed every single meal, whether it's been dinner with friends in the evening or Sunday roast with the family.
The staff are really very friendly but also maintain their distance allowing you to get on with your evening, striking the right balance.

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1  Thank ALRO2014
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