The Bakers Arms

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The Bakers Arms is a relaxed, informal country pub that has been serving award winning food in the stunning Meon Valley for over 10 years. Come and enjoy our log fire in the Winter months and our sun trap terrace in the Summer. The pub is in the beautiful village of Droxford, Hampshire, which is part of The Southdowns National Park.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was a little dear for the macaroni cheese dish, it was a bit small,
The lamb was really expensive considering it had only 3 green beans for veg.
The chicken and leek pie was very good but considering it was only early in the evening you only had two left
One of our coffees were only half a cup and cold. And when we asked to change it. The waitress should of said yes straight away. Not it was done at the same time as the others it quite clearly wasn’t.

OS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

A very pleasant place to eat. The staff were really attentive and helpful. The starter to share was excellant and the pie was well received but 2 of us had the fish pie which was lacking in taste and did not have a lot of fish. We did not expect to find peas in an expensive fish pie. If only we had ordered the lamb!,

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard the food was good and went for Sunday lunch with a friend.... will be back

P
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We very much enjoyed our trip to The Bakers Arms. The food and service was really very good.

JL
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After much debate we settled on the Sharing Platter of cheese, pate etc. Excellent choice and made a very good and satisfying lunch.

t
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever a wonderful warm friendly reception pub and meal

AR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We have eaten here numerous times and have always been impressed by the service and most importantly the food. Sadly on this occasion our experience fell short of their usual standard.
The pub itself has a warm and cosy atmosphere, it is clean and the staff are friendly.
The vegetarian main course of chestnut tatin was ruined by the pickled mushrooms - far too acidic and any taste of mushroom replaced with pure vinegar. Either the spinach or the wild mushrooms were incredibly gritty - I had one very sandy mouthful which put me off finishing the plate. The meal itself didn’t seem like a complete meal : a small wedge of tart, some wilted spinach and some mushrooms and tomatoes around the edge. Compared to my partner’s pie, chips and veg it seemed ungenerous.
Sadly, the affogato was disappointing; the way it was served made it difficult to eat and the soggy wafer floating around in the sundae dish was really unappetising.
The service was adequate - by that I mean our food was brought to us. The server didn’t seem very experienced and didn’t engage with us beyond taking our order.
We were brought our bill but had to go to the bar ourselves to pay when the server didn’t return.
Overall, based on the strength of our past experiences we would possibly return for a Sunday lunch with the family but would think twice about returning for an evening meal as a couple.

M
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was busy, but there were plenty of staff who served our food at a good pace, so we didn't feel at all rushed. The food was excellent, good quality and plenty of it. In fact, we need to return (and not share a starter!) so that we can hopefully sample the desserts! The other really nice bit was the bill, which was surprisingly modest for the quality of the food and the experience.

h
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is the third time we've visited but it's definitely not as good as it used to be. Decor is still lovely, but the food is getting worse (first time we tried it last year it was amazing). The meat eaters in the group enjoyed the food' but the vegetarian food was disappointing. The roasted beetroot crumble was more like a slightly warm salad and quite watery and the sides dishes were overcooked. It was also incredibly quiet for a Saturday night, so maybe others are thinking the same?? Not sure if we'll give it another chance as we were disappointed last time as well.

JM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Droxford to celebrate a friends 50th Birthday. We had a superb meal. The staff were welcoming and friendly. A great ambience too.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great wine list, knowledgeable and efficient service. 10/10!

N
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is the second time we have been to the Bakers Arms, and we have had another fantastic evening. We were a party of 5 and the pub layout is really good, plenty of room around the tables, not crammed in. Outstanding quality beer and food, we all had filet steaks, possibly the best we have ever had. The ambience is really nice, old world pub. We would all thoroughly recommend, thanks for a great evening.

LF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.

It never disappoints and I recommend it to all.

RS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Roast dinner we have ever had out,we will definitely return in the near future.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not particularly good table between toilets, staff did close back door! Food was good but generally over salted for our taste

MW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal in pleasant surroundings. Both my husband & I had the prawn starter which was delicious, my main course mussels were also good. My husband had the lamb rump which he thoroughly enjoyed & said it was very tender. Service was friendly, courteous & efficient. Thanks & well done Bakers for another great meal.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb roast dinner!!

Have patience with the waiting staff most are very young, this was my only very minor ‘issue’.

Will be back again!!!

SJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely traditional pub, great roast dinner in fact we were all so full we couldn’t manage dessert. I definitely recommend booking as it was very busy, as soon as a table emptied it filled again. Good atmosphere and although it was packed this didn’t effect the service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic Sunday lunch , we will be back. I fully recommend a visit

T
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and won’t be our last, lovely cosy warm atmosphere, staff were wonderful, friendly and attentive. We’re not vegan but like trying the vegan options, they said as well as the vegan options on the menu they’d adapt others options where possible which we thought was good of them. The black bean burger was lovely and tasty and came with a nice vegan mayonnaise, I asked for sweet potato fries with mine, would have been perfect if it can come with a small side salad or a few vegetables. My husband had the cauliflower steak which he said was very nice it came sat on a bed of tasty mixed veg, he also ordered a side of sweet potato fries which was good as the Cauliflower and veg wouldn’t have been filling enough on their own. We were pleasantly surprised to see to vegan options deserts, a light lemon cream which was very tasty and an apple and gooseberry crumble which was nice but a bit light on the crumble but then pubs never seem to do a proper thick homemade crumble, the custard wasn’t vegan. All in all a lovely experience, looking forward to a return visit with the family.

HB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a restaurant, my husband I, use infrequently but we will be coming much more often. The food is always good and the ambience excellent. It is an excellent country pub. I have brought guests here and they have always enjoyed the experience. I would recommend this pub anyone that wants a good meal well served.

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Bakers Arms for the first time with friends last Thursday evening, we had an extremely enjoyable meal, the food and service was excellent. The atmosphere is very relaxed. Already planning our next visit!

LF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular Sunday lunch venue for us.....one of the best...

AF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fab food, pleasant staff. Abundant portions, beautifully cooked. Puddings gorgeous.

L
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely attentive staff ... our waitress was a delight

LP
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the Bakers Arms on Sunday. Everything was amazing. Lovely old pub, friendly staff and delicious food! We both enjoyed the Sunday roast. Everything was home cooked, served hot and with plenty of gravy!

WP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Hampshire's finest gastro-pubs, without question.

KT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever awesome food and great service, proper Sunday lunch!!!

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a excellent experience and delicious food. Well done guys

EP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a very quiet Monday night, the service was fantastic (thank you Amy!), the food excellent and the surroundings delightful. Would definitely visit again if I was in the area.

DC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly service and a good ambiance. Inevitably, with such a popular pub in an old village the parking might sometimes be tricky.

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful hearty Sunday roast in beautiful surroundings

C
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to have a meal. Good food and service

l
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pub and mussels to die for. Locals friendly and dog friendly too ... perfect x

R
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were very disappointed with the food and the service. We chose this venue because of it’s referenced Michelin’s approval on its website. This must have been some time ago.
We both had fish as a main course which was served with greasy potatoes, inedible samphire and a side dish of green beans were uncooked.
The service was unprofessional. Our table was not cleared after both first and second courses.
We were asked our opinion of the meal and we were offered a free dessert.
The exterior of the building was very run down with an overflowing drain in the car park and a very tired and unkempt garden.
A most unsatisfactory evening.

s
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always a pleasant lunch at the Baker’s. Nice menu and good service makes this a regular on our dining list.

CB
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, brilliant service! I was made to feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Unfortunately some of our party were delayed by over an hour, however the staff were so understanding. When we were finally all there we ordered our food and I loved that there was more than one vegetarian option. Our food arrived, very hot and absolutely gorgeous, so much better than the average pub Sunday lunch with gorgeous puddings too. We will definately be back. Thank you.

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Highly recommend.

o
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was fantastic , highly recommend the Hanger steak

JL
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience4

I go to the Bakers Arms fairly regularly to meet a friend and have always had excellent meals. However on this occasion my Cauliflower Steak dish was not at all good. Lukewarm, bland, greasy and inedible samphire. We were not charged but disappointing as usually their food is so good. Heard a few other complaints from other diners, it was busy, so hopefully just having a bad day in the kitchen. We will return.