The Belgian Arms

4.5
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British

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Sunday Lunch
Situated in the pretty village of Holyport, set back from the green and overlooking the pond, The Belgian Arms is a favourite with locals and visitors to the area alike.

We offer really tasty British food that’s beautifully cooked, a great selection of wines and a really good pint.

The atmosphere is warm, relaxed and friendly. The Belgian Arms is the ideal spot for meeting up with family and friends, an informal business lunch or dinner and simply having fun.
What 241 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely welcome: service was prompt but not over-bearing. The food was thoroughly enjoyed by me and by my dining companion. We were full after the main course but couldn't resist the delicious sounding desserts and were very glad we succumbed! I would recommend the BA to others and hope to return again myself.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very noisy with a vibrant Friday night drinking crowd, food was very nice, service ok & bill was about what i'd expect. Will definitely return but request a table away from the bar!!

GJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought guests from the USA who were looking for a typical country pub. The Belgian Arms satisfies the bill and then some. A lovely setting with a wide choice of food and drink. I look forward to my next visit.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food were really good. We were celebrating my Aunts 86th birthday in a very quiet way. The pub organised a plate with a message and a candle for her. The waitress also bought one of our younger members a cup of warm milk because she thought she wanted it. Really really kind and the food was deliscious.

DR
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service from all of the staff was excellent, would definitely book again

F
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Disappointed that the Mussels had been take off the menu. We'd had them a week earlier and was one reason to return as by far the best mussels I've had in a very long time. Sadly no other starters appealed to us but the mains were delicious both the lamb rump and rib eye steak. My daughter then opted for the waffle desert but with amendments (no praline and vanilla ice Cream) which was no problem at all for the staff and I went for the smidgeon of cheese - a great idea if not wanting a full cheese board. Would certainly recommend and will be returning.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 19 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear that the mussels where not available for you at this time. Next time you make a reservations here with us and have any specific requests please do let us know (24 hours in advanced) so we can make special arrangements for you. We look forward to seeing you again soon, The BA Team

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B
Northampton
23 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at the Belgian. We stopped for lunch on our to our holidays and it made an excellent start. We sat on the back terrace and thoroughly enjoyed Steak Frites and fish and chips. Service was great and very friendly. We’ll be back

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 19 September 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review, we are so glad that you had another great meal with us at The Belgian Arms. Hopefully you had a great holiday! We look forward to seeing you again soon. The BA Team

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KT
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Regular visitor for lunch.
Wonderful.
Worth going for a meal.

AL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great meal. Fish & Chips is great and the Scotch Egg is a favourite!

BW
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have written several positive reviews about the Belgian Arms but if there was a criticism it is that the menu doesn't change enough for regulars like ourselves. However, this visit had a special of skate on the menu and all four of us ordered it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well presented, cooked beautifully and -as always here- served with excellent fresh vegetables.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 19 September 2019

Hi Bryan, Many thanks for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the delicious Fish of the Day - Skate Wing. Your feedback has been appreciated and passed on. We have a new menu going life for the autumn season on the 7th October. Best wishes, The BA Team

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AL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always quality food and great service, a relaxed favourite

j
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pub is still a favourite and we were particularly well looked after on Saturday.
We will be back soon!

c
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service in this traditional village pub. My rib eye steak was delicious and my wife enjoyed her Brakspear glazed chicken leg. Nice bottle of Australian Pinot Noir too !

GJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to visit the Belgian Arms and I look forward to my next visit.

TK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good experience, with an option to eat al fresco or inside. Friendly greeting and good, friendly service. My food was excellent but the kitchen failed to produce an alternative sauce in light of my friend's allergy. Would certainly come again if in this area.

SO
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food in a lovely village setting will definitely return

HB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice evening for my mum and I ! As always the food was great and quick service ! As my local I couldn’t fault it , the atmosphere and staff are lovely ! I would for sure come here again.

MR
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best! Great food, great service and great staff! Chris you and the staff did me proud on my birthday!

M
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good , food good, service excellent although food a little over seasoned.

LJ
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food, good service.....sat in the garden and had lunch on a table next to the pond...it was delightful

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere

SC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great time have been there before but never eat there food was great service was great could not fault it would definitely go back again and will tell all my friends to try it

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very tasty and delicious meal, well presented with a good selection of wines and spirits. Well worth the money spent.

KF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a lovely meal at the Belgian Arms. Staff are friendly and accommodating.

ZG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My only comment would be is that the food I ordered ; prawns to start and the chicken pesto pasta were small portions. Not enough prawns and one very small chicken breast.

GJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visitors from overseas loved the ambience

DH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely! It makes such a difference know consistently good hospitality is on offer. Well done, keep it up!

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 22 July 2019

Dear Reviewer Thank you for your kind words. We really appreciate your feedback. Best Wishes The Belgian Arms team

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N
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch on a Friday in the sunshine. Outside eating area is a well kept patio with steps up to a small lawn, and a lovely pond with a weeping willow, completes the view. Food was very good and portion sizes were also good although a little expensive. Service was friendly and polite although we were left waiting a little longer than was comfortable for our initial drinks. Would definitely recommend and be very happy to go there again.

G
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, and some very fine wines at better than fair prices! Atmosphere is cozy yet very alive! Absolutely one of the very best pubs in the Berkshire area.

LA
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service slightly slow but otherwise couldn’t fault it. Well worth another visit

PR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch out on the terrace with my wife and newborn, it’s a beautiful spot. Especially on a sunny day! The lobster was delicious and my wife’s burger was very tasty too.

The staff are very friendly and attentive. We’ll definitely be back. Sooner rather than later!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and always the best service !

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi There, Thank you so much for your review. We're so glad that we continue to meet your expectations with our food & service. We will pass your feedback onto the team. Best wishes, The BA Team

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j
Hampshire
42 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great as usual, we sat outside which was lovely - unfortunately we had ordered olives as a starter that never appeared as we chased them our mains appeared.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi There, Thank you so much for your review. We apologize that you never received your olives before your main courses arrived. This is not up to our usual standards, and hope that you will give us a chance to rectify this next time you join us here at The Belgian Arms. Best wishes, The BA Team

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s
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good that I took another friend there 2 days later. I think this is now my new local as The Crown is over priced with a static menu.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 17 June 2019

Hi Sharon, Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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SG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

A good restaurant, with potential. Service very slow, even when it doesn't look busy and with good amount of staff. Food needs a lot more thought. And for the price you pay, not worth it. Only 3 bits of tenderstem broccoli on a plate with 3 rack lamb and dauphinoise potatoes, surely more is needed. We unfortunately left feeling hungry and none of the food we had was worth the money. Not good. Would only go back if new chef, menu and pricing change. So many other better places in the area.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Stuart, We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us here at the Belgian Arms. Your feedback has been passed onto the management and we will certainly take into consideration your comments. We hope you will return so that your opinion can be changed into a positive one. Best wishes, Team BA

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KB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best place for Sunday lunch no other place

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Kate, Thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you for an awesome Sunday roast soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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LS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to the Belgian Arms and it was just as good, it is our new favourite restaurant, love it. The staff are just charming, the food is all freshly cooked and delicious. We can’t wait to bring friends there, highly recommend it

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Linda, Many thanks for your positive feedback! We pride ourselves in a friendly, hard working team and fresh produce in which the chefs put love and passion to create such delicious dishes. We can't wait to host you and your friends sometime soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Really nice surroundings would highly recommend this pub

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review. Your feedback has been passed onto the relevant team members. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Tasha

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MF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food, portion sizes generous and good choice from the menu. I can see why you have to reserve a table even on a Tuesday night, highly recommended, will definitely be back

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Mrs F, Many thanks for your review, we are delighted that you had a great evening with us here at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a discovery! Delicious food, friendly staff and good value. We’ll definitely come back

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