The Belgian Arms

4.5
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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.
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Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good to have vegetarian choices but barley/beetroot risotto slight out of balance - less barley please.

Soufle starter excellent as was the duck

FN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food average, pork tough and Very fatty, the three other guests had beef which they said was delicious. Potatoes hard and very little veg for four people.

Y
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was very good throughout the evening - we were initially shown to a table in a remote corner behind non-dining tables - quite an odd set up, but were cheerfully moved to an alternative table. The mushrooms in truffle butter was . not what I expected - the mushrooms were chopped so the dish looked like scramble eggs on toast - not a whole mushroom in sight. The flavour was good.
The Hake was fresh and cooked perfectly but the bouillabaisse sauce was lacking as it was a thick tomato puree rather than a stick based clear broth.
The vegetables were green , hot and perfect in texture - no mean feat.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 2 December 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review. We're glad that you found a more suitable table for your experience. Sorry that the food was not as you would of expected, your feedback has been passed over to the kitchen team who will take on board your comments. We do hope that we will see you again soon. Best wishes, The BA Team

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HH
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to see a local place with such a lovely selection of wines by the glass and carafe. The food was fabulous too.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service matched our speed (slow, lots to talk about). Would definitely go again.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 2 December 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review. We really appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, The BA Team

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t
London
46 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a lovely lunch at the Belgian Arms - nice to meet somewhere there is ample parking and it has a really nice vibe inside. The only thing I would say is that it was a little on the cold side (not by the roaring fire but the dog walkers had nabbed that spot!) Service was attentive but not over powering, food was delicious and a really excellent dessert menu in my opinion.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 2 December 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review! Apologise that the pub was on the chilly side, we've informed out front of house team and are working on getting the pub warmed up. We really appreciate your feedback. Best wishes, The BA Team

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M
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, table was all ready and staff gave a warm reception. Food was enjoyed by all 6 of us.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 2 December 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, glad that you had a great time with us here at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon Best wishes, The BA Team

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service food and staff excellent

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 11 November 2019

Hi Philip, Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you had a great time here at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes, The BA Team

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MR
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food superb! Great service and always a pleasure to visit! Chris the manager and staff are always polite and welcoming!

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 11 November 2019

Hi Marion, Many thanks for you're review. We're so glad you enjoy your time that you spend here at The Belgian Arms. We can't wait to see you again soon. Best wishes, Tasha

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JJ
Berkshire
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best for in Berkshire?....yes probably.

Great service too but the food is the reason to eat here

AM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great pub for a catch up and the food is delicious. I'll definitely be back.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 11 November 2019

Hi Ali, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks, The BA Team

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KT
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a lovely lunch and the staff are always friendly.
Have visited a few times as in the summer the garden is lovely and on colder days the pub is cosy and always warm.
The lunch menu has something for everyone and they will tweak meals if you request a slight change.
Keep up the good work.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on 11 November 2019

Hi Karen, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear you enjoy the pub the whole year around. The fires now burning away as the weather has certainly turned for the winter. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, The BA Team

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really lovely pub and great food; will return for sure!

HC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

less good than normal as we all struggled with menu choices. Disappointed to be squeezed on to a table that was too small when booking for 5 was made several weeks out and a table for 8/10 was used by 5 behind us

SG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, wonderful service. Food was delicious and nice selection

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was very inconsistent which is unusual .

k
London
48 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, but very noisy. The menu is quite small, but some lovely options (well for me). Very nicely cooked and very tasty food. The steak that one of our party had was quite small and had a lot of fat on it. My fish dish was super and was probably the better choice. The pub itself was unfortunately very noisy where we sat as there was a large table of lads who seemed to shout at one another rather than talk. We will however try again as the service and food were worth a revisit.

SS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

JH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. I had the fish pie and a generous smidgen of cheese.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

F
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
24 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

AL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always quality food and great service, a relaxed favourite

j
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food in a lovely village setting will definitely return

HB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

LJ
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere

SC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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