The Hoddington Arms

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£26 to £40
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The Hoddington Arms, or ‘the Hodd’ as most locals know it is the only pub in the pretty village of Upton Grey, Hampshire and is situated between Basingstoke, Hook and Alton. Originally a destination pub, in recent years its fortunes suffered and the lovely old building was falling into disrepair. Four local businessmen decided the village deserved a great pub, so bought the freehold and lovingly restored ‘the Hodd’ to its former glory and a bit more.

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IM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and good service. Will be going back and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We having been going to the Hodd for many years, it is our local. We were a little disappointed this time, we waited nearly an hour for our main courses, my steak was tough and over cooked, we didn't receive much service once the main courses had been delivered, we had to go to the bar to order drinks and to request the bill. All in all not our usual experience, left a bit deflated.

CR
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful staff. Nothing too much trouble . Food was fabulous across the board. A bit pricey for us but well worth it.
Thank you

PW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent establishment, we have made many great family memories here

PG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality, locally sourced food and drink, with great friendly service. A fantastic pub.

S
Surrey
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Absolutely lovely place to eat and drink. Knowledgeable barperson and very pleasant waitperson. Interesting menu well cooked food, piping hot. Good varied wine list from reasonable price to “pushing the boat out” . Overall a very pleasant experience. Back next week!

ID
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good location, good food, excellent service. briliaaaaaaaaaant

DL
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent as always. Could do with the background music rather quieter.

V
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 3 course lunch. The food was amazing! Especially the crackling bits and the chateaubriand 😜
Will definitely return

DA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic good quality fresh food. Pay a bit more for it than at some pubs but I didn't mind for such a fab lunch.

IK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress made us feel very welcome. Excellent friendly service

NM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent Toby was very efficient and welcoming. Bar staff were also friendly and attentive.
Food was excellent (four people eating).
We will be going back again.

PA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very friendly service. Will certainly be returning.

JM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed lunch time meal, excellent food and reasonable prices.

G
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food, in the right amount so no wastage, timings good, no long waits. Beer excellent.

PD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so welcoming with impeccable food & service. Great atmosphere, never too noisy & always guaranteed to leave with a satisfied appetite.

OT
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 50th birthday at "The Hodd" last night, as always superb service, superb food, superb atmosphere. I have never been disappointed with anything here which is why my family and I keep coming back.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous meal- come hungry, wonderful flavours and also big portions! :)

OT
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Another lovely visit. Service was a little slow this time round but I think it was because it was very busy.

AD
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing country pub, the food and ambience were amazing

T
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely village pub run by a professional, friendly crew. Both times I've visited, we have sat outside on the terrace. Good food and wine choices, set-menus etc. Can't fault it :-)

BW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff full marks. Food delicious - vegetables always a test, very good. No need for music inside. Sat outside which was very comfortable. Liked the ‘elbow room’. Definitely recommend.

SN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genoten van de accommodatie, het geweldige eten, en de super aardige bediening... kortom geweldig!

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good meal and service for my Wife’s Birthday

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were fantastic as was the roast beef

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic! The only blight on our dining experience was that we were not aknowledged by the Manageress. The other Staff were excellent!

m
Hampshire
18 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always we shared a delightful fish board then had the plaice which was delicious. Great staff lovely buzzy restaurant

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

Lovely place - excellent food, super wine and great atmosphere. Will definitely be back - with friends and family .

PM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made to feel welcome on our arrival, nice table outside, great service and excellent fish and chips followed by v nice sweet, will be going back for more!

OT
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, quaint country pub.

f
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant and relaxing Sunday lunch. Overall OK, not special but resonable food at a reasonable price.

SS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with fast and friendly service. Thought the wine was a little on the pricey side but a great place for a special treat.

T
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service in a friendly calm atmosphere.
The pub is situated pleasant country side and has a well maintained groinds
It was not our first visit and will certainly not be our last. Our allocated table was all that stops an overall five star rating as the this corner table is located by a window which has a bench seat and did not provide comfortable seating
We will request a different table when we go there again.

WF
London
30 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Hoddington Arms which we chose due to favourable reviews on Open Table. This place more than lived up to our expectations and, in fact, we were enormously impressed with the quality of the food. We both chose scallops as starter and salmon as a main course and in both cases it was clearly very fresh produce and was perfectly cooked with lovely sauces and accompaniments. The service was friendly and efficient and the general surrounding are lovely. On the basis of our experience we would certainly go back.

KR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service

EC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, friendly pub with delicious food and gorgeous decor. Highly recommend!

LW
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, superb food as always. Always enjoy a meal at the Hodd.

WK
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely warm welcome from the staff upon arrival for our Sunday lunch.
Lovely meal for all four of us, no complaints, we enjoyed the well cooked, delicious food.
Staff attentive and helpful

Thank you

A
Hampshire
18 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent again. We've been here many times and it's now back on track and getting where it should be. Simple and recognised dishes, with some fantastic local treats, including local gin - which seems to have been a favourite!

We look forward to returning to this special place for us, always a "go to" for an enjoyable evening out.

T
Hampshire
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location in a pretty village with welcoming and professional staff. We sat outside on the terrace - the garden is extensive - but the indoor area is also welcoming and cosy.

We went on Friday lunchtime and the clientele was rather mature, but judging by the large play area in the garden, I expect it's a bit louder and more energetic at weekends with families (pros and cons)!

The food was delicious, well presented and prepared. Extensive menu with lots of choice and local produce - we had 2 courses from the set menu including goats cheese souffle, plaice, cheese plate and rhubarb crumble. My only small criticism was the lack of salads on the menu (which would have been my ideal choice on a hot day). We had 2 glasses of delicious wine - a Berry Bros Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Viognier plus coffee, and paid £70 including tip.

Worth travelling to and we will definitely return.

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