The Hoddington Arms

4.6
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440 reviews
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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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AG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way, sumptuous meal and pudding, service was wonderful, couldn't find any fault what so ever, perfect.

MS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good wholesome food. Excellent service and attention. Will happily visit again.

I
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great once we were in the main room. First of all we were placed in a very cold room at the end, strange when the main room was almost empty! Then we were moved and all was well!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This isn't what you would call our local. We drive a long way to come here. But the Hodders never fails to perform. The signature dish of runny Tunworth cheese served with warm bread is just the best!

MF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really super, we had a table booked for 20:30 Friday evening. Shame the place emptied out pretty much as we placed our orders. Staff were lovely and helpful.

AM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday, family , warm cosy enjoyable.

D
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food at a very affordable price in lovely setting

DH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We met for a Tuesday lunch meeting with friends. Nice table by the fire, reasonable choice of beer. Set lunch of two or three courses was excellent. Mains of slow roast pork were good - decent portions, tender meat, crispy crackling and very nice potato purée. One of the group opted for cheese soufflé which was well received. Pleasant desserts and good coffee rounded things off nicely. Good food, well priced.

KC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table for 3 but one of our party has major health issues. We were disappointed that the soup was unavailable but after a very short wait they advised us the chef had completed the next batch and was now back on the menu. It was delicious and well worth the wait. The service was great and we were very happy with our lunch, the overall experience was perfect. Thankyou so much for your consideration.

LT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food we had was very good. Well matched flavours and perfectly cooked.

The atmosphere was quite lively although wasn’t that full.

We were seated quickly and had our order taken quickly. Food arrived promptly but then the waitress who originally served us presumably finished their shift. After that the service was somewhat slow and lackadaisical

PF
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great find! The staff were very friendly and welcoming, and you were made to feel comfortable from the moment you walked in. I would definitely recommend this place and will be returning very soon - well done to all concerned!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and service as always

v
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint pub out in the country - food was excellent and highly recommend. Will be going back next time I am over in the UK.

T
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a very relaxing and enjoyable Birthday celebration. The ambience was perfect. Enjoyed post lunch coffee in comfortable seats (not always available).

JW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always excellent food at a reasonable price in a lovely setting

O
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast dinner ever - Beef was sensational

g
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Pub/Resteraunt set in a beautiful village, went on a Sat night having booked beforehand, welcoming staff and nice table selection with a good relaxed atmosphere, menu had good with varied choices but not too many, we both had the Sirloin which was cooked to perfection, starters and desserts were very nice too, all in all a superb evening and we will definitely return. Thanks all at the Hodd !

NC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal and helpful, friendly service. We will be back !

B
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Yes I would but with some comments - Ladies loo not working and V unpleasant. Restaurant cleanliness just about OK. Service by one member of staff good, some others very glum!
Food was OK for price but not as great as advertised.
Could have been more welcoming as it was a family event for 3 adults which I hosted, they did say they enjoyed the food.

OT
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and a delightful evening.

LW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another trip to The Hoddington Arms, it never disappoints. Great service and great food as always.

LJ
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was classy and exceeded our expectations. A great pub in a great location with great service and food.

OT
Hampshire
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And again we are not disappointed. We came to celebrate our daughter's 13th birthday, we come here for celebrations most of the time because you know you're never going to leave having not had the best time. Food is second to none, the staff always friendly and efficient, the atmosphere always warm and happy. What's not to love?! Still top of my list of places to go.

P
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent and friendly service, will certainly be going again.

PD
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic menu & service. We also took our dog this time too who enjoyed his lunch & first pub experience.

RR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely visit to this wonderful pub. Really helpful team on the phone, fab atmosphere, great food, with the Cote Du Boeuf out of this world - I can't remember the last time I ate such a great tasting steak and to top it off the beef dripping chips were so moorish! A great night. Thank you.

WG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very helpful and quick service food was good and good value

M
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, great food both ingredients and cooking. Much enjoyed

TP
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to this restaurant to eat, and it did not disappoint my wife or I, despite being a bit pricier than we usually consider.
The restaurant was very quiet to start with, (we like it quiet), but the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere throughout the evening.
All the food was served quickly, arrived piping hot, and was cooked perfectly.
Portion sizes were more than sufficient, and it was clear that a great deal of thought and care had gone into the menu, created by people who care about food and presentation.
The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the evening. They were attentive but not overbearing.
All in all, a lovely country restaurant, with excellent food, staff and atmosphere. A restaurant I hope to revisit many times, starting as soon as possible.

EG
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Lovely place for a special occasion , however was very disappointed with the food! When paying so much for the food you would expect to be able to get a sauce of some sort with your steak, we were offered mayonnaise or ketchup with a very expensive steak and would of liked some decent crackers on a very expensive cheese board. We adored the decor, however we were very disappointed that we were sat in the corner with a very wobbly table with spider cobwebs all over the wall. This was an anniversary dinner which we were really looking forward too! The only amazing comment we could really give is, that the staff were very attentive and kind and considerate of our needs for our special occasion. Overall Very disappointed with the food, but enjoyed the atmosphere, staff, and drinks. Would not recommend for special occasions.

IM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

KM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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 on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent establishment, we have made many great family memories here

PG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Surrey
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good location, good food, excellent service. briliaaaaaaaaaant

DL
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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