The Hoddington Arms

4.8
915 reviews
£26 to £40
British
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 915 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ClareR
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Some confusion over our food, despite having pre-ordered which meant one guest had to wait and the nut free curry was sprinkled with almonds. However, meat & fish beautifully cooked and waiting staff friendly and helpful. Love the outdoor seating arrangement. Thank you

JB
JBER
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything great apart from 1 very disruptive child running around, with a large family all of whom paid scant attention to the disruption he was causing. Perhaps one of the team could have politely asked the family to take the child to a very accessible play area.

RC
RogerC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience in the fabulous marquee and service and food great as normal.

KH
KenH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went for Sunday roast. Set menu £22 for 2 courses, but an extra £3 for roast sirloin of beef.
No al a carte offered. Set menu fine for roasts, but the rest of the menu should have been individually priced.

My husband couldn’t decide on what he wanted. So had the fish and chips. He said the curled up fish tasted ok, but he didn’t think much of the over fried triple fried chips.
So his £22 pound lunch was over the top expensive for what he got.

The roast beef included sirloin and slow roasted rib. I declined the slow roast rib, and the Yorkshire.
We enjoyed our desserts.
Service was good.

PD
PhilD
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside dining marquee is just perfect, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly as always.
Anita and the Hodd team are only too happy to seat you and make you feel totally welcome and comfortable.
The selection of food and drink are spot on and with the service worth every penny.
We always look forward to our next visit, thank you all so much.

MS
MS1961
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A little disappointed with the quality of the food on this visit, not up to previous standards, but would not detract me from going again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and great service to go with it.

The Sunday roast is the best you’ll find anywhere.

CG
ClaireG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely meal. Great service and very comfortable pretty surroundings. Will definitely go back again.

SJ
SueJ
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Hoddington Arms - it’s our favourite place to eat and would recommend it to anyone . Good food, lovely atmosphere and the staff are really friendly!

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Splurgeoccasionally
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and great service from the moment we arrived…good food and good drinks

AP
AnneP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This pub is amazing ….. food superb snd the outside area a real delight . Every time we go our meals are superb . The best Sunday roast in Hampshire by far.

PM
PeterM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect! Lovely welcome, lovely service, lovely food and lovely setting!

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Valg
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times and food and standard is always first class. Staff are also very friendly and efficient. Outdoor marquee is lovely.

LH
LucyH
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been here before and thought we’d give it a go for our date night. Our table was ready for us when we arrived and the service was quick and efficient. The food was absolutely amazing, my partner said it was the best steak he’s ever had and we could’ve easily eaten it again!
All around lovely atmosphere and welcoming staff. Highly recommend and we will be coming back!

KF
KimF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent atmosphere in the beautiful outside marquee.
Top class staff, nothing too much trouble, smart, professional crew.
Food as always excellent. Cheese soufflé, short rib burger just perfect but the chocolate pot dessert was probably the best ever!!
Can't wait to return

WG
WendyG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here. The food and service is superb. Staff are very attentive all at the right times. They made us all feel welcome. We have never had a bad meal here. Lovely place to celebrate our daughters birthday.

CR
ChristinaR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasant , well ventilated in outdoor marquee. Very friendly but slow service due to being so busy....

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super meal with a couple of friends, the service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Great quality food. Very nice atmosphere. Will def go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience and food was excellent

PW
PaulW
Hampshire
9 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Pub is in a lovely part of the world.

Am thinking there is some work being done on it as the main door not operating.

There was a big event being hosted outside, so we were seated in doors. It was a by a window so the 30c wasn’t a major problem.

Service was fine - quite attentive and pleasant.

Food was ok- but not memorable and therefore £19.95 for a small portion of Belly Pork with below average crackling, was a bit high, in my view.

RO
RicardO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice outdoor gazebo in the garden. The food and service were as always excellent. Nice ambience and even though it was busy the tables outside are spread apart nicely so you’re not in top of your fellow diners. Highly recommend this establishment

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Caro
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. We sat outside in the marquee which was delightful. The food was very good, the lemon posset was delicious.

GC
GaryC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As you can see from my points awarded, I couldn’t fault the Hoddington Arms on anything. The out door marquee is spacious airy yet protected from the weather, sun on this occasion and has a level raised wooden floor. I hope they retain this after CoVid measures are not required. Staff are attentive knowledgable and friendly, my guest has a gluten intolerance and this was handled incredibly well. Showing good knowledge of produce and flexibility to provide a way de range of meal options. The beer was excellent also and the wine list was very interesting.
I had the chicken curry (superb with large pieces of succulent chicken) and my friend excellent quality fish and chips. Soooo good!

AM
AmandaM
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful service in a beautiful setting. The Hod never disappoints! Thank you to everyone for making our meal out with friends so enjoyable 😊

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Altoonian
Hampshire
25 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real go-to place. We love it here, especially with the marquee in the back, it makes for an excellent atmosphere. The food is always great and the menu is starting to show a little more variety as the opportunities arise. Great people, great place. Highly recommended.

RB
RobinB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening celebrating a 25 Birthday The Staff and management had clearly gone an extra mile in creating the atmosphere and service

MG
MalG
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sitting in a marquee in the garden on a sunny summers evening - what could be better. Ambience and service super. The Bavette steak was a little tougher that I was expecting but the taste was excellent. Cheese Souffle was excellent as was dessert.

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WdlR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit having been recommended by two different groups of friends.
The service received from every member of the team was excellent. We were also impressed with the locally sourced food and sparkling wine which was all excellent too. We enjoyed a thoroughly good evening and we will definitely be back soon.

CB
CarolineB
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb!!! Will definitely be visiting again very soon

RN
RobertN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have used the Hodd a lot since we moved into the area 6 years ago and have never been disappointed. Also, taking into account the present covid restrictions they still manage to offer a very good service. Highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the experience very much would recommend for special occasions particularly. I’ve been on a number of occasions.

NR
NatalieR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating area. Food & service great.

AR
AdrienneR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dining with delicious food and great service

AM
AnneMarieB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and meal. Would highly recommend

MT
MickT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at The Hodd, usually for Sunday lunch, and have got to know the friendly staff including Anita who is simply lovely! We went yesterday and I opted for the pork belly roast and can say, hand on heart, that it was the best piece of pork I have ever tasted. A really great lunch all round.

RJ
RJB7
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal and environment, would definitely return and recommend.

LM
LaurenM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food! I have and will continue to recommend this pub to friends and family!

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marilyn1
Hampshire
26 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening as always my only reservation was the main portion size which was too big! And a plea for an Australian Chardonnay on the menu !!

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GraceC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful lunch yesterday at The Hoddington Arms. The food and service was excellent.

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Tgold
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marquee a joy to be in to eat excellent meal. Staff attentive, without intrusion.

FAQs

The Hoddington Arms offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01256 862371.

The Hoddington Arms is rated 4.8 stars by 915 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.