The Hoddington Arms

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472 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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HA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu, delicious food beautifully presented at a fantastic price. We will be visiting again.

GW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Excellent food, drink, service and ambiance. Have already recommended it. Well done!

IH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and lunch, I had a steak and the wife ordered the skate , but she spent the whole meal wishing she had ordered my meal, not because hers was bad but mine was fantastic. If there was anything to improve, it was the bench seat I was sitting on, it seemed to sink down to low, but it didn't ruin the day for me..

I
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and super staff, always enjoy the ambience and quiet location.

Highly recommend - looking forward to going back soon.

ST
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always nice food and friendly service. One of our favourite places to visit.

CH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, rich and full of flavour. Service was great, friendly staff even when there were little hiccups (dropping of chips) so pleased overall. The noise rating was because we were sat behind a large party so we had to raise our voices to ehar each other.

OT
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

First time I’ve been on a Friday night before and it was so busy you couldn’t hear yourself think. We had people standing over our table and at one point someone leaning on the back of my friends chair. The staff were lovely and moved the group on when they could see we were frustrated. Food as always was lovely. Will stick to going during the week from now on.

AR
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my husband . Birthday was added to booking . No mention of it at all by staff ( who were welcoming and excellent) which was a bit disappointing .
Tasty food , good wine & beer , good service .

NO
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited the Hoddington Arms on Wednesday evening for a birthday meal. My previous experience a few weeks previous was wonderful which is why I chose to re-book. I was not disappointed. We had a lovely table tucked in the corner and despite the restaurant being full, the atmosphere felt calm and pleasant. The food was incredible, the staff friendly and whole evening a delight. I would definitely recommend and look forward to going back at some point.

NB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, location and staff.

Arrived early to take our dog for a walk around the village, then settled in for a beautiful 3 course lunch menu.

The serving staff were really welcoming and very attentive.

All 3 courses that me and my partner had were delicious, with generous portion sizes and locally sourced produce!

Overall I cannot fault the experience or the food and will be recommending The Hodd, and returning myself!

AA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food. We will return soon. The puds are yummy

A
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location, delicious food and really good staff. Will definitely be back

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable evening at a friendly pub. Food was very tasty. We’ll be visiting again, perhaps for lunch next time.

TB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For the prices we were disappointed with the size of the portions. Most of the food was also overcooked and lacked plate appeal. The staff, however, were pleasant and the location and pub were lovely.

DP
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service had a few glitches due to the waitress being new, but overall everything was up to the usual high standard.

ED
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Had upset stomach both afterward due to food that did taste ok when eating

OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Have been to the Hoddington Arms in many occasions and had wonderful food however on this occasion it was very average.
The food lacked seasoning and service was also disappointing.

O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Incredible food at good prices. Service was great at the start but towards the end, when we wanted to get the bill and to pay, we found ourselves waiting a while before staff passed by. That was the only thing that could have been improved on an otherwise wonderful evening.

SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here for well over forty years, but booked to celebrate a member of family’s birthday. We were all most impressed with the food, but also on how we were treated by every member of staff. Good range of drinks too. Only wish the Hoddington Arms was in our village. We will return when next in the area and looking for a great meal.

WD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal for a long long time. Delicious food, good menu, lovely waiting staff. Definitely our new favourite.

l
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a great place to meet friends for lunch. The service was very attentive, the decor is great and the food was superb. It was busy but this helped to create the ambience. There are plenty of areas for tables so not just all crammed into one space. Best of all dogs are welcome! I would recommend this place highly and just wish our local pub was of such a good standard.

RB
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The fish and chips was quite simply stellar. Do not pass this over, the loss will be yours.

JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Sunday lunch. We asked to be moved during our meal as there was a noisy party next to us and staff were immediately very helpful and accommodating.

A
Hampshire
19 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here for years, with this being firmly within our favourite, Go To places. A small dip but I can honestly say that the Hodd is back on track and top of the pile.

We visited on a quieter than normal Saturday and we're very pleasantly greeted. It's difficult to overstate how important this is and the Hodd does it naturally, well done. Time was very much on our side and each course was given the time to enjoy it. The starting platter was excellent and a meal in itself. My wife had the skate for the first time and will certainly be trying this again. The Hodd Burger was as good as it gets. Plain and simple, well cooked and with the option to load up or to "cut the crap" and have it as God meant it to be!!

As it's a pub, the bar is always lined up with something new, the beers changing often and it was a treat to see an old favourite, Courage, on tap. Nicely done Hodd, nicely done. A great wine list, cheeky dessert finished off a great evening. Can't wait to go back.

We'll do the local walks from you website and see if we end up finishing at the Hodd. Now that sounds like a good idea!!!

JM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and food, would prefer not to sit at uncomfortable bench in window next time.

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hoddington Arms always have lovely friendly staff. Menu always has delicious options to chose from.
Food is always tasty and well presented.
The Hoddington Arms is a favourite place of ours to eat.

CL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and lovely ambience in the pub. Highly recommended.

CS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food, had the goats cheese soufflé that was delicious!

BR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable post-Christmas lunch -- excellent menu with good choices -- friendly and efficient service -- would recommend.

BM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and great food. Really nice Christmas atmosphere.

KE
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a team lunch and cold not have been happier with the quality of service and food.

RR
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We meet friends every year for a reunion and the food, ambience and staff at the Hoddington Arms are always fantastic. Highly recommend it and will be back again soon.

AG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
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 on 6 December 2019
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
2 reviews
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.