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The Hoddington Arms, Upton Grey, Hampshire

The Hoddington Arms

4.7
4.7
1049 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00–14:00 Wed, Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    01256 862371

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Basingstoke

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,049 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. RD

    RichardD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food a really great service. Definitely will come back
  2. MG

    MalcolmG

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As on previous visits we found the food, service and ambiance to be excellent and would be certain to visit again. Not been disappointed on any visit.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a pre -Christmas family meal at The Hoddington Arms. We were welcomed warmly and the service we received throughout our meal was exceptional, really great and chatty waitress who made suggestions from the menu and knew the wine list. The food was well presented and cooked exactly as we had asked. I would recommend the Hoddington Arms to anyone.
  4. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Have dined here before and must say the food this time was even more delicious, had a great evening, so thank you.
  5. DM

    DavidM

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    From a limited and not very interesting menu, we both opted for the burger - a combination of classic beefburger and a short rib patty. The short rib didn't taste like beef and the burger was overcooked, dry and gristly. We both left most of it. When the pub reopened for indoor eating we had a lovely Sunday lunch but something has gone horribly wrong since then. We are not likely to return any time soon.
  6. BB

    BalbirB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Sunday lunch and it was great. The food was lovely, the service too and the place had a nice friendly atmosphere. We’ll definitely be going again!
  7. LW

    LesW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Meal with friends was very enjoyable, service was good, although didn't quiet make six stars due to my request for a round table not able to be filled, although they were very busy.
  8. s

    sarab

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us dined here last night, from start to finish service & food was amazing. These guys know their stuff & do their upmost to ensure you have a lovely time. 100% recommend.
  9. CS

    CharmaineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always exceptional service and welcoming staff. Food was delicious!
  10. BH

    BeckyH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Proper food, expertly cooked and served
  11. KW

    KWaters

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service, friendly staff and in a lovely cozy country pub. Brilliant!
  12. MH

    MariaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked for lunch yesterday - Friday 12 November; cannot believe we haven’t been here before - so close to Basingstoke but in the country - gorgeous location, building, food superb - staff excellent - we will be back soon!
  13. VT

    VeronicaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It is a while since we have eaten here. Our memory was of a fantastic meal it did not disappoint . The food was top quality well presented and flavours spot on .
  14. CA

    ChrisA

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasant visit - good service and enjoyable food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It was my husband’s birthday, so we were out for a family meal. We really liked the table we were given - five of us around a rectangular table in a window recess, until a VERY loud family sat next to us! Appreciate that isn’t your fault, but we couldn’t hear our conversation, only theirs. The service was good, except that the two waitresses gave me mixed messages re allergens in the food I chose. I have a severe nut allergy and felt unsure whether I should eat the bread as I was first told it didn’t contain nuts, then was told it did, then was told it didn’t again! Likewise the dessert I chose, the crème brûlée, I asked for the nuts to be left off as decoration, then after ordering was told there were in fact nuts in the shortbread too. As a result I cancelled my dessert order. With a severe allergy I need to be sure that what I’m eating is safe - it really is imperative that your staff know the correct information for each dish so as to avoid a potential catastrophe for your customers with allergies.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently lovely food and people
  17. MF

    MFVC

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It had been a long time since we had visited The Hoddington Arms and we weren’t disappointed. Delicious food and very friendly and welcoming staff. The only area I would highlight there is not much time given between courses, so did feel a little rushed. However, it did not spoil the evening and I would highly recommend.
  18. S

    Smooth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent over all. Imaginative food well presented with great service. The only issue was the Bavette steak was slightly chewy. However, we will return.
  19. RS

    RudiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely friendly dining pub with great food. More expensive than the average pub but worth it!
  20. KL

    KennyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Impressive food. Must try cheese soufle! Waitress very kind and talkative. Had a relaxing night there.
  21. m

    martine

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning food, Stunning service, Stunning ambience. Our waitress was top class Love it, we are going back and will be back several times
  22. A

    Ahc64

    Hampshire

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great early evening family meal. Quality food and drink. Lovely!
  23. BR

    BeverleyR

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to book a table on line, lovely village pub and the food was lovely and will definitely be returning!
  24. DM

    DarrenM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday dinner and enjoyable, will be returning...
  25. L

    Luke

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great pub and even better food in a beautiful Hampshire village!! Worthy of their Michelin Plate award!! We’ll definitely be back.
  26. A

    Alan

    London

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We must have come on one of the village’s busiest nights / Halloween We were early but were made very welcome Everyone very friendly, service efficient and cheerful. Enjoyed my soufflé and we both had the bavette steak which was first class. A thoroughly enjoyable experience
  27. b

    binnsini

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I must start by thanking the owner for calling on the morning of our dinner to tell us about all the road closures and best way (only way!!!) to get there. The roads are all narrow country lanes too. This small gesture shows what a great place the Hoddington Arms is. The menu was simple 1 page and everything fresh. Lovely inside ambience and such friendly staff. Excellent value as well. Definitely going there again.
  28. RS

    RichardS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, spacious dining area, excellent service, lovely old pub.
  29. CW

    CliveW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pub is set in a quiet village, staff very hospitable, menu choice and quality of food were excellent
  30. FT

    FloTub

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of 4 celebrating a birthday on Thursday evening. Staff were polite and attentive, and could not have been more helpful when one of us was delayed by roadworks, accommodating us even though there was a busy function going on in another part of the building. When our friend arrived, very late, we were still served a delicious meal and enjoyed a lovely evening. Many thanks to all staff, both front of house and in the kitchen - we were all so impressed by your willingness to salvage our evening! The Hoddington Arms never disappoints, and absolutely excelled on this occasion.
  31. ML

    MarkL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Staff were friendly and attentive. And it's a lovely old pub. Food is pricey, so not really "everyday" dining, but it's worth it for a special occasion. Will absolutely being going back.
  32. JB

    JaneB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Was a lovely pub. Staff very pleasant and helpful. There are roadworks near atm so pub called me the day before to advise and what route to avoid. Had never been here before. Food was very good too. Would certainly recommend eating here.
  33. C

    Cazrose

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food but if u want Yorkshire with lamb or pork have to pay extra most places Dont charge
  34. DW

    DavidW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday lunch - hadn’t been out to lunch for a while, but this was definitely worth the trip out. The food was outstanding and the drink options were also very good.
  35. LR

    LondonRobster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great atmosphere great service great time. Simple as that really.
  36. NM

    NeilM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food. Thank you!
  37. LM

    LizM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great quality food well presented and very tasty, plus great friendly service. We will be revisiting for sure.
  38. d

    doristhediner

    Brighton

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food served by very helpful staff in the centre of a very pretty village. Worth a deviation from the M3 but perhaps book in advance.
  39. DD

    DinnerDate

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Good food. Poor service. Waitrd 20minutes for our drinks, 30minutes fora desserts menu despite being asked three times and then the bill was wrong. Food was lovely but to only get through a main in 90 minutes due to slow service isn't good.
  40. AT

    AliceT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time we’ve visited and won’t hesitate to be back. Lovely food, service and atmosphere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

The Hoddington Arms is rated 4.7 stars by 1049 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Basingstoke

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00–14:00 Wed, Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–17:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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