The Hoddington Arms

4.8
975 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 975 people are saying
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Cazza
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fabulous food. Very relaxed atmosphere. Will be back.

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ANDP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous lunch for my husbands birthday. My mum had many allergies and they went out of there way to accommodate her requirements.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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Andrew
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening. Still one of best pubs for food in the area. Great relaxed but timely service also. Cheers

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Arsey
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food quality, ales, ambience all very good. You pays for wot u get!

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Cosetta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great ambience outside in the marquee. Loved it.

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LouiseC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic afternoon at Hoddington Arms. Food was amazing and the service was brilliant. Thank you

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ollie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really nice place. friendly and accommodating for our needs! thanks

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KeithG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were recommended here so this was our first time. The facilities were very good with a lovely tented area in the back garden. We started with cheese soufflé which was delicious as well as the home made bread. For main course we has sea bass. This was disappointing although the fish was tasty it came on a bed of vegetables of mainly peas and French beans. I was told when ordering that it came with new potatoes. I was hoping it came with the beef dripping chips but thought it looked greedy to ask for these as well. However I wish I had as the new potatoes were hardly visible. We also had two glasses of wine but no dessert which came to just over £90 with a tip. On the service this could have been a bit more proactive. The waitress realised that we had no side plates for the bread and said she would get some but never returned. With respect to the few new potatoes the waitress could have said would you also like a plate of chips between you. We left feeling unfulfilled although not hungry. If we go again I might try the burger instead.

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BobB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch, the Chef got the flavours perfect. Good service being efficient and friendly. If I was to suggest 1 thing? It would be that I’d like to have seen a seasonal hot pudding on the menu, other than that I’ll be revisiting and can highly recommend

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MrPunch
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We decided on a Sunday lunch at The Hodd because of the excellent reviews. We were a little concerned about the limited menu, however, sometimes there is nothing better than a well executed simple dish, and that was what we expected.
Sadly, nothing of the sort.
The soufflé starter was tasty and the high point of the meal. However, the squid did not live up to expectations, was unimaginative with a tasteless crumb coating.
We then had to wait over 40 minutes for our main course. This was unacceptable as we were early diners when clearly the restaurant was not yet very busy. A tasty maincourse could have saved the day. The burger meat was dry and gristly. The lamb was very ordinary, all that I can say is that the vegetables were quite tasty. As we had waited a long time to eat and were very hungry we did not want to complain and then have to wait for reparations. As the burger was just about edible we finished our meal and then could not wait to leave.
What I would say to others, despite all the good reviews, is do not come here if you’re expecting anything better than a very average pub meal, and are serious dog lovers. Personally, we prefer not to have our meal surrounded by yapping dogs.

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Altoonian
Hampshire
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Always a treat. Great place for date night too.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, well worth being the designated driver as the tastes were delicious. Special mention for the chips with truffle oil and parmesan!

MM
MargaretM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The combination of friendly and efficient staff and absolutely delicious food (+ attractive tented area) is irresistible!

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vipPebbles
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always and a great menu

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a full marquee out the back that is geared with lots of space and trouble taken with the decor so very Covid safe. Excellent food and service made it a great night out.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An interesting menu with some excellent fish choices -very good food and quick efficient service

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RipsawPete
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Comfortable and pleasant surroundings.
Why does this review force me to write a minimum of 50 characters? Unnecessary.

JB
JillB
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Booked. Asked on the booking was it a birthday which I said it was. Most places when ordering a sweet which we did comes out with a candle or birthday message. Need a light lunch menu as well we felt. Only choice was a small salad. Which we had with a sweet and coffee.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as usual. Great food and service. All you could ask for in a country pub.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday lunch was excellent - tender belly pork with tasty vegetables and crispy new potatoes. Dessert was a crime brûlée perfectly made with a crunchy top and unctuous centre. Service was friendly and efficient. Would recommend and will return.

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LaurenM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting with polite and friendly staff. The food is always delicious! We have recommended the Hoddington Arms to lots of family and friends.

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MartinR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars . Lovely staff . Great food . Great service . And a lovely setting .

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Ollie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely meal with great service. Love that the marquee is still up!!

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kevin
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal and not rushed. Had a table in the old barn which was on the side of the pub. Nice and quite area which allowed you to talk to friends without shouting.

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AlisonS
Bath
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very disappointing. Kids garlic bread with pesto (which overwhelmed any garlic). Bland main courses. Fish (fish & chips) very dry.
Service was slow.
Very expensive for food quality.
Marquee pretty but lacked atmosphere.

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ClaireF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blimming lovely!! Had a lovely meal and definitely recommend

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martynh
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another excellent meal from the team at the Hodd

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RobertM
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was efficient and helpful. The food was first class, it was unfortunate that we had a starter so did not have for one of their delightful sweets.

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Westbury
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Bank Holiday Monday lunch at The Hod, The food was delicious and so obviously freshly prepared. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the large garden Marquee is a wonderful space. We are so very lucky to have this as our local.

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marilyn1
Hampshire
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening as always. Staff food and the Marquee all lovely. Sea bass particularly good.

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Taffychap
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food in lovely pub, food selection was great (the whole plaice I had was super)... prices are reasonable, not overpriced but not 'low end'... and quality of food was lovely. Good beer on tap also...

Staff were rather rushed of their feet - well there was a large hen-party in so that was understandable, but their service was spot on. All really nice people.

Of course we would visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, beautiful outdoor seating area, very attentive staff. We visit this place once a year as it’s quite far away from home. It just gets better and better every time and has never disappointed, but always exceeds expectations.

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SimonW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb experience all round. Food was brought promptly and by friendly & courteous staff. Menu was impressive with expertly thought-out variations on traditional gastropub classics. Every dish was fresh and hot, portion sizes were spot-on, and the chefs clearly know how to impress with both taste and presentation. Clean and comfortable outdoor eating area with a terrific ambience. Can’t recommend this pub enough - “The Hod” delivers everything you could want from English contemporary hospitality - and more.

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ClaireD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, staff and ambiance. Loved how the marquee has been done on the garden

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed lunch in the marquee

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LucyF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to visit, would recommend it to anyone!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely marquee for outdoor eating and very friendly service

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Salhi
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely Sunday roast dinner and very accommodating to allergies

SH
SarahHB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love the Hod! It’s such a friendly pub - both from a locals point of view as well as people wanting to treat themselves to something different. Highly recommend. ….. oh wait no I don’t…… i want it ALL TO MYSELF! ;-)

FAQs

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

The Hoddington Arms is rated 4.8 stars by 975 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 reservations at the moment.