The Wellington Arms

UK England South East England Hampshire Basingstoke

  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
This comfortable Hampshire pub with rooms is a perfect short break from London and gives the chance to spend time on the huge estate of the Duke of Wellington.

Part of the quirkily named 'Red Mist' group of pubs, which has several properties in Hampshire and Surrey, the Wellington Arms occupies a splendid location on the vast Wellington estate a few miles north of Basingstoke. It's a comfortable and rather grand sort of place, apart from the prices, which are extremely moderate whether you're just staying overnight in one of its comfy guest rooms or just stopping by for lunch. You also have all the benefits of the Duke of Wellington's old stamping-ground on your doorstep, with its country park, children's farm and playground and lots of opportunities for walking, cycling and even horseriding.

Refurbished just a couple of years ago, the Wellington Arms is above all a family-friendly pub, a large 18th-century building that has a spacious and casual bar and restaurant serving really good food along with 25 beautiful en-suite guest bedrooms. Appropriately, there's a country feel throughout, with lots of references to hunting, shooting and fishing, as well as the Iron Duke himself, who lived some of the time in nearby Strafield Saye House but in reality spent most of his time in London. There's a pubby feel for drinkers around the bar, a very slightly more formal restaurant area and a separate wedding venue next door. The food is upmarket pub fare for the most part, with high quality fish and chips, Barnsley chops and steaks and always a couple of veggie dishes, complemented with sharing platters to encourage casual dining and daily specials that sometimes push the culinary boat our a little bit further (they're also well known for the quality and variety of their gluten-free options).  Breakfasts are continental and delicious, with hot options if you're lucky enough to be spending the weekend here.

The rooms are stylish, comfortable and mostly quite spacious – six in the main house, with a further 19 in a later rear extension. Furnished in cool greys and greens, they all come with king- or super-king-sized bed, minibars and tea- and coffee-making facilities (including Nespresso machines) and chocolates. Four rooms have baths, the rest good rainfall showers and bathrooms come with ESPA toiletries.

It's a terrific place to stay if you want a convenient short break in the country from London – easy to reach and with plenty to do nearby, not least the delights of the estate itself, where, as well as the country park and grounds, you can visit the Duke of Wellington's original residence at Stratfield Saye House, which is still home to the Wellington dynasty. And in case the Duke's estate isn't grand enough for you or you fancy a bit of Downton Abbey action, Highclere Castle is a short drive away, plus Jane Austen's House in Alton is easily reachable by car 20 minutes to the south.

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Suitable For

Dogs welcome overnight in certain rooms but please call ahead to confirm when making a booking.  £15 per night surcharge for dogs. Dogs welcome in the restaurant too, but customers are requested to phone ahead so that tables can be allocated accordingly.

The Wellington is very family-friendly, with kids menus, toiletries and multiple family / interconnecting rooms - please book over the phone.

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

Double rooms with breakfast from £80 a night.

Rooms

25 en-suite guest bedrooms.

Location

Contact Website  01256 882 214  The Wellington Arms, Basingstoke Road, Stratfield Turgis, Hampshire RG27 0AS

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Getting There

The Wellington Arms is extremely easy to reach, just off the A33 near Hook, Basingstoke and Reading.

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