User name:



Sign in with Facebook

Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW

Chat about:
Halifax Crawl - 21 June 2024 with Gann on the Pub Forum

The Rising Sun, Basingstoke

Pub added by Anonymous User
Chapel Hill
RG21 5TB
Phone: 01256321520

Return to pub summary

Reviews (Current Rating Average: 8 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Graham Coombs left this review about The Rising Sun

A fairly plain but pleasant pub just up the hill from the station. The general feel is of a facelifted locals' pub, without being over-modernised. The large main room is knocked though to a darts area and a snug with a TV, while behind the bar is a raised back room with garden at rear. The only draught beer on was a very drinkable Andwell Muddler, with 6X and Proper Job clips reversed. Note the pub is up for sale so things might change.

On 15th February 2022 - rating: 6
[User has posted 3353 recommendations about 3290 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Quinno _ left this review about Rising Sun

A bit of a clean-up here (hooray) and a re-naming, but essentially remains as was. Three ales: Courage Best, Black Sheep Bitter and GK Old Nutty Hen (pretty good). Fair enough, quite busy on my Friday visit. Given the slide downhill of the Queens Head, it’s good to see this one open again for the thirsty commuter.

Reviews as Way Inn
May 2012
A recent re-visit found the beer selection to have evolved - TT Landlord, Longdog, Oakleaf Hole Hearted, GK OSH and. Abbot. The Longdog was good and Hole Hearted absolutely spot-on. However the interior is looking pretty grubby (eg the furnishings are getting very tatty) and the pub, never the most light/welcoming at the best of times due its position, feels a bit dingy and desperate, what with the lights not switched on and the lack of homely touches on a grey day. A coat of paint, some new upholstering and half a dozen sets of new light fittings really would do wonders. There’s at least one real fire on the go now so there’s potential. This could be as good (maybe even better) as the Queens Arms if management want it to be. Rated 7

November 2008
A pub that’s getting popular with the younger crowd and is also becoming well-known for its beer. There’s usually Abbot, Deuchars, Landlord and Palmers available and they are in pretty good shape. Quite a large interior, the inside downstairs I always find a bit dingy – it’s better up the steps as there’s a bit more natural light coming in. The beer garden is functional but well-done. The jukebox (decent selection) music is often pointlessly on the loud side, perhaps the landlord is deaf. The food available (posh pub grub with garnish, usually) is pretty good in my experience. Staff are usually pretty good as well. Overall, I'd recommend a visit here if you are in the town. Rated 8

On 13th October 2014 - rating: 7
[User has posted 5239 recommendations about 5222 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

dave stray left this review about The Way Inn

Abbot Ale and Timothy Taylor are the main ales available. Appears to hold occasional music nights. Pub is large and never seems to get very busy here.

On 7th June 2013 - rating: 9
[User has posted 265 recommendations about 183 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

dave stray left this review about The Way Inn

Many ales - as many as 6 at one time. Also the Jukebox is good fun.

On 15th August 2010 - rating: 5
[User has posted 265 recommendations about 183 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Old Boots left this review about The Way Inn

Much extended from the old long thin place I remember from years ago. The front bar has been opened out and is quite a pleasant and comfortable place for a pint or three while persuring the old film posters, although there is continual music from an admittedly impressive jukebox. The back room appears to be largely given over to food and there is a garden out the back. Four pumps with two mainstreams, one going that way and one smaller brewers ware, that is Abbot, Deuchars, Landlord and Palmers, in pretty good condition. Close to the station and thankfully a bit away from the desolate town centre. Mixed bunch of customers ranging from Popley chavs to middle class diners.

On 12th November 2009 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 3322 recommendations about 3023 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Mark Brennan left this review about The Way Inn

For me the best pub by far in Basingstoke's town centre.

The food is freshly prepared daily, not like some of the other chain bars that make up the rest around Festival Place and they have a good selection of ales and lagers on tap.

It has a warm and welcoming environment and has definitely shaken off the image created by it's predecessor the Rising Sun.

Weekday lunchtimes and Friday nights can be busy, but if you want a drink and/or a meal and a chat in a nice surroundings then this is your place.

On 16th September 2008 - rating: 10
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]