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The Queens Arms, Basingstoke Central, Basingstoke

Bunnian Place
Basingstoke
RG21 7JE
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Quinno _ left this review about The Queens Arms

Seems to be on the up again, with a couple of interesting guests in good nick the other week and the customer base seems to have returned more towards the friendly locals rather than the Mockney cockpots that seemed to have gained traction a while back.

April 2014
It all seems to be sliding downhill here from the heights of a few years ago. Just three ales on and the Yorks Porter was the only one of interest (Doom Bar and Courage Best were the other two). It was pretty flat and I struggled to finish it. Two EDL full-kit heroes propping up the bar which makes me question the house rules (or lack of). Living off past glories and I’d think twice before automatically swerving here to neck a half between trains now. A real shame. Rated 6

May 2012
UPDATE: There seems to have been a change in management here but the ethos and quality remain the same. Batemans Dark Mild, Orkney Northern Light, Ilkley Mary Hoppins, Courage Best and Doom Bar on. The guests were £3.50pp. Rated 8.

August 2011
The best pub in Basingstoke and handily close to the station too. A good variety of ale (usually four) in good shape is its main selling point – I’ve never had a pint less than good in here. The U-shaped interior is basically what would have been two rooms now knocked into one, the right hand side retaining a comfier lounge bar element, with the left being a more public bar feel. Both areas have a 70’s mock Tudor interior vibe. Nice clientèle mix – beardies, office workers, builders, rail staff etc it making for a comfortable and lively atmosphere most evenings. Food is available. TV’s on the wall with larger profile sporting events shown though switched off otherwise. Recommended, not just for a ‘quick one before the train' but for a proper session. Rated 8.

On 10th April 2017 - rating: 7
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moby duck left this review about The Queens Arms

A half decent pub,handy for the train station,you should find two or three interesting beers on normally and as such its worth a pint if you have a long wait for a train connection, as I did last Sunday evening on my way back from Pompey. I had a good pint of Frog Island TOC Porter.In terms of Basingstoke pubs, it really is about the best you will find here.

On 2nd March 2016 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Queens Arms

I'm sure I visited this pub way back in Winter 1973 after going for an interview with the Civil Service Commission which resulted in my first "proper" job.
I'm certain this was a Courage pub then and it still serves the boring brew from Bedford so that seals it for me.
It's to the left as you leave the main South entrance to Basingstoke Station just by where a tunnel goes under the lines on the road heading North.
Inside it's a fairly small single room which wraps around the central bar with food areas on the right and further back. It was mostly full of older folk on my Friday lunchtime visit.
The bar has a pair of hand pumps which are wasted with Courage Best and Doom Bore while the other bank of four had one unused. The three beers available were Village Old Raby, Rudgate Vanilla Mild and B&T Albion Ale. I went for the Old Raby (£3.75) which was in good nick.
I thought this was a pleasant enough place but nothing particularly special. In the context of being a pub in a dump like Basingstoke it's rather good.

On 18th January 2016 - rating: 6
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Basingstoke, 0.1 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Bramley (Hants), 5.28 miles, 1 hr 41 min walk (show)
Hook, 6.08 miles, 1 hr 57 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear Patio - last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 15 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 15 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 15 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Occasional - last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
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