User name:

Password:

Login


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:
Beer of the Week (w/e 22nd May 2022) with london calling on the Pub Forum

Picture of Wonston Arms
Image posted by Moby Duck
Submitted on Sunday, 15th April 2018
With picture contributions to 872 other pubs
View all this pub's pictures (8 more images)
Only members may add pictures, click to receive free membership

Wonston Arms, Winchester

Stoke Charity Road
Wonston
Postal town: Winchester
SO21 3LS
Correct details

Served areas

Tweets by Wonston Arms
The Wonston Arms Pub The Wonston Arms Pub A very tense end to this months Saturday night pub quiz.. A TIE SCORE, decided by an old skool pub tiebreaker! . .… https://t.co/DoaId5CRS1 8:57 AM Apr 7th 2019 from Instagram
View the full twitter feed for The Wonston Arms Pub

Reviews of Wonston Arms (Average Rating: of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Pub SignMan left this review about Wonston Arms

Located in a quiet little village just a short detour from the M3, this is a very pleasant and well presented local’s pub, with a reputation for well-kept beer that saw them land the CAMRA National Pub of the Year award in 2019. The pub has a two bar set-up, which has been opened out a little, but still retains the feel of having separate rooms, thanks to the positioning of the servery and a large pillar (with a label on it reading ‘Pillar of the Community’!) that effectively creates a doorway between the two spaces. The main bar area is quite a dark, cosy space to the front of the pub, with the servery to the rear and a mix of practical and more comfortable seating throughout. A fireplace to one side acts as a nice focal point for the room and there are plenty of photos, paintings and the like adorning the walls, creating a traditional pub feel. To the right, is a slightly larger lounge bar, carpeted throughout and with the servery to the right, where all the handpulls can be found, albeit, obscured by a large group of bar blockers on this visit. The bar has a timber fronted counter, dark wood bar back and a hop lined canopy with pheasant tail feathers interwoven. There are a few tables with low stools plus a sofa and armchair towards the rear, whilst the walls are half panelled with plain uppers decorated with a beer can display, framed cigarette cards, a few bits of art and a blackboard detailing Friday curry nights. Large patio windows to the left look out to a good sized garden with gravel and decking surfaces under a large shelter which houses long tables with bar stools (a couple of mannequins have been posed here in case you’re unsure what to do or need some company), a few picnic benches and some beach-hut style structures. A bagel van in the car park was providing the afternoon’s food option and the locals are happy to shuffle their cars around, should you find you’ve been boxed in.
We were given a warm welcome by a very friendly landlord, who talked us through some of the beers available. The cask options on this visit were Branscombe Branoc, Red cat Porter, Northern Monk Eternal and Redemption Kazbek, and I found myself with a cracking pint of the Branoc which went down far too quickly. There was a good crowd present on a Saturday afternoon, creating a typical rural pub buzzy atmosphere.
I thought this was an excellent pub with top quality beer and service that would most definitely encourage repeat visits. The place has plenty of comfortable seating options, a nice garden and friendly customers, which all combine to create a very memorable pub experience. I hope to have the opportunity to visit this place again some time soon.

On 26th January 2022 - rating: 9
[User has posted 2785 recommendations about 2785 pubs]


Graham Coombs left this review about Wonston Arms

Very much still the community local but it continues to evolve, with a large wooden bar-type construction now occupying much of the garden. The interior is tricky to describe, with furnishings seeming to be people's cast-offs and random decorations in all directions, but still manages to feel homely. The little bar still has 4 handpumps, on this occasions serving Goddard's Ale of Wight, Moor Revival, Gun Extra Pale and Tring Brock Bitter, while another innovation is a large range of craft cans. Somehow it just works!

On 26th September 2021 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2581 recommendations about 2526 pubs]


Please Note: This review is over a year old.


Quinno _ left this review about Wonston Arms

Mid-range country pub that was saved from closure a few years ago and has taken on a new lease of life under the current licensee. Internally it has had a makeover but it retains a cosy charm, even if the walls are a bit whitewashed for my liking. Enter to a disconcerting slant which I assume is the internal staircase jutting in. To the right of this is a small discrete area. To the left is the main bar area with four pumps at the far right of the bar, containing on this occasion Wells Bombardier, Sharps Doom Bar, Goffs Lancer and Bettridges Jenny Wren (good nick) and Goddards Scrum (excellent shape). There is a dartboard located here as well as a wood burning stove. Carpeted throughout. Screens were showing football and cricket at a sensible volume. Gravel side beer garden with a telephone box as well. Got chatting to the landlord, a good egg and a genuine pubman. As mentioned below there’s no regular hot food at the pub but there are drive-up vans and food deliveries during the week – quite novel. Perhaps overall it's a just a little bit on plain side to be a modern classic but the warmth, cosiness and beer choice make it a worthwhile seek-out. 8.5

On 11th November 2016 - rating: 8
[User has posted 4361 recommendations about 4347 pubs]


View more reviews of Wonston Arms (4)
External web links for Wonston Arms

Pubs Galore is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Micheldever, 3.99 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Whitchurch (Hants), 6.73 miles, 2 hr 9 min walk (show)
Winchester, 7.06 miles, 2 hr 16 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Wonston Arms, Wonston
26th Jan 2022, 17:40
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
26th Sep 2021, 13:07
Review submitted by Graham Coombs

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No - Pop-up catering vans at weekends - last updated 26 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 26 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 26 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
Local pubs

Icon Key: Picture Recommendation Rating Closed