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Bush Inn, Arlesford

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This pub has an idyllic location right next to the River Itchen. It is prime walking country. The interior has lots of individual rooms, around a central bar. But they have been modernised a little. The room I sat in had a collection of fish in glass cases. Being a Wadworth house, only their ales are sold - 6X, Horizon, Henry's IPA & Farmers Glory. It appears they normally have Westons Rosie's Pig as a real cider. But this was off on my visit. I was served by a polite young lady. But I was the only customer in the pub. A few others were outside. Food is served all day. Although it is a more limited menu during the late afternoon. Nice pub. Shame the ales were only Wadworths.
blue_scrumpy - 16 Aug 2015 15:08
Stopped here early April 2015, Lovely place, good pint of Wadsworth 6x, really nice warm welcome from the Landlady, Sarah. Excellent food, although as has been noted on earlier comments, a bit pricey, but really tasty.
Beautiful location with a stream running past the pub garden, and a river just 20 yards or so from there. Great place for a walk and a pint afterwards. The pub has a large car park at the rear of the building and is located about 3/4 mile down a narrow(ish) lane off the A31. The day I visited it was really busy, (Sunday Lunchtime) so if you intend to eat here it's probably wise to phone ahead to reserve a table.
I am not sure if the Landlady has changed from the previous comments, but I couldn't have wished for a better welcome.
arfajob - 29 Apr 2015 10:40
Good food, although service was slow. A local shop, sorry pub, for local people. (Royston Vesey come back!). Agree with the comments about the landlady? - needs to take a course on people skills.
cg1949 - 20 Oct 2013 17:07
Great Pub in a great location, although the choice of Ale was limited to 3 Wadsworths The Farmers Glory was outstanding. Staff and Clientelle were very welcoming and I will not hesitate in visiting again next time I'm in the area.
nivramkram - 8 Aug 2011 11:27
Lovely riverside pub with good reputation for food so took Mother here for Mothers Day. This is a Wadworths brewery run pub so choice of 3 wadworths brews only tho my pint of 125 ale was good. Reasonable wine list for the girls and chalkboard menu for food. Food was very good tho quite pricey compared to other pubs with a similar standard and as there was a large party in the restaurant we did have to endure 45 minute wait between starters and mains. All this aside it is a welcoming place to spend a few hours and would be a lovely spot for a walk and a pint or 2 on a hot day. Just make sure they don't try charging you 117.75 for liver and bacon tho as happened to me!! (honest mistake!!)
thegaffer - 4 Apr 2011 17:22
Lovely spot, pottering along the river, clear water fish darting almost expecting toad of toad hall to pop out- the pub is a charming spot, good wadworth ondraft (shame thats all the choice but its a directly managed brewery pub...) Very welcoming, food looked good but 15 average main meal is the tariff. worth a punt for a sunny day but expect it to be busy and book ahead as otherwise its an off beaten track drive to a tiny hamlet.
parmantom - 7 Mar 2011 15:33
This pub has good food and although the beers are not varied are well kept. Bar staff generally nice although the woman (presumably the landlady) has a face like you have just walked in and taken a dump on the carpet - not a warm reception!!
ILBuono - 12 Jan 2011 13:35
First found this pub on my way back to London from Stockbridge.

Stopped off for a simple bite. My partner & I had the most excellent ploughman's lunch you could find!

The location is fantastic. The River Kennet, full of trout, is yards away. Perfect for a post-lunch stroll along the banks.

Have returned twice since. The river is still as lovely, but found the cooked mains good, but not THAT good to warrant the price,

The location & the ideallic pub itself is the attraction.

It's most definitely worth a detour for: it's a beautiful pub in a great location.

AND THE PLOUGHMAN'S IS GREAT!!!
joolyjay - 9 Jul 2009 23:45
Called in mid- afternoon on Sunday with a friend who said it was 20 years since his last visit. We were made very welcome and the beer was excellent. Can't comment on the food (as we didn't eat) but at least they were still open and serving (unlike other establishments we tried in passing).

Will certainly bve back
MartynG - 23 Feb 2009 13:21
Mr pedant here, correct spelling is Alresford
alebear - 27 Jan 2008 21:04
Went for a meal on the second ocassion with the Times 2 couses for 15 offer - thought the selection of pubs to dine at would be disconcerting.

The standard was excellent on our first visit, however the standard had slipped and the Bush Innn proved undeserving of it's title 'Gastro pub'. No consistency in the quality of food. The Lamb Cous Cous was bland and unimaginative. And the steak came with a limp salad with no vegetables in sight. Waiting staff were not as attentive or well manneredred as I remembered at the weekends. And as a result a potential regularly eatery has been struck off the list.
anonymous - 12 Apr 2007 21:37
Great pub! Food is ok (bit over priced) and not what it once was, but sitting on the bridge with a pint (the beer is usually excellent) the late evening sun pouring through the trees, the water bubbling below you, trout hiding in the reeds... who cares?! Location, Location, Location and it wins everytime...
TimmyC - 10 Apr 2007 22:57
Over priced, over rated, over populated by four wheel drive city dwellers and the over 80's. Poor attitude to strangers, food is very very average and the beer is barely acceptable. Go down the road to Easton or on to Alresford to find decent pubs.(Don't bother going as far as Cheriton though!)
bornandbred - 24 Jan 2007 17:26
Visited this pub for the first time in ages after a very wet walk out in the sticks from Alresford. Cracking old pub of the dimly lit, mounted stuffed animals head (with some decent antlers too) variety. Lots of character and appalling wall decoration but friendly staff and decent beer, just right to warm you up after a wintery stomp. The walk along the river is worth it too.
olive_man - 8 Jan 2007 11:42
Lovely old pub in a quiet rural setting. Decent selection of beers and wines. The food is above average for pub food, but not as good as I remember it being a couple of years ago. Open fires in winter. Nice little riverside beergarden in summer. Plenty of country and riverside walks nearby.
wilbur101 - 18 Apr 2006 14:46

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