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The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover - pub details

Purefoy Arms
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Address: Alresford Road, Preston Candover, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2EJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7687) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


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user reviews of the Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover

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The above pictures and facilities do not reflect how upmarket the pub has become since I visited. It has been fully gastrated and is now a restaurant not a pub. You really need to book a table if you want to ensure there is one to sit at although there is a sofa and armchair facing the wall if you can't get a table. Although the Otter ale (only real ale available) was good, and the soup was excellent, I was charged 3 for an average cup of coffee. Not my sort of place at all, I won't be back.
Feed - 18 Oct 2012 20:34
Would share TWG's views - it's a charming pub that unashamedly aim for the serious foodie, though I felt quite welcome for an (OK) half. Comparatively quiet though.
mtaylor40 - 21 Jun 2012 18:22
Was at this place over the weekend and completely underwhelmed. The food was over embelished and did not live up to the billing. The place was cold, untidy and lacked any atmosphere. It was not until the third course that we experienced anything like a smile or show of welcome from the staff, who frankly seemed not to want to be there!
Overall a big miss. 4/10.
Donner - 8 Mar 2011 09:05
Although not found through the usual GBG pages, word has spread that the Purefoy was worthy of attention not least for its fine food, but also some well-kept ales, which surely now should be a given in any pub that has genuine ambitions in the gastro-game in the same way one should be sure of a decent wine-list.
Pitching up in that quiet lull between Sunday lunch (served till 4 here), and the modest evening stint, there was little in the way of activity at the pub, although one can only imagine that it would be teeming with scores of upper-middle class clans desperate to pay handsomely for some local libation and verifiable victuals, all sourced from the best and most proximitous establishments. It was a shame that food wasn't in the offing as I daresay it would be superb - maybe another time.

The wine selection was excellent, and if one is prepared to pay, there were actually some very fine wines on offer at surprisingly low mark-ups. Ale-wise, only 2 out of a possible 3 pumps were active (the 3rd pump was a cider which is a useful option). Itchen Valley Winchester ale was sampled by the half, and was in reasonable nick. The barman was efficient in serving, if a little pre-occupied. The atmosphere was smart yet still cosy on a cold Winter's evening, and although clearly gunning for the foodie market and restaurant-heads rather than the pub lovers and ale cognoscenti, I think the balance is about right for its context and representatives from both camps can leave satisfied.

The building is charming and set in a very well-to-do neighbourhood, which will be a magnetic draw for some and a complete turn-off for others. I'd say give it a chance and see what you think - though paupers of the parish beware: you shall need to deploy considerable cash to get the best out of what's on offer here!

TWG - 9 Feb 2011 17:19
One of my favourite local pubs: the current owners have absolutely transformed it. Great decor - cosy, stylish but still pubby. The food is lovely: not rock bottom prices, but very affordable, and incredibly reasonable for the great quality, given many boil-in-the-bag operations charge less for mediocrity. (I was very happy to pay 10 for just about the nicest fish and chips I've ever eaten.) What I like most is that it's still a pub that welcomes drinkers and grazers: there's plenty of space and seating for people who've just popped in for a glass or several, and the very well-priced tapas style options are great if you want to soak up a bit of alcohol but not have a full meal. Go soon while the pub kittens are still little!
meringue - 9 Jul 2010 22:55

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