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About us

Not being tied to a brewer or owned by a chain means being able to select the best beers, wines and fresh produce, ensuring great food and drink at a fair price.

The Soldiers Return has been a Basingstoke institution for many years, however a decline in trade led to the owners The Wellington Pub Group to close up in 2011 and seek planning permission to develop the land for housing. Planning denied, the vacant pub stood empty for 2 years until the current lease holders restored the pub to its former glory.

Dedicated to the idea of a traditional pub being the centre of a community, The Soldiers Return offers a welcoming atmosphere to all, with three rooms and two bars providing a home to a range of Clubs and providing a venue, as well as catering for numerous Events. At the front of the pub is the lounge bar, opening up to a patio area overlooking the Sherborne Playing Field, while at the rear is a spacious and family friendly sports bar housing a pool table, darts board and gaming machines. Leading through from the sports bar is a dining area allowing you a quieter space in which to enjoy a meal from the Menu. Free Wifi is available throughout the pub, as well as Sky Sports on numerous flatscreens, and plenty of parking is available in both the attached car park and at Sherborne Playing Fields opposite.

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Facilities

Beer gardenCar parkDogs allowedFamily friendlyFoodReal aleReal fireSmoking areaWiFi freeComedyDartboardDJLive musicPool tableBig screenCricketFootballRacing ChannelRugbyTerrestrial TVBII

Pub reviews

Reviews

4.1/5

Owen Jakes

5 months ago

For a dog friendly pub we were asked to leave because my dog had passed wind not a dog friendly pub in my eyes stay well clear

Best Homegrown

8 months ago

Back bar was a little warm due to amount of people bar staff friendly a proper local

Brian Burkett

9 months ago

Used the private room for a wake. Staff were excellent with a good selection of food. Great value on the room hire rate. Would use again

gaming vlogger

10 months ago

I went to this pub for the first time to celebrate my mate's 20th birthday and the place was amazing. The service was spot on and everyone was super friendly. Even the bar owner talked to me about the different types of ale they had on tap and was happy to see younger people who were muture in his pub. So I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking to try some drinks at a new pub

Fay Roach

1 year ago

Great location and the locals seemed welcoming, although like most public houses it is clicky. The landlord was friendly and quick to serve. The lady of the house was unnecessarily rude and bolshie so we left after one drink! The cost of one round ( 3 drinks ) was very expensive. I will not be returning to this pub and I certainly wont be recommending it.

Pub calendar

What's on

 
Events
Events

Jun

01

2024

Live Music
(expired). Live Music At The Soldiers! On Saturday the 1st June we welcome back an acoustic duo featuring MacKenzie. They'll be covering songs from the 70's to current chart song. The first set starts at 8:30pm We look forward to seeing you then.

Apr

05

2024

Family Night!
(expired). Come and join us for our Family Night with DJ NikNak! 6 to 9pm Kids disco and games 9 to 11pm Karaoke - Adults & Children of Senior School age

Mar

30

2024

Live Music!
(expired). Live Music Is Back At The Soldiers! On Saturday the 30th March we welcome an acoustic duo featuring MacKenzie. They'll be covering songs from the 70's to current chart song. The first set starts at 8:30pm We look forward to seeing you then.

Feb

03

2024

FAMILY NIGHT!
(expired). We've booked DJ NikNak who specialises in children's parties & games. We also listened to your feed back from our Last Family Night and will be starting the evening an hour earlier. So the evening will be 6pm to 9pm for children aged 10 and under (in line with our duty of care to children), with senior school children (11 and over) being allowed to stay on until close. Nikki will be our DJ throughout the evening.

Nov

03

2023

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!
(expired). Back by popular demand, The Electric 80's are back at the Soldiers for the 3rd time! Fun starts at 8pm first performance at 9pm. We look forwards to seeing your then.

Sep

30

2023

Family Night
(expired). Evening starts at 7pm *7:30 to 9pm Silly Scott’s magic show🪄 *At 9pm we say goodnight and goodbye to the younger children aged 10 and under.😴 *9pm to 11pm - Disco for adults & senior school children 🪩🕺💃

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Opening Times

Mon12:00 – 20:00
Tue12:00 – 23:30
Wed12:00 – 20:00
Thur12:00 – 23:30
Fri12:00 – 23:30
Sat12:00 – 23:30
Sun12:00 – 18:30
Pub food and drink

Food & drink

We currently serve Roast dinners every Sunday from 1 to 3pm.
All food is freshly prepared and cooked on the day. Tables need to be booked, so call us now.

Food Times

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun13:00 – 15:00
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