the best places to hang out after work in… Basingstoke

best places to hang out basingstoke

Basingstoke has a lot going for it. Where else can you spoon-carve in the woods, yoga with Jack, or wiggle, jiggle, and giggle yourself fitter? Still not convinced? According to Which? magazine, Basingstoke & Deane is the UK’s second-best area for food hygiene in the UK. Who doesn’t like food?

Located in the south east of England, less than an hour from coast and capital, Basingstoke isn’t called Amazingstoke for nothing (honestly, Google it). Molly, our Senior Client Reservations Consultant, knows Basingstoke best. Here’s her go-to places after a hard day in the office.

The Tea Bar

It’s Britain’s national drink, so why not expand your knowledge a little and sample some of the finest tea’s in Basingstoke’s very own tea utopia? Offering more than 30 varieties of tea, as well as cakes, patisseries, wines and cocktails, The Tea Bar is a unique change of pace. Molly says, “It’s a quirky bar with lots of live music events.” We could say it puts the tea in par-tea.

But we won’t.

Duck & Tipple

Here’s something a little different. Harking back to the Prohibition era in the USA, Duck & Tipple moves away from the glaringly lit, modern bars crammed with people, towards a cosy, retro-vibes retreat. Serving good food and even better drinks, stealthily situated on Wote Street above its shops, Duck & Tipple is perfect for anyone looking to slow things down a little. “A speakeasy style bar above shopfronts,” says Molly, adding “There’s a great quiz on a Thursday night, and even better nachos!”

Barton’s Mill

Relax by the water’s edge, taking in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, munching away on some fine food as the swans, ducks and otters look on enviously. Barton’s Mill is a unique converted mill, neighbouring the remnants of a working water wheel. It’s a great place to relax all year round. Seasonal food, an extensive wine list, real English ales and plenty of gin – what more could you ask for? Molly doesn’t know. She’s too busy upsetting the local wildlife. “It’s a delightful pub in the village of Old Basing, set next to a charming river”, says Molly, summing things up perfectly.

Festival Place Food Court

Hungry, but not sure what you fancy? Best head over to Festival Place Food Court. With Ask Italian, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Las Iguanas, Nandos, Pizza Express and The Sushi Maki to name but a few, there will always be something to tempt those taste buds. From cafes to bars, restaurants to food on the go, Basingstoke’s largest shopping centre is an essential visit. With Vue Cinema thrown in for good measure, either work off those extra calories with a bit of retail therapy or chill in front of one of this month’s must-see movies. “There’s a variety of restaurants,” adds Molly, “and cinema with reclining chairs!” Safe to assume Molly doesn’t care about the calorie counting.

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

Sitting on the banks of the crystal-clear River Test, Laverstoke Mill is a sight to behold. Bombay Sapphire sympathetically renovated Laverstoke Mill into a sustainable distillery, and it’s a beauty. Explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in your own time or with one of their distillery hosts. Alternatively, the Gin Cocktail Masterclass provides the opportunity to learn and create mouth-watering cocktails. “It’s on the outskirts of Basingstoke, but a great evening or weekend activity, with a fascinating tour of the distillery and – the best bit – cocktail making.”

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