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Posted as demolished - 4.5 years ago.
randolf7 - 4 Apr 2019 18:24
It's been demolished.

wortman - 4 Apr 2019 17:40
The Castle pub in Basingstoke was shamefully named 'Poison' The pub has now been demolished to make way for re-development so no sign of it is there.
wortman - 2 Oct 2014 01:42
Such a shame another real pub bites the dust.
fiftyfive - 19 Nov 2010 12:46
It must be advertising suicide to name a consumable establishment..POISON. Praps it's French for FISH.
wortman - 16 Jun 2010 00:44
We have recently moved down from London and had drank at the Castle once or twice but it was mainly closed. Upon it being turned into Poison we were aprehensive to see what it would be like. We watched them refit it and it seemed to look very nice. On saturday we finally braved it when a couple of our friends came down from London and went down for a drink. Firstly we could hear the drum and base from the top of the hill, when we got in there the place was empty and the music was so loud we couldn't even hear the bar staff! I was expecting a nice over 21 bar It was anything but! the only people hanging around outside appeared to all know each othere and be totally trashed. Never ever again! We walked around the corner to the Queens arms. Much friendlier, still not a trendy bar but at least you could order a drink and sit down for a chat with your friends.
allys_uk - 23 May 2010 18:15
I was saddened when I saw his place yesterday - apart from the name 'Poison' - the interior has been completely gutted. This was a fine example of a real pub, one of a very rare breed in Basingstoke and someone has destroyed it all. Why did they have to choose The Castle? You can take any old unit in town and turn it into a bar. No regard for history at all. It is a real, real shame.
Alexh1982 - 16 May 2010 11:25
Has anyone seen anyone in it - ever??
revbrianlovecraftscott - 26 Mar 2010 14:14
Is it ever open?
fiftyfive - 19 Jan 2010 00:22
What sort of name is that, the brewery should be ashamed at letting it change it's name.

fiftyfive - 16 Oct 2009 12:52
Oh my good gawd "a trendy wine bar "
think i prefer the Tattoo option!!
winchesterclub - 8 Oct 2009 08:35
All the rumours are it is going to become a tattoo parlour but that isnt true, i know for definate that it is going to become a ''trendy'' wine bar.....called the Poison's currently being refurbished and i think its opening in a few months.....
Carl083 - 7 Oct 2009 11:46
Another one bites the dust !
a sad day as it was what i would call a proper pub, at least it wont be knocked down as it is going to become a Tattoo Parlour !! so i heard, wonder i f you will get one the pubs Pickled Eggs with every Tatt
winchesterclub - 5 Oct 2009 08:23
The Castle is now closed. Thanks to everyone for their custom over the past years.

Greg & Angie welcome you to the White Hart in Worting Road, Basingstoke.
Carl083 - 2 Oct 2009 20:44
what hours does this pub open? every time I have walked past in the evening it has been shut
epel - 2 Aug 2009 23:39
From the 1st July 2009 the following price changes will be introduced:

Fosters - £2.25 pint
John Smith Smooth - £2.25 pint
Strongbow - £2.25 pint
Bottle of Becks - £2.00
16oz Pepsi - £1.29
Glass of house wine (Red or White) 1.25ml £2.00

We look forward to seeing you all!
Carl083 - 21 Jun 2009 18:04
A locals pub with Sky poker being taken very seriously on Thursday nights. Three not very interesting real ales and certainly not in brilliant condition on my last visit. The obligatory range of Fosters, Carling, Kronenberg, Stella and Guinness. Keen and friendly aussie landlord. A small corner dedicated to the Saints (Southampton FC) and lots of glassware to bump tall heads on.

anonymous - 16 Feb 2009 11:45
If you are loking for a traditional english pub this is the place to be. Friendly people. Good beer. Good food at lunchtimes. Poker on Thursdays. What more can you ask for...
Dusty42 - 12 Jul 2008 17:19
Also smoking area out the back with shelter and lighting for all you smokers out there......
Carl083 - 22 Apr 2008 18:17
Poker on a Thursday and Sunday, first game free.......
Call or visit for more details!
Carl083 - 22 Apr 2008 18:15
Pickled eggs & Biltong surely a winning combination!
winchesterclub - 15 Feb 2008 12:07
Pickled eggs are back.
fiftyfive - 15 Feb 2008 10:58
hi quinno, i would give it another go if i were you! i absolutley love this place, its the only thing i miss about not being in basingstoke anymore!

kittenfoxytrot - 11 Feb 2008 12:50
If you are walking from the Queens to the Castle it"s on the right hand side!
Sorry to hear about the pickled egg situation,mind you they now do Coan"s Biltong not a bad substitute
winchesterclub - 10 Feb 2008 12:22
Sorry to correct you Winchesterclub, but the Queens is on the left, and I asked for a pickled egg the other day to be told that thay have not had them for some weeks.
fiftyfive - 9 Feb 2008 10:59
Unfortunatley the Castle does rely on the "suit brigade" as it does"nt attract a lot of passing trade and they do seem to hang on into the evening when the office juniors think they can handle their 4th pint of Fosters at 7pm.
It"s a shame because it is complete throw back to the 70"s Paisley pub carpet,Tankards hanging from the ceiling,and Pickled eggs behind the bar.There is a small alley that runs beside the Queens pub 200yrds on your right you will find it,Best to go after 7pm for best results!
winchesterclub - 8 Feb 2008 17:09
My initial impressions of this place were good – pretty building and a fairly cosy-looking interior. Some Saints paraphernalia on the walls and load of comedy framed Britpop-era match tickets.

However the bar was taken up by (the only other customers) a small collection of loudly braying low-grade office workers and their little estuary-English assistants (one of whom was loudly describing how she had been sexually harassed by her boss…but quite enjoyed it). Would expect more people around on Wednesday evening, perhaps they all went to the Queens Arms instead.

Adnams Broadside was past its best. Chugged it and left disappointed.

Shame as the inside looks like it’s perfectly preserved from an episode of Life on Mars – the jukey even played Children of the Revolution, right on cue.

Perhaps I’ll give it another go sometime. It has potential.
Quinno - 8 Feb 2008 16:43
We went what must have been after the lunchtime trade because it was dead with only a couple of locals at the bar. The bar staff were friendly and the pub is quite large with lots of seating however we just didn't like the feel of the pub.
Maybe it was the lack of clientele or the music being played on the jukebox (bland r&B - but the kids like it) it just didn't feel cosy. Also the Adnams Broadside I had was not good but the London Pride was. Maybe our expectation was too high given the earlier reviews but whatever it was, we won't bother again but give it a go and make up your own mind.
scarer - 4 Feb 2008 16:22
Thay have the most excellent steak nights once a month, the best I have ever tasted.
I am told that thay do not advertise, and booking is a must, give it a try.
fiftyfive - 23 Jul 2007 10:35
Used to do a great live blues night on a Saturday, superb talent. I played here once (volume was well down). They really should bring talent back to pubs and not just cd players.
anonymous - 16 May 2007 14:43
Re Disco's - you can reserve the back section of the pub for private parties / events.

I suggest call for details if interested.
Carl083 - 24 Apr 2007 10:51
Not as far as i know
good idea though !
winchesterclub - 18 Apr 2007 15:08
Do they still do discos in here?
anonymous - 18 Apr 2007 15:00
Great pub, fantastic atmosphere.

The food is fantastic, the Castle Burgers are to die for!!
Carl083 - 2 Mar 2007 11:01
The best pub in Basingstoke if not the world!!!! I almost dont want to shout about it because I want it all for myself!
anonymous - 11 Jan 2007 16:39
I agree. I loved this pub as soon as I stepped foot into it. Good beer and great locals. Proper English pub, none of your chain shit.
bish80 - 12 Nov 2006 02:38
Great place to be during or after working hours, Great Staff with good service, varied choice of food.
Varied clientele from suits to locals.
Just what a British pub should be.
anonymous - 29 Oct 2006 10:19
yeh its pricey, but if you work in Town its the only place to be at 5pm on a friday - the food is brilliant and Greg is a top bloke! Ihave fond memories of this place!
kittenfoxytrot - 18 Aug 2006 15:50
Enjoy this pub, great for footy matches, friendly locals and Landlord. Beer is good, what more could you ask for.
852 - 3 Jun 2006 07:09
It is rumoured to be the most expensive pub in Basingstoke, with a large 'office' community and commuters using it the landlord has upped the prices to keep 'the kids' out. Bet every landlord wished they could do that.
Alexh1982 - 25 Mar 2006 01:35
Went there yesterday (22/3/05) and it does some lovely real ales, Wadworth 6X being there with Courage Best and some West Berks stuff. I had the lovliest packet of pork scratchings I have ever had, and the pub is bigger inside than you'd think
Alexh1982 - 26 Mar 2005 08:11
Nice interior, close to the Basing View business area
Alex - 25 Jun 2004 17:51

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