Selborne Arms during Covid-19

Due to the new regulations you must now wear a face covering inside unless seated at your table.

We are delighted to announce that we will be open from 11am on Saturday 4th July and we look forward to welcoming you all to the Selborne Arms. We will also continue to offer takeaways so don't worry if you prefer not to venture out yet!

We are taking every precaution to make sure we keep our staff, customers and family safe at this time. There will be plenty of signage to direct you once you are here but please do read our information as we are doing our best to work within government guidelines and make your visit enjoyable as well as safe. Any practical suggestions about whether things work or how they may be improved will always be welcome.

Covid-19 safety - what are we doing?

  • We have a new screen on the bar at the service point
  • We have provided complimentary hand sanitiser for use on the way into the pub and on a table by the main toilets.
  • We have extended cleaning practises of all essential areas as much as we can between customers or at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Wherever possible we ask that you please use your own phone or tablet to choose from our menu on our website, but paper copies of the menu will be available for anyone who needs one. We are limiting the menu to start with whilst we see how busy it is and how manageable the new measures are, and in case we have to close again (this stage of 're-opening' will be the first to be reversed should the virus start to spread again!).
  • Tables inside the pub and in the Garden Room (our covered smoking area) may be booked in advance but tables on the grass areas in the garden will be on a first-come-first-served basis. You MUST make sure you have a table before ordering. There will be no standing at the bar or outside to drink as we need to ensure social distancing for both customers and staff. Tables and chairs must not be moved around (apart from the white plastic chairs we have placed in the garden specifically for anyone needing to add an extra seat or two to their bench).
  • A one-way system will operate through the pub with no access through the front door.

The one-way system / entry to the pub:

  • People who have booked a table will be able to enter through the black door at the back into the Zig Zag Bar, then must take their seats and will be served at their table.
  • If you have ordered a takeaway for a specific collection time and are not wanting to purchase anything else from the bar you may use the black door to pop in to collect. We will be organising a collection point.
  • Anyone using garden tables will use the green door into the Hanger Bar at the back and must maintain the social distancing rules whilst queuing for the bar. We are doing this to minimise queuing inside and to allow easy access to the toilets and entry and exit for staff when taking food out. Please just send one or two people in from your group and where possible do not bring children inside unless it is to a booked table. You will need to order at the service point (where there is a screen) as we do not have the facility to take card payments in the garden, but everything will then be brought to your table.
  • Please remember you MUST wear a face covering inside except when seated at your table.

Please remember children in the garden will need to remain with you at your table due to the proximity of other customers and staff taking out food. While we would usually provide colouring books and pens we advise you to bring your own at this time as we are unable to clean every pen or crayon every time it is used. The Children's Garden is not yet open as we still have some work to do in there and due to the regulations on opening play areas, but we will keep you posted on this. There are plenty of well-spaced tables in the main garden for you to enjoy.

In order to maintain high levels of cleanliness we ask that you do not bring muddy shoes/clothing/dogs inside. Please be prepared to change your shoes and outdoor clothes if you are likely to be muddy and remember dogs MUST be on a non-extendable lead and under control at all times (as always). As ever, we provide water bowls and biscuits for dogs.

We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave without reimbursement if they are ignoring instructions and thereby putting others at risk either by not maintaining social distancing or deliberately breaking the law / going against government guidelines. Please help us to make this time as 'normal' and enjoyable for all by having respect for the people around you and being patient while we all get to grips with the new ways in which we are being forced to operate.

The Selborne Arms is the perfect location to share a meal with family, friends or colleagues. Whether you are organising a walk up the Zig Zag path or along the Hangers Way, or a visit to the gallery or museum, or simply want somewhere to eat out, the Selborne Arms is ideal.

The menu offers a range of traditional and innovative dishes which meet this popular venue’s high standards and showcase local and homemade produce.

The blackboard menus are available for lunch or dinner, and there is a lunchtime snack menu if you prefer a lighter bite.

A warm welcome awaits, whether you prefer the cosy atmosphere of the bars or the more intimate Dining Room. Superb wine lists offer a fantastic choice, with ten wines available by the glass.

Five local real ales feature on the bar (seven in summer) and there is a wide selection of soft drinks for the driver, tee total or child. A play area in the huge garden is popular with children and parents, and a wishing well barbecue is available for parties in the summer.

Latest News:

Not the 2020 Zig Zag Fest

27th Sep 2020 // 

Saturday October 3rd 2020

12 noon - 10pm

So this year our Zig Zag Fest would have been on Saturday 3rd October but obviously this year that cannot happen! However, we will still be offering our delicious local ales in the Arms, including the latest brew from the new brewery at Gilbert White’s House.

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Selborne Village Coronavirus Support

Chicken and Mushroom Pie

3rd Apr 2020 // We are working with White’s Cafe to bring you takeaway meals, drinks and other produce.

A takeaway menu has been put together and items will be available for collection during times indicated. Deliveries within the village will also be possible at no charge for those needing it - we can knock and leave for you, no contact necessary - but if you are able to collect please help us by doing so. Payment can be made over the phone by card when ordering and we can leave the order outside or bring your order out when you arrive with no contact.

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The Selborne Arms
High Street
GU34 3JR

01420 511247


Opening hours

Takeaway only
12noon -2pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
6pm - 8pm (Every day but no food on Mondays)

Monday to Friday 11am - 10pm
Saturday 11am - 10pm
Sunday 11am - 10pm

Christmas Opening Times
As above except for the following dates:
24th December - 12 noon to 12 midnight.
25th December - 12 noon to 2pm only.
31st December - 12 noon to 3pm and 5pm to 1am.
1st January - 12 noon to 4pm only.


Served 12 noon to 2pm Monday to Sunday
Takeaway : 12 noon - 2pm Tuesday - Sunday


Served 6.30pm to 8.30pm Monday to Sunday
Takeaway: 6pm - 8pm Tuesday - Sunday

Christmas food
As above except for the following dates:
25th December - no food
26th December - 12 noon to 2.30pm only
31st December - 12 noon to 2.30pm only
1st January - 12 noon to 3pm only

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