The Potter's Arms in Farnborough is latest contender for the News & Mail's Pub of the Year contest
Originally believed to have been used as two old pottery cottages, The Potter’s Arms is one of Farnborough’s most traditional pubs.
With its cottage style features and menu full of fresh, local produce, the pub offers much more than just a place to drink in.
Located in Cove Road, the building was converted to a public house in the 1870s.
Run as a watering hole ever since, the Potter’s came under new ownership in 2001.
The pub is split into two sides, one being the more lively area for drinking and the other a quieter side where guests can dine or relax and play cards.
The interior pays homage to Farnborough’s historic roots by displaying photographs of old aircrafts as well as aviation pioneer Samuel Cody, who piloted the first powered flight in the UK in Farnborough.
Allison Robson-Thompson, owner of The Potter’s Arms, said: “My husband used to work in the RAF so we decorated one area of the pub to remember that.
“We get a lot of the aircraft enthusiasts coming in on a lunchtime so it’s nice to have something that recognises Farnborough’s traditions and history.”
One of the features Allison prides The Potter’s Arms on most is its home cooked food.
The pub uses entirely fresh, local produce and has a large Sunday lunch following, with homemade Yorkshire puddings a particular favourite.
The specials menu varies daily with two different starters and main courses, one of the most popular dishes being homemade steak and ale pie, made with three pints of Guinness.
The pub also has a selection of fine real ales.
The Potter’s Arms has strong links with the local community, regularly holding raffles and fun days to support charities in the surrounding area.
Most recently, staff from the pub took part in the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice annual bike ride, raising £1,613 in sponsorship for the hospice in Farnham.
The pub also regularly supports a number of children’s charities and recently donated £500 to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Allison said: “We're a real community pub, it’s not just somewhere to come for a drink.We do a variety of things to raise money and we like to look after local businesses as well as charities.”
The Potter’s Arms has held fundraising events in aid of the nearby doctors’ surgery, Jenner House, and held Christmas events for a local residential home.
After taking over ownership of the pub, Allison extended The Potter’s Arms in 2004 and added a separate hotel.
The hotel contains 10 en-suite rooms and one disabled room.
The accommodation comes complete with televisions, WiFi and a 25-seater dining area where home cooked food is served daily.
Allison said: “At the time there were only a couple of hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area which is why we extended. As we’re also a pub, we have the flexibility for people to come and go. Often we have people from flight safety stay with us and pilots may get called out in the night as they work 24 hours so the hotel is ideal for people visiting or doing business in the area and working the night shifts.”
Staff work around the clock to accommodate guests at the hotel and the pub boasts a great family atmosphere.