The Masons Arms

4.6
401 Reviews
£25 and under
English
At The Masons Arms we create a warm and welcoming ambience just as a local village pub should be. Our dishes focus on modern pub dining at it's best, traditional dishes with a bit of flair! Our menu changes regularly with daily specials making the most of seasonal produce often using fruit, herbs and vegetables grown in our own garden. There is a lovely pub garden to sit in when the weather permits!
Over the years we have lovingly developed the business and we are still making plans for further additions. Most recently we have opened a wood fired pizza oven and now offer stone baked pizza to eat in or takeaway. Pizza oven is open Thursday and Fridays 5pm-9pm, Saturday and Sundays 12pm-9pm.
We also have a microbrewery on site producing 6 ales brewed by the husband of the team.
We are dog friendly, there are treats on the bar, water by the back door and an enclosed exercise area to let them run off lead.
Enjoy a visit to a quintessential English pub in a beautiful ham stone village.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 401 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Andrew
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food

Very polite and helpful staff

Only issue was rather slow food service - we waited for more than 45 minutes between starters and main dishes

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FreyaC
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely food served beautifully and really accommodating and polite staff.

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JaneB
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is the second time we have visited in the last couple of weeks. The lunchtime that we came last time was excellent. The menu was great and we were able to sit in the delightful garden. However this time we were a group of 5 in the evening. The menu isn't nearly so good, with nothing on the starters I would have chosen. I ended up with a burger as there was really nothing else that appealed on the main menu. One of our guests had the lamb. It was the size of 2 small golf balls and some indeterminate vegetables and burnt potato. For £20 this was exhortionate! The haddock was well overcooked. The only meal that looked appetising was the ham, egg and chips although this would be difficult to get wrong

For 6.00 p.m the restaurant was very busy, and I wonder if this pub is having the same difficulty that many pubs are having in getting good chefs.

The waiting staff were attentive and quick.

It is a lovely pub with good waiting staff, and I had hoped that this would be our go to 'local' pub, but I doubt we will have an evening meal there again unless the menu and ability to cook it properly changes

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Diana
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We booked for a Sunday evening meal in a pub, thinking it would be busy, especially as it was the evening of the finals of the euro football, but at 7:00pm, we were the only ones there, so the atmosphere was sadly lacking.
On our way up to the pub from the camping field, we passed lots of fruit, vegetables and herbs etc being grown in the garden, and so thought we would be in for a treat, But the food was only just about acceptable, and in no way reflected the price. The beer however was excellent.
To top off our experience, just before 8:30, we were told the pub closes at 8:30 on Sundays, and so we had to leave.
I have to say, though, the camping in the field behind was excellent for the night.
This is the first time we have felt the need to write a rather negative review.

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JohnC
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Main courses excellent but dessert very disappointing

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JackieH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Table was a bit cramped and very close to the thoroughfare to the bar and exit.

Food was good and nicely presented.

Service a bit slow, but that wasn’t a problem.

Slightly worrying that many guests were moving around the pub without masks or face coverings.

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RobertJ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very comfortable room, fine dining, all round A1

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AliH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Welcoming staff, good food, high level of COVID awareness and appropriate precautions

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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DebbieJ
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would like to thank the staff for a friendly service and great food . This is our local and we can’t fault it ……

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Shorty
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Super cute pub, lovely clean facilities, accommodating staff, only down side is it’s tricky getting in and out of the car park in a motor home, caravan etc.

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JaneB
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked for 2 and phoned ahead to change to 3. Very pleasant on the phone and the pub is charming in a pretty ham stone village. We sat outside amongst the beautiful cottage flower borders. Food and drink excellent and good value for money. The staff friendly and helpful. didn’t see much inside but it looked very nice. This is a hall and woodhouse pub so we knew the beer would be excellent. Always look for this brewery as always good quality. From all the places we have lived - Surrey, Kent and Sussex we have used many of the brewers pubs and never been disappointed

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Kea123
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening staff and food all amazing. Will definitely be back.

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RestaurantHopper
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and friendly service, relaxed atmosphere.

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JackieD
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was wonderful as usual, service was a bit slow but it was busy. Staff very friendly and helpful. Been coming to this pub for over 17 years and it's still worth the drive from Dorset.

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LondonFoodie
London
25 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly service, nicely presented food with some ipnteresting dishes.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found the Masons Arms online as was looking for somewhere to eat near Sparkford on Fathers Day. What an amazing find!
The food was amazing, more than enough on the plate and the service was excellent. The only disappointment was that we didn’t get to try the spectacular looking roast as they had run out of gravy just as we arrived! The alternatives that we chose were delicious, well cooked and well presented.
The pub itself was cosy and tastefully decorated. The toilet facilities were immaculately clean.
We will definitely return when in the area, hopefully for a roast this time!

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming. Polite, non intrusive service. Cleanliness first class. Staff extremely
Pleasant. Would highly recommend.

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AmandaO
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dog friendly pub. Superb meal with attentive service.

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SueM
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. All four of us had a different dish and we all really enjoyed our choice.

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AlexandraG
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always atmosphere was great - as was service. Good very good as usual

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MichealV
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

all together excellent food was very good and piping hot fair selection of starters and mains good proportions tables well spaced and covid restrictions in place we are returning again tonight

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JonA
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to meet up, have a drink and some lunch. The staff are really helpful, it has outside and inside seating, the food is good quality and well prepared. Overall, an absolutely outstanding venue and restaurant. We’ll be looking forwards to booking up again soon.

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LISA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, venue and the waitress couldn’t be more friendly and helpful. A wonderful little pub.

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TracieB
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not up to usual standard, food was not hot, we were disappointed overall

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AnnM
London
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not as good as it use to be Wondered why now found out under new management Need to up their game disappointing

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Hidie
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ist visit and will not be the last. Such good food and good value.

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Robberman
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

poor service outside and food was just average. had higher expectations.

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NicolaM
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by for breakfast with friends... excellent!

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StevenW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really good food but service got a bit slow so we left sooner than we wanted as realised desserts would take too long. But can never fault the food and we will always go back. Lovely pub.

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ramblingsid
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly staff. Tasty starters, and the aubergine cannelloni main course was inspired. The duck in a pastry packet was enhanced by a most accomplished and delicious sauce.

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GrahamB
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday evening meal.
Would definitely go again if in the area.
Food was very good and staff were very friendly.
Meal service could have been faster but all in all a very good meal in pleasant surroundings.

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MelD
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great meal here. Good vegetarian options and very fresh.
Had a breakfast here too and it was really good.

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NickC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The staff were friendly but don't seem to communicate to each other which made things awkward

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KatieS
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food always very tasty. Lovely customers lovely service

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BurtonK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super site.lovely staff.great clean site.would use again.lovely food.

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AndyS
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely pub with great food. My only criticism was the lack of main courses on the menu.

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SaraA
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found the pub via an online search to stop on a long journey home. The food, location were very nice and the staff very friendly.

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AmandaM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place to eat, food was lovely, staff friendly

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Jdubya
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleasant evening at The Masons Arms meeting friends and having a meal. Good food accompanied by a nice ambiance - service just right not to quick or pushy. Only minor gripe was that when I made the booking I sent the link to the website menu to other members of my party who obviously read it and made their choices only to be given the “hard copy” menu in the pub and some of the dishes then weren’t on the pub menu which was disappointing as new choices had to be made.

FAQs

The Masons Arms offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01935 862591.

The Masons Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 401 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.