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Husband and wife, Mark and Sarah Dodson, run this pretty thatched pub in a secluded little village, which boasts spectacular views over Exmoor’s rollin...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
About
We are a relaxed 13th century village pub with first class dining, easy parking and great views from the dining room. Tuesday to Saturday we offer a set lunch £29.50 for 3 courses, as well as our a la carte menu. Informal a la carte dining in the evening, tasting menu by prior arrangement. Dog friendly in our bar and outside areas. We are closed all day Sunday & Monday.
PRICE RANGE
£22 - £36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place, great food and service in a wonderful dining room. Each course was exactly what you ordered and beautifully presented Parking is a little difficult

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Superb food and service. Extremely relaxing environment run with attention to detail by professional catering couple

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have just visited during our honeymoon and were blown away. The team were extremely accommodating after finding out our reservation had been accidentally cancelled, this was hugely appreciated. The team were amazing with our dog, we were in the bar area and they showed...nothing but kindness towards him (even after his barking!). We have visited many fine dining restaurants around the UK and this has to be up there as one of the best! Casual, relaxed atmosphere with impeccable service. We had a mix of the set menu and a la cart because my partner wanted to try the blue cheese starter and I had my eyes on the raspberry soufflé, all of which were 10/10. To top our experience off, we were greeted by the chef which was a lovely surprise.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Masons Arms on Saturday 11 May 2024 for lunch for 4 persons and was thoroughly pleased!!. The food was superb (justifies its Michelin star status), the staff and overall service was on point and the setting was picturesque - we were fortunate...that the weather was very pleasant on the day and so we were treated to some lovely views of the Devon countryside. The food consisted of a selection of home-made breads, a 3-course lunch and petis fours to finish. One person in our party has food allergies but we were thoroughly impressed at how they were able to accommodate for this and still offer the same dining experience. We would happily return!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024 via mobile

We visited on a Wednesday evening to celebrate my boyfriends birthday and were very impressed. There was a lovely atmosphere and the pub was busy considering it was mid-week. The service was excellent and the staff were attentive but not intrusive. The highlight was obviously...the food. We were both blown away by how delicious it was. The complementary canapes and mini desserts were a lovely touch. We will be back!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

Perhaps I was spoilt for choice whilst in Devon, but I found the Mason's Arms a little underwhelming overall. A cosy dining room with a real village-pub feel give way to decent, but not always standout dishes that left me wantng a bit more. The...highlight of the meal was the Jerusalem Artichoke veloute with smoked chicken - creamy, rich and well-seasoned. Other courses all had nice elements, but do not stand out in my mind as particularly exceptional. By no means a bad meal, but I expect a little more from a Michelin rated restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 March 2024

It was so lovely to be back at The Masons Arms on Tuesday. We worked out it must have been about 3 years since we were last lucky enough to enjoy such incredible food and service with Mark and Sarah at the helm. Walking into...the bar area was like “coming home” and we had such a warm welcome. Lunch was nothing short of being superb. It was faultless. The Exmoor fillet was to die for. So soft and succulent and perfectly cooked medium rare. . The pistachio soufflé was nothing short of perfection. Beautifully crafted. Together with the very quaffable South African wine and a sneaky glass of champagne and some delicious dessert wine, my husband and I felt very happy to be back. Sent from my iPhoneMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024 via mobile

Been wanting to visit this Michelin starred country pub restaurant for a long time. A Christmas Present was the the way to make it happen. The welcome, service and food were tremendous. I had Duck Parfait and Guinea Fowl while my wife had soup followed...by Halibut. We shared a Selection of Desserts then coffee with petit fours. They are considering selling the business si U suggest you get in while you can!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024

After reading all the glowing reviews of The Mason Arms restaurant pub we were both excited but nervous as it had so much to live up to . Well we were not disappointed. Everything about the whole experience was excellent. Nice welcome & ambience in...a truly old fashion pub. The focus is naturally all on the food & it is mind blowingly outstanding . We thoroughly enjoyed our starters, main course and deserts all 10 out of 10. Superb & interesting wine list.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024 via mobile

We booked a table by the bar in front of a cosy log fire. The service was excellent and the set menu lunch that we chose was superb . We will return .

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 December 2023

Always book a table when we know we are in the area . Set menu fantastic value , all prepared with skill and love. Great service , drinks very reasonable. Fantastic location , a restaurant well worth experiencing

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2023

Excellent food as usual. Can particularly recommend the artichoke soup and they never fail to please with their souffles. We had a family member visit and visited three restaurants this week. Can highly rate the food and the surroundings.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

Taste of British deserts a must at the end of a sensational menu. In an informal and relaxed atmosphere the food is is of the highest quality. Venison cooked with restraint with wonderful flavour and tenderness. Every course memorable.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

Lunched with friends following constant badgering by one of them to make the trip to North Devon. How pleased we were to have given in! Michelin stars can in our experience not always be a blessing. In this case it certainly is and so well...deserved (for 15 consecutive years I think!!). Nestled in a pretty village within what appears to be a quaint country pub is a delightful, cosy restaurant where a little bit of magic happens. An enticing menu, created and cooked by Chef Patron Mark Dodson hits the spot perfectly. Neither the food or service is pretentious, but warm and welcoming. It may not be cheap, but it is excellent value for money. Can't really imagine what could be improved except moving closer it to home? But as that's not happening we will be more than happy to make the pilgrimage to Knowstone again and we're planning our return right now.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

Once again a truly fantastic dinner served with charm and friendliness from the moment you walk in you feel the friendly atmosphere of the place

Date of visit: October 2023
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Yes but there is only the bar area and you will need to book. We book a long time ahead….! We sit at a very lovely large table in front of a fire, but there is another table for 2 , however you may not be able to pre book... More
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The Masons Arms is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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