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“Excellent food”
Review of The Masons Arms - CLOSED

The Masons Arms
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We ate here for the first time on Saturday 7th June to celebrate a visit by relatives. I liked the warm greeting and accommodating staff who were very helpful. I was a bit surprised that the place wasn't busier for a Saturday night and wondered if the food quality might not be that good. The menu showed good variety and they also had a specials board of seafood dishes. We all had starters which were good except for the pigeon breast. My daughter not having ever had pigeon before said that it was nice and like steak. Upon tasting it I thought it was totally overcooked and tough. The main courses were decent enough but lacked a wow factor. For example, my lemon sole was perfectly cooked but there was no lemon or sauce. I think just melted butter poured over the fish would have improved it. Desserts were good as were the coffeees. So to summarise, 5 starters, 5 main course, 3 desserts, 3 coffees and 2 bottles of decent wine came to £192 or, very nearly £40 per head. Not bad value. Would I go back? Yes, but I think the food could do with a few small tweaks to make it really memorable.

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Thank Geetucker
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Three of us pre-booked and, having pottered around via Adlestrop and Hook Norton Brewery, had a long leisurely lunch @ about £23 each with a drink. Set menu but plenty of choice and there was fresh asparagus around which was good. Main course portions possibly too large which seems an odd gripe but some punters might not feel up for a pudding after the beef cobbler..... which would be a shame. Good and attentive service and just a very civilised lunch with good food and Oxfordshire beer.

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1  Thank Capability186463
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Hearing that things had improved in recent times and looking for somewhere local but different to where we normally go we plumped for the Masons Arms.
It was early on a Thursday evening but we were still surprised to see a completely empty dinning room with just a couple of people in the bar area.
First slightly back mark was that no staff were present and we had to wait for a good five minutes before anyone appeared from the back (with apologies)
The two girls serving were pleasant and friendly. A rather large menu selection was on offer from three separate menus! The fish specials sounded appealing and we went for starters of scallops and tempura battered prawns.
Bread and olives came whilst we waited ( a nice touch), wine selection was ok with a few of each type offered by the glass, prices were about what one would expect.
The scallops disappointed the "jus" was as requested was on the side but was so sticky and thick was almost inedible, the greens serviced under the scallops very stringy and tough and the purée smooth but under seasoned and a bit bland, the prawns however were much better the batter crisp and well cooked.
Mains of Megrim ( substitute for the Lemon Sole on the original menu) and cod followed. Both were a little uninspiring, cooked ok but served without too much flair or love!
No sweets but coffee which was very good.
At about £70 we both felt for what had been offered was not good value and left as we had arrived on our own!
It all felt like the kitchen was a processing facility rather than a place where the staff enjoyed cooking the food who add a bit of their personality.
Probably a better lunch time venue?

3  Thank Philclem
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We were a walking group of twenty people. We had phoned in advance to warn of our arrival and were well received by the staff. As we were placing our orders a "gentleman" tried to get served ahead of us but the nice young lady behind the bar told him he would have to wait. He went off in a foul mouthed huff. The food was great and the staff went the extra mile to make sure we were all happy. They serve a good pint of Brakspeares and also sell bottled Hook Norton ales. This pub is beside the main A361 road between Bloxham and Chipping Norton.

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1  Thank CarltonA10
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Known by my father-in-law as "the boozer that sells petrol", it has been a favourite with the family for a long time. The petrol pump has gone but the great hospitality remains. We went for Sunday lunch to celebrate an 80th birthday with a family group spanning the generations. Everyone had a great meal, a great choice of drinks and efficient friendly service in a splendid traditional environment. The building oozes history and is situated in a lovely rural setting in beautiful countryside. Well recommended.

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1  Thank Squawk66
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