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“Sunday Lunch Treat”

Masons Restaurant - Brentwood
Ranked #5 of 176 Restaurants in Brentwood
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$50
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: This place is temporarily closed.
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

We visited Masons as a family of 5 ~ we have eaten here before with mixed experiences over the years. We have had some excellent meals and some terrible meals; so I was feeling a little cautious! Perhaps a change of chef means everything but we were pleasantly surprised.
The read tyrant was busy. We dined at 3.15 and our table was ready and waiting. The cutlery and glasses were clean, correctly placed and the wine list was brought out quickly.
The drinks order was taken politely and was delivered to the table along with the properly served wine. All good so far!
We ordered 5 variations on 'Sunday Roast' which came to the table hot & well presented. The vegetables were hot & steamy- (broccoli, roasted onion, mini squash & carrots) The Yorkshire puddings were great, as were the roast potatoes - the meat too was very tasty. All in all a tasty, satisfying meal ~
We had desert too, which was prettily presented. The Panacotta was excellent and the ice cream looked rich & creamy. Our Merlot was excellent too and a reasonable price at £20..
We left happily full with the intention of returning sooner rather than later. Well done Masons - our experience was a definite upturn!
If I had to pick negatives, I would say that the occasional waitress 'plonked' down a plate or two, but the larger gentleman who took our wine order was so polite it was soon forgotten. (He called my husband "Sir" each time he spoke to him)
The bread roll/sliced loaf was offered too late and we didn't want it by then -
I didn't like the new layout of the Ladies, with only one wall hand dryer by a toilet door :( but that did not effect our meal experience! and I wish the car parking was a bit more generous!

We paid £120 for 5 main courses, 5 deserts, 2 soft drinks, 1 bottle if mineral water + 1 bottle of wine.
Will return, a bit later in the day next time, as the restaurant had quietened down considerably by about 4.30

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Thank Sally B
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We visited as a party of nine on a Friday night for an anniversary celebration. It was our first visit and the staff had made an effort to ensure we were seated as requested in the main restaurant, which was much appreciated. The restaurant has a very nice ambience, nice decor with a piano player in the background. Service was excellent, with attentive staff who always responded without hesitation to our (varied) requests. The food was excellent and well presented. The vegetables served with each main were a good selection and plentiful, there were even some left which was a first! The childrens menu was also very good, and again well presented in the same manner as the adult dishes.

My only comments would be that it was impossible to reconcile the bill back to the set price menu. Rather than present in terms of the £19.95 for 2 courses plus supplements it listed out each individual item with prices that were not shown on the menu. Secondly if you are visiting as a large party you may find yourself seated in the side room. You may wish to see this beforehand to decide whether it would be an issue or not.

Looking forward to a return visit.

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2  Thank Paul K
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Pigeon was not cooked properly and we had a guest with us which was very embarrising we was all ill and on phoning and complaining we was offered another meal free of charge I will never eat pigeon again and I would not like to return although everything else was perfect somebody should not been put in charge of food that was not for human consumption

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3  Thank Lorraine R
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We visited for a friend's birthday. The restaurant was busy as you would expect on a Saturday, the atmosphere very good, nicely decorated and furnished. The food was well presented and beautifully cooked.
However, it was let down by a couple of things. Firstly my husband had to save a tray of drinks as it was placed over the edge of the table and the drinks weighing the tray down were removed first. Drinks were served across the table and always dripping as they had been slopping around on transit.
In addition, the menus were served on a sheet of A4 paper, for a restaurant of this calibre I would have expected a menu cover, and the menus given changed between courses.
A very enjoyable evening that was great, but could have been excellent

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1  Thank jean m
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Visited Masons a couple of times when it first opened and was less than impressed with the decor but the food was good. Having read some recent reviews we decided to try it again, what a result, all the class of a top class venue without the stuffiness. Thursday night and the place was almost full, great ambience very attentive staff and the food was fantastic, best steak I've had in a very long time, and good size portions. Looking forward to a return visit.

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2  Thank ROBIN01268
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