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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