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“Delightful and accomplished rural restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms
The Masons Arms, Knowstone EX36 4RY, England
01398 341231
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Knowstone
Price range: $24 - $32
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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“Delightful and accomplished rural restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

Pretty country pub now a restaurant run by 13 year head chef at Michel Roux's Waterside Inn. Front of house supervised by chef's charming but also skilled and attentive wife - a lovely hostess. Obviously this is not a mini-Waterside Inn. It is a rural restaurant in a far less affluent area. But deserves its a Michelin star. Extremely proficient smoked haddock risotto. Pigeon breast with curried brussels sprouts perfectly cooked and an intelligent flavour combination. Accompanying forcemeat made I think from pigeon liver and sausage meat was strong, but completed the dish. Main course of guinea fowl with pear tart tatin close to perfect, the skin of the bird crisp, the flesh still most and tender. John Dory perhaps somewhat disappointing (though only in relative terms), however, the plate flooded by a slightly bland cream sauce, though garnish of beans and chorizo compensated. A passion fruit cheesecake was a triumphant conclusion however. Service was obviously not in the usual Michelin tradition, and nor should it be. This is after all is a country pub as well as a restaurant, it isn't a place of pilgrimage for devotees of the Roux family. With this in mind, I would describe the service as both competent and warm. All in all well worth a detour or a night in a local B and B. We will be back.

Visited December 2013
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English first
Northampton, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Well worth visiting, an unpretentious high class restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

A really lovely couple run this out of the way Restaurant with the Mark Dodson Chef Parton in the kitchen and his lovely wife Sarah looking after the front of house.
Well presented food and a small but very well chosen menu made for a memorable evening. Quiet at this time of year so not difficult to get a tabl - a real plus - when compared to some Michelin Starred restaurants.
Mark Dodson came an found us after the meal & had the time to have a "proper" conversation - it helped make the evening!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Saturday afternoon lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

We were on our way home from a week in North Devon and booked an afternoon lunch at the Masons Arms.
What a place, in the middle of a very small village and serving Michelin star food at a very reasonable price.
The staff were extremely helpful, the food was amazing. The presentation and flavours were spot on.
Definitely recommend this place to anyone.

Visited October 2013
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Milton Keynes
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing food in a lovely relaxing setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Masons Arms. The food was outstanding and the extra touches - canapés in the lounge, the homemade bread & the petit fours to finish made it all the more special. Every course was delicious but the chocolate & peanut fondant dessert was to die for. Lovely to meet the Chef himself as we left. We will definitely be back.

Visited October 2013
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Great food, great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

I took my girlfriend to the Masons Arms for lunch, and then out on to Exmoor to propose. It didn't disappoint, and neither did she!

Our Sunday lunch was delicious, service was quick and friendly and the pub had a great atmosphere. There were also beautiful views over Exmoor.

The Masons Arms deserves it's Michelin star.

Visited September 2013
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