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“Great Value, Great Food and Superb Atmosphere”

The Freemasons Arms of Nosterfield
Ranked #10 of 32 Restaurants in Bedale
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Recently refurbished charming country pub serving everything from real ales to fine wines. Diners can choose from pub classics with a twist, daily specials and Chef's own signature dishes, exactingly cooked and served by a friendly front-of-house team. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry took time out from their high-profile visit to the Tour de France with a private lunch at The Freemasons Arms of Nosterfield. The pub was chosen to host the lunch, which was kept a closely guarded secret with only a handful of people knowing of the Royal appointment. The pub remained open throughout with regulars stunned by the arrival of the VIP guests. Chris Kinsell, owner of the Freemasons Arms, said: "It really was an honour to host the Duke and Duchess and the Prince on Saturday. I only took over the pub in February and since then we've been working to develop the unique character of the place and create a menu that combines pub classics with seasonal specials from our chef. But I never imagined welcoming Royal visitors and so we are all still elated that they chose to enjoy a well-earned break here on such a busy day for them. It was a great day for Yorkshire and for our country pub!".
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Value, Great Food and Superb Atmosphere”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

I have visited this pub / restaurant several times and would not hesitate in visiting again. The food is exceptional and at pub prices. I could mention other restaurants in the vicinity where the food is equally priced (and still good value); however the standard pails into insignificance in comparison. I could mention other restaurants in the vicinity where the standard is on a par - costing at least three times the price and tainted with pomp and pretentiousness. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is warm relaxing and interesting. For me, one of the best eating experiences on the planet!

  • Visited March 2013
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Fabulous country pub”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Tried the Freemasons after seeing very good review in magazine. Historic building full of character and interesting memorabilia. Roaring fires and flag floors make a great setting for the wonderful food, both pub-grub favourites and more adventurous fare. Everything cooked to perfection - our choices of the steak and ale pie with melt-in-the-mouth shortcrust pastry, and the liver and bacon couldnt be bettered. The landlord and staff were friendly, courteous and efficient, making the whole experience one to recommend to our friends. We'll be back!

  • Visited March 2013
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“pub food”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

I was invited to join friends on a cold foggy February night and didn't relish travelling forty minutes to the Freemasons Arms. It was however most definitely worth the effort! The food was excellent, good choices,ample portion sizes and there were clean plates all round. The pub is an interesting venue and I can thoroughly recommend it.

  • Visited February 2013
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A lovely pub”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Amazing food at a great price, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.
Every meal we have enjoyed here
We will be coming again very soon!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Amber H
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The land of The Sabbath and of The priest
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“BTW it's not in Bedale - it's nearer Masham”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Discovered this little gem on the way into Masham from the A1 on a saturday lunchtime. Were made very welcome, and enjoyed a good Ploughman's.

On the strength of this we decided to come back later in the week for Dinner; there is a comfortable dining area away from the main bar. Food was excellent - especially the Black Pudding starter. I was also taken with the Great war and motorcyling memorabilia. Worth visiting.

  • Visited March 2013
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