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Masons Arms
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Branscombe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 24, 2014

We have just come back from a 2 night stay at The Masons Arms in Branscombe, we were hunting my ancestors!
We satnav'ed from Essex to this ShangriLa type haven called Branscombe and there was our ideal picture postcard pub/hotel in the middle on the village. We stayed in one of the converted cottages on the other side of the car park and were impressed with the decor and quietness. Food was excellent (fish and chips were superb!) and the moules et frites were classic. Staff made a huge difference by being responsive and on the ball, service we very good and the public area had a huge fire. Ale was good and our MALBAC was yummy!. Location in the valley is good with a 20 minute walk to the pebble beach. Like McArthur "we will return" Compliments to the chef also!

Room Tip: We chose a cottage away from the pub (they are Grade2 listed)
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed two nights in November for a significant birthday celebration.The staff were motivated,friendly and professional.The pub was a lovely place to be and the room was one of those above the bar area. We asked for this as they do not allow dogs in the main building bedrooms. It was very well appointed and spotlessly clean with a quaint view of the street.
The bar had good real ale and a wonderful atmosphere.The restaurant was equally as good with competent service and lovely food.Pretty walk over the hill to the beach and the other way to the working forge and church.
A most enjoyable experience.Will stay again.
Car parking was no problem but travellers should beware the lanes leading to this establishment are very narrow, partly single track and winding with some passing places.Not a good idea after dark for newcomers.

Room Tip: Rooms above the bar are not dog friendly.The bar itself is!! Rooms in the cottage annex allow dogs b...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Always good for Banter, unfortunately night bought a few people who obviously expect that the pub should be a sombre place, never met people in a pub who really shouldn't be there. Then to be subjected to their pathetic arguments aloud - whilst they complained at the staff.... I hope I don't see them again on my next visit !!!! :-)

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is our second time of staying at this Hotel. Our first time was 8 years ago! We found it then quite expensive and has a small room with an extremely large bed that you could hardly walk round in one of the cottages belonging to the Hotel! This time however we stayed over the pub.
Our room as large and looked over the car park it was lovely and quite though. They had provided all manor of soaps, body lotions, shampoos etc. As this trip was spontaneous we had left home from Eastbourne with nothing apart from what we stood up in and a good old Credit Card! They were able to provide us with Toothbrush and Paste Kits, not to mention a Shaving Kit for my husband. The bathroom was very clean as was the bedroom. The Bath Tub was a small squat bath however it did have a shower. We ate that evening in the Pub and had a lovely meal. The landlord and landlady were very friendly as were the remainder of the staff and the locals who we got chatting to. Breakfast was plentiful and we were offered additional coffee and toast although we were so full we could not manage it! The cost of one night was £59 for B & B for two of us and we thought this was good value. This is a lovely little village with a fantastic beach approximately 1/2 mile walk each way.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stayed in this historic pub for a few days after new year. The weather was extreme but we still managed to have a great time. The staff as always were very friendly and made us feel most welcome. The food was top class, it's worth staying there just for the food. On our last evening there was a rather nasty customer who seemed intent on causing trouble to the bar staff, wrongly accusing one barman of swearing. This jumped up arrogant little chap had the gall to instruct the barman to report his displeasure to the manager. I couldn't believe that anyone could be so crass and obnoxious, however the staff dealt with him politely and the rest of the customers went on to have a great evening.

Room Tip: Rooms in main part cosy, but rooms in cottages more spacious, and many have outside seating so good...
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed for one night in November on our way back to Southampton, from Cornwall. Having visited the Masons Arms on many occasions before for meals when in the area, we had never stayed in the accommodation.

We were very pleasantly surprised, the room we had was very spacious, had a lovely big bathroom with stand alone bath and shower cubicle, was very clean and nicely decorated.

Excellent quality toiletries and towels, which I think make all the difference!

Dinner in the restaurant side of the pub in the evening was nothing short of what we expected and have experienced many times before. Great menu with plenty of choice and the food didn't disappoint at all.

Breakfast the following morning was plentiful, with the best flavoured and textured yogurts we've eaten in a long time. The cooked breakfast was great also.

Friendly staff, lovely room and great food. All we could have wanted to end our week away on a high. Thank you everyone!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Masons Arms is situated in a brilliant location for walking, in the village of Branscombe, just 10 minutes walk from the beach. There are beautiful views of the surrounding hills, and lots of footpaths to choose from, both inland and coastal. The hotel has very nice, clean and well-furnished rooms. The bar is traditional in style and serves local beer and really good food - a good place to spend the evening. The staff are very friendly and professional. The breakfasts are particularly good - a choice of full English, very well cooked, or a wide choice of fruit, meats, cheeses, cereals including good muesli, and pastries. Good strong coffee too! We stayed a couple of times in the summer, and came back in January to see what it's like in the winter. It's lovely! Nice roaring fire in the bar!

Room Tip: The rooms in the main building are cosy but smaller than the rooms in the 'cottages' which a...
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Address: Branscombe Village, Branscombe EX12 3DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Branscombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Branscombe
Price Range: $86 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Masons Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in the heart of Branscombe, one of Britain's most picturesque villages, is the award winning, 14th Century, The Masons Arms. This charming thatched Inn dates back to 1350 - a cider house turned country pub - and the men who cut the stone for Exeter Cathedral drank here, hence the name. With only a leisurely ten minute stroll to Branscombe Beach, The Masons Arms offers an ideal base to escape the stresses of modern life and enjoy the magical vista of sea, beaches and the spectacular walks offered by the ninety five miles of Devon and Dorset's Jurassic Coast. The authentic interiors ooze character with timber frames, low beamed ceilings, pine cladding, whitewashed walls and a huge roaring log fire. Our award winning Restaurant offers an exciting and creative menu in relaxed fine dining surroundings. The Masons Arms kitchen brigade are dedicated to sourcing the very best of local Dartmoor produce. The cooking is classy yet simple, perfect for a special meal or relaxing Country lunch. We serve as many as six locally brewed bitters and the finest wines from around the world. The 21 bedrooms at the Masons Arms Branscombe, are cosy, stylish and inviting, blending comfort with character. The Masons Arms has been awarded a FOUR STAR rating under the Inn category by Quality in Tourism. ... more   less 
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Masons Arms Branscombe, Devon, England

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