...because the Mason's is a super inn in a super village.
Gargrave is a delightful spot to enjoy walking, it offers grand canal towpath walking opportunities as well as wonderful limestone scenery on its doorstep. Good bus services, though pricey, but with very friendly and helpful drivers are provided by Pennine Motors. The only down side is the noisy, busy road which bisects an otherwise tranquil village but sited down a quiet back street is the Mason's Arms.
There were ten of us requiring five ensuite rooms, good meals, good beers and somewhere to relax after days out. The Mason's exceeded our expectations and more besides.
The rooms: modern, clean, comfortable and well-equipped. There is direct access to the beer garden and car park from each room.
The food: somewhat better than pub grub and generally very well-cooked. The evening dinners were tasty and the portions were more than satisfying. What excelled were the breakfasts. Fresh local produce and LOADS of it. Our plates were piled with very tastily cooked food, plenty toast and pots of tea and coffee. No tinned stuff! They were most probably the best cooked breakfasts we've had.
The staff: were more than welcoming and helpful, nothing was too much trouble and they made our stay memorable. Very approachable and personable bar and kitchen staff.
The locals: a friendly bunch of good Yorkshire folk who patiently put up with our pensionerly boisterousness. The bar was always busy even on weekday evenings and if that's not a good sign of a good pub I don't know what is!
The beer: well-kept casks ales and a good variety of keg drinks.
Overall: A really great place to stay and we even had a game of bowls thrown in for good measure!
When John the owner reads this he'll no doubt remember who we are and all ten of us would like to thank him and his staff once again for giving us a fantastic time and making us feel right at home.
To anyone reading this I would say get yourself booked in for a stay, ten of us seasoned travellers definitely recommend this inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open all year round,The Masons Arms opposite the church in Gargrave, is ideally situated in the Yorkshire Dales between the thriving market town of Skipton and Settle.A warm welcome is offered at The Masons Arms Gargrave, complete with its oak-beamed ceilings and open fires, our traditional bar is just the place to relax and unwind in the company of friendly locals. A great range of traditional ales from the regions breweries, plus a wide choice of wines and spirits, awaits you. Not to mention a delicious menu of home-made food and daily specials, making the Masons Arms the most popular venue in the area.Our six En-suite bedrooms offer a comfortable level of accommodation. Each room has a television, tea and coffee making facilities and all have their own separate entrance from the pub.We can accommodate every one, from single guests to family groups and are always happy to welcome dogs. ... more less
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- Masons Arms Gargarve Gargrave, Yorkshire