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Review: Masons Arms


Grange over Sands, United Kingdom

Perfectly Sculpted

  • By SilverTraveller pb52

    208 reviews

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  • Feb 2013
  • Cartmell Fell, Grange over Sands, Cumbria
  • Casual
  • British

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This establishment is part of a chain……WAIT… come back, don't stop reading!

This establishment IS part of a chain, BUT, it is rather an exclusive chain at that.

Individual Inns have only five properties in their portfolio across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, but having been to three of them now, I can positively state that you would never know any of the premises were part of a chain.

All, like the Masons Arms, have been individually selected for their locations, which are off the beaten track in stunning countryside and each have been given a high class, unique stamp.

The Masons Arms, for instance, clings to a hillside spot overlooking the Winster Valley in the southern lake district, a few miles from the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

Such is this pubs prominence and quality that it was awarded the Good Food Guide's North West Pub of the Year 2012 and was also the runner up in the UK Pub of the Year 2013. Accolades indeed.

Outside, the large patio area leads into the whitewashed main building where the friendly staff greet you on entering the snug and cosy bar.

There is a good selection of hand pulled real ales, Thwaites and Wainwrights being my tipples of choice on this occasion, both on form and pulled to perfection.

Slate and stone flagged floors give a true country feel to the place, which also benefits visually from the massive dark wooden roof beams.

An ancient full size black range, complete with authentic kettle and flat-iron, hosts an open fire which was very welcome on a chilly February lunchtime.

Doorways lead to small rooms off the bar, all with wooden farm style tables and beautifully upholstered wooden chairs. Fresh cut flowers on the tables brought a touch of spring freshness indoors.

Having read the menus I can say that we wished we were around for the evening meal, but being lunchtime we opted for lighter bites.

Home made and hearty white onion soup was delivered with two types of fresh bread. Thick, wholesome and very tasty was the verdict.

Sandwiches accompanied the soup and we went for honey glazed ham which came in granary bread, the thick and layered juicy slices of ham barely contained within the bread.

The accompanying salad was a fresh as fresh could be. The salad dressing was so very tasty that we asked what it was. A home made conconction was the answer and the waitress even went to the chef to find out and gave away their secret recipe. I'm no snitch, you'll have to ask for yourselves!

Staff were amiable and chatty and left a lasting impression, as did the food. Very reasonable prices too.

The Masons has two letting cottages and five suites for guests, all of which are outstandingly pretty, furnished and decorated to a very high standard.

This is a truly welcoming and classy place to visit, either to stay or to dine and I heartily recommend it.

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  • ESW
    almost 8 years ago
    This sounds a marvellous place. I was impressed by the picture on their website with the hand pumps on the bar - fedinitely a good sign!