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The Masons Arms

Ancient pub close to the sea

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

Just a 10-minute stroll from the beach and located in a picturesque village, the peaceful gardens of this inn have sea views across a picturesque valley. Creeper-clad, it dates from 1360 when it was a cider house. Back then it was a smugglers’ haunt and its interior has barely changed since those days: slate floors, stone walls, ships’ beams, an old jail railing and a huge open fireplace used for spit roasts on Sundays all add to the time-warp charm. Food is a serious business here; where possible all ingredients are grown, reared or caught locally. Kick off with a starter of steamed River Exe mussels, white wine, garlic, cream, parsley and rustic bread and follow it with the baked pie of the day or a chargrilled Devonshire steak.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.15
  • Dinner: all week 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Tribute and Proper Job, Otter
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Healey's Pear Rattler

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

Exit A3052 towards Branscombe, down hill, Masons Arms at bottom of hill

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