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The Masons Arms

Village local crossed with high-end restaurant

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

A thatched 13th-century inn on the edge of Exmoor, where excellent food and drink are preceded by a genuinely warm welcome. Villagers and visiting walkers mix happily in the low-beamed bar, where pints of Cotleigh Tawny Owl and Sam’s Poundhouse cider are supped around the warmth of the huge fireplace. The bright rear dining room offers long views, an extraordinary ceiling mural, and food worthy of two AA Rosettes. Chef and owner Mark Dodson can boast cooking under the guidance of Michel Roux, and runs his own monthly masterclass which culminates in a two-course lunch. As befits the menu’s sophisticated adult tastes, the dining room is out of bounds for under 5s in the evening. Typical of choices are terrine of rabbit, bacon and leek; loin of venison with red wine pear and blue cheese gratin; and pineapple and shortbread, with rum and ginger.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st week January, February half term and last week August
  • Days closed: Sunday, Monday
  • Opening times: 12–2 6–11
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12–2
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6–11

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Main course from25.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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