Masons Arms (The)

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Mark & Sarah Dodson extend you a very warm welcome to their picturesque, thatched 13th Century Inn and Michelin Restaurant situated in the village of Knowstone on the edge of Exmoor, Devon and close to the main Atlantic Highway link from the M5 to North Devon and North Cornwall. 

Award winning one star Michelin Restaurant with exceptional local cuisine using only the finest ingredients, presented with taste and style. Wonderful friendly service completes your experience in this first class restaurant or our traditional bar area. Real Ale and Champagne by the glass with a wine list to suit all tastes. Truly two experiences in one!

Still a village local...

Part of this pub’s appeal is that it is still the village local, and as you enter into its cosy, low beamed bar you’ll often find regulars with their dogs and guns sat next to the huge fireplace, sinking pints and shooting the breeze with walkers fresh from the hills. Move through to the tasteful little lounge for an aperitif, before taking your seat in the bright rear dining room with its exquisite celestial ceiling mural and fine views over the rolling hills towards Exmoor.

An introduction from Owner and Chef Mark Dodson…

I was for twelve years, Head Chef of Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn, Bray. Our food here displays a modern take on British and French classics with a certain complexity in the cooking. The Masons Arms was awarded a Michelin Star in 2006 which we still hold and we have been recognised by all of the major guides and local tourism awards. We arrived in Devon on the 21st of June 2005 with an idea and a blackboard as a menu, we spent a surreal 10 days helped by friends and a soft opening, getting to know the Inn and the village. Since then we have gone from strength to strength receiving many awards and accolades including Michelin Pub of the Year 2010

A totally relaxing atmosphere...

We aim to serve good honest food, locally sourced wherever possible and with equal care taken in every step from first preparation to final presentation. Sarah runs our front of house and like every traditional local you will soon feel relaxed and at home with our friendly staff. Weather permitting, you can also eat and drink outside with the wonderful countryside of Exmoor as a backdrop.

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Contact Details

South Molton
EX36 4RY

Telephone: 01398 341231

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