Masons Arms | Pub in Devon | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Masons Arms - Pub in Devon

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Branscombe, Seaton, EX12 3DJ, Devon
England, United Kingdom

Alison Ede
+44 (0)1297 680300(landline)

Pass the Norman church and park by the inn. Log fires smoulder, the walks are gorgeous, and there's fresh crab and lobster from Branscombe

Lose yourself in tiny lanes; follow them down to the sea. This old village pub – once a cider house - stands half a mile back from the pebble beach surrounded by lovely hills. There’s a big terrace out front, a row of thatch cottages by the car park, and a restaurant and bar that feel authentic and welcoming. The beer is St Austell’s, the food is great, and the spit roast gets going on Sundays. Local produce, including crab and lobster landed on Branscombe's beach, is the focus of the modern British menu. Try line-caught sea bass, roast leg of organically reared lamb with pancetta and tomato jus, or the crab ploughman's; the set menu is good value. Footpaths lead in all directions: along the coast and across the hills. You can be on Beer’s beach in less than an hour, or dispatching cream teas in the village.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Alison Ede:

Local points of interest from
Alison Ede:

  • With a mile-long high street winding its way along a spectacular valley, Branscombe is believed to be the longest village in the country.
  • Branscombe also boasts a number of lovingly-restored historic, working buildings, including the thatched Smithy which is now a museum, and the old bakery, which greets visitors with open fires, vintage baking tins and storage jars galore.
  • St Winifred’s Church in Branscombe is over a thousand years old and comes complete with one of the finest views in the county.
  • The Jurassic Coast runs along 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to Dorset and reveals a ‘walk through time’ spanning 185 million years of the Earth's history.
  • There are numerous exciting attractions within easy reach of Branscombe, including the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, the Seaton Tramway, Branscombe Airfield and Holyford Woods Nature Reserve.
Points of interest

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Lunch from £7.50. Bar meals from £9.95. Dinner, 3 courses, £20-£25. Sunday lunch from £9.95.


Open all day.


Branscombe, Seaton, EX12 3DJ, Devon


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