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Masons Arms, Mayfair, W1

38 Maddox Street
Phone: 02074917809

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Greene King

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Tris C left this review about Masons Arms

Dating from the early 18th century, this was rebuilt in 1934 in some form of baronial Brewers’ Tudor.
The interior is also rather baronial, notably the polychromatic cornice depicting bunches of grapes and accompanying vine leaves. There’s a lot of wood panelling to three quarter height with a white Anaglypta ceiling. The floor is modern bare boarded with a tiled bar apron. The bar front is similarly panelled and the rear bar structure is also rather ornate, featuring an Art Nouveau etched and cut mirror; wood to the banquettes is quite refined too. Lighting is brass and glass lamps and sconces and moderate music played. Décor comes in the form of framed prints and hop bines.
Polite staff presided over two unused pumps, GK IPA, Abbot, something called Sandy’s Blonde (named after the pub’s inhouse hound!) and Neck Oil at £3.00 a half.
This is quite nice, but it’s got to get some beer on that appeals to the more discerning ale drinker, but it’s worth a punt if in the area.

On 18th October 2021 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about Masons Arms

An attractive Mock Tudor frontage. Long and narrow inside with wood floor and attractive coloured grapevine coving. Three quarter length wood panelling, which has had the old dark varnish inexpertly sanded away to much detriment all round. Three pumps, all Greene King; rebadged house grot, a Chris Kamara beer (WTF?!) and GK IPA. Out of desperation I went for the IPA which was bearable. Another one to file under ‘it exists to fill a void’ heading of Zone 1 pubs.

On 13th June 2018 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Masons Arms

Quite a nice looking pub, both inside and out, with the interior rather less gloomy than the black-painted faux-Tudor timber frontage might suggest due to the use of much lighter wood panelling. As a Greene King house, IPA, London Glory, Old Golden Hen, St Edmund's and the 'house' Maddox St best bitter (£4.05) were available from the five handpumps on this visit. Overall, quite a good spot to escape the nearby mayhem on Oxford Street / Regent Street.

On 10th September 2017 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about The Masons Arms

One room place with 4/5 real ales. Nothing of any strength; however. Nothing special, I'm afraid.

On 24th May 2017 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Masons Arms

Greene King pub with a bare boarded interior (lighter variety than Taylor Walker pubs). 5 real ales and food served.

On 16th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Masons Arms

A pleasant and fairly small pub located just a stone’s throw from Regent Street, it consists of a single room with quite a traditional feel to it. A wood panelled bar counter was to the right, with some low hanging globe lamps suspended above it. We didn’t inspect the menu, but a chalk board offered a few pub staples such as fish & chips or a steak & ale pie at around the £10/£11 mark.

Décor wise it’s quite traditional with a largely wood strip floor along with some chequered tiles by the bar. Much of the walls were covered in oak wood panelling and this had been painted sage green on the rear wall. Elsewhere was cream plasterwork and some elaborate coloured cornice work around the ceiling was detailed with bunches of grapes. An old fire-place was off to one side.

Beers on tap were Greene King IPA, Scrum Down, Ale’aha, London Glory and St. George’s Best Bitter, as well as a few keg options including something from Camden and Brew Dog’s Punk IPA. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately.

On 16th September 2015 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Mason Arms

A fairly ordinary, unremarkable pub tucked away in the back streets of Mayfair, the Mason’s Arms had nothing unusual in the way of ales – GKIPA, Spitfire and London Pride. I had the Pride, which was not brilliant, but drinkable. The only features worth mentioning are the big fireplace (gas fired) that forms something of a central feature, and the tiled coving with an appropriate grape motif. Good enough pub to drop into for a pint if you are passing (which is how I happened to visit), but I don’t think that I would go out of my way to visit again.

On 21st July 2008 - rating: 5
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