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The Mason Arms, Bury St. Edmunds

14 Whiting Street
Bury St. Edmunds
IP33 1NX
Phone: 01284753955
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Mason Arms

A pleasant pub in a quiet side street just off of Bury’s main square, it has a slightly unusual appearance with it’s white timber clad exterior, but inside nonetheless retains a traditional and cosy ambience with plenty of wooden beams and a suitable wonky ceiling for such an old building.

It’s a largely open plan layout internally, although with a small segregated snug area at one end with a long Chesterfield sofa. The flooring was a mixture of wood strip and mosaic tiles, whilst an etched glass panel in the floor provided a view in to the cellar which was an unusual and interesting feature. Despite the old beams, the paintwork had perhaps a slightly more contemporary feel with use of Farrow & Ball shades and some floral wallpaper, but this didn’t in any way detract from the feel. A brick fire-place was down at one end, but this looked to be unused with just a beer barrel in the grate. There were a number of large beer barrels to rest your pint on for vertical drinkers, and a bunch of hops hung from the ceiling. A number of old black and white pictures of the nearby Greene King brewery were on the walls.

The menu looked to offer a decent selection of dishes such as fish & chips, lasagne, sausage & mash, hunter’s chicken, etc., as well as a number of pies, burgers, sandwiches and a specials board. Most of the main courses were in the £9 - £10 range.

There was a good selection of beers on tap, which unusually for this area were not dominated by Greene King, although there were three different varieties of their IPA available – Regular, Gold and Reserve. These were joined by Oakham Inferno, Theakston’s XB, Betty Stogs, Bath Ales Gem, Timothy Taylor Landlord and their own Masons. Ciders were also well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Strongbow Dark Fruit and Aspall’s Suffolk. Of all the pubs we tried in Bury St Edmunds, this was my favourite and well worth a visit. If we had been staying longer I would have returned to check out the menu.

On 6th July 2016 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Mason Arms

This GK pub has had a major refurb and the pub was reopened in March this year. You enter the pub from the courtyard side door and walk through a small lounge area with chesterfield settees onto the main bar. The bar had 9 handpumps, 5 from GK and 4 guest, I went for Skinners Betty Stogs. Another feature in the bar area was the two meter glass panel set into the floor, looking down into part of the cellar to view some of the casks. The pub also has a good sized exterior courtyard .

On 2nd July 2013 - rating: 8
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Bury St Edmunds, 0.78 miles, 14 min walk (show)
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