Masons Arms Pub with rooms in Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Recently revived community hub
  • Great host – local boy Paul
  • Simple, stylish interior
  • Interesting short monthly menus
  • Cool, contemporary smart rooms
  • Quieter rear rooms have Manor views
  • Dogs and kids very welcome

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Overview

Masons Arms Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5JT

The personal touch

Not so long ago this rustic stone-built 17th-century pub beside pretty Meysey Hampton’s green was empty and forlorn, then Arkell’s brewery took the pub on, invested good money in sprucing the place up in 2015 and, more importantly, leased the pub to experienced operator (and local boy) Paul Fallows. Four years on and the Masons Arms is thriving as a community hub and as a dining pub with rooms thanks to Paul’s vision and his passion for the pub – Paul grew up in the village and first worked at the pub aged 16, so loves being the boss and breathing new life back into his old ‘local’. Step inside to find a simple, uncluttered but very stylish interior. The bar oozes charm and character, with stripped beams, exposed stone, wood floor, blazing log fire in the stone fireplace, and pewter candlesticks on old pine tables, while the equally appealing and very comfortable dining area has old dining tables, chapel chairs, wood-burning stove and impressive local photographs adorning the walls. Paul has recently refurbished the eight upstairs rooms to a very high standard – they are the icing on the cake.

Sticky fingers

Families are very welcome; smaller portions are available and there are two family rooms (£150), one with an inter-connecting room with two single beds and an extra bathroom.

Muddy paws

Expect to find the pub very dog friendly – your canine chum is welcome on the bar (do book a table) and they are allowed in the bedrooms (no charge).

Alfresco

Outside drinking and dining areas are limited to a few benches to the front of the pub and a row of picnic benches along the edge of the pretty village green beside the pub.

What’s the Damage?

6 doubles/twin; 2 family rooms £90-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (two small areas in dining room)
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Limited parking; street and beside village green

Sleep

Masons Arms Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5JT

Do not disturb

Recently refurbished in cool, contemporary style and very much in keeping with the simple, uncluttered feel of the bar and dining room, the eight upstairs rooms are very smart and comfortable – you’ll immediately feel relaxed after a long drive. Think, trendy grey hues, exposed beams and Cotswold stone, great beds topped with crisp linen and down, with woollen blankets and cushions adding a splash of colour, and a mix of old pine and painted furniture. Expect, also, quality fabrics, room for an upholstered easy chair, fresh tea, coffee, milk (mini fridge on the landing) and homemade biscuits, fresh flowers, fabulous framed photos of scenes to be seen on local walks, and views across fields or the adjoining Manor House – quieter rear rooms. Bathrooms are fresh, clean and fully tiled with walk-in showers. What’s more, the family rooms are great, well thought out, with one having an inter-connecting room with two smart single beds and its own bathroom. After a welcome cup of tea on arrival, don your boots and enjoy the 40-minute circular walk (on postcard in your room) that explores the surrounding fields and woodland.

 

 

What’s the Damage?

6 doubles/twin; 2 family rooms £90-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (two small areas in dining room)
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Limited parking; street and beside village green

Eat & Drink

Masons Arms Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5JT

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£9; Main Courses: £11-£16; Desserts £6; Bar lunches £7-£10)

Monthly menus evolve with the seasons and successfully combine pub classics with more contemporary dishes. Everything is freshly prepared from local and seasonal ingredients in the kitchen. Nibble on halloumi fries with chilpotle mayonnaise, or dip toasted sour dough into a rosemary and garlic baked Camembert – a great sharing plate to kick of a meal. Starters may include tempura squid with saffron rouille, while onion and rosemary soup with farmhouse bread, or asparagus with crispy egg and lemon and caper butter. For main, try the renowned Masons’ beef burger served with bacon, cheese and mayonnaise, or tuck into steak frites (served rare) with peppercorn sauce and rocket salad, or perhaps opt for the honey and mustard crusted pork chop with braised red cabbage and sautéed potatoes. Leave room for sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream, or a plate of Artisan cheeses and tomato chutney. Snack on homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli, pulled pork fries, or order the Masons club sandwich at lunchtime to accompany your pint of Arkells Wiltshire Gold. Gin lovers will rejoice at seeing the 20-strong chalkboard list, while the wine list offers 10 by the glass. Doors open from 8am for morning coffee (from Rave Coffee in Cirencester), bacon sandwiches and homemade cakes, best enjoyed while perusing the daily papers, and wellies, paws and children are welcome throughout.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm (8pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Time at the bar

8.30am – 3pm; 5pm – 11pm (12 noon – 11pm Saturday; 12 noon – 10pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

6 doubles/twin; 2 family rooms £90-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (two small areas in dining room)
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Limited parking; street and beside village green

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Daylesford Farm Shop and Cafe, Daylesford, Kingham GL56 0YG

Known locally as 'Fortnams in the field' Daylesford Organic is so much more than an award-winning farm shop, with a cookery school, cafe, clothes shop and spa. The farm shop offers the best in organic and food produced with the best environmental and livestock husbandry credentials. They have their own bakery and serve up vegetables from their own market garden.

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Upton Smokery, Upton Downs Farm, Burford OX18 4LY

Located in the rolling Cotswold countryside outside of Burford, this family business smokes just about everything from game to fish. They also stock fresh game, paté, potted terrines, charcuterie and olives.

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New Wave Fish Shop, 40 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PF

Being in landlocked Gloucestershire is no excuse to miss out on the best and freshest fish and seafood and New Wave fishmongers stocks a fantastic selection sourced directly from Devon, Cornwall and Shetland. The shop also sells a range of local and seasonal produce, such as Cotswold game, Wye Valley asparagus, and wild mushrooms.

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Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.

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The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Two miles from Cirencester on the B4425, this award-winning organic farm specialises in grass-fed beef, which is sold in the farm shop along with organic veg, local dairy products and much more. A daily-changing menu in the cafe includes lots of veggie options, with 'meat as a treat' Sunday lunches featuring beef from the farm.

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Dolcetti Ice Cream Parlour, Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG

If you've tasted the wonderful Dolcetti ice cream on the menu at The Wheatsheaf, why not pop into the factory's 'parlour', which serves 24 different flavours of gelato, sorbets and yoghurt ice cream, all handmade on the premises using milk from local pedigree Holstein cows.

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The Old Butchers, Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Chef Peter Robinson believes in nose to tail cooking and nothing goes to waste at his small, intimate restaurant in an old butcher’s shop. All dishes are lovingly made from scratch with flare and expertise – expect charcuterie, tapas and modern British cooking.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Masons Arms

Activities

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Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

West of Stow, this is the perfect destination for anyone who still savours the unique thrill of steam travel. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome return to the tracks and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

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Off-Roading, Cotswold Water Park, GL7 5GF

If you enjoy a taste of adventure, the Cotswold Off-Road Driving School provides expert guidance from 4x4 competitors and instructors. Sample a day’s fun and excitement in a safe, controlled environment at the Cotswold Water Park, south of Cirencester.

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Indoor Climbing, Northleach GL54 3AP

Enjoy a great climbing experience at this excellent venue where you’ll find indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities. This really is the place to reach new heights.

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Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford GL56 9AB

Falcons, eagles, vultures and several other birds of prey swoop above you at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. You can even pose for pictures with an owl on your arm. The flying displays are especially memorable.

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Daylesford Cookery School, near Kingham GL56 0YG

This is a must for anyone with a passion for real food. At Daylesford, south of Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find an excellent choice – from classic courses such as quick and simple suppers and seasonal dinner parties to something niche and specialized – for example, nose-to-tail butchery and artisan bread making.

Shopping

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The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

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Burford Antiques Centre, Burford OX18 4JA

Loads of great antique furniture from the 17th to the 20th century, plus high quality reproduction refectory tables made to any size, chairs, sideboards and dressers.

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Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.

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The Christmas Shop, Lechlade GL7 3AD

Established in 1985, the Christmas Shop in Lechlade is the oldest retailer in the UK specialising in all things festive. Open all year, this is the place to hunt out those elusive Christmas presents well ahead of the predictable December rush.

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Jungle Boutique, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers at the heart of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, with a range of unique clothes, and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges with an eclectic mix of striking jewelry and bags to reflect the latest fashions and trends.

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Teddy Bears of Witney, 99 High Street, Witney OX28 6HY

If you love teddy bears, a visit to this charming shop is a must. Established in 1985, Teddy Bears of Witney has the finest and most collectable teddy bears in the world. On permanent display, among other familiar old friends, is Aloysius, featured in the 1980s television series, Brideshead Revisited.

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Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins GL7 3JJ

Not exactly a museum, and not exactly a shop, Cotswold Woollen Weavers is a bit of both. The wealth of the Cotswolds came from wool, and you can learn about that here, and the processes that change wool to cloth. They proudly say they make 'useful and desirable things', and you can browse a selection of unusual items, from clothing to furniture.

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The Old Pill Factory, 53 High Street, Witney OX28 6JA

Spread over two floors, the Old Pill Factory in Witney is the place to visit for furniture, glass, toys, clothes and garden pieces. You’ll find a group of dedicated antiques experts who are passionate about antiques and vintage homeware.

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Tickitty Boo, 6 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH

A children’s boutique with its own brand of clothing, designed by its award-winning owner, Julia Cook. There’s a wide selection of other labels, too, such as Hatley, Frugi and Toby Tiger. This is a treasure trove for children up to the age of eight.

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Burford OX18 4QA

Burford is surely one of England's prettiest small medieval towns with some really beautiful buildings (the church is considered one of the best in the country) and is a busy and thriving community of about 1,000 people. The town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago, and it’s still a great place for shopping, with loads of independent shops and galleries.

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The Apple Store, Batsford GL56 9QB

The Applestore, just a short drive from Moreton-in-Marsh, is just the place for beautiful, shabby chic interiors. Before leaving, you’ll be filled with ideas and within the store you’ll find antiques, quirky ephemera, candlesticks, soft furnishings, a range of gifts and plenty more besides.

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Jungle Boutique, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers in the historic town of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, offering a range of unique clothes and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges,with an eclectic mix of striking jewellery and bags reflect the latest fashions and trends.

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Fresh, Witney OX28 6GW

Well worth a visit, this independent, design-led, contemporary greetings cards and gift store was established by the residents of this charming old town at the heart of Oxfordshire.

Places to visit

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Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR

Hidcote is one of the country's greatest gardens, full of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. In addition, there are superb views across the Vale of Evesham from the garden.

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.

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Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD

Sudeley Castle was home to Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. She's buried here, as well, so this is the only private castle that's the final resting place of a queen. It's played an important role in England's often turbulent history and has royal connections stretching back over 1,000 years. Inside you'll find an interesting collection of furniture, paintings and unique artefacts, and the gloriously restored gardens are absolutely beautiful.

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Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott GL7 3HJ

This beautiful house, built from lovely mellow golden stone, was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. Kelmscott is home to fascinating and important collections of textiles, furniture and paintings, spanning more than 300 years and reflecting the ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked here.

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Minster Lovell Hall, Minster Lovell OX29 0RR

Shrouded in mystery and with a haunting, tangible air of the distant past, the romantic ruins of Minster Lovell Hall stand on the banks of the River Windrush. The village of Minster Lovell captures the essence of sublime Cotswolds' architecture.

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Cogges Manor Farm, Witney OX28 3LA

Cogges Manor consists of a 13th-century house and 17th-century farm buildings. These days it's a popular heritage centre with a strong emphasis on horticulture, rural crafts and family-friendly entertainment. It's also just the place to help understand the origins of early rural life and put the past into perspective.

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Chastleton House, Chastleton GL56 0SU

Chastleton House, near Chipping Norton, is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. Now managed by the National Trust, the interiors of the 17th-century house may be familiar to television viewers as the family home of the Seymours in the BBC drama Wolf Hall. The small stone courtyard doubles for Putney, where a young Cromwell is attacked by his father.

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Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Coleshill SN6 7PT

Two very English villages and the mosaic of fields, water meadows, spinneys and parkland that surround them. Traditionally farmed and covering 7,000 acres, there are miles of circular walks and family trails. Buscot is a haven for wildlife, and there's a real sense that time has stood still at Coleshill.

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Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham OX14 4QD

This meticulously detailed model of the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire is a breathtaking spectacle. Everywhere you look there are quaint thatched cottages, olde-worlde pubs and exquisite churches. Pendon is where the English countryside comes to life under one roof.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford OX18 4JP

A day out at this popular visitor attraction is always a memorable experience – not least for the 260 different species of animals to be found here. Covering 160 acres of parkland and garden, the Cotswold Wildlife Park represents the largest privately owned zoological collection in Britain. There’s also a narrow gauge railway.

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Oxford

Just like London, Oxford can hold your attention for days. There really is that much to see and do. A walk through the ancient streets of Matthew Arnold's 'city of dreaming spires' is surely the best and most effective way to see this world-famous seat of learning. As well as the 12th-century Carfax Tower, with its memorable views, and the Botanic Garden - a quiet backwater in the heart of Oxford - there's the chance to visit many of the University's 38 colleges and even explore the familiar haunts of Colin Dexter's legendary detective, Inspector Morse.

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Rycote Chapel OX9 2PE

Historic 15th-century chapel with beautifully carved and painted woodwork and many fascinating features, including two17th-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery.

Walking

www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk

www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org

www.nationaltrails.co.uk

One of the best ways to discover the delights of the Cotswolds and upper Thames is on foot. There are numerous picturesque walks to be enjoyed here, as well as scenic stretches of the Thames Path, which follows the river from its source all the way to the Thames Barrier in London.

Cycling

www.walkandcycle.co.uk/oxfordshire

www.cycle-route.com

Two local landscapes, the upper Thames Valley and the Vale of White Horse, are perfect for cycling. Here, you’ll find plenty of quiet lanes and off-road routes. Not far away is the popular Oxfordshire Cycle Way. For something a bit different, try a combination of bike and train, using the lovely Cotswold line, which has a string of country stations from which to choose.

Events

www.cotswolds.com/whats-on/festivals-events

www.airtattoo.com

This is a part of the country where there is always something happening. There are many modest, small-scale occasions but there are also plenty of bigger events to draw the crowds, including the spectacular Fairford International Air Tattoo, held annually in July. Elsewhere, there’s the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March, the National Mills Weekend in May and the Charlbury Street Fair in September. Other fixtures throughout the year include traditional festivals and theatrical performances at Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, the Blenheim Horse Trials, Stroud Food Festival and the prestigious Cheltenham Literary Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Meysey Hampton is signposted off the A417 between Cirencester and Fairford, 2 miles west of Fairford. Pub is located by the village green

By Rail: Nearest railway stations are Kemble (8 miles) and Swindon (13 miles) with direct trains from London Paddington

Address:

High Street, Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5JT

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