Mason's Arms, Soho
The Mason's Arms is hard to miss - it's a glorious Tudorbethan facade, resplendent with hanging baskets in an otherwise nondescript terrace on a side street in Mayfair. Yet despite its visual prominence, the shoppers and tourists on nearby Regent Street rarely seem to find this pub. Which is a bonus for the office workers and locals in these parts as the Mason's Arms is jolly decent pub for a pint or two. There are four hand pumps providing Cask Marque-standard ales, plus the usual lagers etc and a pretty reasonably-priced wine list. There's a basic, cheap, food menu - eg. fish and chips for £5.95 and various meal deals - and the service is friendly and efficient. The long, narrow interior's been smartened up recently, the oak panelling at the back painted a light grey-green, which brightens the place up, thankfully the rest of the panelling has been left au naturel. And we must make special mention of the toilets - we know it's a subject dear to the hearts of some of you - which were also done-up in the refurbishment, making them amongst the smartest and cleanest you'll find in any pub. There's an upstairs dining room, which can be hired, and it's open seven days a week (although it closes Sunday evenings). Should you find yourself weary of the Regent Street hordes and you're in need of a little R&R, the Mason's Arms is just the ticket.
12 Apr 2012
Small pub that's easy on the eye, reasonable range of pub food. My visit was sadly cut short primarily due to the old guy eating lunch in the middle of this small room suffering with uncontrollable (or at least voluminous) flatulence, speciality the 'SBV', who ought to have considered acting on the previous review about the quality of this pub's bathrooms. Made me nostalgic for the days when such issues were neatly masked by a fug of cigarette and pipe smoke. Assuming this is not a daily occurrence, it's not a bad pub.
38 Maddox Street, Soho, London, W1S 1PY
020 7491 7809
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