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Masons Arms, Fitzrovia

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Mixed reviews about this place, however.. I have been drinking here for years. Beautiful looking pub, with amazing flower display outside. The staff are helpful and very friendly and keep the pub pristine clean! Good selection of real ales and well kept. I will continue to drink here for a long time
sharayar - 5 Nov 2014 11:29
Know this pub well having worked close by for years and still use it for convenience when meeting old friends. Pleasant enough but alike a posting from December 2012 the female members of the bar staff are a fairly miserable bunch.
TS77 - 30 May 2013 09:59
This is a great little pub. I found the decor and atmosphere far from "standard" - particularly for the area. This is what I imagine a lot of pubs used to look like, before they had the guts ripped out in favour of the latest fad look.

Good beer, served in pots. Nothing but good things to say about it.

8/10 for me.
Keef_Peacock - 26 May 2013 21:13
My first visit to this pub for about 6 years. Very pleasant interior with 4 handpumps, unfortunately two were GK and Shepherd Neame, so I had the St.Austell Proper Job which was pretty good. However, the visit to the pub (which will be my last for at least another 6 years) was memorable for the wrong reason, namely the winner of the rudest, surliest most unpleasant barmaid of the year. Even though there’s a few days to go in 2012 I’m confident I won’t find a more worthy winner – at least I hope not! We are sitting near the door having settled in after buying a £20-30 round and were rudely ordered to move as we were in the way of the door, not reconfigure our seating but told to squash into a smaller area. When we went to get the next round this same surly treasure made no eye contact, scowled continuously and said nothing other than the price of the round, and when I politely asked her to top up my pint she wrenched it angrily, splashed a thimble full of beer into, slammed it down on the counter and turned her back on me. Good to see the East European communist era customer service ethic thriving in W1. For that reason I’ll give 3/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 20 Dec 2012 16:03
Looking for a place to go for a work team lunch, I found this place. Nice interior - panels, mirros, you know. Two ales on that I could see, Proper Job and Tribute (bot St. Austell). Had a pint of Trib - not too shabby! Will try the food and report back. No rating yet...
zabadak - 15 Nov 2012 18:50
I wasn't expecting much from this pub, but ended up being strangely impressed. The interior is fairly typical on many pubs in this area. But was still attractive. It wasn't too busy on our Saturday evening visit. But most people there were clearly regulars. Taylor Landlord, Greene King IPA & Celebration Pale Ale & Sharps Doom Bar were the 4 ales. Addlestones was the cider. I don't think I've ever passed this pub before. But I may well visit again.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 12:41
Fairly standard London pub in the mahogany panelled tradition. Decent enough choice of well-kept ales, brands pretty much unchanged since 2009. Perhaps it becomes more of a local later on, but when I visited largely populated by tourists and people who were unlikely to be planning their return. Okay if you're in the area but not one to put yourself out for.
Campanologist - 24 Aug 2011 00:15
Used to work nearby and went here fairly often - was always a pleasant experience. How things change. Pub wasn't exactly rammed, but each spot I tried to linger in turned out to belong to this or that regular who was going to be along at some point - "you can't stand there" said the grumpy barman. I didn't cotton on at first - until said regular arrived whereupon I got a lot of tutting, head shaking and general disapproving looks from the barman, who also said regular within my earshot "I tried to tell that bloke [me] that's your spot but he didn't listen". I left shortly afterwards - won't be hurrying back. Have never felt so unwelcome.

So - great pub if you are a regular, can be decidedly unpleasant if not.
martingreaves - 8 Oct 2009 23:57
was in here a few fridays ago with friends who live nearby. place was busy till 9ish. staff switched on and helpful, gave tastings on ales. and they sell champagne by the glass ( although the brunette and friend drank the whole bottle anyway). not a great selection of beers but good enough for me. will return when in the area again
The_Pub_Inspector - 24 Sep 2009 10:11
One of those after work spill on the streets in London pubs.

Choice of ale was Fuller's LP, Duechars IPA and Spitfire all of which were of a standard.

You have to wonder at a pub whose awnings display the name of a champagne.

Also the staff seemed happy and indeed to encourage the anti Muslim bigots in the corner. Indeed I was quite hoping those people would go back where they came from. So a nice pub if you like ranting bigots cheered on by the staff.

Not for me.
bedfont - 13 Sep 2009 17:22
Top Pub!
gunslinger - 3 Sep 2009 20:48
Very pleasant small one bar corner pub sitting in a turning between Great Portland Street and Portland Place. Welcoming from the outside as it is usually bedecked with flower troughs and hanging baskets which makes it stand out from the surrounding office buildings. Three real ale hand pumps which on our visit included Deuchars IPA , and Fullers London Pride. The third was off but think it had been OSH.
Interior as described by Rex below and we also experienced the teles on for the sport by muted.
Very nice pint of Deuchars and if you can get a place on one of the five outside wooden benches, this is a very decent spot for an alfresco pint.

Gann - 29 Aug 2009 09:21
Great pub. Lovely Thai food. Landlord seemed to be a great guy up for a laugh. Was very friendly and buying everyone drinks. Would go again when in this area.
pubbunny - 3 Aug 2009 16:45
Good pub this, clean, excelent thai food, beer all well kept (london pride, scotish ipa, spec hen), staff on their toes.
All in all a very pleasant place to have a slurp, to top it off babestation girls use it, what more do you want, screens as well. Got that too.
gunslinger - 31 Jul 2009 22:11
Best smelling pub I've ever been to. It smells of...nothing.

Watch out for the mental landlord who drives his scooter INSIDE after a few half pints.
Larry_E - 31 May 2009 17:52
They had Deuchars IPA and London Pride (at 3.00 a pint) on. The Pride tasted like it usually does. The food menu advertised mainly Thai dishes, but there were apparently a few more traditional offerings available. Theres a lot of dark wood around, giving it something of an antique feel, but I dont know how much of it was original, or the result of a Nicholsons style makeover. The Lincrusta style ceiling might be the real thing, and the door with inlaid glasswork leading upstairs looks like original Victorian artistry. Anyway, its a pretty decent pub, and the fresh flowers all over the place is an unusual and rather nice touch. There are a couple of large TV screens on the walls that were showing different sports channels on the Saturday afternoon when I was in there, but thankfully with the sound muted. The ale choice is nothing to write home about, but its nonetheless a pretty good pub, and well worth dropping in for a pint if you are in the area.
RexRattus - 13 May 2009 17:14
Agree with previous comments, very clean, polished and shiney place.
Just Pride and Deuchars on. Deuchars was spot on. Friendly service.
Not a place to get your feet under the table for the night but a decent pit stop.
rob372 - 26 Feb 2009 08:37
What a wicked Pub!!
I have been so bored of the other surrounding pubs that my mate who works at the bbc suggested the masons on a thursday about two weeks ago...I have been about 5 times since!
It is just right in there, great staff, very clean, the beer is great and its not full of morons. I have finally found my london local. If you haven't been then you must - just dont sit by the fire- its my seat!!!
sharayar - 25 Jan 2009 13:32
Spitfire, Old Peculier and Deuchars IPA on today. Nothing special, but the beer was fine and the place seemed fairly busy for the time of day/day of week.
rpadam - 14 Jan 2009 00:13
Change of ownership from Monday and a change of beer. GK IPA, Spitfire and ESB which was well served.

Something of a srreal exprience last night as the "hands on" landlord decided we were going to listen to Singalonga Max. Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and It's A Long Way To Tipperary evoked the spirit of the Blitz and by the end of the evening most of the punters probably lived through it.

Will be interesting to see what sort of crowd this is going to attract, particularly in the evenings.
GuideDogSaint - 23 Feb 2008 07:44
Busy little street corner boozer. Brakspears Bitter, Youngs Bitter and Black Sheep on today. I had the Brakspears which was very good. The Thai menu looked popular - pity I didn't have time to try it.

There were 2 tv screens showing Sky but the sound was off so not a particular problem.
sussexred - 18 Jan 2008 15:11
Pub closest to work and have drunk a lot in here. Landlord was always exceptional, other ales were Ordinary and Pedigree. Only problem is that the last two times they had no ale on at all! Thai food worth sampling. If the Landlord is on then stay, otherwise a walk to the Bree Louise/Doric Arch is recommended.
GuideDogSaint - 25 Sep 2007 21:37
Well worth visiting. Decent food. Usually have a decent guest beer on.
WaitorseBoyz - 7 Dec 2006 10:28
Good London boozer. Great staff, marshalled well by the amiable landlord. I didn't have to wait long to get served during an England match at the World Cup, which has to be a good measure of bar staff efficiency. I went to a leaving drinks in the upstairs room, and it was a bit rammed but it felt like being in a house party - great atmosphere; I was looking for the kitchen for the traditional "kitchen party"!!

Nice simple pub, does everything right - bottom line: good beer, nice place.
lipster - 20 Jun 2006 17:14
Soho style pub - small yet packed with character. Tables on the pavement. Good value Thai menu. Serves an exceptionally good Landlord traditionally luke warm allowing lots of dusty hop flavour to burst on the palate above a gentle sweet toffee base.
SilkTork - 17 Aug 2005 09:52

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