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Masons Arms Knowstone

Knowstone, South Molton (Nr.), Devon, EX36 4RY
Find this ex-pub, now an excellent destination restaurant, over a cattle grid in a small village just off the A361. Chef/proprietor Mark Dodson has the strongest pedigree imaginable, including a long stint as head chef at the Roux Brothers Waterside Inn (q.v.) – and this shows both in the quality of the dishes offered and their presentation. His move here was a brave one, as he no longer had the benefit of a semi-urban captive audience. But the quality on offer here has spread far and wide.

The menu closely follows the seasons, and ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible.

Begin perhaps with 'Leek and Potato Soup with Flaked Smoked Haddock and Chive Cream'; 'Somerset Smoked Salmon'; Seared Peppered Tuna with Oriental Salad, Sesame and Soy Dressing' or 'Pan-Fried Escalope of Foie Gras with Citrus Fruits'.

Maybe to be followed by 'Red Mullet with Crushed New Potatoes and Saffron Bouillon'; 'Pork Belly with Red Cabbage'; 'Supreme of Guinea Fowl, Parsley Purée and Mange Tout, Lemon and Honey Sauce' or 'Devon Beef Fillet and Oxtail and Red Wine Jus'.

Finish with 'Shortbread Millefeuille of Pineapple and Coconut Cream'; 'Trio of Chocolate Desserts' or their selection of Devon and Somerset cheeses.

Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern British
  • Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00; mains about £24 to £28; set L £21 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses) set L Sun £36
  • Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.00; mains about £24 to £28
  • Seats: 28, plus 20 outside
  • Wine: an excellent, but concise, list focuses on France - various house wines kick off at around the £16 to £22 mark
  • Children's portions: Yes, when possible; but no children of under 5 years of age during the evening
  • Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
  • Nearest station: Tiverton Parkway
  • Directions: See the map on this page - just off the A361, mid-way between South Molton and Tiverton. See their web site for precise details
  • Parking: Yes
  • Closed: D Sun & all Mon; first 2 weeks Jan, most Bank Holidays
  • Outside eating

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Contact Details

Tel: 01398-341231
Address: Knowstone, South Molton (Nr.), Devon, EX36 4RY