Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Tucked away down a side road on the outskirts of Frome is the Masons Arms, a bustling, congenial pub with an extensive and varied menu. I was shown through to the pleasant restaurant - two rooms separated by an archway. The effect was simultaneously one of privacy and spaciousness. Drink in hand I perused the menu. One of the most impressive aspects of dining here is the depth and breadth of the choices available. After much deliberation I chose a starter of deep fried brie with cranberry sauce (£3.50), but I could have had garlic mushrooms, deep-fried breaded lobster or prawn cocktail, to name a few. The main menu items, most of which cost well under a tenner, are split into sections, thankfully, given the long list of choices. There are sizzlers - meat or fish - served in hot skillets; grills for steak-lovers and a variety of pizzas. I finally plumped for chicken dijonaise - strips of chicken with a Dijon mustard and cream sauce served with vegetable rice, but I would have been equally satisfied with the delicious looking prawn risotto or spinach roast. And for some comfort food indulgence, a fabulous banana split certainly hit the spot for dessert. A popular, friendly pub serving good, honest food at reasonable prices - can't say fairer than that.