I've worked in hospitality for most of my career since I was 16 years old. It had always been a dream to run my own pub or restaurant and here I am ! It just goes to prove dreams can come true., but there's still a lot of work to go to make The Masons a success.
When we opened, the pub had been closed for over a year and was in a pretty poor state. We had a month of intensive cleaning and renovations and are proud of the way the pub has turned out. It is taking some time to get word out that we are back open, even after nearly 2 years of trading, but as I write this we are number 1 in Knaresborough on TripAdvisor and number 10 in Harrogate which we are extremely proud of - so we must be getting somewhere.
The Masons has been here for over 200 years and we want to bring it back to its former glory. Serving home cooked, locally sourced produce with real ales and real fires.
Here at The Masons we love local suppliers so here's a run down of who we use and where they're from
R & J Butchers
All our meat is sourced from R & Js Finest Farmers and Butchers at Kirby Malzeard. All their cattle is raised on site in enormous green pastures. We were so thrilled to take a tour round their farm and factory and find the animals so happy and well looked after. The factory itself is both immaculate and unbelievably well organised. They really care about their animal welfare and that really shows in the product.
FR Fowler of York
For our fish, we use FR Fowler in York. They have to go a little further afield for the fish since we're a little way from the sea in Hopperton ! They buy their fish each morning on The East coast of Yorkshire thus providing us with super fresh fish and seafood..
Delifresh - This Bradford based company grew from a single market trader on Bradford market selling fruit and veg, to a fabulous fresh food supplier. They can get us just about any fresh product we ask for. They too like to try and source locally wherever possible which greatly aids our mission to support local growers and reduce food miles on our food.
Our handpull beers vary, but some of our main suppliers are :
Yorkshire Heart- this fabulous little brewery are just 5 minutes away from us and produce several different beers and even Yorkshire grown wines too !
Rudgate - We are so spoilt with 2 microbreweries just minutes away from us. Rudgate's Viking is an extremely popular beer which we get a lot of requests for and we like to keep our customers happy !
Great Yorkshire Brewing Company - These guys produce a beer called Yorkshire Lager which we just couldn't resist! We keep it on all the time and its a big seller for us. Almost a Lager cross bitter it needs to be tested and the Yorkshire branding will insist you "Get T' Bar" for your next pint already .
Yorkshire Vintners - This team supply wines, soft drinks and a lot of our gins into The Masons. They are a small company based in Ripon.
We also stock many Yorkshire brands, including Masons Gin (well we had to didn't we?), Slingsby Gin
In addition to keeping our supplies as local as possible we are also keen to protect our environment. We recycle all our glass , plastic , tins, cardboard and waste oil. We are constantly striving to cut down on waste and encourage our products to be sent with minimal packaging or in recyclable containers . We know it's only a few small things but we hope this helps us to play our part in keeping our planet healthy and happy.
Proud to be Yorkshire