Once upon a time we were swept off our feet by the quintessentially English charm of a little thatched farmhouse-turned-pub just a few miles from Oxford...The Mason Arms. With a colourful past and a fair few stories to tell, the derelict building instantly sparked our curiosity and we knew that taking Artist Residence to the depths of the countryside was our next big dream!
A far cry from our other places in London, Penzance and Brighton, the pub is tucked away in the quiet hamlet of South Leigh...but that's not to say it's all pipe and slippers! With neon signs by Andy Doig, a felt grocery cabinet by Lucy Sparrow, vibrant street art by Ben Eine, floral wallpaper, comfy sofas and frilly lampshades...stepping through the doors is a bit like stepping into a wacky friends place - the fire is lit, the atmosphere jolly and the armchairs squashy.
We'd like to think that once you sit down, you might just stay all day...
Of course it wouldn't be an inn without some sustenance. Our chefs let the local Oxfordshire produce do the talking with their chophouse menu - high quality meat from local farms and root veggies pulled up from the kitchen garden, charred on our Robata grill and served simply, without fuss. All followed by proper puddings like your nan used to do - sticky toffee pudding anyone?
With a warm, cosy and indulgent night of eating, drinking and making merry out of the way, there's not much left to do but head upstairs and bed down. Maybe take a bath. Read a book. Have a cuppa. It's a slower pace of life in these parts, so take some time to get into the groove.