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  1. Lunch
    12pm — 2:30pm
  2. Evening
    5pm — 11pm
  1. Food served from 12 noon until 2:30pm & 5:30pm until 9pm
A historic photograph of The Freemasons Arms

The journey of Freemasons Arms

Our history

The Freemasons Arms has been welcoming guests since 1851, and we're proud to be maintaining the tradition of hospitality, great ales and delicious food. Let us tell you about more about our foundations and the journey that the pub has taken to the present day.



Mysterious masons

Although no one knows for certain, the origins of the Freemasons are thought to date back to the stone masons' guilds of the middle ages. The symbols commonly associated with the group date back to the tools used in this era, and the most famous of these, the square and compasses form our logo.

The famous symbol for Freemasons all over the world

Digging down the centuries

Local connections to the Freemasons may stem from workers at Nosterfield Quarry which to this day provides sand and gravel. Quarries have long been part of the North Yorkshire landscape and the minerals in the area were laid down 15,000 years ago as the ice age receded.

Workers in Nosterfield Quarry, North Yorkshire

Since 1851

We've traced the history of the pub back to 1851 when we know it was owned by Thomas Wells and his wife Ann. The 1851 census lists Thomas's occupation as 'Farmer and Innkeeper', and after his death in 1859, Ann continued to run the Freemasons Arms.

A historic photograph of The Freemasons Arms

The Freemasons Arms today

In early 2014 The Freemasons Arms was bought by its latest owner Chris Kinsell who lives locally and regularly visited the pub. Having fallen in love with it, he took the opportunity to develop it further and after a substantial refurbishment, the pub opened again in March of the same year.

Enjoy a wide array of drinks on offer The Freemasons Arms

A right royal race

In July 2014 the Tour de France came to Yorkshire for Le Grand Depart. Spectators arrived from all over the country to see the first stage of the race. Those visitors included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who chose the Freemasons Arms for a private dinner. We were delighted to welcome them and share some of our Yorkshire hospitality; and you can be sure an equally warm welcome too.

Cyclists in the Tour de France

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Discover the beautiful nature and surroundings of North Yorkshire

Places to visit and things to see…

There is so much to see and do right on our doorstep, with activities to appeal to the whole family, so make a day of it and enjoy the stunning North Yorkshire countryside.

A tray of champagne flutes

Occasions and parties

Enjoy all of your celebrations in our beautiful and welcoming venue. Our friendly and experienced team will take care of everything, leaving you free to enjoy great company and fantastic food and drink.

The famous symbol of Freemasons from all over the world

Masonic connections

As well as being our logo, the square and compass is one of the most recognisable symbols of Freemasonry. Discover more about the origins of our name and the local connections to the mysterious Freemasons.

An old map of Nosterfield, North Yorkshire

Easy to find

Situated in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside, on the Masham to Thirsk road, it couldn't be easier to find the Freemasons Arms. Get directions here.

A hearty plate of locally sourced food

Reserve your table

Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, make your meal even more relaxing; book your table today and we’ll be ready and waiting for your arrival.