Great British Beef Week – Our Favourites

Welcome to The Masons Arms blog, where we’re raising our glasses to celebrate Great British Beef Week! Situated in the picturesque village of Gargrave, nestled in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, our traditional pub is not only a beloved local watering hole but also a proud advocate for the finest British produce.

Great British Beef Week

As passionate supporters of our local farmers and producers, we couldn’t be more excited to dedicate this blog to one of Britain’s culinary treasures – beef. From hearty roasts to succulent steaks, beef holds a special place in the hearts and on the plates of diners across the nation. And what better way to honour this beloved meat than by showcasing some of our favourite beef dishes we like to serve?

Throughout this blog, we’ll take you on a mouth-watering journey through some of the beefy favourites that grace our menu throughout the seasons. From classic pub fare to innovative creations, each dish is crafted with care and showcases the unparalleled quality and flavour of British beef.

So, whether you’re a dedicated carnivore or simply curious about the culinary wonders that await you at The Masons Arms, join us as we raise a fork to Great British Beef Week and savour the delicious offerings that make beef a true British culinary icon.

What is Great British Beef Week?

Great British Beef Week is an annual celebration dedicated to championing the exceptional quality and versatility of British beef. Organised by the Ladies in Beef, a group of British female beef farmers passionate about promoting the beef industry, this week-long event shines a spotlight on the hard work and dedication of farmers across the country.

Running typically in April, Great British Beef Week encourages consumers to support British beef farmers by choosing locally sourced beef products. It’s a time to celebrate the rich heritage of British farming, from the lush pastures where cattle graze to the skilled hands that tend to them.

Great British Beef Week is about so more than just delicious food—it’s also an opportunity to learn about the importance of supporting British agriculture and the vital role farmers play in preserving our countryside and rural communities, something that’s very prevalent to us here in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s a chance to connect with the stories behind the food we eat and appreciate the passion and care that goes into every bite of British beef.

Yorkshire Farmed Topside of Beef

What better place to start than our most popular choice of meat on our famous Sunday Roast? At The Masons Arms, we take pride in serving up the finest Yorkshire Farmed Topside of Beef as the centrepiece of our beloved Sunday menu. Renowned for its tenderness and rich flavour, Topside is the quintessential choice for a traditional British roast.

Sourced locally from Yorkshire farms, our Topside of Beef is expertly prepared and cooked to perfection by our chefs. Its lean yet succulent nature makes it an ideal cut for roasting, as it retains its juiciness while developing a beautifully caramelised exterior.

But what makes Topside truly shine on Sundays? Its versatility and ability to pair perfectly with all the trimmings! Whether you’re serving it alongside crispy roast potatoes, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, or a medley of seasonal vegetables, Topside of Beef elevates any Sunday roast to a gastronomic delight.

Old Favourite Steak n Tetley Ale Pie

Among the hearty offerings gracing our menu, one dish stands out as a true crowd-pleaser: our signature Steak and Tetley Ale Pie. Bursting with robust flavours and rich aromas, this classic British dish embodies the essence of comfort food at its finest.

But what makes our Steak and Ale Pie so beloved? It’s not just the tender chunks of prime British beef, slow cooked to perfection, or the flaky, golden pastry that encases it. It’s the tradition and heritage woven into every mouthful.

Dating back centuries, the steak and ale pie holds a cherished place in British culinary history. Originally crafted as a humble dish for hardworking laborers, it has since evolved into a celebrated culinary icon enjoyed by food lovers across the globe.

At The Masons Arms, we pay homage to this timeless tradition by using only the finest locally sourced ingredients, including succulent beef and Tetley Ale, a beloved Yorkshire brew. The result? A dish that not only warms the soul but also celebrates the rich tapestry of British gastronomy.

Steamed Steak n Kidney Pudding

One of the crown jewels of our menu at ‘The Masons Arms’ is our beloved Steamed Steak and Kidney Pudding—a true British classic that never fails to delight diners with its hearty flavours and comforting warmth. What sets this dish apart is its unique inclusion of kidneys, which adds a depth of flavour and richness that elevates the dish to new heights.

But why kidneys, you may ask? Well, kidneys have long been a staple in traditional British cuisine, prized for their robust flavour and tender texture. When cooked slowly alongside succulent steak in a rich gravy, the kidneys impart a unique depth and complexity that simply can’t be replicated. Not only do they add an extra dimension to the dish, but they also pay homage to the nose-to-tail ethos of British cooking, utilising every part of the animal with respect and ingenuity.

So, if you’re looking to experience a taste of authentic British comfort food, look no further than our Steamed Steak and Kidney Pudding. With each savoury bite, you’ll discover why kidneys are an essential ingredient in this timeless dish, and why it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of food lovers across the nation.


The Masons Arms proudly celebrates Great British Beef Week with a tantalizing array of dishes showcasing the finest British beef. From the classic comfort of Steamed Steak and Kidney Pudding to innovative creations, each bite tells a story of quality, tradition, and the dedication of British farmers. Join us in raising a fork to the rich flavours and heritage of British beef and discover why it remains a beloved culinary treasure in the hearts of diners across the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

Thanks for reading,

The Masons Arms Team