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The Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire
The Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire
The Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire
The Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire
The Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire

The Freemasons at Wiswell

4.7
4.7
2325 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Welcome to Freemasons at Wiswell, where fabulous food is served in an elegant and relaxed rural setting. The inn is located in the 'chocolate box' village of Wiswell, near Clitheroe, in the picturesque Ribble Valley. Since our transformation and reopening in the summer of 2009, we have created a loyal clientele and a genuine home-from-home atmosphere. Flag stone floors, walls in muted heritage colours, antique rugs and furniture, period paintings and prints all unite to create a stylish and comfortable setting. Our bar has an excellent selection of traditional cask conditioned ales from award-winning independent breweries and is complemented by a superb cellar with over 250 wines from around the world. While the surroundings and welcome are inviting, the main reason to visit is, of course, our food. Chef/patron Steven Smith has created a unique and diverse menu that perfectly matches the style and atmosphere, and we will be delighted to welcome you for a true gastronomic experience.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Wed–Sat 17:30–20:30 Sun 12:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    01254 822218
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Steven Smith

Experiences

  • Tasting Tuesdays

    £50.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    TASTING TUESDAYS Starts Tuesday 6th June ~ taking bookings now! £50 per person to be taken by the whole table Please allow 3 hours at busy times Wine Packages: £45 per person - optional 6pm-8pm Sample Menu Snacks Two Preparations of Wellgate Smoked Salmon ~ Bread Roast Lamb and Rosemary Brioche, Whey Butter Broadbean, Pea & Mint Houmous ~ Signature 'Hotdog' ~ Cod Roast Loin, Pickled Isle of Wight Tomatoes, Tomato Butter Sauce ~ Chicken Poached Breast, Sautéed Black Garlic and Truffle Kiev, New Season Greens, BBQ King Oyster Mushrooms, Roast Chicken Gravy ~ Freemasons Classic Lemon Meringue Pie ~ Selection of Crafty Man Cheese and Biscuits ~ Selection of Mr Lamberts Petit Fours
  • THE FREEMASONS CHIPPY TEA

    25 Apr 2024 only
    Don’t miss out on our tribute to that Great British Institution, the chip shop! Tables are filling up fast book now to reserve your place. Sample Menu Chippy Tea - (To Start) - Freemasons Sharing Platter Smoked Sausage Roll Tempura Prawn & Crab Mayonnaise Smoked Haddock Fishcake & Caper Raisin Puree £9.95 per person - (To Follow) - Panko Crumbed Haddock or Oxtail & Beef Cheek Slow Cooked Steamed Suet Pudding, Peppered Ale Sauce, Triple Cooked Chips £19.95 - (Sides) - Chip Shop Curry Sauce / Gravy / Buttered Teacakes £1.95 each - (To Finish) - Medjool Date Sticky Toffee Pudding, Toffee Sauce, Clotted Cream Ice Cream £7.95 Cheese Selection of Four Local Cheeses, Biscuits £12.95
  • Early May Bank Holiday

    £47.00 per person

    6 May 2024 only
    EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY 6 May EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY | MONDAY 6th MAY| 12.00 – 3.30PM | 3 courses £47 (Children under 10 half portion/half price) This May Bank Holiday at The Freemasons we have designed a delicious 3 course menu for you to choose from

What 2,325 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancashire

    Best Overall

  • Lancashire

    Best Food

  • Lancashire

    Best Service

  • Lancashire

    Best Ambience

  • Lancashire

    Best Value

  • Lancashire

    Innovative

  • Lancashire

    Great for fine wines

  • Lancashire

    Romantic

  • Lancashire

    Good for special occasions

2,325 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never had anything but great food and service at the Freemasons, a great atmosphere as usual 🙏 x

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  2. Mike

    Hampshire

    147 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    147 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Freemasons Arms has been one of our favourite places to eat for many years, and we go 2-3 times a year, sometimes staying, sometimes not, even though we live well over 200 miles away. The food has been great, wine list excellent, the atmosphere that of a lively local pub, staff always busy but interested and friendly, and value for money has been decent. Stephen has always been a visible and engaged host. Yesterday wasn’t so good on several of these fronts, and we hope it’s a one-off. Positives - the beef was excellent, as were the duck egg tart and the traditional lemon meringue dessert. Wine list remains good, including some very good reds by the glass. However, the overall experience left us much flatter than usual. Service manager was obviously very busy, so showed us to the nearby reserved table, asked if we wanted a drink, but as we wanted to look at the wine list, we couldn’t choose immediately. We didn’t take long, but he didn’t return, so we eventually asked a waitress who was clearing another table. My wife’s chair was wonky, but with no obvious person to ask, she swapped with an empty table. The menu had clearly been used quite a lot, with some food marks and creases at the edge. The choices were not that plentiful, and the prices have taken quite a step up. Absolutely accepting that costs have risen, and great quality food costs, we were still slightly surprised, as ‘occasional regulars’, that the cheapest starter was now £13.95, closer to starter prices at the nearby Michelin star, than the wonderful gastropub FMA has hitherto been. Service remained willing but patchy, usually on request, and the atmosphere flat, despite or because of a very opinionated nearby table. We didn’t see Stephen, so may not have been there, but if given a chance, would have wanted to say to him some of this, in the hope that our favourite gastropub will continue to make our journeys worthwhile.

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  3. Paul

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The standard of the food was worthy of the restaurants entry in the Michelin Guide. This establishment could easily achieve a Michelin Star with some small improvements to their levels of service. All in all a very enjoyable experience and we will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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  4. ChristopherT

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without doubt one of the best, if not the best meal I have ever had in my life! I can't even begin to describe how wonderful the food was. The textures, the gorgeously subtle flavours and the way it all came together so perfectly. The knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm of all the staff and their attention to detail was also wonderful. The skills of the chef(s) are mind boggling. I expected an awful lot from the Freemasons and my expectations were surpassed! Thank you to all of you. I'll be back the next time I visit the UK.

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  5. StephenN

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we enjoyed it very much but was disappointed because the menu you sent with our booking had corn fed garlic chicken on and when we arrived it wasn't on my wife struggle to find anything else to have on the menu

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food exceptional, service excellent served by happy smiling staff. A sheer pleasure to dine here. We were smiling all the way home!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The smoked salmon and the roast beef portions could have been a little larger.

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  8. AnnC

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great tasting menu - would recommend. Lovely room too.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great place. My wife and I are both vegetarian but the veggie menu wasn’t offered when we sat down. Not a criticism just some feedback for the staff. The menu was received after a chat with the waitress. Ambiance was great and the we loved the music being played. Really enjoyed the food and the service was great. Would recommend. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  10. Mozzer

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was everything I expected and more. Absolutely stunning experience.

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  11. DanielleK

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly wasn't impressed with Mother’s Day meal. Food was very nice but the gravy was too Rich. Service needs to be tighter, we had bread and starter all together and seemed like they were rushing. Service was nothing special and no leadership presence. It was an expensive meal, service should be excellent sadly wasent

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  12. gailp

    Manchester

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional! Wonderful experience in a location with tons of character. We will be back, thank you

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  13. ArronM

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely fantastic place. I live 20 minutes away and have never ever been. The food and and service was excellent

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  14. Tanya

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic place, rooms are beautiful. Food and service outstanding would definitely recommend and go back again

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  15. CatherineS

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely fabulous… incredibly tasty, hot and brought out in a timely fashion. The only option was the 3 course Sunday lunch, every course delicious but I would have liked an option just to have 2. In terms of what I found disappointing… washed out napkins that were greyed and a chipped plate which I wouldn’t have expected!

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  16. ThomasV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely nice meal, staff were very attentive and friendly. Nice atmosphere, and not overly loud or crowded.

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  17. DavidS

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding place. Always consistent. Upper end of price bracket but in return great food, pleasant and unhurried service and nice ambience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual really good service and food. Would recommend to anybody.

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  19. JimM

    Herefordshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A warm and friendly welcome, prompt service and delicious food at a fair price. Look no further if you want your dining experience to feel special.

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  20. AmyR

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited for the Chippy Tea night and it did not disappoint! Traditional fish and chip shop main courses with a lovely sharing starter option and cheese or sticky toffee pud for dessert. Highly recommend the set menu and a la carte for a special occasion too. The wine list is extensive and English sparkling featuring on there is a huge bonus. So lucky to have this place on our doorstep!

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  21. MichaelB

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here a few times now.Food excellent as always.Subtle flavours and lovely presentation.Service quiet and efficient.Relaxed atmosphere with no pretensions. Glad it isn’t on the doorstep as it would have a serious effect on my bank balance if it were.

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  22. EmmaH

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ate on the winter set menu that offers good value and we had good service and nice drinks but the food I would say for a Michelin guide place was underwhelming compared to other places we have eaten before, which was a real shame and would have been gutted if we had paid more by not eating on the set menu

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  23. Dors

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the overall experience as usual though the service was not as good eg bread and canapé came together and we had to ask for glasses to be taken away. The waiting staff did everything with good grace. I think that they were under a lot of pressure. My husband and I had the bread and butter pudding but we both found it a bit heavy and dense. Everything else was of the usual high standard.

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  24. PETERT

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb Sunday lunch, great service with a great ambiance

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  25. Linday

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It would be more appropriate to have dogs in the downstairs area only. The food was luke warm the beef was the smallest portion l have had on a Sunday dinner. We dined with friends we all had the beef it was a small thin piece cut in half . The vegetables were all lovely the cauliflower cheese was the hottest it was served in a separate bowl. I ended up paying for a hot chocolate that none of us had ordered. The bill for 4 with wine coffee and a tip was £400 . More than we usually pay for Sunday lunch . The service was very good and the staff were lovely.

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  26. Fritz

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, great place. Makes you want to keep coming back so we do! 👍

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  27. AngelaS

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 3 courses for £35 is excellent for the quality of food, the service was also excellent, thank you

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  28. SueG

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I read about The Freemasons in the Saturday Times in 2023. It was everything they had said and more. After a very muddy 3 hour walk around Wiswell it was the perfect ending to our day. Seated upstairs next to a warm fire and looked after by very polite and attentive staff we savoured every mouthful of the wonderful food and vegan food. It was a wrench to leave not just the table but the cozy and friendly ambience of The Freemasons Inn but we will return, that is for certain.

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  29. MARTINO

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service at our lunchtime meal but the menu and quality of the food was not up to the normal high standard we had come to expect from previous visits.

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  30. HazelL

    Cumbria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but overpriced for the quality. Service was mixed and not exceptional in anyway. A fish mains was served undercooked and cold.

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  31. DClancs

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Top class food. Worthy of a Michelin star! Highly recommended

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  32. JanC

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely superb! We went for a special occasion, and it certainly was!! All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our food, which was not rushed, we were given time between courses to relax before the next one. I had put on the reservation that the booking was to celebrate my husband's 80th birthday, but it obviously wasn't picked up as there was no acknowledgement of it. It certainly didn't detract from the overall enjoyment, but having been asked on the booking page, and mention made, one could have hoped it would be recognised in some small way. We all had a super time though, and are looking forward to the next special occasion to go again!

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  33. MikeF

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food - service could be improved a little towards end of meal

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We come to Freemasons regularly as the food is so delicious. I went Sunday for a Sunday roast with my partner and two young children. Unfortunately my little boy needed the toilet half way through eating my roast, when I returned my partner had nipped to the toilet to, i then notice my half eaten roast dinner had been taken away. The waitress assumed I had finished without asking, we where the last sitting so I replacement roast wasn’t offered but compensated us with free deserts.I felt I had been robbed when I was enjoying it so much. Roast dinner is petit to start off with so came away very disappointed.

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  35. rachelg

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit to the Freemasons. Went on recommendation and didn’t disappoint. The place was buzzing . The food was amazing. Loved the pre dinner treats. Very tasty. We all loved our starters. I had roast pork for my main which was delicious . I was gutted I couldn’t finish it all. I choose bread and butter pudding for dessert which was equally lovely. Would have been perfect with custard . Can’t wait for our overnight stay to indulge in the 7 course taster . X

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked last minute as had planned a visit somewhere else but was fully booked. We had been meaning to try The Freemasons for ages after a high recommendation from our friends. Booked a perfect time for lunch as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.. After pre dinner drinks at the bar we dined in the Derby room upstairs.. lovely atmosphere and decor.. Food amazing.. Also had our friends dog with us so she was definitely the attraction from other guests . Definitely return to the Freemasons..

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  37. michaeln

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellence service and food definitely re-visit the whole experience was tremendous

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  38. DouglasT

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took our London based daughter for lunch last Saturday for her first experience of the Freemasons. Top ten gastropub listing did not disappoint. Lived up expectation. Already looking forward to our next visit.

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  39. NikolaF

    Berlin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the 3 course lunch menu, fine dining at a fabulous price in a gorgeous warm and welcoming pub. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  40. Naomi

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous lunch. We try thoroughly enjoyed the incredible set menu. Such good value. Dog friendly too

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The Freemasons at Wiswell is rated 4.7 stars by 2325 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Freemasons at Wiswell

8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Lancashire BB7 9DF

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Clitheroe
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Wed–Sat 17:30–20:30 Sun 12:00–17:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Steven Smith
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