The Freemasons at Wiswell

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812 reviews
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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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AB
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined here a lot, but this time was particularly excellent!! It was my mother in laws birthday and the staff were just so super sweet to her the whole time we were there.

We really appreciate the care and attention that goes into each dish at this beautiful restaurant. Cannot recommend highly enough - Freemasons at Wiswell have it all sorted out in the best way possible.

Amazing chicken liver parfait by the way - we live in France, so we're surrounded by pates and parfaits and the one currently on the menu at Wiswell is to die for!!!

Thank you so much for the best experience - we always come away from dining here with a wonderful feeling of zest and happiness. Amazing place!

SD
Lancashire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal served by intelligent attentive staff. Great atmosphere. I ate every morsel!

RT
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. A few different dessert options would make it even better as both desserts were very similar. Excellent service as always too. Can't wait to return.

P
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was positive, however the service was quite slow.
Our table was booked for 8.30 and it took a good 2 hours to be served 2 starters and 2 mains.
The staff were really friendly, especially the matradee.

n
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apart from enjoying the extremely delicious food, we loved the service - attentive, but not over the top.
We will certainly be returning.

d
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit to Freemasons and it didn’t disappoint again. Lovely surroundings and gorgeous food. All staff very attentive and friendly. Will definitely be heading back, highly recommendable.

AS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, wonderful food, great and professional service. Not cheap but worth the experience

WP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great about this place. The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable and the food was superb.

LH
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service if a little surprising pricewise.
If you go expecting to pay more for outstanding food you won't be disappointed.

RW
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning each course was a culinary delight all of our friends were overwhelmed by the visionary delight , the best restaurant in the Ribble Valley probably the north Of UK! Thank you 🙏🏼

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Beautiful setting. We had the steak which was small, but tasty. The price was extortionate. We had a glass of wine each and a gin each. We would return but would look at the costs more closely.

AH
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not been for a while but been recommending the Freemasons to friends - we finally got there for Sunday lunch and it was excellent - food, service, the place itself are just fabulous- can’t wait to return

MM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We are frequent visitors to The Freemasons and on this occasion it want quiet at the standard of previous visits. The food was slightly off par compared to previously and the staff didn’t seem to be quite as attentive or “on the ball” as they are normally. We did see the new en-suite bedrooms and they look superb with very high quality finishes.

P
Munich
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

2nd visit after a poor experience 2 years ago... shouldn't have bothered. The food was quite good - eventually - but the service was absolutely appalling (same as it was two years ago).

At just about every step from entering onwards they got it wrong; too busy to acknowledge us when we walked in, 1/2 hour to not take our order, empty restaurant, but seated in a corridor, finally finishing when our main course arrived with the promise of "the sides are on the way" (they were part of the dish, not extras). 12 minutes later - when they finally noticed we hadn't started eating because they hadn't arrived, we insisted on whole new dishes, rather than the "i'll go find out where they are" we we offered.

To make matters worse, they sent the chefs to serve the new dishes and apologise, when it clearly was front of house failings and probably nothing to do with the chefs. Apparently they delivered our sides to another table, who didn't own up to them not being theirs!

Sadly, this all distracted from the food, which was pretty good, with light and tasty dishes just right for a warm summer's evening and a good wine selection to choose from.

They didn't charge for the aperetifs and mains, however, if I ran a restaurant I would be concerned at losing £100 from a customer. Sadly, we won't be returning...

RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great lunch, great ambiance with good service thanks Ronnie and Lyn

A
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Well presented food - some delicious dishes, some not quite hitting the mark. Lovely staff. Kir Royale overpriced

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific. Enjoyed everything from start to finish. Lovely spot in Wiswell, excellent choice of wine and food and warm friendly atmosphere. Firm favourite place to eat.

AM
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon. Excellent cuisine

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Freemasons. We found parking extremely difficult. The food was excellent but in comparison with other high gastro pubs in our area the A La Carte prices we thought excessive.

DT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch: food fabulous as ever. Service is friendly and informative. Great to see the rooms now available to stay.

OT
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fantastic gastronomic experience at the Freemasons Arms. Great tasting food and superb wines served expertly in a totally relaxing atmosphere.

PV
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the early supper menu. Helpings a bit smaller than a la carte, but excellent value for money. Waiters & waitresses friendly and helpful. This was our third visit to Freemasons and we thought the food was the beset yet.

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atomosphere, would recommend to anyone

OT
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and great atmosphere!

AE
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the three course Sunday deal at £35 the roast beef dinner it was amazing I would highly recommend this to anybody who wants excellent food in the area

S
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service ,a few more vegetables would have been appreciated.
Parking can be difficult

PH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. Good value for lunch. Wine list was fairly priced, especially by the glass.

J
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was for my husbands birthday. The only issue was the table we were allocated was not far from the door and it was cold . However we were moved to another table as soon as it was possible.
In future I would ask not to have this particular table .

TC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at the Freemasons.This was our first visit but not our last.The staff were very friendly and the food delicious.

OT
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our visits. Yesterday’s lunch was outstanding, the best we have had. It was our friends’ first visit and they can’t wait to return.

HC
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional along with the service
The turbot was melt in the mouth with a mousse and truffle that was amazing. The warm brioche roll soaked in duck fat with rosemary and sea salt was incredible.
It feels relaxed and gentle cottage decor out of a country living shoot. The lighting is soft and clever as it really feels light and airy considering the low ceilings and small windows.
The staff are attentive and friendly and they get the perfect balance of not rushing but doing everything before you have even thought of it.
Thank you for a really special evening

WD
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside in the sun, food was great value and taste buds were in full flow.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service! Will 100% come back.

SH
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

From where we live it a long way to go for the standard of meal at the prices charged.

JG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was outstanding the food sublime and we simply can not wait to return

SE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the tasting menu., sitting out in the sunshine. Loved it. We'll be back.

KT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

We were very disappointed when we visited on Sunday. The food was really good however the service was incredibly slow. But our experience was really spoiled when a couple with their dog came and sat next to us (who all the staff knew, because they made a big fuss). Not everyone are dog lovers. The dog was allowed up to the table. It ate and drank Guinness from the restaurant crockery. They then shared their steak meal with the dog which ate off a fork. We won’t be going back!

CS
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was absolutely incredible possibly they best meal out I’ve had the service was top notch the atmosphere was perfect and the food was on another level

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The set lunch menu was outstanding for the price. Unbeatable!!!

MT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great service, great food, highly recommended.

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