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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
2305 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

22:00


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

  • THE FREEMASONS CHIPPY TEA

    29 Feb 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
  • 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
  • GOOD FRIDAY FISH BONANZA

    29 Mar 2024 only
    SAMPLE MENU, meat options also available, please ask for further details Starters Manx Queenie Scallops Baked in Their Shell with a Sauce of Champagne, Leek and Caviar £13.95 Red Prawns Tempura, XO Mayonnaise £12.95 Prawns Classic Cocktail, Marie Rose with House Soda Bread £11.95 Mains Wild Salmon Roast Loin, New Season Crushed Jersey Royals with Muncast Crab, Sauce of Wild Sorrel £22.95 Haddock Fish Finger Butty, Lobster Tartare Sauce, House Brioche, Salt & Pepper Fries £19.95 Native Lobster Thermidor, French Fries, Watercress Salad, Wild Garlic Bearnaise Sauce ½ £25 Full £48 Turbot White Whit Beer Battered Fillet, Triple Cooked Chips, Mushy Peas, Chip Shop Curry Sauce £40

What 2,305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 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

    Great for fine wines

  • Lancashire

    Romantic

  • Lancashire

    Good for special occasions

  • Lancashire

    British

  • Lancashire

    Most Booked

2,305 Reviews
  1. Dors

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. PETERT

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. Linday

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. Fritz

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  5. SueG

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  6. AngelaS

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  7. MARTINO

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  8. HazelL

    Cumbria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  9. DClancs

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  10. JanC

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  11. MikeF

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. RobM

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time we have visited. We were not disappointed. Fantastic food , honestly some of the best I’ve tasted. Great service and a fare price. My wife and I can’t wait to go back. In fact she’s make arrangements already.

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  20. Phil

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We've been many times to this fantastic restaurant, for whatever reason, it wasn't up to speed last night. Wines served late the table or not at all. Certain wines missing altogether and replaced with alternatives that weren't anywhere near as good. The food was, as it always is, very good. The service was haphazard, the staff seemed tired. We had almost no explanation of the courses and absolutely no explanation as to the wines - that wasn't usual either.

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  21. CazH

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely unpretentious food at a good price in a really friendly atmosphere. Always love going for a special occasion

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  22. AngelaH

    Lancashire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not been to the Freemasons for a while - today was fabulous- food amazing - great service - loved it and will return soon

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  23. PsulT

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional - we were there for the Valentines set menu of 7 corses, each one superb - had a lovely time with knowledgable and extremely pleasant staff - recommend without hesitation 😊

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  24. Fbov

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service as ever!! Will definitely be back!

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  25. GaryH

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. Warm and friendly atmosphere. Staff were attentive and knowledgeable. Great choice a Ales wine and champagne. Will definitely be going again in the near future. Thankyou to all who made our evening fabulous.

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  26. ChristineA

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you once again to all staff both in the kitchen and front of house. The food was exceptional, service excellent and yet again we cannot fault our visit to the Freemasons. Our Valentine lunch was perfect , thank you to each one of you. See you again soon.

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  27. StephenD

    Lancashire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual it was an enjoyable experience. All three courses were excellent and very tasty but special mention must be given to the dessert which was one of the most delicious that we have tasted. Service was very good being efficient without us feeling rushed. We are now looking forward to our next visit.

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  28. ERICARENZI

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place to have a good food, but was too much food for a couple. Very good place, we loved.

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  29. NicolaP

    Lancashire

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal only think I wasn’t keen on was the leek and halibut soup but that’s personal preference . Also maybe the duck egg custard I was expecting to be warm but would definitely go again

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  30. NikitaR

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good meal here. Food is always delicious and everything always has a good place on the place, presentation is always great. 👍

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  31. EmmaB

    Cheshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is absolutely exceptional why they have t got a Michelin star yet is beyond us ! The staff were fabulous - attentive but in a relaxed informal way which just adds to the ambience of the place . Certainly worth driving an 1.5 hours for !! We will be back ;)

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  32. CasT

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good visit to Freemasons for the ‘beat the winter blues’ set lunch. Good choices available, very well presented and super tasty. Our second visit and won’t be our last. Only points to note-we ordered ‘seasonal greens’ as extras and were a little disappointed to only get tenderstem broccoli for £4.95. Less broccoli and maybe a couple of additional seasonal veg would be better. Also nearly £5 for a coffee is a bit steep as all the little extras take a good value fine dining meal into only average value. Apart from the above I would rate Freemasons very highly.

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  33. KevinA

    Isle of Man

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting, fab food, great service , good wine and brilliant beers. Well done Freemasons’!

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  34. MJDH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our set lunch menu and hope to return in future.

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  35. JeffB

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We try to visit at least 4 times a year to sample all the seasonal menus ….we come away impressed every time by the superb quality of the food. It never fails to amaze how simple ingredients can be transformed into excellent food which is never over fussy a La Michelin but benefits as a result. Congratulations and thank you to all the chefs and staff.

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  36. JanetA

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, and helpful staff. Get there early for parking!

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  37. Tamdrew

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a superb experience. Amazing food in a most beautiful setting. The service was incredible. We can't wait to go again.

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  38. MariaG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a Sunday lunch. Would have liked the option to have 2 rather than 3 courses.

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  39. SandraS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and venue. It was recommended by a friend and I could not fault it.

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  40. ThomasM

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and value. Cannot fault anything.

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The Freemasons at Wiswell is rated 4.7 stars by 2305 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

22:00


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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