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The Freemasons at Wiswell

4.7
4.7
1563 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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Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 12:00–14:30 Wed, Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30 Sat 12:00–14:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01254 822218

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Smith

Experiences

  • Unruly Pig

    £80.00 per person

    11 Aug 2022 only
    Chef Patron Steven Smith of The Freemasons at Wiswell is set to welcome Chef Patron Dave Wall from the multi-award-winning The Unruly Pig Thursday, 11th August, for one night only. Six courses featuring signature dishes from two of the top Gastropubs in the country.
  • East Meets West

    £80.00 per person

    29 Sept 2022 only
    This year's special East Meets West dinner will be hosted by Chef Patron, Steven Smith of Freemasons at Wiswell and guest Head Chef Victor Yu from the highly acclaimed Yu Copster Green. This unique collaboration will see the two chefs fusing their superior culinary talents and styles together to produce an exquisite 5 course journey through the rich food history of both nations, using only the freshest, finest seasonal ingredients.

Menu

Starters

  • Soup£10.95

    New Season English Pea, Fondue of Procter's Kick Ass Cheddar, Beans on Toast

    • Giles of Wellgate Smoked Salmon£12.95

      Traditional Garnish, Sour Cream, Warm Pikelet

      • Mackerel£12.95

        Flame grilled and Smoked Cucumber, Mint and Horseradish

        • Heritage Tomatoes£14.95

          BBQ with Single Estate Olive Oil, Dressed in Beer Vinegar, Summer Fruits, English Mozzarella

          • Suckling Pig£16.95

            Pie baked in Brioche, Xo Sauce, Red Prawns cooked over Charcoal

            Main Courses

            • Fish of The Day

              Simply grilled with Lemon and Brown Butter, Tenderstem Broccoli, Southport Potted Shrimps, Duck Fat Chips or Jersey Royals

              • Market Price
            • Herdwick Lamb£26.95

              Roast Rump, Spiced Kofta and Crispy Belly, BBQ Gem Lettuce, Miso Aubergine, Mint and Yoghurt

              • Goosnargh Duck£27.95

                Salt Aged, Roasted Breast with Honey and Lavender, Yakitori Livers on Toast, Leg Meat Salad, Fennel and Peach

                • Wild Sea Bass£32.00

                  Steamed Fillet, Courgette and Basil Puree, Shellfish filled Tempura Courgette Flower, Strawberry Sauce Vierge

                  • 60 Day Aged Hereford Beef

                    served classic with Duck Fat Chips, Onion Rings and Peppercorn Sauce

                    • Rib-Eye£32.00
                    • Sirloin£36.00
                    • Fillet£40.00

                  Side Orders

                  Each at £4.95

                  • Duck Fat Chips

                    • Skinny Fries

                      • Buttered Jersey Royals

                        • Cauliflower Cheese

                          • Tenderstem Broccoli and Almonds

                            • Baby Gem Lettuce

                              with Anchovies and Salad Cream

                              • Seasonal Salad

                                Desserts

                                • Treacle£9.95

                                  Tart, Summer Fruits, Simpsons Double Cream Ice Cream. Wine Pairing: Miles Mossop Wines 'Kika' 2016, 50 ml - £7.30

                                  • Michael Cluizel Chocolate£11.95

                                    Dark Chocolate, Peach Poached in Pedro Ximenez Caramel, Rum, Rasin and Peach Sorbet. Wine Pairing: Alvear Anada 2015 Pedro Ximenez, 50 ml - £7.50

                                    • Vanilla Slice£9.95

                                      Caramelised Puff Pastry and Apricot Brown Butter Ice Cream. Wine Pairing: Chateau d'Avrille Coteaux de l'Aubance 1989, 50 ml - £7.95

                                      • Amalfi Lemon£12.95

                                        Meringue Pie inspired by Wiswell Moor. Wine Pairing: Coteaux du Layon "Carte D'Or" Baumard 2016, Loire, 50 ml - £5.95

                                        • Cheese£14.95

                                          Selection of British Artisan Cheeses. Wine Pairing: Quinta do Portal 10-year-old Tawny, 50 ml - £7.95 or a great alternative to Port: Lafage Maury 2015, Languedoc Roussillon, France, 50 ml - £6.95

                                          Tea, Coffee and Treats

                                          • Americano£3.50

                                            • Cappuccino£3.75

                                              • Espresso£2.85

                                                • Latte£3.65

                                                  • Pot of Tea£2.95

                                                    • Fresh Mint Tea£3.50

                                                      • Homemade Treats£5.50

                                                        Summer Vegetarian Menu

                                                        All can be taken as a starter or main course. Starters: £7.95, Mains: £11.95

                                                        • Soup

                                                          New Season English Pea, Fondue of Proctor's Kick Ass Cheddar

                                                          • Seasonal Salad

                                                            Whipped Cheese, Roasted Hazelnuts

                                                            • Risotto

                                                              Summer Vegetable and Pearl Barley, Aged Parmesan

                                                              • Courgette

                                                                Tempura Flower, Black Olive, Strawberry Sauce Vierge

                                                                Last updated: 5 February 2022

                                                                What 1,563 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
                                                                • 4.5Service
                                                                • 4.5Ambience
                                                                • 4.5Value

                                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                                • Lancashire

                                                                  Fit for Foodies

                                                                • Lancashire

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                                                                1. LM

                                                                  LordMillerofDidsbury

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The early doors set menu at £32.50 per person is sensational value and we all really enjoyed ourselves. We arrive a little early but we were taken to out table immediately, served promptly and received a little taster from the chef while we chose our food. The different courses were served perfectly and of course the food was lovely!

                                                                2. MB

                                                                  MichaelB

                                                                  Dorset

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Our second visit to your superb establishment and just as good as the first time. We certainly hope it won’t be the last.

                                                                3. JC

                                                                  JulieC

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Always excellent food and service Love the Freemasons

                                                                4. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                  Sunday lunch on a visit to old haunts in the Ribble Valley. Superb food to round off a great weekend in a pub we used to walk to before it achieved its current eminent status, 50 years ago!

                                                                5. PB

                                                                  PatB

                                                                  Lancashire

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent as usual. The couple who came with us was on their first visit and they were very impressed.

                                                                6. AS

                                                                  AlisonS

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Superb in all aspects - as it always is. Why this place doesn’t have its Michelin star yet is beyond me. Wonderful in all ways

                                                                7. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Lancashire

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent staff and service, delightful food. Most enjoyable.

                                                                8. JM

                                                                  JacquelineM

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 19 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Wonderful dining experience in a very relaxed atmosphere. We had the 7 course taster menu which was out of this world. Definitely plan to return!

                                                                9. CR

                                                                  CliveR

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 19 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Great ambiance, great attentive service and fabulous food beautifully presented. Would highly recommend.

                                                                10. TD

                                                                  TimD

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 19 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Outstanding food and great service. Also good value for money. Couldn't fault it. Full marks.

                                                                11. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 19 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Amazing food and service. Lunch menu is excellent value for exceptional food

                                                                12. PS

                                                                  PatSP

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 18 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Ours was a special birthday Celebration. Neither of us had ever been before but we had been recommended to come. We had asked, on the online booking form, for a table by a window. And to our delight one had been reserved for us and it was perfect. Soft music in the background was un-invasive and just right, setting the scene, especially when other tables filled up, later. Seating was arranged in such a way as to allow parties space and intimacy in the upstairs room: a real bonus. We we re looked after by several different staff, too, some returning. ..and always warm and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. When I without warning, seeing the fish pre-starter taster, said that I didnt eat fish, it was no trouble at all. An interesting replacement was brought, quickly. The Brioche was a delight and set the scene for all to come. Every dish was a joy and quite honestly we both said it was the best, most interesting meal either of us had ever had: unusual combinations, wonderful new tastes and magical presentation. Thankyou Free Mason’s Arms, we will be back!

                                                                13. MB

                                                                  MartinB

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 15 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  We went for Sunday lunch, 3 courses for £45, the food was wonderful and service was equally good, will go back in a heartbeat 👍🏻 5*

                                                                14. LF

                                                                  LynnF

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 15 May 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  We went for Sunday lunch, fantastic food, great service, will definitely be going back. The only issue we had was parking, but it won't put us off.

                                                                15. J

                                                                  Jaybee

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  It was our first time at the Freemasons and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We had the set lunch which was delicious and very good value. The service was pleasant but unobtrusive. We will certainly return.

                                                                16. CL

                                                                  CooksonL

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                  overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                                  I felt rushed and the food was not as good as my last experience a few weeks prior. The cauliflower cheese was burnt and the dessert tasted like it had been re heated in microwave was cold in the middle and very hot in outside. Really shame I wasn’t go to say anything and just not return but will offer feedback. The staff were very helpful.

                                                                17. T

                                                                  Tiedy

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                  overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                                  Having booked a table for 6 family members ranging in age fron 15 - 83 to celebrate my 70th birthday. The quiet space given to us was good. However when I ordered wine to go with the main course nothing happened, mains arrived at different stages and finally a bottle of red wine. What should have been a lovely family gathering was spoilt by lukewarm main course, late delivery of the bottle of wine, only one choice of bottled beer for 1 guest who throughout the evening drank only a coca cola, Food for the 15 and 17 year old was not what they appreciated, but when I asked we were given more brioche so they were not hungry awaiting the mains. The adults were supplied with some very very nice appetisers.

                                                                18. VH

                                                                  VictoriaH

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                  Lovely meal out here. Had the early menu which was lovely. The brioche roll snacks and broth were all fab. I had the fish cake which was also fab, my main was the lamb suet pudding with the minted peas. Last time we had the braise ox cheek, which I preferred and also the peas were slightly too minty for me. Just being a bit picky as everyone has different tastes. My hubby had the soup delicious, and then the chicken pie with curry sauce, he did say the pastry was a bit dry but overall enjoyed it. The dessert was the floating island meringue which was off the scale with deliciousness and light and airy and very morish. We will return.

                                                                19. JF

                                                                  JulieF

                                                                  Devon

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Absolutely amazing first time here and we will definitely be back All the staff were lovely 🤗🤗

                                                                20. DR

                                                                  DarrenR

                                                                  Yorkshire

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Amazing food as always, good service and a great experience

                                                                21. JM

                                                                  JoolsM

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Gorgeous set menu, each dish delicious and beautifully presented. Staff excellent. Hope to be back soon.

                                                                22. CN

                                                                  CrisN

                                                                  Lancashire

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Fabulous as always fab food great wine relaxed place love it !

                                                                23. AC

                                                                  AlastairC

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Second time at the Freemasons and will definitely be coming back. Food was excellent and the atmosphere and service top notch,

                                                                24. RF

                                                                  RichardF

                                                                  Lancashire

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Delightful. Excellent dining experience. Highly recommend

                                                                25. HE

                                                                  HEATHERM

                                                                  Liverpool

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Gorgeous food and amazing value for money on the Sunday 3 course menu. Can't wait to return already!

                                                                26. KR

                                                                  KatieR

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Amazing food and service. Best Sunday lunch We’ve had! Booked in again!!

                                                                27. AI

                                                                  AngelaI

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Had a lovely meal, food delicious service excellent would definitely recommend this restaurant!

                                                                28. R

                                                                  Robo474

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                  After paying £10.25 per glass of wine ( which was lovely ) it would have been a nice thought if our server suggested that it would have been better value for money to buy a bottle . Lovely place , lovely staff and lovely food - really enjoyed our afternoon

                                                                29. GS

                                                                  GaryS

                                                                  Cumbria

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Lovely location & great food & service in a nice comfortable interesting building.

                                                                30. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Caribbean

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Your dining experience is a cut above the rest. Well done all.

                                                                31. MB

                                                                  MartinB

                                                                  Cambridge

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Always a pleasure to visit and be treated to excellent food and service

                                                                32. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Lancashire

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  I have never been disappointed by the quality of food or service at the Freemasons and would highly recommend a visit.

                                                                33. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Great service and outstanding meal

                                                                34. DT

                                                                  DavidT

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  All dishes had a fantastic depth of flavour. Outstanding value. Loved it.

                                                                35. s

                                                                  suzanne

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Great meal, in lovely surroundings with excellent service.

                                                                36. D

                                                                  Dunsumeatin

                                                                  Manchester

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Exquisite deliciously flavoursome food quite the treat!

                                                                37. T

                                                                  Tpot

                                                                  Norfolk

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent Lovely area, extremely friendly staff Classy, tasty food Value for money too

                                                                38. JW

                                                                  JessicaW

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Absolutely lovely 3 course menu on Easter Sunday. Really friendly staff and nice atmosphere. We were made to feel very welcome with our baby and our dog, who also enjoys his treats! It’s not cheap, but the quality of the food is fantastic. Will be back!

                                                                39. BM

                                                                  BrendaM

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                  Very expensive. Food disappointing. Staff not attentive enough to detail. Drinks arrived incorrectly. Toilets upstairs very scruffy not in line with prices charged. In all very disappointing. Staff should be more trained and more pleasant. Large girl who was most unpleasant

                                                                40. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  We had tried to eat here previously as “walk-ins” but reservations were needed. This time, as it was our Golden Wedding anniversary, we sensibly booked and were not disappointed. The food was out of this world with flavours and presentation both exceptional. Who would have thought that soup would have an accompanying hot dog. Well at the Freemasons, that was just one of the surprises and we both enjoyed our meal. We had not informed the restaurant of our celebration, but we received wonderful service nevertheless.

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                                                                The Freemasons at Wiswell is rated 4.7 stars by 1563 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                Google Map for The Freemasons at Wiswell

                                                                8 Vicarage Fold Wiswell, Lancashire BB7 9DF

                                                                Dining areas

                                                                Additional information

                                                                • Area

                                                                  Clitheroe

                                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                                  Wed–Fri 12:00–14:30 Wed, Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30 Sat 12:00–14:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

                                                                • 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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