Freemasons at Wiswell

Friday 23rd Jul 2021 |

Located within the rolling countryside of the Ribble Valley, nestled in the medieval village of Wiswell, just south of Clitheroe, is Freemasons at Wiswell, Steven Smith’s acclaimed Gastropub with on-site boutique room

The high-end pub continues to reinvent itself, with the a la carté menu drawing on Steven’s love of utilising the finest Lancashire produce, governed by the seasons.

Expertly walking the tightrope between quintessential British pub and a forward-thinking modern restaurant, Steven has aligned his menus with the growing demand for traditional comfort food with added contemporary flair.

Born in nearby Blackburn, Steven learned his trade in some of the North’s top establishments before going solo and creating a true gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting. Since opening The Freemasons at Wiswell, recognition has been plentiful, including being the first pub to ever receive 7 out of 10 in the good food guide. Other accolades include being named AA Restaurant of the Year 2017-18, holding a top 10 position in the Top 50 Gastropubs for 10 years, as well as being included in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants – the only pub to make the list.

With Brits expected to spend an estimated £7.1b holidaying at home this summer – an increase of 22% on 2019’s £5.8b, according to market research company, Mintel – the UK is bracing for a holiday boom. Holidaymakers are looking for somewhere entirely unique, with a little bit of luxury, with Freemasons at Wiswell fitting the bill seamlessly. Featuring four individually-styled rooms, each with their own personality, Mr Fox, Mr Hare, Partridge, and Grouse all offer a super king bed, en suite with luxury towels and dressing gowns along with mod-cons including a Sonos Sound System, 50 inch Smart TV, and a Nespresso Coffee Machine.

Freemasons at Wiswell – Dining & Experiences

Aside from lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a number of experiences including: chef’s table, chef for the day, and cookery masterclasses. The Kitchen Table, located within the new kitchen, offers an intimate experience for all occasions. Booked for a maximum of 6 people, guests can sample the classic Freemasons menu, the tasting menu or the Sunday lunch menu in chic surroundings. Those wishing to sharpen up their saucepan skills can book in for the chef for the day experience – a guided masterclasses where attendees will learn what it takes to be a professional chef with a morning of cooking, before enjoying a sit down lunch they prepared.

Aside from the rooms and chef experiences, Freemasons at Wiswell is known for its noteworthy food offering. The menu is diverse with old-favourites brought into the new age. Starters include: Isle of Wight Tomatoes dressed in Single Estate Olive Oil with Gariguette strawberries, beer vinegar and whipped curds; Smoked Salmon From Giles of Wellgate, with house pickles, frozen sourcream and homemade crumpet; and Rabbit and Prawn Pie baked in brioche, served with sauce of foraged greens and seaweed and roasted langoustine.

Intriguing mains are equally as satisfying, with dishes spanning Wild Turbot with courgette flower filled with native lobster, courgette and basil puree and sauce bouillabaisse to Creedy Craver Duck, roast salt aged breast and leg meat dumpling, puree and spiced hispi cabbage, and Oakchurch cherry hoisin sauce; and Fish of the Day, simply grilled with elderflower and samphire butter, tenderstem broccoli, Southport shrimps, chipped or Jersey Royal potatoes. Desserts come in the form of English Burnt Cream with Oakchurch cherries and pistachio ice cream; Lemon Meringue Pie with summer fruits; and a selection of British artisan cheeses from Courtyard Dairy of Skipton and biscuits.

A quiet retreat, coupled with comfort, culinary indulgence and state-of-the-art rooms, Freemasons at Wiswell is a must-visit for Brits holidaying closer to home this summer while still wanting a totally magnificent experience.

Address: 8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9DF

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