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The Freemasons at Wiswell

4.7
4.7
1691 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

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01254 822218

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steven Smith

Experiences

  • East Meets West

    £80.00 per person

    Sep 29, 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.
  • Christmas eve Lunch

    £65.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    December 24th Lunch - £65 per person 12.00pm for 1.00pm Sit Down Dinner - £75 per person 7.00pm for 7.30pm Sit Down The countdown has started. There is only one way to keep their minds off the presents under the tree- and that's to toy with their taste buds. Enjoy some traditional hearty dishes, with Steven's inimitable touch and a distinctive festive feel, that young and old are sure to revel in.
  • Christmas Eve Dinner

    £75.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    December 24th Lunch - £65 per person 12.00pm for 1.00pm Sit Down Dinner - £75 per person 7.00pm for 7.30pm Sit Down The countdown has started. There is only one way to keep their minds off the presents under the tree- and that's to toy with their taste buds. Enjoy some traditional hearty dishes, with Steven's inimitable touch and a distinctive festive feel, that young and old are sure to revel in.

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What 1,691 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Lancashire

    Best Overall

  • Lancashire

    Best Food

  • Lancashire

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lancashire

    Healthy

  • Lancashire

    Great for Lunch

  • Lancashire

    Romantic

  • Lancashire

    Special Occasion

  • Lancashire

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  1. EM

    ElaineM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The whole experience was wonderful, however we thought the size of the belly pork could have been slightly larger also the coffee was disappointing- the latte was almost just hot milk and both the latte and the flat white were not hot enough.
  2. JB

    JanetteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a family party of 6 and had the three course Sunday lunch celebrating my mothers 80th. The service and food was excellent and we felt very looked after. Thank you Freemasons Team
  3. LB

    LukeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A gorgeous meal rich on flavour and hospitality. Absolutely stuffed and satisfied. Recommend the salmon!
  4. MF

    MarkF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Brilliant food as usual. You really can’t fault it.
  5. PB

    PeterB

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic my only thing was the venison pudding needed gravy as I found it a little dry but everything was perfect as usual
  6. FL

    FionaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely experience, first time we have been here but it won’t be the last !
  7. SJ

    SarahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere. Small potions for price.
  8. TB

    TonyB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food served with professionalism. Great value for money
  9. JW

    JanetW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food served by polite and friendly staff
  10. TW

    TonyW

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue and great food staff really pleasant and polite will definitely be back
  11. TB

    TracyB

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Early special autumn menu a steal at £35. Some strong flavours but overall food high quality & left full & happy. Recommended & will definitely return when we’re next in the area.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food and service as always :-)
  13. c

    carlosm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cooking with imagination and creativity, expertly produced and delivered with passion from a knowledgeable front of house team. An absolute gem, you must make the effort to travel to this wonderful part of the North West.
  14. TJ

    TinaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us dined there for a birthday meal 17 /9/22 , no complaints whats so ever , the amibence ,the staff were great , the food was top class ,it was situated in a quaint little village . we all enjoyed our time there will deffo be going back ,and recommending to friends
  15. G

    Gazza

    Cheshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous lunch menu. Food as good as ever. Great service. We have rebooked on 21st January to take our son for his 30th birthday!
  16. SC

    SusanC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was good ,we were in a chilly table so we couldn’t take out jacket or coat off overall our experience was nice thankyoo
  17. R

    Rick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was something else, me and my sexy girlfriend thought to try it out and decided on a Sunday lunch , we didn’t expect the quality of the food to be out of this world but how wrong was we, my taste buds exploded as the food went in , it is on the pricey side but you pay for what you get, highly recommend and definitely be back 5 stars form me and my better half !
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great beer, great service 5star
  19. GH

    GraemeH

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely faultless. I can't say much more than that. The various staff who served us were amazing and the food speaks for itself. Such a good experience.
  20. s

    smiler

    London

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a fabulous meal at Freemasons. We took with us as guests two first timers and they absolutely loved it. Said it was their best meal for a ver long time and they eat in very up market and fine dining establishments. Service was excellent and from the first canopy to the pudding it was all spectacular. The best beef is eaten for a very long time. Excellent
  21. JH

    JulieH

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited for Sunday lunch which is a 3 course meal with plenty of choices. We were also presented with brioche bun and a prawn/fish croquette which were both excellent. I chose smoked salmon starter which was absolutely delicious, followed by a beautiful roast beef dinner. To finish I had lemon meringue pie. The standard of food is excellent and we will definitely be visiting again
  22. CM

    CiaranM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Pleasant venue , food good but not exceptional. Service average
  23. J

    Jade

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and service excellent was a shame about the couple opposite us who didn’t like us having a conversation.
  24. RI

    RICHARDH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  25. SA

    SueA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal and particularly thoughtful service, considering the age and mobility of some of our party. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Just wish we lived closer!
  26. RN

    RobertN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place with lovely food. We had the set lunch menu. Unfortunately the Freemasons doesn’t cater too well for people requiring gluten free food - there was no GF option for a dessert on the set menu. The only option was an a la carte dessert at £13.95.
  27. AH

    AngelaH

    Lancashire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal again here - food the best and service great
  28. LW

    LindaW

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nearly always have the set menu not because we don't want to spend anymore but because it is outstanding value for money and always has dishes we like. This last visit was excellent; couldn't find any adult at all. The food was beautifully presented. Seemed to be mostly new staff, who were lovely and really made the meal so good. The wine list is great; we just had a couple of glasses this time.The painted Wolf red is very good. I like that they let me skip desert so my husband can have coffee.Not every where lets you do this. Been coming here for about 10 years and it remains one of the best places locally to eat.
  29. E

    Ellie

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful Sunday lunch at the Freemasons. The food was all delicious (the best Sunday roast I have had in years, particularly the gravy and the roast potatoes)! There is a lively, relaxed atmosphere and we were not rushed at all. The location and decor of the pub is beautiful - we'd love to be back soon!
  30. LC

    LaurenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always. Never had a bad meal. Staff welcoming & helpful
  31. K

    Keeta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Parking is ridiculously limited - not their fault but a warning should be given. I understand that they are aiming for the authentic/rustic feel but the dining chairs were extremely uncomfortable & creeked every time you moved. Very limited overly pompous menu. The restaurant is too small to accommodate unnecessary ‘fancy’ dining. The starters would have been ok except they all had factions of pompousness. We both ordered the steak which was nice & a decent standard but definately nothing special - not worth the £49 price tag. For a start the oil needed changing for the chips & onion rings - the taste of the oil came through too strongly. My husband ordered his medium/well done. The piece chosen by the chef was obviously too thick to cook that way so it came rare in the middle - any decent chef would have picked a less chunky steak or checked whether it was ok to butterfly it. When this was pointed out to the waitress all we got by way of apology was ‘The chef sends his apologies’ - not really good enough. As there was nothing on the starters we were looking forward to the desserts. But again they were pretentious. What is wrong with Lemon meringue with a very nice vanilla ice-cream? Why does it need raspberries & pistacios? The only appealing dessert was the souffle - but 20mins wait ??? It is ok to pre bake souffle & then they only take approx 6mins. Minor irratating aspects were the stupidly small pots used for sauces & any condiments requested and the lack of any kind of atmosphere. Overall seriously underwhelmed by the whole experience. I would recommend concentrating on the basics of a good restaurant rather than show casing a menu created by an over inflated ego
  32. RN

    RickN

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We have been for lunch on numerous occasions and we have recommended the Freemasons to friends and family, one friend stayed and ate at the Mr Smith’s table. So last time went around April we were a little disappointed with the food. The lamb fat bread which used to magnificent, was like puff ball with no substance. However, yesterday restored our faith it was a superb lunch enjoyed by all five of us. PS the bread is not quite as good as before but better than last time.
  33. PB

    PeterB

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic, with excellent service by very pleasant staff.The early menu option is very good value .We will most certainly be going back and taking new people with us .
  34. GS

    GrahamS

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent establishment with a welcoming style . Service and food just perfect. Value for money , that’s a yes.
  35. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our third visit and once again we’re very pleased with the experience. The food is excellent always adventurous and beautifully prepared and presented. A 5 star review allround
  36. ES

    EmmaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent, will definitely be back. Particularly loved the cheese course!
  37. PJ

    PeteJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and service as always. Very good value for money on the early supper menu.
  38. MB

    MalcolmB

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Great starters and amuses-bouches. Tasty, varied, good portions. Main courses though, too much style over substance. Excessive different and too/rich colours & tastes. So poor taste matching. Actual portions of meat too small (one had duck, one had lamb). Good service.
  39. BC

    BarryC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Far too expensive for the meal. Food somewhat pretentious.
  40. PW

    PaulW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have been here before but it was before covid, we were looking to dine out on Sunday lunch over the bank holiday, so we decided to book. The food was lovely, very well presented and it felt special. The service was good, not too fussy. Would definitely go again. The downside for us, it is an hours drive away.

FAQs

The Freemasons at Wiswell is rated 4.7 stars by 1691 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Freemasons at Wiswell

8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Lancashire BB7 9DF

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Clitheroe

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • 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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