RestaurantsLancashireWiswellBB7

survey result

Summary

£99
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Set in a tiny hamlet in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley”, Steve Smith’s “fine-dining destination disguised as a pub with rooms” is one of the top 50 most commented-on destinations outside London in our annual diners’ poll. “The food is superb, and the wine list well chosen” and it’s all served “in an easygoing atmosphere… you can even take the dog!” Even amongst fans, though, opinions divide sharply over the level of value it provides: what is “very fair” to some is – to others – becoming more borderline (“I know everything is more expensive now, but sadly this is now in the sphere of me not being able to justify the expense”).

Summary

£99
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Set in a quaint Ribble Valley village”, Steve Smith’s “delightful and traditional” destination “provides a slice of country refinement in a real, classic country pub” and holds its own against much of the stiff culinary competition in the area. His cuisine “continues to provide unusual combinations of exceptionally prepared dishes”, crafted from “unfailingly good quality ingredients”. You can stay, too, which fans say is “amazing” (“the breakfast is something else!”)

Summary

£94
 ££££
4
Very Good
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Without doubt some of the most consistent and high-quality cooking around these northern wastelands!” – Steve Smith’s lovely old inn is rightly renowned as one of the culinary heavy-hitters of the Ribble Valley thanks to cooking which all reports acclaim as “terrific”. There’s also “a really interesting wine list with lots of quality at all levels”. Ratings have slipped a notch in recent times, though, perhaps due to “prices that are a bit stern” and a couple of gripes about an experience “let down by service” (“perhaps he struggles to get good front-of-house staff?”)

Summary

£79
 ££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fine dining in a local pub”“high quality ingredients and well-rehearsed techniques to ensure a top-class, punchily-flavoured product”; and with “a brilliant wine list” – again win massive acclaim for Steve Smith’s “lovely” old inn, set in a tiny village in the Ribble Valley. In July 2019, it re-opened after a major investment, with the addition of a new kitchen, chef’s table (min 6, max 12), kitchen bench (4 stools) and bedrooms.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
10, 14
No dress code
70

Freemasons at Wiswell Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Freemasons at Wiswell Restaurant in BB7, Wiswell by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Freemasons at Wiswell restaurant.
Caroline A
Went for a special occasion. Given our 6mon...
Reviewed 11 months, 17 days ago

"Went for a special occasion. Given our 6month old we went for Sunday lunch and despite the small traditional pub layout they we’re able to accommodate the pram. The lamb fat bread buns are still delicious (although they’re bigger and not quite as delicious as there were on our last visit pre pandemic) The lamb main was cooked to perfection. Lovely venue and cosy feel. Would recommend "

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Craig H
fabulous stay and if you go midweek and sta...
Reviewed 11 months, 30 days ago

"fabulous stay and if you go midweek and stay over it's incredible value"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £32.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.40 £40.00 £13.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
8 Vicarage Fold Clitheroe, Wiswell, BB7 9DF
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm

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