The Freemasons at Wiswell

“High-impact Lancashire cooking in stylish village inn.” - AA Inspector



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Located in well-heeled Wiswell, in the rolling hills of the Ribble Valley, this cream-painted village pub has a pleasantly bucolic air, with rugs thrown over the flagstone floors, old paintings and prints on the walls, bare tables and rolled-up kitchen cloths for napkins. Head chef Steven Smith and his ambitious team create adventurous and impeccably presented dishes. Start with velouté of English peas, fondue of Procters ‘Kickass Cheddar’, and signature cheese hot dog. Follow with corn fed chicken - roast breast studded with fermented black garlic, truffle Kiev, new season asparagus, pickled shitake mushroom, yuzu chicken butter sauce.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
The Freemasons at Wiswell
8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, WHALLEY, BB7 9DF


  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Monday, Tuesday, 2–16 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 56
  • Wines over £30: 108
  • Wines by the glass: 30
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Lancashire

Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.

The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.

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