The Freemasons at Wiswell
“Refined Lancashire cooking in a smart village inn” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A cream-painted inn in well-heeled Wiswell, The Freemasons has a pleasantly bucolic air, with small carpets thrown over the flagstone floor, old paintings and prints on the walls, bare tables, and rolled-up kitchen cloths for napkins. Head chef Steven Smith and his team have given their all to create a diverse menu of adventurous and impeccably presented dishes. Dive in with a pleasant and well-balanced starter of chicken liver parfait with jelly of Tomlinson's rhubarb, chicken crackling and grilled sourdough. Follow with two succulent lamb cutlets, beautifully timed and tender, with Turkish stuffed aubergines, BBQ gem lettuce, mint and anchovy.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: Monday, Tuesday, 2–16 January
- Wines under £30: 56
- Wines over £30: 108
- Wines by the glass: 30
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
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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