8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, WHALLEY, BB7 9DF
This chocolate-box village has become a hot-spot foodie destination in recent years thanks to the high-flying cooking of chef-patron Steven Smith. Converted from three small cottages, one of which was a freemasons' lodge, the place is decked out with antique furniture, rugs on the floor, an open fire and even a stag's head. It all adds up to a welcoming, warm and convivial atmosphere. Steven Smith worked in some of the North's top kitchens before going solo, so he knows exactly how to use Lancashire's finest produce as the basis for inventive, technically-accomplished dishes. He can take the humble spud as the starting point for an opener whose array of flavours and textures delivers real wow factor, the potatoes cooked in bacon dashi stock partnered with a crispy hen's egg, wild 'hen of the woods' mushrooms and deeply flavoured Ibérico ham. Main course showcases wild hare: the saddle, roasted and smoked over pine, is brought to the table in a pot, releasing a waft of fragrant smoke, and plated with loin tartare, roast and puréed parsnips, apple purée, Stilton and shaved chocolate and a dazzling Grand Huntsman sauce. Fish, meanwhile, might appear as plain and simple as the catch of the day grilled with lemon and brown butter and accompanied by potted Southport shrimps and chips, or roast loin of cod with a risotto of squid, Jerusalem artichoke, hazelnuts, chorizo and yuzu. Knockout presentation is a forte too, all the way through to a dessert starring Michel Cluizel's unctuous single estate chocolate matched with caramelised banana, rum gel, raisins, fresh passionfruit, and brown butter ice cream.
Tel: 01254 822218
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Days closed: Mon-Tue
Dates closed: 2 Jan for 2 wks
Sunday lunch available.
Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Steven Smith, Hywel Griffith
Number of seats: 70
Accessible for wheelchairs.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £16.95
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