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Refined Lancashire food in a smart village inn

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

A cream-painted inn on a lane in well-heeled Wiswell, the Freemasons has a pleasantly bucolic air, with small carpets thrown over the flagged floor, stressed bare tables and rolled-up kitchen cloths for napkins. The preference for rustic flavours such as those pickling produces means that pub food meets cutting-edge gastronomy halfway, and Steven Smith plays his part with appetisers of Lancashire cheese tartlets topped with pickled mushrooms, before a first course like planched foie gras on toast with smoked eel and Yorkshire rhubarb in beer vinegar. Fortifying main dishes are the norm, as in slow-cooked suckling pig with crispy belly, sticky cheek and black pudding, alongside silky sweet potato purée in fish-savoury XO sauce, or cod poached with seaweed, served with salt cod cannelloni and wild mushrooms in buttery chicken stock sauce. Finish with Cluizel dark chocolate mousse, served with pineapple poached in PX sherry with raisins and razor-sharp passionfruit sorbet.

What's on offer?

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2nd January for 2 weeks
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Steven Smith, Matthew Smith

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 56
  • Wines over £30: 108
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9.95
  • Main course from £20
  • Dessert from: £8.95
  • 2-course lunch from: £20
  • 3-course lunch from: £25
  • 2-course dinner from: £20
  • 3-course dinner from: £25
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • Off-site parking available: In village

Getting here

A59, on edge of Whalley village near Clitheroe.

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