Freemasons at Wiswell

Clitheroe, Lancashire
+44 (0)1254 822218

This Ribble Valley village pub turns out divine, award-winning food. Creative options for veggies and vegans too


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This is an impressively innovative place: simply book to lunch or dine; upstairs is for private dining; you can have a pint downstairs at the bar, but check the website for Cookery Masterclass details, and packages like the Sunday Lunch Getaway. Book Mr Smith’s Kitchen Table, or a seat at The Kitchen Bench to sample dishes you’ve just seen prepared.

The mantra here is ‘seasonal, progressive, passionate, humble’ and whether it’s a Farnworth sausage for breakfast or a courgette flower filled with crab, scallop and strawberry, it tastes good.

Charming staff take care that you feel cosseted and the seriously sophisticated bedrooms do so in spades… Beds are magnificent: stay in with Sonos sound, a big TV and a glass of fizz. Bathrooms all have Italian marble, underfloor heating, mood lighting; splurge on a premium room for a mezzanine roll-top bath and views over rooftops to the hills.

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We think you'll love

  • The fabulous food
  • The glamourous rooms
  • The peaceful, rural, but not-too-remote feel
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You should know

  • No car park
  • There is no sitting room/pub lounge for guests
  • Stairs are quite steep


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Starters from £9.95. Mains from £24. 3 course Sunday lunch £35.


Nightly price
from £160
4 Doubles
From £160



The Freemasons is a handsome pub in a picture-perfect location, but don't conjure up an image of a old village boozer, Stephen Smith's place oozes charm and sophistication, and you'll find a warm welcome in the stone-flagged dining rooms and a menu to tempt all palates. Four luxurious, peaceful bedrooms await next door in the converted cottages if you fancy making a day and night of it.

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The neighbourhood

The handsome, well-heeled village of Wiswell in Lancashire’s fine Ribble Valley is near the valley and pass known as the Trough of Bowland with its walking, cycling and running trails. It’s a mile to Whalley for Food by Breda Murphy (trains to Manchester 1hr). The White Swan at Fence is a 10-minute drive; the market town of Clitheroe 20 (30 by bus): try Holmes Mill restaurant, beer and food halls

Local points of interest from Steven Smith

  • Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Ribble Valley is a walkers paradise. If you fancy a hike with a difference, climb to the summit of Pendle Hill, famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612 and its wonderful views!
  • Holmes Mill is home to the Bowland Beer Hall, which features one of the longest bars in Britain – at 105ft 4”it is home to 42 hand pulls and hosts a minimum of 24 individual cask beers at any one time. Perfect place for a quick pint or two!
  • Standing high on Castle Hill is Clitheroe Castle Museum, which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years. It tells the story of the town and its surrounding area: the formation of the land 350 million years ago and the people who lived there.
  • Close to Whalley train station is Whalley Wine Shop, a multi award-winning fine wine merchant, in which people can drop in to the shop and see their expert staff and grab a glass of wine from the tasting menu (there are always at least 16 open!)
  • For those staying the Sunday night, you'll receive a complimentary Sunday lunch


Steven Smith

Steven Smith has worked with food since he was 15 and in prestigious kitchens such as Gilpin Lodge, The Box Tree and Stanley House where he was Head Chef. He’s gathered many accolades along the way and 2019 was his 10th year at The Freemasons where he manages a very friendly, professional team and lives nearby, with his family. He cooks with the seasons and from his heart - memorably