A Lancashire pub and restaurant has cooked its way into the nation’s food bible.
The award-winning Freemasons Arms in Wiswell, near Clitheroe, has landed a place in the 2014 Waitrose Good Food Guide, and is placed 42nd out of the top 50 restaurants in the country.
The pub is the only restaurant in Lancashire to make the top 50, with Cumbria’s l’Enclume beating Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck to top spot in the prestigious guide, which is the UK’s longest-running.
Stephen Smith, chef patron and owner of Freemasons, said: “We are really pleased. To be placed among the best restaurants and establishments in Britain and Ireland is great.”
The owner says the key of the restaurant’s success is its relaxed atmosphere and welcoming hospitality.
The restaurant is also one of just three pubs to win three rosettes in the AA Rosette awards earlier this year.
Upmarket supermarket group Waitrose took over the Good Food Guide in August.
First published in 1951 by Raymond Postgate in a bid to ‘raise the standard of cooking in Britain’, it has become an annual guide, reviewing the best restaurants, pubs and cafés throughout the UK.
The Freemasons restaurant claims to offer diners ‘a slice of country refinement with a twist of contemporary creativity and flair’.
Stephen said: “The whole package here at Freemasons makes us individual and different to other restaurants.”
The menu ranges from À La Carte and private dining to the ultimate sampler menu, which features seven signature dishes of head chef Stephen.