Pub serves up first place in prestigious foodie guide

Winner: The Freemasons at Wiswell, near Clitheroe
Winner: The Freemasons at Wiswell, near Clitheroe
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A Lancashire pub’s “first-class food” has gained it top spot as the UK’s number one pub.

The Freemasons at Wiswell, owned by chef Steven Smith, secured the accolade in Waitrose’s Good Food Guide 2015, which reviews the best restaurants, pubs and cafés in the UK.

Steven said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have received this honour.

“We may only be a little authentic village pub in the Lancashire hills but we have big plans and to see them coming to fruition is fantastic.

He added: “Our food is always our main focus and we firmly believe the quality offering we’ve created, packaged up in a true pub environment is the reason people return time and again.”

The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Pub list is a new addition to the Guide, and follows on from the success of its Top 50 Restaurants listing, which is highly regarded by chefs and restaurant-goers alike.

The list has been compiled from the pub’s score in the Good Food Guide 2015, anonymous inspector visits and feedback from the Good Food Guide’s readers.

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, explained what makes the Freemasons , which is the also the only pub in Lancashire in the top 10, so special.

She said: ““The Freemasons is a role model of its kind, a consistent and likeable country pub with no pretensions or gimmicks, just first-class food and knowledgeable, welcoming service.

That it has an army of loyal fans comes as no surprise, for Steven Smith’s skilled cooking extracts the best from top-drawer ingredients.”

The Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 is available to buy from September 8.