Freemasons at Wiswell tops Good Food Guide best pub list

Freemasons at Wiswell and chef Steven Smith Chef Steven Smith said his team at the pub "have big plans" for the future

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A "little village pub" in Lancashire has become the first to be named as the best in the UK by the Good Food Guide.

Freemasons at Wiswell, near Clitheroe, topped the list of the top 50 pubs, which has been included for the first time in the guide's 63 year history.

The pub was also ranked 41st in its top 50 restaurants list, which was again topped by L'Enclume in Cumbria.

Chef Steven Smith said the listing "proves in spades" that customers were getting a "second to none" experience.

The guide's consultant editor Elizabeth Carter said the pub was "a role model of its kind".

"[It is] a consistent and likeable country pub with no pretensions or gimmicks, just first-class food and knowledgeable, welcoming service."

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The UK's top five pubs
(clockwise from top left) The Red Lion, The Hand & Flowers, The Sportsman and The Royal Oak
  1. Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire
  2. The Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire
  3. The Red Lion, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
  4. The Royal Oak, Paley Street, Berkshire
  5. The Sportsman, Kent

Source: The Good Food Guide

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The pub also became the first in the guide's history to score a seven out of 10 rating.

Mr Smith said his team was "absolutely over the moon to have received this honour".

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

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