14 Jul 2016
Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2016 has been announced today, with The Freemasons taking 25th place (moving swiftly up the list from 68th place in 2015) Squaremeal’s UK Top 100 2016 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in spring 2016. Thousands of readers and bloggers took part and the results were moderated by the Squaremeal.co.uk editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The survey does not ask for or include any restaurants in London. Here’s the full list of Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
And here’s what Square Meal had to say about The Freemasons;
“Hidden away in picture-pretty Wiswell, this atmospheric and stylishly reconfigured Lancashire hostelry now cuts quite a dash with its thoughtful blend of rich heritage colours, mismatched antique furniture and country prints, while young informed service and a bold, contemporary menu belie the traditional surroundings. Local lad Steven Smith is on blistering form, delivering “flawless food every time”, according to one enthusiastic fan: dazzling seasonal dishes such as ‘just cooked’ wild Lune salmon with Southport potted shrimps and samphire, ponzu, elderflower and a warm pikelet or garlic-studded Goosnargh chicken with char-grilled leek and miso purée, asparagus, morels and yakitori livers on toast are definitely “not your average pub grub”. Elsewhere, those with plainer tastes get admirable satisfaction from plates of simply grilled fish and slabs of 35-day aged beef with duck-fat chips, while desserts hit the heights with show-stopping soufflés and luscious creations such as an Amalfi lemon meringue pie with Wiswell Moor pine aroma, yoghurt sorbet and pine berries. The food is matched by an impressively diverse wine list loaded with classy bottles at very reasonable prices. With its superb outdoor eating area, this place is also a shoo-in for special bashes”