Freemasons moves into top three at Top 50 Gastropubs
Lancashire pub flying high after ranking best Pub in the North
The Freemasons at Wiswell has demonstrated once more it’s truly a force to be reckoned with, taking third place at this year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, with Chef Owner Steve Smith also taking home Gastropub Chef of the Year. The event proved to be a stellar night for Lancashire, with five pubs finishing in the top 50, with The Freemasons leading the way, as the highest-ranked pub in the North.
The awards kick off what promises to be a game changer of a year for The Freemasons, with its kitchen extension, Mr Smith’s Table and four bedrooms due to launch this spring, with more bedrooms to follow later in the year. With this new investment, the pub, which has firmly established itself as the No.1 pub in both Lancashire and the North West has ambitions to become the No.1 pub in the country for both its dining and its accommodation offering.
The “Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts. These include gastropub operators (who can’t vote for their own pubs), food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. The voting criteria ensures the list really is decided by the industry.
The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent, was named the top pub for food in the country, regaining first place after losing out to the Star at Harome last year.
Tom Kerridge’s Coach at Marlow took second place, with The Freemasons in third.
Publican’s Morning Advertiser food editor Nicholas Robinson, said: “There’s something phenomenal happening in gastropubs up and down the country, they are growing and maintaining that growth where chains and other restaurants are failing.
“We see this every year on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, which provides hundreds of thousands of consumers with an idea of where to dine out wherever they are in the country.”
Steve Smith, Chef Owner at The Freemasons at Wiswell, said; “Lancashire has once again shown what a truly fantastic offering it has across the county and at The Freemasons we’re honoured to be leading the charge. This is a big year for the pub – we’re happy to have established ourselves as one the best pubs in the country but with our new offering, we’re confident it will take us to the next level. Watch this space!”
Lancashire’s Top 50 Gastropubs:
3. The Freemasons at Wiswell, LancashireIn P
16. The Parkers Arms, nr Clitheroe, Lancashire
19. The White Swan, Burley, Lancashire
40. The Cartford Inn, Preston, Lancashire
45. The Assheton Arms, Clitheroe, Lancashire
You can see the full list at the new Top 50 Gastropubs website www.top50gastropubs.com.
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