Renowned Ribble Valley food pub the Freemasons, at Wiswell, owned by chef Steven Smith, has been crowned the UK’s Number 1 Pub in the Good Food Guide 2015, published by Waitrose.
The Guide, which reviews the best restaurants, pubs and cafés in the UK, will be available on September 8th and this is the first year it has featured a ranking of the UK’s Top 50 pubs.
Commenting on his success, chef/patron Steve Smith (pictured right) 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.
“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.”
Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, explained what she believes makes the Freemasons at Wiswell so special: “The Freemasons at Wiswell 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 Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Pub list is a new addition for the 2015 Guide, and follows on from the success of its Top 50 Restaurants listing, which is highly regarded by chefs and restaurant-goers alike.
Ranging from rustic locals to stylish inns, 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.