As well as being the village local, offering real ales,the Freemasons Arms offers excellent food, which can be enjoyed in the bar - or in one of their many dining rooms.
Steven Smith, who arrived to head the kitchen during 2011, has taken the kitchen in a new direction - plus after 'foam' saucing - our next pet restaurant hate - dishes being just given the heading of the main ingredient, followed by a further list of ingredients, designed to confuse rather than describe. However, Chef Smith comes with an excellent pedigree, so feel sure his food will restore the foods reputation here to some of its past glories. Modern combinations, using local, seasonal produce seems to be his passion.
A winter menu listed 'Beetroot Risotto, Confit Duck & Fried Hen's Egg'; 'Haggis with Neeps & Tatties & Crispy Lamb Belly' and 'Organic Salmon, Cooked in Vanilla Oil with Morecambe Bay Mussels, Fennel & Saffron' among the starters.
'Lemon Sole, Grilled with Lemon & Brown Butter, Hand-Cut Chips & Tartare Sauce'; 'Poached & Roast Goosnagh Duck with Creamed Sprouts, Beetroot, Orange & Wontons'; 'Slow-Roast Breast of Red-Legged Partridge with Confit Leg, Smoked Bacon & Girolles with Buttered Curly Kale' and 'Braised Blade of Beef Bourguignon with Smoked Potatoes' listed among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Lemon Meringue Pie with Prune & Armagnac Ice Cream'; 'Dark Chocolate Tart with Banana & Popcorn' or their selection of Artisan Cheeses.
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- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sun 12.00-14.00, mains about £18 to £29; set Sun L £14.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-21.30, Mon-Thurs Early Supper Menu 17.30-18.45 £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); mains about £18 to £29
- Seats: 70, plus 16 outside
- Wine: an impressive list, travels the world, and has modest mark ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Whalley Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page