The Freemasons at Wiswell joined a list of illustrious venues to become the AA Restaurant of the Year for England at the Hospitality Awards in London.
This high profile award win is the latest in a long line of achievements for the Lancashire gastropub, which recently confirmed it will become a pub with rooms next year, adding four bedrooms to its offering.
Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. This award, introduced in 2000, recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality. Previous winners include Kenny Atkinson’s House of Tides, Gary Usher’s Sticky Walnut, and most notably, Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers in Marlow.
The Freemasons, which is run by Chef Owner Steve Smith and his team, has risen up the ranks over the last decade to establish itself as one of Lancashire’s, and indeed the country’s, top dining destinations. Offering an outstanding dining experience without compromising on being a pub, The Freemasons has enjoyed a wealth of accolades in recent years, including being the first pub to receive a seven out of 10 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide, winning Gold at the Visit England Awards, and the Best Food Pub at the Great British Pub Awards.
A delighted Steve Smith, Chef Owner at The Freemasons at Wiswell, said; “Momentum has been building at The Freemasons for the last few years and this award truly sums up everything we’ve been working so hard for. As a chef you have ambitions and dreams and the AA Awards is one of them. To have achieved this on top of everything else is truly life changing, and with the plans we have for the pub extension next year, I believe we’re positioning ourselves as one of the best establishments in the country. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic team we have working here, both front of house and in the kitchen. This award is testament to their hard work and we’re truly proud and honoured.”