Freemasons at Wiswell is one of the restaurants that I have been intending to get around to visiting for ages! It has a great local reputation and is a favourite of my pal Carl Housbey who writes the Gastrograzer blog (see here).
The holder of a Michelin ‘Bob Gourmand’ their entry in the Red Guide reads, ‘Delightful pub, hidden away on a narrow lane. Flag floors, low beams and open fires downstairs; elegant, antique-furnished dining rooms upstairs. Interesting menu features modern versions of traditional pub dishes. Skillful cooking, with clear flavours. Charming service.’
There are no tricks or gimmicks here – the food is simple, clean and flavoursome. Good quality, seasonal ingredients at their best.
I’m not going to write about each individual dish – for us there was no one stand out dish (perhaps the lamb); everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection and beautifully presented. Well worth the hour’s drive up from Cheshire.
Line Caught Mackerel – on toast with gooseberry and elderflower chutney.
Nidderdale Lamb – slow cooked belly, chargrilled aubergine, yoghurt and mint.
Wester Ross Organic Salmon – roast lion, whipped jersey royals, wild sorrel velouté.
Nidderdale 35 Day Aged Beef Rib Eye – with duck fat chips, onion rings and peppercorn sauce.
English Rose Veal – slow cooked top side, French style peas, morel sauce.
Roast Sirloin of Aged Beef – Yorkshire Pudding, duck fat potatoes, cauliflower beef, roast beef juices.
Eton Mess – English strawberry, chocolate macaron, raspberry ice cream.
Michel Cluziel – chocolate, mint and passion fruit.