I’m a self-admitted “city boy”, but there is something wonderful about getting on the road and out of the Big Smoke. This time it was a road that led me to a quaint, homely gastro pub in the heart of the Lancashire countryside.
Situated in the lush Ribble Valley, a stone's throw away from Clitheroe, the Freemasons at Wiswell was exactly what this city boy needed to wind down and lunch up.
Low ceilings, exposed beams, hand crafted wooden tables and half a pint of local ale was the perfect aperitif. My first look at the lunch menu had me intrigued, as it was an expression of love for local produce and appreciation for the flavours of the East.
Contrasting textures and unexpected bursts of exotic spices were a pleasant surprise in the starter of Nidderdale lamb – crispy belly and kofta, miso aubergine, charred lettuce mint and yoghurt. Combining a little of each element on the plate in one mouthful was an excursion to 3 distinct corners of the globe, illustrating the chef’s knowledge and versatility.