Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2018

Foodie pubs across the UK have been assessed by industry experts to compile this year’s list of the top 50 must-visit gastropub destinations. The collection of venues, spread over six regions, boast Michelin Stars, award-winning chefs, and 5 star front-of-house teams between them.

The winning pub is The Sportsman, Kent, once described by owner Stephen Harris as his “grotty boozer by the sea”. Although considering this is the third time it has taken the title, there’s a chance he’s being modest.

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Top 10:

  1. The Sportsman, Kent
  2. The Pony & Trap, Bristol
  3. The Star Inn, York
  4. Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire
  5. The Coach, Buckinghamshire
  6. The Drapers Arms, London
  7. The Beehive, Berkshire
  8. Parkers Arms, Lancashire
  9. The Hardwick, Abergavenny
  10. The Marksman, London

Click here to see all 50 winners.

About the awards:

The “Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts. These include gastropub operators (who can’t vote for their own pubs), food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. The voting criteria ensures the list really is decided by the industry.

To ensure that each region in the UK has an equal opportunity for their pubs to shine, our voters are broken down into six geographical regions, with an equal number of votes collected in each by the Top 50 Gastropubs Voting Academy. Our regional academy chairs include food writers and experts.

The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington says: “Winning or being shortlisted as a finalist is an excellent way of getting your pub – and yourself – the recognition that you deserve.”

Food and drink editor Nicholas Robinson adds: “Getting on this list is the jewel in the crown for foodie pubs across the UK. It’s the place to be seen.”

Votes are cast in a poll of hundreds of industry experts, including top chefs, food writers, pubco chiefs, pub-guide editors and top suppliers to bring you this definitive list of the best gastropubs in Britain.

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