Top 50 gastropubs in the UK named and they're ALL in England and Wales

Top 50 gastropubs in the UK for 2022 named – and they’re ALL in England and Wales: ‘The Unruly Pig’ in Suffolk is No.1 and Lancashire and Yorkshire inns complete the top five

  • The gongs are from the prestigious Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards
  • The Unruly Pig is one of five East Anglian pubs on the top 50 list
  • There are ten in the Southwest, five in the Northwest, four in the West Midlands 
  • Yorkshire has six on the list, including pubs ranking third and fourth 

The best gastropubs in the UK for 2022 have been named – and The Unruly Pig in Suffolk has claimed the No.1 spot.

The accolade was bestowed upon the inn by the prestigious Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards at a ceremony in Manchester, with the ranking’s top five completed by Parkers Arms, Lancashire (second); The Star Inn, Harome, Yorkshire (third), which suffered a serious fire in November; The Angel At Hetton, Yorkshire (fourth) and Freemasons At Wiswell, Lancashire (fifth).

The Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, now in its 13th year, actually produces a top 100 list, and some may be surprised to learn that Scotland’s highest entry comes 56th – Edinburgh’s The Scran and Scallie. The top 50, presented at the Escape to Freight Island venue, is made up of gastropubs located in England and Wales.

The best gastropubs in the UK for 2022 have been named – and The Unruly Pig in Suffolk (pictured) has claimed the No.1 spot

Unruly Pig Chefs Dave Wall and Karl Green. Dave ‘prides himself on his locally sourced, unfussy, seasonal menus’

The Unruly Pig is one of five East Anglian pubs in the top 50, more than ever before. There are ten in the Southwest, five in the Northwest, four in the West Midlands and Wales, 18 in the Southeast and London – and six in Yorkshire alone.

The awards said that The Unruly Pig is described as ‘winsome, warm and witty’, and that head chef Dave Wall ‘prides himself on his locally sourced, unfussy, seasonal menus whilst owner Brendan Padfield believes the pub’s atmosphere reflects his own personality, being a bit of a maverick’.

Brendan said: ‘For any UK gastropub, this list is the “gold standard”. It’s the business. To be a part of such a prestigious group is a huge honour and a very real privilege.

The Parkers Arms in Clitheroe, Lancashire, claimes the No.2 spot on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs ranking for 2022

The Star Inn in Harome, Yorkshire, comes third in the Top 50 Gastropub ranking

‘There are some very famous chefs and talented operators here… and for us to be a small part of this amazing list means so very much to all our team.

‘They can rightly hold their heads up proud yet again as our listing is because of their dedication, loyalty and sheer hard graft.’

This year there are 10 new entries on the list, with the Highest New Entry revealed as Adam Handling’s The Loch and The Tyne (27th), in Windsor.

Adam’s take on the traditional pub menu ‘showcases the best of British produce’, according to an awards statement, ‘with a huge emphasis on sustainable practices, and [it] features ingredients on the menu from its own vegetable garden and orchard’.

It added: ‘He is passionate about the best quality British ingredients and bringing their true flavour to life.’

Adam said: ‘I’m so happy and proud that our little pub with guest bedrooms has made it in to the Top 50. This is our first time opening a pub and it’s been great fun to adopt our restaurant style into a super-informal setting.

‘Co-chef proprietors Steven and Jonny have worked for me for 13 years and have always wanted a pub, so to give them an opportunity to run one and for it to go straight into the Top 50 is bloody fantastic.’

THE ESTRELLA DAMM TOP 100 GASTROPUBS 2022 RANKING 

1. The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge

2. Parkers Arms, Clitheroe

3. The Star Inn at Harome, Harome

4. The Angel at Hetton, Hetton

5. Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe

6. The Sportsman, Whitstable

7. The Guinea Grill, London

8. The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury

9. The Mariners, Rock

10. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow

11. The Beehive, White Waltham

12. The Kentish Hare, Bidborough

13. The Coach, Marlow

14. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock

15. The Harwood Arms, London

16. The Red Lion and Sun, London

17. The Pyne Arms, Barnstaple

18. The Rat Inn, Anick

19. The Broad Chare, Newcastle Upon Tyne

20. The Hardwick, Abergavenny

21. The Bull & Last, London

22. The Masons Arms, Knowstone

23. The Pipe and Glass, Beverley

24. The Longs Arms, South Wraxall

25. The Swan, Bampton

26. The White Swan at Fence, Fence

27. The Loch and The Tyne, Old Windsor

28. The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne

29. The French House, Soho

30. The Moorcock, Norland Moor

31. The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden

32. The Pack Horse, Hayfield

33. Heft, High Newton

34. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon

35. The Five Bells Inn, Cullompton

36. St Kew Inn, Bodmin

37. The Castle Inn, Castle Combe

38. The Canton Arms, Stockwell

39. The Higher Buck, Waddington

40. The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom

41. The Hovingham Inn, Yorkshire

42. The Plough, Coton

43. The Three Hills, Bartlow

44. The Hind’s Head, Bray

45. The Dog at Wingham, Wingham

46. The Bell Inn, Langford

47. The Black Bear Inn, Usk

48. The Cadeleigh Arms, Tiverton

49. The Bailiwick Free House, Egham

50. The Cross, Kenilworth

51. The White Post, Rimpton Hill

52. The Miller of Mansfield, Reading

 

 

53. The Eagle, Farringdon

54. The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

55. The Duck Inn, King’s Lynn

56. The Scran and Scallie, Edinburgh

57. The Parlour, London

58. The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott

59. The Chadwicks Inn, Maltby

60. The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge

61. The Quality Chop House, London

62. Duck & Rice, London

63. The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

64. The Boat Inn, Lichfield

65. The Gunton Arms, Norwich

66. The Tolcarne Inn, Penzance

67. The Drapers Arms, London

68. The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

69. The Marksman, London

70. The Meynell Ingram Arms, Burton on Trent

71. The Anchor & Hope, London

72. The Potting Shed, Crudwell

73. The Roebuck Inn, Knutsford

74. The Olive Branch, Rutland

75. The Blind Bull, Buxton

76. The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton

77. The Port Gaverne Hotel, Cornwall

78. The Thomas Lord, Near Petersfield

79. The Magdalen Arms, Oxford

80. The Kensington Arms, Bristol

81. The Ship Inn, Elie

82. The Neptune, Norfolk

83. The Admiral Codrington, London

84. The Hare Inn, Near Hemsley

85. The Wellington Arms, Sandhurst

86. The Camberwell Arms, London

87. The Urchin, Hove

88. The Bridge Arms, Canterbury

89. The Angel at Watlington, King’s Lynn

90. The Bath Arms, Longleat

91. The Bricklayers Arms, Hemel Hempstead

92. The Pig and Butcher, London

93. The Bonnie Badger, Gullane

94. The Smokehouse, London

95. The Cotley Inn, Chard

96. The Mole & Chicken, Long Crendon

97. The Anglesea Arms, London

98. The Stag and Hounds, Burrough on the Hill

99. The Thomas Cubitt, London

100. The Sandpiper Inn, Leyburn

Source: www.top50gastropubs.com

The Angel At Hetton, Yorkshire, comes fourth in the ranking

An example of the stunning cuisine on offer at The Angel at Hetton

New for 2022, Sally Abe’s The Blue Boar in central London was voted One to Watch by the judges for its menu reflecting ‘the very best of British pub dining’, whilst Dylans The Kings Arms in St Albans won Front of House team of the year and The Princess of Shoreditch in East London, headed up by Great British Menu’s Ruth Hansom, earned Newcomer of the Year.

Top 50 Gastropubs Publisher Chris Lowe said: ‘After a tough two years for the hospitality industry, we are thrilled to see such a strong list of contenders this year, including a new number one and several new entrants.

‘The Top 50 Gastropubs provides a platform for food-lovers to explore the very best offerings across the UK. We are delighted to host this year’s event in Manchester for the first time, highlighting the range of talent across the UK. I’m incredibly delighted for Brendan and everyone at The Unruly Pig to get the No.1 spot.’

Freemasons At Wiswell, Lancashire, completes the top five in the Top 50 Gastropub 

The Guinea Grill in London comes seventh in the Top 50 ranking

The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury, comes eighth in the ranking

Two-Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, comes 10th on the list

This year there are 10 new entries on the list, with the Highest New Entry revealed as Adam Handling’s The Loch and The Tyne (27th), in Windsor (pictured)

The Scran & Scallie in Edinburgh is Scotland’s highest entry in the Top 50 Gastropub 2022 list – it comes 56th

One of the hearty dishes on offer at The Scran & Scallie

James Healey, UK Country Manager for sponsor Estrella Damm, said: ‘As the authentic premium beer of Barcelona, Estrella Damm is proud to continue to support the UK’s gastropubs. This is the seventh year that we have sponsored the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards, an awards ceremony that celebrates high calibre ingredients, culinary excellence and innovation, qualities that are also shared by Estrella Damm. We want to extend our congratulations to all 50 gastropubs on the list and hope more pub-goers are lucky enough to experience their talent in 2022.’

The Top 50 Gastropubs list ranks the UK’s best gastropubs according to votes from more than 400 gastropub owners, food critics and other industry experts.

The full list is online at www.top50gastropubs.com.

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