Published 29 January 2020
The news of this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs, in an awards ceremony sponsored by Estrella Damm, was greeted with enthusiasm by many. This year’s top place went to Fulham’s Harwood Arms, whose kitchen is led by Sally Abe. But while recognition for some of Britain’s best informal dining spots is welcome, it left some questioning what, exactly, a gastropub is in 2020. Is it a pub that serves food, or is it a restaurant inside a pub facade? The debate will, no doubt, continue…
Now in its tenth year, the awards celebrate the best of Britain’s pubs. They are voted for by hospitality experts such as food writers, executive chefs, and food operators from six geographical regions across the UK.
The Michelin-starred Harwood Arms rose from fifth in 2019 to top the list, moving last year’s winner The Sportsman in Kent into second place. Seven London pubs are featured in the top 50, including Mayfair’s The Guinea Grill in tenth place, as well The Marksman in Hackney ranking at 14. Other notable inclusions are Tom Kerridge’s The Coach in Marlow coming in fifth place, whilst his Michelin-starred pub The Hand & Flowers ranked 12th.
The top ten is as follows:
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