The Unruly Pig with chefs Dave Wall and Karl Green, as well as TV presenter host Angellica Bell (images: Top 50 Gastropubs)
The unofficial home of the roast dinner, and hearty food and drink more generally, these informal dining spaces can be found in every corner of the UK.
Indeed, many routinely make the Michelin Guide for the UK and Ireland, which announced its Bib Gourmands for 2022’s best value for money eateries last week.
This year’s winner was the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, which beat a whole host of top establishments to the gong at a ceremony in Manchester in January.
So what did the judges say about the Suffolk pub - and did your local make it into the Top 50?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list?
For the past 13 years, pub trade magazine The Morning Advertiser has compiled a list of the best gastropubs in the land through its Top 50 Awards.
This year, the event was sponsored by Spanish beer brand Estrella Damm.
It is voted for by more than 400 gastropub owners, food critics and industry experts.
Why did The Unruly Pig win?
The Unruly Pig, which is based in the town of Woodbridge near Ipswich, Suffolk, was crowned the UK’s best gastropub because it is “winsome, warm and witty”, according to the Top 50 judges.
With a menu full of “locally sourced, unfussy, seasonal” food served up by head chef Dave Wall, the establishment was praised for its “maverick” atmosphere.
Owner Brendan Padfield said winning the gong was “a huge honour”.
“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,” he said.
“They can rightly hold their heads up proud yet again as our listing is because of their dedication, loyalty and sheer hard graft".
Full list of Top 50 UK gastropubs:
- The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge, Suffolk
- Parkers Arms, Clitheroe, Lancashire
- The Star Inn at Harome, Harome, North Yorkshire
- The Angel at Hetton, Hetton, North Yorkshire
- Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
- The Sportsman, Whitstable, Kent
- The Guinea Grill, London
- The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury, Kent
- The Mariners, Rock, Cornwall
- The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
- The Beehive, White Waltham, Berkshire
- The Kentish Hare, Bidborough, Kent
- The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
- The Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon
- The Harwood Arms, London
- The Red Lion and Sun, London
- The Pyne Arms, Barnstaple, Devon
- The Rat Inn, Anick, Northumberland
- The Broad Chare, Newcastle Upon Tyne
- The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
- The Bull & Last, London
- The Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
- The Pipe and Glass, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
- The Longs Arms, South Wraxall, Wiltshire
- The Swan, Bampton, Devon
- The White Swan at Fence, Fence, Lancashire
- The Loch and The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire
- The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
- The French House, Soho, London
- The Moorcock, Norland Moor, West Yorkshire
- The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, West Yorkshire
- The Pack Horse, Hayfield, Derbyshire
- Heft, High Newton, Cumbria
- The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys
- The Five Bells Inn, Cullompton, Devon
- St Kew Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall
- The Castle Inn, Castle Combe, Wiltshire
- The Canton Arms, Stockwell, London
- The Higher Buck, Waddington, Lancashire
- The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom, Kent
- The Hovingham Inn, North Yorkshire
- The Plough, Coton, Cambridgeshire
- The Three Hills, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire
- The Hind’s Head, Bray, Berkshire
- The Dog at Wingham, Wingham, Kent
- The Bell Inn, Langford, Oxfordshire
- The Black Bear Inn, Usk, Monmouthshire
- The Cadeleigh Arms, Tiverton, Devon
- The Bailiwick Free House, Egham, Surrey
- The Cross, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
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