The top 50 dining pubs in the UK will be revealed by food critic and writer Matthew Fort on 27 January at an awards ceremony at Anglian Country Inns’ Hermitage Rd site in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
The awards are organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.
The four Newcomer of the Year contenders are:
- Killingworth Castle in Wootton, Oxfordshire
- The Scran & Scallie in Stockbridge, Edinburgh
- The Parlour in Kensal Green, north-west London
- The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire, which has been named the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide’s Pub of the Year 2014.
Dan Cramp, of Moleface Pub Company’s the Larwood & Voce Pub & Kitchen in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire; Ben Paul, of Peach Pubs’ the Black Horse in Woburn, Bedfordshire; Holly Eggleton, of the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap in Chew Magna, Somerset, are all up for Front of House Manager of the Year, sponsored by Highland Park whisky.
The contenders for Business Innovation of the Year are Whiting & Hammond; Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark-on-Tyne, Northumberland; and the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.
The Gastropub Chef of the Year, Highest Climber and Highest New Entry winners will also be announced, as will the top 50 list rankings.
Almost 2,000 votes were collated from industry figures including chefs, food writers and pubco chiefs to find them. Voters included TV chefs Heston Blumenthal and Simon Hulstone.