Pubs that have made it onto the Top 50 Gastropubs list from day one

By Nikkie Sutton

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Prestigious opportunity: hundreds of pubs have appeared on the Top 50 list
Prestigious opportunity: hundreds of pubs have appeared on the Top 50 list
The prestigious Top 50 Gastropub list was founded in 2011 and from then, has gone from strength to strength.

The judging process is rigorous and begins with votes from the Top 50 Gastropubs​ Voting Academy.

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.

Industry experts

Number one pubs over the years:

2017: The Star at Harome, Harome, York

2016: The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

2015: The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

2014: Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

2013: Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

2012: Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

2010: The Star at Harome, Harome, York

Following this, the voting panel is broken down into six geographical voting regions, with an equal number of votes collected in each by the Top 50 Gastropubs Voting Academy, which ultimately come together to form the definitive list of the best gastropubs in Britain. 

Special awards

Alongside the iconic list, Top 50 also has special awards including Front of House Team of the Year, Gastropub Chef of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and a Ones to Watch list,

Gastropubs are the backbone of accessible and high-quality food and every region now has a great selection of pubs with a strong food offer.

The Top 50 brand started in 2007 but was top 10, 20 and 30 and here’s the list from 2017 back to 2010:

2017

  1. The Star at Harome, Harome, York
  2. The Sportsman, Whitstable, Kent
  3. The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, nr Bristol, Somerset
  4. Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  5. The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  6. Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London
  7. The Beehive, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  8. The Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire
  9. The Pipe & Glass, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
  10. The Crown, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  11. The Rat Inn, Hexham, Northumberland
  12. The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London
  13. The Parkers Arms, near Clitheroe, Lancashire
  14. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon
  15. The Masons Arms, South Molton, Devon
  16. The Flitch of Bacon, Little Dunmow, Essex
  17. The Compasses Inn, Canterbury, Kent
  18. Drapers Arms, Islington, north London
  19. The Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  20. The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
  21. The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  22. The Assheton Arms, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  23. The Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, Cornwall
  24. The Kensington Arms, Redland, Bristol, Somerset
  25. The Kings Head, Wye, Ashford, Kent
  26. The Alma, Wandsworth, south-west London
  27. Tarr Farm Inn, nr Dulverton, Somerset
  28. The Scran & Scallie, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
  29. The Marksman, Hackney, east London
  30. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, south Wales
  31. The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire
  32. The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
  33. The Staith House, Low Lights, North Shields
  34. The White Post, Yeovil, Somerset
  35. The Butchers Arms, Hepworth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  36. The Hundred of Ashendon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  37. The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate, north London
  38. Parlour, Kensal Green, north-west London
  39. St Tudy Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall
  40. The Mariners, Wadebridge, Cornwall
  41. The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge, Suffolk
  42. The Treby Arms, Plymouth, Devon
  43. The Better Half, Hove, East Sussex
  44. Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, South Wales
  45. The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  46. The Pot Kiln, Yattendon, Berkshire
  47. The Longs Arms, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
  48. The White Swan, Burnley, Lancashire
  49. Yew Tree Inn, Taporley, Cheshire
  50. The Swan, Bampton, Devon

2016

  1. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
  2. The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
  3. The Star at Harome, North Yorkshire
  4. The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  5. The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Bristol, Somerset
  6. Freemasons Arms, Wiswell, Lancashire
  7. Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London
  8. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales
  9. The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire
  10. The Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
  11. The Marksman, Hackney, east London
  12. The Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire
  13.  The Rat, Anick, Hexham, Northumberland
  14. The Beehive, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  15. The Treby Arms, Plymouth, Devon
  16. Gurnards Head, Zennor, Cornwall
  17. The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire
  18. Gunton Arms, Norwich, Norfolk
  19. The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London
  20. The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate, north London
  21. The Bull & Last, Highgate, north London
  22. The Crown, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  23. The Jugged Hare, Barbican, central London
  24. The Beckford Arms, Gifford, Wiltshire
  25. The Crown at Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  26. The Plough at Bolnhurst, Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire
  27. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon
  28. The Broad Chare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  29. The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, Oxfordshire
  30. The Feathered Nest, Country Inn, Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire
  31. The Staith House, North Shields, Tyneside
  32. The Empress, Victoria Park, east London
  33. The Kentish Hare, Bidborough, Kent
  34. Journeys End Inn, near Kingsbridge, Devon
  35. Fishpool Inn, Delamere, Cheshire
  36. Red Lion Firehouse, Pewsey, Wiltshire
  37. The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  38. Canton Arms, Stockwell, south London
  39. The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire
  40. The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
  41. The Olive Branch, Rutland, East Midlands
  42. Old School Bar & Kitchen, Mounte Hawke, Cornwall
  43. Parlour, Kensal Green, north-west London
  44. Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  45. The Lickfold Inn, Petworth, West Sussex
  46. The Stagg Inn, Kington, Herefordshire
  47. The Truscott Arms, Maida Vale, north London
  48. The Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  49. The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  50. Lord Clyde, Kerridge, Cheshire

2015

  1. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
  2. Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Bristol
  3. The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
  4. The Plough Inn, Longparish, Hampshire
  5. The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire
  6. Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  7. The Royal Oak at Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  8. The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
  9. The Gurnard’s Head, St Ives, Cornwall
  10. The Truscott Arms, Maida Vale, London
  11. The Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London
  12. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales
  13. The Bull and Last, Highgate, north London
  14. The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire
  15. The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire
  16. The Canton Arms, Stockwell, south London
  17. The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London
  18. The Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh
  19. Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Devon
  20. British Larder, Bromeswell, Suffolk
  21. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon
  22. The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
  23. The Greyhound, Stockbridge, Hampshire
  24. The Vintage, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
  25. Red Lion, Britwell Salome, Oxfordshire
  26. Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, Devon
  27. Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
  28. The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott, Oxfordshire
  29. Lady Ottoline, Holborn, central London
  30. The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
  31. The Cross at Kenilworth, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
  32. The Longs Arms, South Wraxall, Wiltshire
  33. Smokehouse, Islington, north London
  34. The Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire
  35. The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
  36. Broad Chare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  37. The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk
  38. The Rat Inn, Anick, Northumberland
  39. The Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
  40. The Eagle, Farringdon, central London
  41. The Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, Lancashire
  42. The Three Daggers, Edington, Wiltshire
  43. The Angel Inn, Hetton, North Yorkshire
  44. The Glynne Arms, Hawarden, Flintshire, North Wales
  45. Friends of Ham, Leeds
  46. The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset
  47. The Fox Inn, Willian, Hertfordshire
  48. Old School Bar & Kitchen, Mount Hawke, Cornwall
  49. The Wild Rabbit Inn, Kingham, Oxfordshire
  50. Parlour, Kensal Green, north-west London

2014

  1. Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  2. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
  3. The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Somerset
  4. The Pipe & Glass Inn, Beverley, East Yorkshire
  5. The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire
  6. Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  7. Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
  8. Hardwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London
  9. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, south Wales
  10. The Bull & Last, Highgate, north London
  11. The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall
  12. Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London
  13. Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire
  14. The Ship, Wandsworth, south-west London
  15. The British Larder, Bromeswell, Suffolk
  16. The Jugged Hare, Moorgate, central London
  17. The Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Devon
  18. Canton Arms, Stockwell, south London
  19. Drapers Arms, Islington, north London
  20. Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, Devon
  21. Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon
  22. Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
  23. Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
  24. Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Worcestershire
  25. The Long Arms, South Wraxall, Wiltshire
  26. Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, Staffordshire
  27. Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
  28. Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  29. The Plough, Longparish, Hampshire
  30. Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
  31. Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh, Scotland
  32. Broad Chare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  33. The Stagg Inn, Titley, Herefordshire
  34. Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire
  35. Lady Ottoline, Holborn, central London
  36. Anchor Inn, Walberswick, Suffolk
  37. Felin Fach Griggin, Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
  38. Somers Town Coffee House, Euston, London
  39. Kensington Arms, Cotham, Bristol
  40. Vintage, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
  41. Rat Inn, Anick, Northumberland
  42. Red Lion, Cricklade, Wiltshire
  43. The Eagle, Farringdon, central London
  44. Garrison, Bermondsey, south-east London
  45. The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire
  46. The Angel, Hetton, North Yorkshire
  47. The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
  48. The Parkers Arms, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  49. The Pot Kiln, Frilsham, Berkshire
  50. Wheatsheaf, Northleach, Gloucestershire

2013

  1. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  2. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
  3. The Star at Harome, Harome, North Yorkshire
  4. The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
  5. Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London
  6. The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  7. The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London
  8. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales
  9. The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire
  10. The Beckford Arms, Fonthill, Gifford, Wiltshire
  11. The Bull & Last, Highgate, north London
  12. The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Bristol, Somerset
  13. The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norwich
  14. The British Larder, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk
  15. The Gurnards Head, St Ives, Cornwall
  16. The Canton Arms, Stockwell, south London
  17. Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, near Exeter, Devon
  18. Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
  19. The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
  20. Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
  21. The Drapers Arms, Islington, north London
  22. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
  23. The Angel at Hetton, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
  24. The Mall Tavern, Notting Hill, west London
  25. The Eagle, Farringdon, central London
  26. The Plough, Andover, Hampshire
  27. The Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire
  28. The Garrison, Bermondsey, south-east London
  29. The Pot Kiln, Yattendon, Berkshire
  30. Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton, St George, Somerset
  31. Ye Olde Sun Inn, Colton, North Yorkshire
  32. Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire
  33. The Anvil Inn, Sawdon, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  34. The Jugged Hare, Moorgate, central London
  35. The Ship, Wandsworth, south-west London
  36. The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire
  37. Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire
  38. Marlborough Tavern, Bath, Somerset
  39. Masons Arms, Cartmel Fell, Lancashire
  40. The Duke of Cumberland, Henley, West Sussex
  41. The Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham, Northumberland
  42. The Cartford Inn, Little Ecclestone, Preston, Lancashire
  43. Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire
  44. Butchers Arms, Hepworth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  45. Wheatsheaf, Northleach, Gloucestershire
  46. The Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle
  47. The Bell Inn, Hampton, Middlesex
  48. Millbrook Inn, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon
  49. White Hart, Fyfield, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  50. Somerstown Coffee House, Euston, central London

2012

  1. Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  2. Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London
  3. The Star at Harome, Harome, North Yorkshire
  4. The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London
  5. Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, near Exeter, Devon
  6. The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
  7. The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire
  8. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales
  9. The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
  10. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
  11. The Gurnards Head, St Ives, Cornwall
  12. The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
  13. The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Bristol, Somerset
  14. Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
  15. Masons Arms, Cartmell Fell, Cumbria
  16. The Bull & Last, Highgate, north London
  17. The Canton Arms, Stockwell, south London
  18. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
  19. The Stagg Inn, Kington, Herefordshire
  20. Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton, St George, Somerset
  21. The Garrison, Bermondsey, south-east London
  22. The Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire
  23. The Albion, Clifton, Bristol, Somerset
  24. The Eagle, Farringdon, central London
  25. The Mall Tavern, Notting Hill, west London
  26. The Fox & Grapes, Wimbledon Common, south-west London
  27. The Beckford Arms, Fonthill, Gifford, Wiltshire
  28. The Black Horse, Ireland, Shefford, Bedfordshire
  29. The Avalon, Balham Hill, south London
  30. Ye Olde Sun Inn, Colton, North Yorkshire
  31. The Angel at Hetton, Hetton, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
  32. The British Larder, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk
  33. The Gun, Docklands, east London
  34. The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, Somerset
  35. The Holt, Honiton, Devon
  36. The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire
  37. The Victoria Inn, Penzance, Cornwall
  38. The Drunken Duck, Ambleside, Cumbria
  39. The Kingham Plough, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
  40. The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, Wiltshire
  41. King William Pub and Dining Rooms, Bath, Somerset
  42. Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire
  43. Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire
  44. The Magdalen Arms, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  45. The Sands End, Fulham, south-west London
  46. The Fox at Willian, Willian, Hertfordshire
  47. The Longs Arms, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
  48. The Stag at Offchurch, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  49. The White Horse, Parsons Green, south-west London
  50. The Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia, west London

2011 - no list published

2010

1.

The Star at Harome, Harome, North Yorkshire

2.

The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

3.

The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales

4.

Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London

5.

The Pipe & Glass Inn, Chew Magna, Bristol, Somerset

6.

The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

7.

The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire

8.

The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire

9.

The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, central London

10.

The Bay Horse, Hurworth, Darlington, Durham

11.

The Gurnards Head, St Ives, Cornwall

12.

The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

13.

Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire

14.

The Punch Bowl Inn, Lyth Valley, Cumbria

15.

Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire

16.

The Eagle, Farringdon, central London

17.

The Angel at Hetton, Hetton, near Skipton, North Yorkshire

18.

The Stagg Inn, Kington, Herefordshire

19.

The Sands End, Fulham, south-west London

20.

Masons Arms, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria

21.

Y Polen, Capel Dewi, Carmarthenshire, South Wales

22.

Hoste Arms, Burnham Market, Norfolk

23.

Ye Olde Sun Inn, Colton, North Yorkshire

24.

The Drunken Duck, Ambleside, Cumbria

25.

Highwayman, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire

26.

The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire

27.

The Blue Lion, East Witton, North Yorkshire

28.

The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales

29.

Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire

30.

The Inn at Whitewell, Whitewall, Lancashire

31.

The Garrison, Bermondsey, south-east London

32.

The Crooked Billet, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

33.

The Albion, Clifton, Bristol

34.

The Anglesea Arms, South Kensington, south-west London

35.

The Griffin, Fletching, East Sussex

36.

St Kew Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall

37.

Potting Shed, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

38.

The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

39.

Red Lion Inn, Pewsey, Wiltshire

40.

Thomas Cubbitt, Belgravia, west London

41.

Thomas Lord, West Meon, Hampshire

42.

The Albion, Islington, north London

43.

General Tarleton, Ferrensby, North Yorkshire

44.

The Cricket Inn, Totley, South Yorkshire

45.

Yew Tree, Newbury, Berkshire

46.

The Pheasant, Keyston, Cambridgeshire

47.

The Bakers Arms, Droxford, Hampshire

48.

Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, Bath, Somerset

49.

Earl of March, near Chichester, West Sussex

50.

The Canton Arms, Stockwell, south London

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