Most pubs overlooked in Good Food Guide’s top 50 UK restaurants 2018

By Nikkie Sutton

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New face: the Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, was a new entry on this year's Good Food Guide
New face: the Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, was a new entry on this year's Good Food Guide
Just two pubs have been named among the top 50 UK restaurants in the country by The Good Food Guide this year.

The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, which came first in 2015 and 2016’s Top 50 Gastropubs, came 42nd​ in The Good Food Guide​’s list, which was announced today (17 August).

However, the Sportsman, which was a new entry on the guide this year, was knocked off its top spot by Yorkshire pub the Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire, on this year’s Top 50 list.

Proud of the place

The Freemasons at Wiswell in Clitheroe, Lancashire, came in at number 44 in the Good Food Guide​’s list, one place lower than last year.

Last year, the Freemasons chef-patron Steven Smith told The Morning Advertiser​: “We’re so proud of this place.

“It’s pretty nice being from Blackburn and being from Lancashire, and making the list. It’s great to represent where you’re from that way.”

Getting noisier

This is the fifth edition of The Good Food Guide ​to be published by Waitrose, which has also announced its Editors’ Awards.

Guide editor Elizabeth Carter made a plea for two trends in the food industry to fade. She said: “Restaurants are getting noisier – that’s what our readers, this year in unprecedented numbers, are telling us.

“As for that other trend that’s been warmly embraced by chefs and restaurateurs across the country – let’s be honest, small plates are frequently not designed to be shared.”

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