Which pubs have Michelin Guide Bib Gourmands?

By Nikkie Sutton

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Award-winners: Bib Gourmands go to pubs seen as more affordable than those with Michelin stars
Award-winners: Bib Gourmands go to pubs seen as more affordable than those with Michelin stars

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The Michelin Guide's prestigious Bib Gourmand is an iconic accreditation given to pubs and restaurants that are typically more affordable and comfortable than their Michelin-starred counterparts.

The Morning Advertiser ​takes a look at the full list of pubs in England, Wales and Scotland that have been awarded a Bib Gourmand.

Number 18 on the Top 50 Gastropub list, the Drapers Arms​ in Islington, north London, is well known among consumers and those in the trade as one of the finest pubs for food in the city.

Menu highlights include deep-fried quail with Brussels sprouts remoulade; suet crust turkey and chipolata pie; and Drapers cassoulet with confit duck leg, Montbelliard and Toulouse sausages.

The Canton Arms in Stockwell, south London, has a Bib Gourmand and example dishes include pumpkin rendang, basmati rice and cucumber; and Essex coast brill with Chicoria and anchovy.

Family-run and rambling 17th century the Hundred of Ashendon​ in Ashendon, Buckinghamshire, offers a welcoming bar, delicious food and cosy and comfy rooms nestled in the countryside.

The Hundred of Ashendon
The Hundred of Ashendon offers guest food, drink and accommodation

Awarded a Bib Gourmand in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and a place in the Good Food Guide​, customers will find everything they need for a relaxing and restorative weekend away, a pint with friends or a chilled Sunday lunch with the family.

Modern country inn, the Dunsforth in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, offers diners local, classically modern food with a wide range of ales, craft and world beers and extensive wine list to choose from.

Bird in Hand in Bristol provides guests with fantastic food and ales in a warm, welcoming environment.

A true food-led pub offering modern British cuisine using local, seasonal and foraged produce.

Situated in the picturesque Butlers Cross in Buckinghamshire, the Russell Arms is an endearing country pub, which combines the finest, locally sourced food with an array of drinks.

Rescued and restored in 2013, new life was breathed into the 16th century Devon Inn now called the Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon, in Devon.

The pub offers classics such as home-made Scotch eggs, duck liver parfait, beer-battered fish and chips to sticky toffee pudding.

Meanwhile, the White Oak in Cookham, Buckinghamshire, was awarded its first Bib Gourmand in 2012 and has retained it since.

The pub’s seasonal menus are changed regularly and offer set lunch and dinner menus, which its claims is the best value in the county.

The White Oak's sister pub, the Three Oaks, also has a Bib Gourmand.

Fresh produce

Originally called the New Inn, the now Forester has been a pub since the 15th century. It showcases fresh produce and is mindful of the sustainability of the fish served, which comes from Devon and Cornish waters. The pub has retained its Bib Gourmand accreditation since 2013.

Number 48 on this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs list is the White Swan in Fence, Lancashire.​ A local pub that serves food, real ale and fine wines.

White Swan in Fence
One dish that diners can choose at the White Swan in Fence.

The pub is backed by brewer Timothy Taylor and fronted by the Parker family of Gareth, Laura, Liv with Tom in the kitchen.

Stylish country pub the Inn at Welland, Worcestershire, is a family-run business that has created a relaxed and friendly ambience in a venue with an eclectic design. Its ethos is to deliver great quality classic food and to source fresh produce locally.

In Leicestershire sits the Berkeley Arms, which highlights the importance of providing fresh, locally sourced, exquisite food on its daily changing menu.

The Green Man in Great Waltham, Essex, is set in 1.5 acres of riverside meadow amid beautiful countryside with the River Chelmer as a companion.

Working on locally sourced seasonal ingredients, the menu concentrates on classic pub dishes of the highest quality while the bar serves craft ales with a strong emphasis on working in partnership with local craft brewers.

Situated in the quiet village of Maltby on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Chadwicks Inn is a traditional country pub with an award-winning restaurant.

The menu offers something for everyone, whether diners are calling in for a quick lunch in the bar or a special occasion dinner in the restaurant.

A traditional yet stylish coaching inn, the Talbot Inn is in the heart of the historic village of Mells in Somerset.

Offering great food in a classic pub environment with all the comforts of a smart hotel but at great prices.

The Broad Chare,​ which sites on Newcastle’s quayside, has become a favourite of locals and destination diners.

The Broad Chare
Newcastle's the Broad Chare is set on the city's quayside

Number 19 on the Top 50 Gastropubs list, the pub prides itself on being a proper pub, with proper food and beer, so customers can expect to find a bustling community hub full of cheer as well as a spot for a superb meal.

Nearby also on the quayside is the Staith House, which received a Bib Gourmand​ for the first time this year.

The pub, number 33 on the Top 50 Gastropubs list​ and run by Masterchef: The Professionals ​finalist John Calton, focuses on a daily changing seasonal menu.

Historic maritime pub the Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn, Cornwall, is nestled next to the sea wall and is an irresistible dining destination for seafood lovers.

The catch of the day is served alongside fresh produce sourced from small local growers with chef Ben Tunnicliffe’s ethos – to combine flavours simply and instinctively, letting the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves.

Passion for rustic cuisine

Staying in Cornwall, the St Tudy Inn​ celebrates the finest seasonal produce from the surrounding area alongside creating a warm and cosy atmosphere and passion for simple, rustic cuisine, real ales and fine wines.

St Tudy Inn
The St Tudy Inn offers diners a whole host of menu options

Also in the south-west is the Cornish Arms,​ which despite its name, is situated in the Devon town of Tavistock, less than an hour’s drive from Plymouth.

The pub is the kind of place where customers can have a dish as simple as ham, egg and chips – but crafted with the utmost care.

Four miles from the beaches of the north Norfolk coast, the Gunton Arms is a traditional pub with bedrooms in an extensive park near Cromer.

The ingredients couldn’t get more local with venison from the deer park and beef from a local herd, which are cooked over a large open fire in the pub’s Elk Room. The pub also has its own seafood, mussels and Cromer crab, which are caught by local fisherman.

The Magdalen Arms in Oxford serves responsibly sourced seasonal food from select suppliers with a daily changing menu.

One of Surrey’s oldest and most historic pubs, the Anchor in Ripley uses local and regional produce wherever possible and head chef Mike Wall-Palmer has gained a reputation for his food.

Casual and informal pub, the Hope and Anchor in South Ferriby, Lincolnshire, does not compromise on its food.

It prides itself on being somewhere everyone feels comfortable with a strong and bold food style. Its emphasis is on simplicity and service is professional but approachable.

A beautiful country pub that is the Longs Arms in South Wraxall,​ Wiltshire, serves cask ale and fresh seasonal food in a relaxed environment with warm and friendly service.

The pub was awarded a Bib Gourmand in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and won the Gastropub award in the Bath Life ​Awards 2016.

The Longs Arms
The Longs Arms in South Wraxall has retained its Bib Gourmand for a number of years.

Moving down south, the Cat Inn, West Hoathley, West Sussex, is a 16th century freehouse with four bedrooms, situated on a spur of the Sussex Weald.

The pub prides itself in the quality of its real ale and concentrates on local breweries alongside an extensive wine list.

Crossing the border north, first up is the Scran and Scallie​ in Edinburgh. Number 28 on the Top 50 Gastropub list, the award-winning gastropub is the creation of two of Scotland’s chefs, Michelin-starred Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack.

The pub, which opened in 2013 and is located in the busy neighbourhood of Stockbridge, is the latest venture from the team behind the popular Michelin-starred restaurant the Kitchin and the award-winning Castle Terrace Restaurant.

Self-proclaimed ale and food house the Hare & Hounds in Aberthin in Wales serves good-quality food and drinks in relaxed and informal surroundings. Its daily changing seasonal menu includes some of the very best produce the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer.

Also in Wales is the Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon, which is a dining pub with rooms nestling near the book town of Hay-on-Wye between the Black Mountains and not far from the market towns of Abergavenny and Crickhowell.

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