Newcomer finalists revealed for Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2019

By Nikkie Sutton

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Decade old: the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs is in its 10th year
Decade old: the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs is in its 10th year
The finalists for the Newcomer of the Year award at next year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs have now been unveiled.

The event is now in its 10th​ year and on 28 January 2019 it will be observing a decade of the list and event, which strive to showcase the glut of gastropub greats in the UK.

The 2019 prestigious ceremony is kicking off in style with its iconic and exclusive celebratory lunch, which will be cooked by superstar chef Tom Kerridge and his team from across his growing gastronomic empire.


The list​​

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts. 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. The voting criteria ensure the list really is decided on by the industry.

To make sure each region in the UK has an equal opportunity for their pubs to shine, our voters are broken down into six geographical regions, with an equal number of votes collected in each by the Top 50 Gastropubs Voting Academy.

Kerridge’s two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has played a part in the list pretty much since launch. His second Michelin-starred site – the Coach, also in Marlow – entered the list in 2016, two years after opening, as the Highest New Entry and has remained there ever since.

The finalists for the Newcomer of the Year award are:

  • The Boat Inn, Lichfield, Staffordshire
  • The Coach Makers Arms, Marylebone, west London
  • The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire

Record entries 

Editor of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Nicholas Robinson said: “We had a record number of entries to the Newcomer of the Year category this year, all of which were strong contenders.

“If nothing else, this shows how vibrant the gastropub segment of the trade is and how aspirational the market is. Consumers are seeking high quality dining experiences and our nimble trade is clearly capable of delivering that.

“Our shortlist this year showcases various types of gastropubs, showing how unique each and every one of them is.”

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