- The deadline for award entries closes today, Friday 27 November. Details on how to enter below
In a bid to shine our light further afield Top 50 Gastropubs will, for the first time in its 12-year history, be recognising 100 of the UK’s best gastropubs.
As well as the list reveal, which is voted for by gastropub chefs, owners, food critics and writers, as well as other sector experts, we’ll be accepting entries for the two annual awards that run alongside the reveal.
The highly regarded Newcomer of the Year and Front of House Team of the Year awards are both open for any food-led pub to enter.
Revealed at the end of January
And as always, the Top 50 Gastropubs list and award winners will be revealed at the end of January, while the 51 to 100 list will be announced early in in 2021.
Usually announced after an intimate Michelin-starred lunch and luxury party, this year the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs is opening up the celebration nationwide.
The listed pubs, awards finalists and every other gastropub looking to celebrate this unique part of the trade will be welcome to take part in the celebrations – more on which will be revealed soon.
Editor of Top 50 Gastropubs Nicholas Robinson said: “To say this has been a trying year for pubs would be an understatement, but Top 50 and the gastropub community are not going to let the trials of 2020 prevent us from showcasing the greatness held within this very special segment of the pub trade.”
Support and solidarity
He continued: “As a community, we will lift one another up and show support and solidarity while celebrating the fundamentals of what makes every business on the list great.
“Like many other pubs in the UK, gastropubs stood up during the coronavirus pandemic to support communities and charities all over the UK.
“When they reopened in July after lockdown, they dove straight back into doing what they do best – welcoming customers into their businesses with the very best food, drink and service they can offer.
“Gastropubs will shine brightly in 2021 because they represent everything that is great about this industry in everything they do.”
To enter the two Top 50 Gastropubs awards, follow the link below.
Front of House Team of the Year
This award is for the often-unsung heroes of hospitality – the front-of-house teams.
We’re looking for teams that work together and go that extra mile for customers, but who are also business-savvy and think about how to upsell to benefit the business.
This year, we’ll also be looking at how the front-of-house team has ensured they have continued to make customers feel special while also working under coronavirus safety measures.
Newcomer of the Year
For gastropubs that have opened, have new owners or have relaunched within the past 18 months.
In this category Top 50 Gastropubs is looking for unique menus, an individual approach to food and a business model that seeks to showcase the talents of a chef.
We’d also like to see great attention to detail when it comes to interior and the atmosphere of the pub.