Top 50 Gastropubs awards open for entries

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Win big: Entries open for 2023 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards
Win big: Entries open for 2023 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards

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Entries for Newcomer of the Year and Front of House Team at the 2023 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards open today (Monday 7 November).

The Newcomer of the Year award is open to gastropubs which have been trading for up to 18 months on the closing date for entries. It is designed to celebrate up-and-coming talent. 

Owner of the country’s number one gastropub, the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk Brendan Padfield said it was difficult to adequately explain what bagging this top spot has meant for the team. 

“Simply put, it has been truly wonderful – a privilege and an honour,” he continues. “It isn’t false modesty to say that the accolade came as somewhat a surprise at last year’s awards ceremony in Manchester. Indeed we were shocked to our core. But it was a glorious surprise at that and one I will never forget for the rest of my life."

Morale booster

He added: “Put on one side the positive effect this award had on business, more importantly it has been such a huge shot in the arm for the lovely team of Unrulies - they are so justly proud and profoundly grateful to all those pubs who chose to vote for us. Thanks to all of them again especially and the very best of luck to everyone, up and down the land, for the January 2023 awards.” 

Stosie Madi, licensee at the Parkers Arms in Clitheroe, Lancashire, which ranked 2nd​ in the 2022 list, added: “Being in the Top 50 Gastropubs list is always a huge morale booster for all the team. It is encouraging and a great feeling of achievement to be endorsed by fellow industry operators.” 

Winning pubs

The 2022 winner for Best Front of House Team was Dylans at the Kings Arms in St Albans, Hertfordshire. A Top 50 spokesperson said: “Each diner interacts with several staff all there to guide the dining experience but deliver open the promise of a friendly pub atmosphere. 

“Whether you are looking for one of several guest beers, the eclectically curated wine list or a non-alcoholic cocktail, you will find an experienced, passionate team member on hand to help with the dilemma of what salivating food and drink description to order.” 

What’s more, last year, the Princess of Shoreditch, north-east London, was crowned Newcomer of the Year. Head chef Ruth Hansom delivers “super-seasonal, beautifully presented dishes that are packed full of flavour,” the spokesperson said, claiming food is where the gastropub “shines”. 

Top 50 Gastropubs was conceived in 2009 to recognise the hardworking individuals of the gastropubs industry. The list is created by collecting votes from more than 100 industry professionals who are key figures in the sector. 

Judges come from leading pub businesses, editors of media brands and food writers who are geographically spread across the UK to ensure no regional bias. 

Enter for free now here

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