Inside the Eagle with head chef Ed Mottershaw

Chef focus

The Eagle: the chef behind the 'UK's first gastropub'

By Nicholas Robinson

Ed Mottershaw is pretty much wedded to one pub. Alright, he underwent seven years learning how to cook at Battersea’s Fox & Hounds, but the 11 years since then have all been spent in the kitchen of what is credited as being the first gastropub in...

Pubs also outperformed the average hygiene rating across the food sector

Food safety

How hygienic are pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs and bars outperformed restaurants, cafés and canteens in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) food hygiene broad compliance report, a result spurred by increasing competition in the eating out sector.

The Bull & Last is in Highgate, north London

Gastropubs debate

...And how one chef is still a firm believer in the gastropub term.

By Nicholas Robinson

At a time when its validity is being questioned, chef Ollie Pudney is a staunch advocate of keeping the term ‘gastropub’ alive and kicking. Other than that, as Nicholas Robinson finds out, the owner of Highgate’s Bull & Last is an award winner who...

Gastropubs flourish in London, says Harden's

Top 10 London food pubs: Hardens

Gastropubs flourish in London, says Hardens

By Nicholas Robinson

Gastropubs are continuing to flourish in London as easier access to prime sites over the years has allowed more chefs and landlords to take the plunge and run their own high-quality food-serving pubs, according to the 25th edition of Harden’s London Restaurant...

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Top 50 Gastropubs 2016

Top 50 Gastropubs is on Facebook

By Nicholas Robinson

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2016 list will be revealed in less than three months and to help you keep up with the latest on the UK’s greatest food pubs, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser has launched an exclusive Facebook page.

Kerridge's pie features British beef shin cooked in IPA gravy

Tom Kerridge pie to feature at Greene King festival

By Daniel Woolfson

­Greene King has launched a pie festival at over 130 pubs across its UK estate, with one pie created by Tom Kerridge’s team at the Hand & Flowers available at selected sites.

Tom Griffiths:


Harder cuts: high quality British cooking in Brighton

By Daniel Woolfson

It would be lazy to compare Tom Griffiths, the 28-year-old chef responsible for new pub kitchen Flank, with St John chef Fergus Henderson more than once in the same article.

Top 50 Gastropubs Profile: the Pipe & Glass Inn, Yorkshire


Inside the Pipe & Glass Inn, Yorkshire

By Nicholas Robinson

Coming third on the Top 50 Gastropubs list 2015 has made Pipe & Glass chef patron James Mackenzie more determined to push the East Yorkshire Michelin-starred pub further.

Chef patron James Winter: award is

Michelin Pub of the Year 2016 crowned

By Daniel Woolfson

A Gloucester pub has been named Pub of the Year by Michelin ahead of the release of its Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2016 next week.

Chef Matt Edmonds:


Farewell to the city: leaving the Gherkin for the Grantley Arms

By Daniel Woolfson

Matt Edmonds recently ditched a high-profile role at Searcys at the Gherkin in the City to become chef-patron of Surrey pub the Grantley Arms, in Wonersh, ahead of its reopening under new management this month. Daniel Woolfson gets the lowdown on Edmonds’...

There are three important factors that go into the perfect steak, experts advise

Revealed: Secrets to best steak

By Nicholas Robinson

The secrets to making the perfect steak have been revealed to the Publican’s Morning Advertiser by top chefs, suppliers and even Steak (R)evolution film director Franck Ribière.

More than 1m cases of food poisoning in the UK a year

Food safety

New food safety qualifications launched

By Nicholas Robinson

Six new food safety qualifications to help food businesses prepare safe and legal meals have been launched by the British Safety Council.

The award was first launched in September

Nominations due for new pub chef awards

By Nicholas Robinson

Members of Parliament are preparing to nominate the UK’s best pub chefs for the recently launched British Beer & Pub Association and All Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s Parliamentary Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef of the Year awards.

Harris (left) and his popular slip sole dish


Top 50 Gastropubs chef lends expertise to London wine bar

By Daniel Woolfson

Stephen Harris, the chef patron and Shepherd Neame tenant of Top 50 Gastropubs winner, the Sportsman, is lending his culinary expertise to upcoming London wine bar and restaurant, Noble Rot.

New owner Chris Frederick said the site would be a


Searcys and Fat Duck chefs enlisted for new Surrey pub

By Daniel Woolfson

Matt Edmonds, head chef at restaurant and bar Searcys, at the top of the Gherkin, London, has taken the job of chef patron at Surrey pub the Grantley Arms, Wonersh, as it re-opens under new management this month.

Pint Shop announced plans to expand in July last year


Pint Shop second site coming soon

By Nicholas Robinson

The Cambridge-based Pint Shop will open its long-awaited second venue soon, following last summer’s announcement to expand, The Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands.

Pint Shop opened its doors in November 2013

Pint Shop appoints Rosie Sykes as development chef

By Nicholas Robinson

Meat, bread and beer specialist the Pint Shop has appointed chef and Guardian food writer Rosie Sykes as its new development chef, in a bid to take its food offer to “the next level”.

Chefs on the top 50 list create dishes that are second to none

Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2016

Win a Top 50 Gastropubs Award

You and your pub could be immortalised as a winner of one of the three specialist awards categories open to entry at next year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.

The Marksman:


My Pub: the Marksman, Hackney

By Joe Lutrario

Chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram reopened archetypal East Endboozer the Marksman to rave reviews earlier this year. Joe Lutrario catches up with the pair to talk beef and barley buns and keeping the locals sweet.

80% of steaks sold in the foodservice sector are imported, according to Allen

‘Stop imported steak culture’ urges supplier

By Nicholas Robinson

Pub chefs must source more British meat and use alternative and more profitable cuts to ensure animal protein does not become an overpriced luxury, a leading supplier has urged.


Food and beer pairing: evolving the palate

By Adam Dulye, Brewers Association executive chef

Everything on the menu should reflect what is in season and what a chef wants to cook right now, just as craft beers reflect what a craft brewer wants to brew right now.  

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