Michelin star restaurant 'The Star Inn' burns down
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The best gastropubs in the UK have been named by Estrella Damm. Each year, the brand gathers “an academy of several hundred judges spread throughout the UK who vote for who they think are the must-see gastropubs”, according to the website.
Gastropubs bring the best of both dining and pub worlds under one roof.
The best gastropubs in the UK were named by the Estrella Damm academy of food industry experts, chefs, operators, food writers and journalists.
The Unruly Pig in Woodbridge was named the best gastropub in the UK.
On Tripadvisor, reviewer Hay996 said: “I cannot fault this place, the food was delicious and beautifully presented, a really good variety to choose from.
“Best meal out we’ve had in a long time. Cocktail menu is very creative and tasteful, service was impeccable.
“Interior felt cosy, perfect mood lighting. Will be recommending to friends and family.”
The Unruly Pig’s owner Brendan Padfield, described a gastropub as “a venue that is very proudly still a pub. And with that comes a need for certain informality and unstuffiness. A pub’s a pub so to speak – it therefore needs to be accessible and welcoming to all”.
“That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be different… indeed a great gastropub is a venue that should indeed deliver something different from the pack, whether it be its food or its look and feel (or ideally both).
“For example, some commentators suggest that The Unruly Pig is quirky. I’ll bank quirky… I love quirky!”
And the food also needs to be top-notch, as evidenced by chef Tom Kerridge, who made history with The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, the first gastropub to receive two Michelin stars.
Tom said: “A great gastropub is somewhere that feels like home from home.”
Coming second on the list was Parkers Arms in Clitheroe, which was described by one Tripadvisor reviewer as “one of Lancashire’s finest”.
Reviewer Connector wrote: “First class lunch. This restaurant offers something different and is a foodie heaven.
“The menu offered great choices and we weren’t disappointed. Oh and the pies are off-the-scale, sensational, unique works of art!
“The team who run this restaurant are so dedicated to what they do and made us so welcome. The restaurant was cosy, and we didn’t feel at all rushed.
“One of Lancashire’s finest. A memorable, delicious lunch.”
In third place was The Star Inn at Harome, which was reduced to “ashes” last year after a fire.
While the Star Inn Restaurant is still closed, the Cross House Lodge reopened on January 17, 2022.
On their website, the Inn said: “We will be opening up our rooms for Bed and Breakfast only, initially to those with existing bookings.
“Owing to the major fire, we have a severe lack of dining area at our beloved Star Inn, we are currently unable to offer dinner, so have joined forces with our friends down the road at the fabulous Pheasant Hotel. So, come and enjoy a stay in our Gastrovillage!”
Four of the top five gastropubs on the list were located in the North of England.
The Estrella Damm Top 20 Gastropubs 2022 rankings
1. The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge
2. Parkers Arms, Clitheroe
3. The Star Inn at Harome, Harome
4. The Angel at Hetton, Hetton
5. Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe
6. The Sportsman, Whitstable
7. The Guinea Grill, London
8. The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury
9. The Mariners, Rock
10. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
11. The Beehive, White Waltham
12. The Kentish Hare, Bidborough
13. The Coach, Marlow
14. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock
15. The Harwood Arms, London
16. The Red Lion and Sun, London
17. The Pyne Arms, Barnstaple
18. The Rat Inn, Anick
19. The Broad Chare, Newcastle Upon Tyne
20. The Hardwick, Abergavenny
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