So this weekend our teams are preparing for the Budweiser Budvar sponsored 'Top 50 Gastro Pub's event! The event runs on Monday 6th February at The Stoke Place Hotel, Buckinghamshire. Once a beautiful country manor house built in 1690 with landscaped grounds by Capability Brown it is now a 40 bedroom luxury hotel. Retaining its original charm it is a gorgeous location for the Gastro Pub Awards.
Now in its fourth year, Budweiser Budvar are the official sponsors working with the Publican's Morning Advertiser to put on the industry awards. Last year 46 of the 50 Top Gastro Pubs attended and after a strict year long assessment by other gastro pub operators, chefs, celebrity chefs, pub guide editors, food & drink writers, and respected industry professionals the votes were cast. Selection for entrants is broken down in to eight regions so there's bound to be one of the selected entrants not too far from you.. a good gastro pub is always worth a little extra drive.
Last Year's Winner -The Star Inn, Yorkshire
The 2010 winners are as follows:
1 Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire 2 Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
3 The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 4 Harwood Arms, Fulham, London
5 Pipe & Glass, beverley, South Dalton, Yorkshire 6 The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
7 Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire 8 The Royal Oak, Paley Street, Berkshire
9 Anchor & Hope, Waterloo, London 10 Bay Horse, Hurworth, Darlington
11 Gurnards Head, Treen, Cornwall 12 The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
13 Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire 14 Punch Bowl Inn, Crothwaite, Cumbria
15 Freemasons Country Inn, Wiswell, Clitheroe 16 The Eagle, Farringdon, London
17 Angel at Hetton, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire 18 The Stagg at Titley, Kington, Herefordshire
19 Sands End, Fulham, London 20 Masons Arms, Cartmell Fell, Grange Over Sands
21 Y Polen, Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire 22 Hoste Arms, Burnham Market, Norfolk
23 Ye Olde Sun Inn, Colton, North Yorkshire 24 Drunken Duck Inn, Barnagtes, Ambelside
25 Highwayman, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire 26 Nut Tree, Merton, Murcott
27 Blue Lion, East Witton, North Yorkshire 28 Felin Fach Griffin, Felinfch, Brecon
29 Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire 30 The Inn at Whitewell, Whitewall, Lancashire
31 The Garrison, Bermondsey, London 32 Crooked Billet, Stoke Row, Henley-on-Thames
33 The Albion Public House and Dining Rooms, Clifton 34 Anglesea Arms, Hammersmith, London
35 Griffin Inn, Fletching, East Sussex 36 St Kew Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall
37 Potting Shed, Crudwell, Malmesbury 38 Kingham Plough, Nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
39 Red Lion, Pewsey, Wiltshire 40 Thomas Cubbitt, Belgravia, London
41 Thomas Lord, West Meon, Hampshire 42 The Albion, Islington, London
43 General Tarleton, Ferrensby, North Yorkshire 44 Cricket Inn, Totley, South Yorkshire
45 Yew Tree, Newbury, Berkshire 46 The Pheasant, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
47 The Bakers Arms, Droxford, Hampshire 48 The Wheatsheaf, Coombe Hay
49 Earl of March, Nr Chischester, West Sussex 50 Canton Arms, Stockwell, London
The event includes a reception with tasting tables showcasing a selection of the best food and drinks the industry has to offer before a three course gastro pub lunch during which the awards are presented.
Last Year's winner Jacquie Pern on winning the Award:
If you've been to any of these pubs or go after reading this please leave a comment - we'd love to know what you think! Bon Appetite Gastronomers!