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The UK's best Gastropub 2022 has been named

And the winner is . . . The Unruly Pig in Suffolk

The Unruly Pig in Suffolk, last year's number 10, has moved up the rankings to become the winner of the best gastropub in the UK in the Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs 2022 list.

The list, now in its 13th year, ranks the UK’s best gastropubs according to the votes from more than 400 gastropub owners, food critics and other industry experts.

The Unruly Pig entered has also been named by the Michelin Guide as one of the top six food pubs in the east of England. Owner and former solicitor of 36 years Brendan Padfield experienced a fire within weeks of taking on the pub forcing it to close for six months, however, this provided an opportunity to make significant upgrades to make the pub into the welcoming place it is today

“For any UK gastropub this list is the ‘gold standard’. It’s the business. To be a part of such a prestigious group is a huge honour and a very real privilege,” says Padfield.

“There are some very famous chefs and talented operators here... and for us to be a small part of this amazing list means so very much to all our team. They can rightly hold their heads up proud yet again as our listing is because of their dedication, loyalty and sheer hard graft”.

Elsewhere on the list there were 10 new entries with Adam Handling’s The Loch and The Tyne, in Windsor, named as the Highest New Entry. “I’m so happy and proud that our little pub with guest bedrooms has made it in to the Top 50. This is our first time opening a pub and it’s been great fun to adopt our restaurant style into a super informal setting,” says Handling. “Co-chef proprietors, Steven and Jonny, have worked for me for 13 years and have always wanted a pub, so to give them an opportunity to run one and for it to go straight into the Top 50 is bloody fantastic.”

New for 2022, Sally Abé’s The Blue Boar in central London was voted One to Watch for its menu reflecting the very best of British pub dining, with Dylans at The Kings Arms in St Albans winning Front of House team of the year. The Princess of Shoreditch in East London, headed up by Great British Menu’s Ruth Hansom, was Newcomer of the Year.

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2022 list in full​

  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

  21. The Bull & Last, London

  22. The Masons Arms, Knowstone

  23. The Pipe and Glass, Barnsley

  24. The Longs Arms, South Wraxall

  25. The Swan, Bampton

  26. The White Swan at Fence, Fence

  27. The Loch and The Tyne, Old Windsor

  28. The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne

  29. The French House, Soho

  30. The Moorcock, Norland Moor

  31. The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden

  32. The Pack Horse, Hayfield

  33. Heft, High Newton

  34. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon

  35. The Five Bells Inn, Cullompton

  36. St Kew Inn, Bodmin

  37. The Castle Inn, Castle Combe

  38. The Canton Arms, Stockwell

  39. The Higher Buck, Waddington

  40. The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom

  41. The Hovingham Inn, Yorkshire

  42. The Plough, Coton

  43. The Three Hills, Bartlow

  44. The Hind’s Head, Bray

  45. The Dog at Wingham, Wingham

  46. The Bell Inn, Langford

  47. The Black Bear Inn, Usk

  48. The Cadeleigh Arms, Tiverton

  49. The Bailiwick Free House, Egham

  50. The Cross, Kenilworth

Source: Big Hospitality

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