The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs were announced on 24 January in an award ceremony at Escape to Freight Island in Manchester.
The overall list gives a great representation of some of the best gastropubs in the UK, but the north was rightly celebrated, especially in the top 5, with the Parkers Arms in Clitheroe coming in a close second to the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
The Parkers Arms tweeted its delight after an eventful day:
Not quite sure if I should be tweeting at this time but blimey! WHAT A NIGHT! No2 I @Top50Gastropubs unreal. Huge congrats to all in the top 50. What a night. Special shout out to my fellow northerners who rocked the list & best of all we celebrated in the North in Manchester
— Parkers Arms (@parkersarms) January 25, 2022
North Yorkshire spot, The Angel at Hetton came in at number 4, with Chef Patron Michael Wignall scooping the prestigious Chef of the Year award. This comes after it was crowned Estrella Damm’s Restaurant of the Year in a separate event last year.
We’re delighted to have been placed Number 4 in the @estrelladamm @top50gastropubs this year. A very special congratulations to our very own Chef Patron @michaelwignall_ who won Chef of the Year.
Another fantastic accomplishment for our hardworking team~well done fantastic team. pic.twitter.com/3AzxzMyAYX
— AngelHetton (@AngelHetton) January 24, 2022
Here are 5 of Estrella Damm’s best Gastropubs in the north this year:
Book Now Clitheroe
Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.
Book Now Burnley
Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.