Top 50 Gastro Pubs

Entry Process

The entry deadline is now closed 

In addition to the top 50, there are three special awards which can be entered by the gastropubs themselves.

Business Innovation of the Year:  Enter this award if you run a business that deserves recognition for launching a strong business innovation in the past year, such as a food festival, pop-up restaurant, cafe, own label food range, school meals catering etc. The innovation will have provided a significant boost to trade.

Front of House Manager of the Year: This award recognises gastropub managers who are a vital part of their pub's business success and help deliver excellent service at their pub. They will also provide strong leadership to the front of house team.

Newcomer of the Year:
This award recognises new entrants to the market, open to pubs that have been open for 18 months or less. The judging panel will look for details of investment in the business, successful food and drink promotions and events, marketing and PR ideas and future development plans.

Judging Process 

Three pubs will be shortlisted in each category. They will be paper judged by a panel of industry experts, including The Good Food Guide editor Elizabeth Carter and Alastair Sawday's Pubs & Inns Guide editor David Hancock. The finalists will be visited in late November/early December by judges who will see the business in action.

The awards also include Gastropub Chef of the Year, Highest Climber and Highest New Entry.

The winner of the Gastropub Chef of the Year is selected from all the head chefs working at the Top 50 Gastropub by a panel of industry experts.

The Highest Climber Award recognise the pub that has moved most significantly up the top 50 list in the past year.

The Highest New Entry Award is presented to the pub that has entered the Top 50 list in the highest position.

For more information on the awards please contact Rachael Cannon on or call: 01293 610396