The Parkers Arms in Clitheroe crowned best in UK

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This year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list is in and the North West has only gone and won it.

Whilst the list as a whole was dominated by the south with 22 entries, the north was represented by a respectable 16 entries. Last year’s winner and host The Unruly Pig, near Ipswich, has been beaten to the number one spot by Clitheroe’s Parkers Arms.

The female-owned gastropub, helmed by Kathy Smith and Stosie Madi, has risen to top the list from second place in 2022. This year’s northern contingent (including gastropubs in the northeast) is also an improvement on last year’s 13.

The Parkers Arms Gastropub In Clitheroe
Top of the foodie pubs Image: Parkers Arms

Newton-in-Bowland back on the map

Reacting to the win on Facebook, the Parkers Arms posted: ‘No I in the UK Top 50 Gastropubs So proud to fly the flag once again for Lancs. Newton in Bowland most definitely on the map as it deserves to be.’

Elsewhere on the list, this year’s notable movers and shakers included The White Swan at Fence, which rose from 26 to 7 on the list, and The Pack Horse in Hayfield which climbed from 32 to 18. The Shibden Mill in Halifax was also a notable riser, jumping from 31 in 2022 to 14. The Angel at Hetton meanwhile dropped from 4 to 6.

All of the evening’s individual awards went to institutions in the south, including: One to Watch - The Victoria Oxshott, in Surrey; Newcomer of the Year - The Oarsman in Marlow; Front of House Team - Brook House in Fulham; Chef of the Year went to Tom De Keyser, Head Chef of The Hand & Flowers in Marlow.

Top 50 Gastropubs, Publisher, Chris Lowe said:

“We are thrilled to see such a strong list of contenders this year, including five new entrants! The Top 50 Gastropubs provides a space for food and drink lovers the opportunity to explore the best that the UK has to offer. We are delighted to host this year’s event at The Unruly Pig, showcasing the vast amount of talent across the UK”

The full list

1. Parkers Arms, Newton-In-Bowland (2, 2022)

2. The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge

3. Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell (5, 2022)

4. The Sportsman, Seasalter

5. The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells

6. The Angel at Hetton, Hetton (4, 2022)

7. The White Swan at Fence, Fence (26, 2022)

8. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow

9. The Fordwich Arms, Kent

10. The Red Lion and Sun, London

11. The Mariners, Rock

12. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock

13. The Harwood Arms, London

14. Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax (31, 2022)

15. The Coach, Marlow

16. The Beehive, Great Waltham

17. The Cadeleigh Arms, Tiverton

18. The Pack Horse, Hayfield (32, 2022)

19. Pyne Arms, Barnstaple

20. The Black Swan, Ravenstondale

21. The Moorcock Inn, Sowerby Bridge

22. The Guinea Grill, London

23. The Baring, London

24. The Masons Arms, Knowstone

25. Canton Arms, London

26. The Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham

27. The Pipe and Glass, Beverley

28. The Longs Arms, South Wraxall

29. The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury

30. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon

31. The Hardwick, Abergavenny

32. The Loch and The Tyne, Old Windsor

33. The Bull & Last, London

34. The White Horse, Brancaster

35. The Black Bull, Sedbergh

36. The Swan, Bampton

37. The Bell Inn, Langford

38. Scran and scallie, Edinburgh

39. The Dog & Gun Inn, Skelton

40. The Duck Inn, Stanhoe

41. The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne

42. The Black Bear Inn, Usk - Wales

43. Heft, High Newton

44. The Broad Chare, Newcastle

45. Woods, Dulverton

46. The Gunton Arms, Norwich

47. The French House, London

48. The Eagle, Farringdon, London

49. The Butchers Arms, Hepworth

50. Royal Oak, Whatcote