Two Michelin-starred the Hand & Flowers scooped the coveted number one place at the Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, held yesterday (6 February), writes Lesley Foottit. The pub in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which scored its first star in 2006 and its second last October, rose from second place last year to be top dog in the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, in association with the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA), sister title of M&C Report. Chef proprietor of the Greene King pub Tom Kerridge told guests and fellow finalists it was an honour to be named the best gastropub in Britain. “It feels amazing to have won after being runner-up last year,” he said. “You all know how much hard work it is to even get one Michelin star, so getting two last October was amazing. “We have broken the mould now and it is a great time for British pubs, proving how great British food is. I hope other pubs will follow because a lot of you out there really aren’t far behind us.” The Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in Fulham, London, took the number two place, up from four the previous year and the two-year reigning champion the Star at Harome, North Yorkshire, ranked at number three. Five special awards were won with the Canton Arms at Stockwell, London, receiving Highest Climber, having shot up the list from 50th place last year to number 17. Simon Farrimond of the Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire, won Front of House Manager with Alex Pastrav of the Victoria in East Sheen, London being highly commended. Gastropub Chef of the Year was won by Jason King of the Wellington Arms in Baughurst, Hampshire, and the Business Innovation award went to the Pigs in Edgefield, Norfolk, with the Bell at Alderminster, Warwickshire, being highly commended. The British Larder in Bromeswell, Suffolk, won Newcomer of the Year, with the Exeter Arms in Easton-on-the-Hill, Northamptonshire receiving a highly commended award. The PMA collected votes from over 500 top gastropub operators, pub company chiefs, food writers, food guide editors and top chefs to collate the UK’s top 50 gastropubs. Winners were chosen through judging and site visits by industry experts. Top 50 Gastropubs 1. Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire — Up 1 2. Harwood Arms, Fulham, London — Up 2 3. The Star at Harome, Helmsley, North Yorkshire — Down 2 4. The Anchor and Hope Waterloo, London SE1 5. Jack In The Green Inn, Rockbeare, nr Exeter, Devon 6. Royal Oak, Paley Street Berkshire 7. Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire 8. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 9. Pipe and Glass, Beverly, East Yorkshire 10. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent 11. Gurnards Head, Treen, Cornwall 12. The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland, East Midlands 13. Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Somerset 14. Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire 15. Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon 16. The Bull and Last, Highgate, London 17. The Canton Arms, Stockwell, London 18. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon 19. The Stagg at Titley, Herefordshire 20. Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George, Somerset 21. The Garrison, Bermondsey, London 22. Three Fishes, Mitton, Lancashire 23. The Albion, Clifton, Bristol 24. The Eagle, Farringdon, London 25. The Mall Tavern, Notting Hill, London 26. Fox and Grapes, Wimbledon Common, London 27. Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire 28. The Black Horse, Ireland, Shefford, Bedfordshire 29. The Avalon, Balham Hill, London 30. Ye Olde Sun Inn, Colton, nr Tadcaster, North Yorkshire 31. The Angel, Hetton, North Yorkshire 32. British Larder, Bromeswell, Suffolk 33. The Gun at Docklands, London 34. The Wheatsheaf, Coombe Hay, Somerset 35. The Holt, Honiton, Devon 36. The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire 37. The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Cornwall 38. Drunken Duck, Ambleside, Cumbria 39. Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire 40. The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, Somerset 41. King William, Bath 42. Freemasons Arms, Wiswell, Lancashire 43. Purefoy Arms, Hampshire 44. Magdalan Arms, Oxfordshire 45. Sands End, Wandsworth, London 46. The Fox, Willian, Hertfordshire 47. Masons Arms, Cartmell Fell, Cumbria 48. The Stag, OffChurch, Warwickshire 49. The White Horse, Parsons Green, London 50. The Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia, London

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