The Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire, has been named as the number one gastropub in the UK, writes Jo Bruce. The gastropub, run by Andrew and Jacquie Pern, took top spot in the “Old Speckled Hen” Top 50 Gastropubs 2010 awards, organised by the Morning Advertiser. An industry poll of more than 700 food writers, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators voted for The Star Inn following a rigorous judging process. The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was named as runner up and the Hardwick in Abergavenny, South Wales, third. Paul Charity, Morning Advertiser editor, said: “The Star Inn is an outstanding gastropub and richly deserves to be voted the best in the UK. “It offers its customers food of the very highest standard in the warm atmosphere of the pub and plays an important part in the community.” Andrew and Jacquie acquired the Star Inn in 1996. The pub, under head chef Andrew, was one of the first pubs in England to be awarded a Michelin star, which it has continued to hold since 2002. The couple put great emphasis on using local, seasonal ingredients, including those from their own kitchen garden. There were also three individual awards; the Lord Nelson Pub & Kitchen in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, won the Business Innovation award; Marcus Bennett of the Bay Horse in Hurworth-on-Tees, County Durham, was named Gastropub Chef of the Year and the Cary Arms in Babbacombe, Devon was named Newcomer of the Year.

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