There's only one Scottish entry listed in Michelin’s best dining pubs guide – and it’s in Edinburgh

There was a pool of over 470 candidates to scoop the prize of Pub of the Year, yet there was only one Scottish entry in the running.

Published 27th Oct 2017
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

The Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide for 2018 is released today, revealing the best UK establishments to enjoy a fine-dining experience with a pint.

However, only one Scottish entry has made it onto the prestigious shortlist.

Edinburgh's The Scran & Scallie, the brainchild of two of the city's top Michelin starred chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, bills itself as 'Edinburgh's leading gastropub' and is the only venue north of the border to make it onto the list.

The Pointer in Buckinghamshire scooped the top prize of Pub of the Year, a decision made from a pool of over 470 candidates.

The Pointer. Picture: Michelin


A "charming 18th Century red-brick inn", The Pointer is owned by David and Fiona Howden and run by a young team who also raise award-winning cattle and pigs on a 240-acre farm.

An adjoining butcher’s shop sells their meats, which are also used in the pub kitchen, along with countless other organic ingredients.

Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide, said: “Not only is it a delightful place, but it is exceedingly well run by a young, personable team."

A frequently changing menu offers a good range of modern dishes with a first rate presentation.

"Refinement and precision are there in equal measure."

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As an aside, it’s even thought that the Great Train Robbery was planned - and the stolen money divided up - at the pub.

New entrants to the Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide:


Plaquemine Lock, Islington


White Swan, Shawell, Leicestershire
The Anchor, Bedfordshire, Tilsworth
The Fox at Folksworth, Camrbidgeshire
Green Man, Howe Street, Essex
Chequers Inn, Thornham, Norfolk
The Queen, Brandeston, Suffolk
Turk's Head, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Hurley House, Berkshire
Oxford Blue, Windsor
The Pilgrim, North Marston, Buckinghamshire
The Mash Inn, Radnage, Buckinghamshire
The Barrow House, Egerton, Kent
Bottle & Glass Inn, Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire
Pint Shop, Oxford
Mr Hanbury's Mason Arms, South Leigh, Oxfordshire
Victoria Park, Bristol
Carew Arms, Antony, Cornwall
The Bull, Fairford, Gloucestershire
Churchill Arms, Paxford
The Oak Wigmore, Herefordshire
The Red Lion, Bradley, Staffordshire
The Boat Inn, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Howard Arms, Ilmington, Warwickshire
The Saddle Room, Middleham, North Yorkshire


Hare & Hounds, Aberthin, Vale of Glamorgan

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Northern Ireland

Bull & Ram, Ballynahinch, County Down

Already in the guide:

Two Michelin stars


Hand and Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

One Michelin star


The Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh


Harwood Arms, Fulham

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Royal Oak, Bray, Berkshire
Crown, Burchett's Green, Berkshire
The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxfordshire
Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Somerset
Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
Cross at Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Worcestershire
Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire
Bib Gourmands:
Drapers Arms, Islington
Canton Arms, Stockwell


Berkeley Arms, Wymondham, Leicestershire
Hope & Anchor, South Ferriby, Lincolnshire
Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire
Ingham Swan, Norfolk
Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
Hadleigh Ram, Suffolk
Chadwicks Inn, Stockton-on-Tees
Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne
Staith House, North Shields
White Swan, Fence, Lancashire
White Oak, Cookham, Berkshire
The Hundred of Ashendon, Buckinghamshire
Russell Arms, Butlers Cross, Buckinghamshire
Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Magdalen Arms, Oxford
Anchor, Ripley, Surrey
Cat Inn, West Hoathly, Sussex
Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn, Cornwall
St Tudy Inn, Cornwall
Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon, Devon
Cornish Arms, Tovistock, Devon
Bird in Hand, Long Ashton, Somerset
Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset
The Forester, Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire
Longs Arms, Upper South Wraxall, Wiltshire
The Inn at Welland, Worcestershire
The Dunsforth, Lower Dunsforth, North Yorkshire


Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys

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• This article was written by Alex Nelson and originally featured on the inews website. 

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