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Scottish pub named in Estrella Damm top 50 Gastropubs for 2023

A list of the top 50 gastropubs for 2023 has been revealed.

Published: January 24, 2023

The top 50 UK Gastropubs have been named, at an event in Suffolk - and only one in Scotland made the list.

The Parkers Arms in Clitheroe has been named the UK’s top gastropub by the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list 2023.

Having been voted number two last year and now topping this year’s makes for an exciting achievement for the female-owned pub, headed up by Kathy Smith and Stosie Madi.

The south of England dominated this year’s list, claiming 22 of the Top 50 while the north of England wasn’t far behind, claiming 16 of the top 50 spots.

Despite Scotland being home to many a great gastropub, only one made the list - Scran and Scallie in Edinburgh, which came in at 38.

Within the top 100, The Ship Inn at Elie was named at number 82 and was the only other Scottish business in the full list.

Last year no Scottish pubs made the top 50 list, with Tom Kitchin's Scran and Scallie in Edinburgh and The Bonnie Badger in Gullane, along with The Ship Inn in Elie mentioned within the top 100.

Picture: The Ship Inn Elie

Top 50 Gastropubs, Publisher, Chris Lowe said: “We are thrilled to see such a strong list of contenders this year, including five new entrants.

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"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 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards are 'voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts.'

Here's our pick of cosy pubs to visit in the colder weather in Scotland.

The Top 50 Gastropubs 2023 list

1Parkers Arms, Newton-In-Bowland
2The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge
3Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell
4The Sportsman, Seasalter
5The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells
6The Angel at Hetton, Hetton
7The White Swan at Fence, Fence
8The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
9The Fordwich Arms, Kent
10The Red Lion and Sun, London
11The Mariners, Rock
12The Cornish Arms, Tavistock
13The Harwood Arms, London
14Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax
15The Coach, Marlow
16The Beehive, Great Waltham
17The Cadeleigh Arms, Tiverton
18The Pack Horse, Hayfield
19Pyne Arms, Barnstaple
20The Black Swan, Ravenstondale
21The Moorcock Inn, Sowerby Bridge
22The Guinea Grill, London
23The Baring, London
24The Masons Arms, Knowstone
25Canton Arms, London
26The Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham
27The Pipe and Glass, Beverley
28The Longs Arms, South Wraxall
29The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury
30The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon
31The Hardwick, Abergavenny
32The Loch and The Tyne, Old Windsor
33The Bull & Last, London
34The White Horse, Brancaster
35The Black Bull, Sedbergh
36The Swan, Bampton
37The Bell Inn, Langford
38Scran and scallie, Edinburgh
39The Dog & Gun Inn, Skelton
40The Duck Inn, Stanhoe
41The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne
42The Black Bear Inn, Usk - Wales
43Heft, High Newton
44The Broad Chare, Newcastle
45Woods, Dulverton
46The Gunton Arms, Norwich
47The French House, London
48The Eagle, Farringdon, London
49The Butchers Arms, Hepworth
50Royal Oak, Whatcote

For the full list, visit the top 50 Gastropubs website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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