The term “gastropub" was coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London. The concept of a restaurant in a pub reinvigorated both pub culture and British dining, though it has occasionally attracted criticism for potentially removing the character of traditional pubs.
Great Country Pubs is on a mission to save this wonderful British institution and a proven way to lift the profile is for pubs to start serving great food. Pubs are still key to England’s tourism industry and good-quality gastropubs are the way forward!
Consumer demand has shifted away from places exclusively serving alcohol, as customers prefer somewhere to eat in a relaxing atmosphere, which also offers a pint of real ale. It is not surprising therefore that so many pubs are now following this trend and changing their image to gastropub.
Consumers do not necessarily want posh nosh, just simple dishes perfectly cooked to an excellent standard, using fresh local produce, and that’s exactly what the best gastropub can offer. Plus they remain a place where you can socialize and relax with friends and family without losing the atmosphere of a quintessential English inn.
All our Great Country Pubs are assessed to meet a criteria that requires top-quality, locally sourced food, and they all represent the ideal of what a gastropub should really be.
Check out establishements like The Cock Inn near Epsom (Surrey) or The Lion at Earls Colne (Essex). Search the listings for more gastropubs like these.
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
A white picket fence is what catches the eye on approach to this quaint 17th century village watering hole, located in the delightful village of East Clandon.
In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.
An enchanting grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century with a very distinctive eyebrow roof. Inside, it remains delightfully unspoilt retaining original features such as the inglenook...
Following a much welcomed refurbishment by the new hosts, this historic country pub in the woods at Stoke Row now has a new lease of life. You just have to turn into the car park to see the...
A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.