Posh food...in the pub
In 1991 David Eyre and Mike Belben decided to open their own eating place. They didn't have enough money to open a restaurant so they bought The Eagle, a pub in London.
Serving great food in an informal pub atmosphere The Eagle started a new revolution in food and drink - the gastropub. These no-nonsense food establishments with a clear emphasis on good food can now be found throughout the UK. Here are 10 worth checking out.
The Crown Inn mixes traditional pub hospitality with modern flourishes and the historic timbered building is decorated in classy, modern style. The menu changes daily and bread is baked in the pub. Expect dishes like fish pie, venison sausages and pheasant. The simple rooms are as comfortable as the food is tasty.
At the end of a cobbled alley in seaside Little Haven is the old The Swan Inn, Little Haven, a proper snug pub with plenty of original features, blazing log fires and a pewter-top bar. The food is made from locally sourced ingredients where possible and includes Welsh lamb, local plaice and tempting sea food.
Not far from coastal beauty St Ives, The Gurnard's Head exploits the Cornish coast to the full. Dine on crab, fresh fish and locally grown vegetables simply but expertly prepared.
The Peasant in Clerkenwell is one of London's best gastropubs. It’s known for its friendly, knowledgeable staff, excellent selection of beers and wines and interesting décor incorporating mosaic floors and circus memorabilia.
Edinburgh’s smallest pub is a wee treat that serves Scottish dishes made with local ingredients. The Halfway House, Edinburgh is hidden just off the Royal Mile and it’s worth tracking down for a dram of whisky or a steaming bowl of Cullen Skink.
The Bell at Sapperton uses high-quality produce to create homemade dishes like braised lamb shank and pan fried wild sea bass. Wherever possible, ingredients are locally sourced form the Cotswolds. If you don’t want to eat you can always have a drink in Harry’s Bar.
Attached to possibly the oldest independent brewery in the country, The Three Tuns Inn serves excellent ale accompanied by classics like beer-battered fish and chips.
By the sea in Southwold, one of the Suffolk coast’s most appealing villages, The Lord Nelson, Southwold is loved by locals and visitors for its warm welcome, well-kept beer and simple, high-quality meals.
With great views over the Lyth Valley and a distinctly upmarket feel, The Punch Bowl Inn mixes classy décor and excellent food but retains a cosy pub atmosphere with slate floors and log fires. If you want to stay, book early to bag one of the 9 luxurious rooms.
The much loved The Felin Fach Griffin Inn is known for its excellent wine list, homemade soda bread and meals beloved of serious foodies. Try wild venison with butternut squash or braised pork cheeks with black pudding. If you can’t tear yourself away there are 7 comfy rooms.
To find out more about great British pubs, check out the The Good Pub Guide .