Editor’s choice:

2016 Gastropubs

Gastropubs are welcoming pubs which serve high-quality food - and we've picked the best of the bunch plus chosen top places where you can stay over and be assured of luxury hotel standards. Food, wine and ambience have been independently reviewed to bring you the UK's top ten gastropubs.

  • The Victoria, MORTLAKE, Greater London

    In a leafy residential neighbourhood with ‘a pleasant village feel’, this ‘cheerful’ pub-with-rooms is owned by restaurateur Greg Bellamy and celebrity chef Paul Merrett. Popular with locals, who like

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    The Horse and Groom, BOURTON-ON-THE-HILL, Gloucestershire

    This Grade II listed Georgian pub-with-rooms in a Cotswold village has become popular over the past decade. The blackboard menu might include home-cured salt cod fritters; Dexter beef, ale and

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    The Sun Inn, DEDHAM, Essex

    In the Dedham Vale, this ‘friendly’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies a 15th-century building restored by owner Piers Baker. Visitors this year enjoyed the hotel’s location

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  • The Feathered Nest, NETHER WESTCOTE, Oxfordshire

    It is five years since Tony and Amanda Timmer transformed this 300-year-old malthouse in a Cotswold village into a smart pub and restaurant. They are committed to sustainability and to supporting

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  • The Cat Inn, WEST HOATHLY, Sussex

    Opposite a ‘lovely’ old church in a village on the Sussex Weald, Andrew Russell’s 16th-century inn has many fans. ‘The welcome was warm, and the owner and staff were helpful and considerate,’ say

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    The Gurnard's Head, ZENNOR, Cornwall

    ‘This very individual inn oozes character and generosity.’ Next to a Coastal Path in ‘wildest’ west Cornwall, Charles and Edmund Inkin’s ‘laid-back, well-run’

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    The Felin Fach Griffin, FELIN FACH, Powys

    Entering through the front door of this roadside inn, visitors find themselves in an open sitting area with leather sofas, books, magazines and a log fire. The inn, which has been owned and run in a

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  • The Red Lion Freehouse, EAST CHISENBURY, Wiltshire

    In a peaceful country village, this ‘ancient thatched pub’ is ‘exceptionally relaxed and friendly’, say visitors this year. Another comment: ‘We were celebrating a

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    The Stagg Inn, TITLEY, Herefordshire

    ‘A most relaxed place’, this unpretentious white-painted inn is owned by Steve (the chef) and Nicola Reynolds. ‘Everyone from the owner to the waitress serving breakfast was extremely friendly,’ said

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  • The Brownlow Arms, HOUGH-ON-THE-HILL, Lincolnshire

    A ‘winning combination of gastropub, local inn and restaurant-with-rooms’, Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s 17th-century inn is in a ‘pretty stone village’ in East

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