10 of the Best Gastropubs in the UK

The term gastropub was coined in 1991 and it means a pub that specializes in serving gourmet, high quality meals.  The UK has several of them and here are ten that you should definitely try out if you are visiting and like to enjoy local gastronomy on your holidays


  1. The Beehive, Maidenhead Berkshire:

The family run pub offers is located in the village of Walt Wiltham directly across from the cricket field.   Their menu is reasonably priced and features modern, yet simple dishes.  All of their ingredients are delivered from local sources to ensure that you are dining on the freshest, high quality food available.  They have an extensive beer and cider selection and their wine list offers varieties from the world’s major growing regions.

  1. Parlour, Kensal Green, London:

The menu offers up an imaginative selection of dishes with amusing names sure to remind you of your childhood.  The food is amazing and you can dine on a four course meal for under £25.

  1. Gurnards Head, Zennor, Cornwall:

The locally sourced ingredients including daily caught seafood are cooked to perfection in this relaxing pub with a charming interior.  There is a wide selection of local ales as well as 20 different kinds of wines available. A must for those travelling around the UK 

  1. The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire:

The building is over 600 years old and was refurbished in 2013.  The menu offers up a wide selection of food including daily specials and fabulous vegetarian dishes.  There are 19 varieties of whiskies available as well as a fine selection of wine.

  1. The Potting Shed Pub, Malmesbury, Wiltshire:

They have their own garden onsite to provide the freshest seasonal vegetables possible.  The menu changes monthly so don’t get too attached to what you had the first time.  They offer a private dining room that seats up to 14 people and it overlooks their garden.  The Pub hosts also events like Summer Barbeques, so be sure to keep up to date with their website. If you’re visiting the Cotswolds, this is a must.

  1. The Feathered Nest Country Inn,  Nethor Westcote, Oxfordshire:

This pub is set in a refurbished malt house and its aim is to assist the surrounding rural area by receiving all of their food from local sources.  Be sure to try the wild boar, a specialty of the house.  There are also four rooms for rent if you drink too much to drive anywhere afterwards.

  1. The Fishpool Inn, Delamere, Cheshire:

This gastropub serves a combination of classic comfort food and modern dishes.  Be sure to try one of the pies or indulge in a traditional Italian style pizza.  The owner has put a lot of thought into the environment and they have made their kitchen as ecofriendly as possible.  They stock beer from local microbreweries and they also have 16 kinds of whisky available.

  1. Journey’s End Inn, Nr Kingsbridge, South Devon

This pub is really popular with both locals and tourists to the area.  Be sure to try the suckling pig and a pint of the cask ale that changes on a weekly basis.

  1. Canton Arms, Stockwell, London:

This pub is located between the Stockwell and Clapham North tube stations and 15 years ago it was a rather scary place to visit.  That is no longer the case and the talented chef Trish Hilferty has created a dynamic menu that is sure to enthrall all guests.

  1. The Empress, Victoria Park, London:

This pub has a traditional 19th century exposed brick interior.  It is really popular for Sunday brunch and it also offers “Frugal Tuesdays” where you can bring your own bottle of wine from the nearby Bottle Apostle.