This Suffolk Spot Has Been Declared The UK’s Best Gastropub

By Ellie Smith

6 months ago

The 2024 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list is here

Fancy a roast in the country’s top foodie pub? Book a trip to Suffolk, where The Unruly Pig has been crowned the UK’s top gastropub, topping Estrella Damm’s 2024 list for the second time.

Located on the outskirts of the pretty town of Woodbridge, the winning pub first entered the Top 50 list back in 2017, going onto win ‘highest climber’ in 2021, and securing first place in 2022. The kitchen is led by chef-patron Dave Wall and head chef Karl Green, who focus on local, seasonal British food with an Italian influence. The a la carte menu includes dishes like venison wellington, ricotta gnocchi and Iberico pork with mash and swede, alongside a Sunday roast, and a tasting menu on Thursdays.


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It was followed by The Cornish Arms in Tavistock, Devon, with Paul Ainsworth’s The Mariners in Rock, Cornwall, coming in third place. 

A number of London pubs also featured on the list, including Highgate’s Red Lion and Sun, which came in at number six. The capital’s only Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms, was also named, alongside The Bull and Last in Dartmouth Park, and Islington’s The Baring. Kentish Town’s The Parakeet, which opened last year, was a new entry, coming in at number 36. 

The exterior of The Parakeet, a pub and restaurant in Kentish Town

The prestigious list is voted for by a panel of food experts, industry figures and journalists from all over the UK.

You can find the full list below.

  1. The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge
  2. The Cornish Arms, Tavistock
  3. The Mariners, Rock
  4. The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury
  5. The Sportsman, Seasalter
  6. The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate, London
  7. Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland
  8. The Star Inn, Harome
  9. Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell
  10. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
  11. Heft, High Newton
  12. The Harwood Arms, Fulham, London
  13. The Angel at Hetton, Hetton 
  14. The Rat Inn, Hexham
  15. The Bridge Arms, Canterbury
  16. The Dog at Wingham, Wingham
  17. The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax
  18. The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market 
  19. The Pack Horse, Hayfield
  20. Pyne Arms, Barnstaple
  21. The Coach, Marlow 
  22. The Beehive, White Waltham
  23. The Broad Chare, Newcastle 
  24. The Edinburgh Castle, Manchester
  25. The Three Horseshoes, Batcombe
  26. The Baring, Islington, London
  27. The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells
  28. The Pipe & Glass Inn, Beverley 
  29. The White Swan at Fence, Fence
  30. The Longs Arms, Bath
  31. The Bull & Last, Islington, London
  32. The Black Bear, Usk
  33. The Dog & Gun Inn, Skelton
  34. The Woolpack, Stroud
  35. The Barrington Boar, Barrington
  36. The Parakeet, Kentish Town, London
  37. The Masons Arms, Knowstone
  38. The Abbey Inn, Byland 
  39. The Black Bull, Sedbergh
  40. The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea, London
  41. The Bulls Head, Craswall
  42. The Loch and The Tyne, Windsor
  43. The Guinea Grill, Mayfair, London
  44. The Dew Drop Inn, Hurley
  45. The Killingworth Castle, Wootton
  46. The Canton Arms, Stockwell, London
  47. The Double Red Duke, Clanfield 
  48. The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne
  49. The Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh
  50. The Bull, Charlbury

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