Top 50 Gastropubs 2015: How London Did

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Top 50 Gastropubs 2015: How London Did

Highest new entry: The Truscott Arms

The UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs 2015 have been announced and nine are in London, according to the trade paper The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, which compiled the list.

That number is down on the 11 London pubs which made the grade last year, but not too poor a show when you consider the prominence of countryside locations on the list.

The capital’s top performer was also the list’s highest new entry — The Truscott Arms in Maida Vale. We’ve positively reviewed the pub’s dining room, included it on our selection of London’s best Sunday roasts, and placed it second in our list of 2014’s hottest restaurants — so needless to say we reckon its positioning here is very well deserved.

Last year’s highest-ranking London entry was Fulham’s The Harwood Arms at eight, which has this year slipped to 11. Highgate’s The Bull & Last, which was at 10 last year, is at 13.

South London gets representation in the form of Stockwell’s Canton Arms at 16 and its Waterloo sister pub Anchor & Hope at 17.

Bloomsbury’s The Lady Ottoline is ranked at 29, up from 35, while Islington’s Smokehouse and Kensal Green’s The Parlour are new entries at 33 and 50 respectively. The Eagle in Farringdon — which first coined the term gastropub and has been trading since 1991 — held strong at 40, up from 43.

As in previous years, there's a bias towards north and west London with the east of the city particularly poorly represented — Farringdon is the closest it gets.

The Sportsman in Kent was voted the UK’s best gastropub, followed by Pony & Trap in Somerset and Pipe & Glass in Yorkshire.

What do you think of the winners, and where else do you think should have made it onto the list? Let us know in the comments below.

For more pub goodness, see our microsite dedicated to the best pubs in London, a pick of London’s best Sunday roasts, and our top ten craft beer pubs in the capital.

Last Updated 27 January 2015