August 3rd, 2012

The Oast House Wins Best Gastro Pub in UK

The Oast House Wins Best Gastro Pub in UK

The UK's 10 best gastro-pubs

The results are in...

Once upon a time, in a magazine office not particularly far away, journalists would tell each other tales of the fine establishments they’d dined in the night before and the exotic drinks they’d supped while eating. Remarkably, the establishments were pubs.

Soon after, ShortList’s Pints & Pistachios column was born. We’ve visited and reviewed the finest gastropubs in the land, premises where bread was dipped in oil, chips were triple cooked and ale was crafted by brewers out of love (and maybe a bit of profit).

This year, we thought it was time to rate the best, with your help – 5,000 of you cast your votes at, and we emerged with a definitive result. Shine your shoes, blast the trumpets, stand to attention: ShortList presents the 10 most magnificent gastropubs in the land.

The Oast House Wins Best Gastro Pub in UK

1 The Oast House, Manchester

Essential info: The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, M3;

Specialities: Ploughman’s boards, deli boards, barbecued burgers, steaks and ‘hanging’ kebabs – they’ve pretty much got your hunger covered.

Ale tale: A fabulous ale selection including Brewdog Punk IPA, regional brew Coronation Street, wheat beers and local dark beers such as Marble Chocolate and Brewer’s Dark.

What we say: This traditional Kentish hop-roasting building in the middle of Manchester walks away with the top prize less than a year after opening. There wasn’t space for a kitchen on the premises so the owners simply built one outside. Now that the sun has finally arrived, there’s a huge outdoor terrace where you can eat our recommendation of flattened rump steak with seasoned chips.

What you say: “A great atmosphere in which to eat and drink. The large range of beers, fruit beers, ciders and cask ales makes the food taste even better.” Stuart Thorley

What they say: “To receive such a remarkable accolade with our first pub is amazing.” Tim Bacon, managing director, Living Ventures

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