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Published on February 14, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Gastros do it with gusto

The region’s pubs have performed particularly well in a national quest to find the best pubs in the country that serve food. At the Estrella Dam Top 50 Gastropubs Awards The Rat Inn at Anick, near Hexham, came out as the North East’s top dog, coming in at number 11 (a slight but significant rise from last year’s number 13 placing).

The Broad Chare in Newcastle took the number 19 slot (previously number 28), while not far away in 33rd place is The Staith House in North Shields, a prolific award-winner over the past couple of years in various competitions.

“We’re so delighted,” said Karen Errington who runs The Rat Inn with partner Phil Mason. “I’m amazed, there were 24 new entries which means that 24 dropped out.”

If we include The Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire, as being in the North East, we’ve done exceptionally well – it was voted the nation’s top gastropub no less. These are brilliant results which shows we’ve got some serious talent in our pub kitchens working hard in fabulous dining places that serve excellent beer to boot.


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