Top 50 Gastropubs


The Red Lion and Sun

Highgate, London

In the leafy rural haven of Highgate Village, London, sits one of the capital’s greatest gastropubs – the Red Lion & Sun.

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Maintaining their place in the top 10, this gastropub is worth a visit.

Since the 16th century a pub has sat on the site, but it is only in recent history the gastropub has earned itself the reputation of the village’s centre of outstanding food.

The pub earns a roaring trade from both regular locals and guests looking to indulge in oysters and wine from the site’s extensive list.

The accolade-rich venue offers a menu rich with “rustic, modern British pub food”, with meats supplied by Highgate Butchers and all other produce carefully sourced from respected producers.

The Red Lion and Sun’s daily changing menu relies heavily on a team of chefs who work with the freshest ingredients to produce a wide range of staples, with a new menu available online by 11am each day.

A pub for all seasons, you can either nestle yourself away near the log burner inside or find a comfy spot to relax in the garden with some seafood and peruse what is widely recognised as one of London’s best wine lists curated by its wine fanatic owner.

The pub’s interior is geared towards a refreshing, some would say New England boathouse, feel with white walls and light wood furniture.

On a Sunday, you’d be forgiven for thinking the whole of north London descends on the pub. Offering four types of roast dinner, spare tables at the Red Lion and Sun on its busiest day of the week are an endangered species.

The Red Lion & Sun was also the 2018 Great British Pub Awards winner, standing out among a host of high calibre winners and finalists in the prestigious competition.

Owner Heath Ball has become something of a legend in the pub trade, and his pub is known as a purveyor of not only the finest food in the area but also some of the greatest wines, spirits and beers.

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