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‘Grotty boozer’ by the sea wins Top 50 Gastropubs top spot

The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent,is the top gastropub in the country for the second year in a row, it was announced at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards on 25 January.

Chef-patron Stephen Harris and brother Phil run the Michelin-starred pub, which was named the best in the business by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge at an exclusive lunch and awards ceremony held at Hermitage Road Bar & Restaurant, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Kerridge said: “Stephen is one of the most talented chefs in the country and it’s a genuine honour to present him with this award for the second time.”

James and Kate Mackenzie’s Michelin-starred East Yorkshire pub the Pipe & Glass Inn, at South Dalton, near Beverley, rose from third to second place this year, with Andrew Pern’s iconic North Yorkshire pub the Star Inn, at Harome, North Yorkshire, rising from fifth place to third.

Kerridge’s second pub the Coach, at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which opened in late 2014, was named as highest new entry in fourth place, in a category sponsored by Appletiser and Schweppes.

Head chef Nick Beardshaw, who previously worked under Kerridge at the Hand & Flowers, collected the award.

Publican’s Morning Advertiser food editor Nicholas Robinson, said: “Seventeen new entries is, I believe, the highest amount we’ve ever seen on the list. It’s a sign the sector is becoming more vibrant than ever and that it doesn’t pay to stand still.”

Top 50 Gastropubs 2016 was sponsored by headline sponsor Estrella Damm in association with Nestlé Chef, Appletiser and Schweppes and Berkmann Wine Cellars.