The Rat Inn, overlooking the gorgeous Tyne Valley and the town of Hexham, is the northernmost English pub on the list.
Karen Errington and Phil Mason’s country pub the Rat Inn in Anick is a local hub as well as a destination dining venue, offering a seasonal, daily changing menu which is displayed on the pub’s blackboard every morning.
Phil heads up the kitchen alongside Head chef Kevin MacLean working closely with local farmers and suppliers to create dishes showcasing the region’s bountiful produce, whilst the knowledgeable and welcoming front-of-house make diners feel more than at home.
Kevin also reached the final of the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year Awards in 2017.
Menu highlights include slow-cooked belly pork with chestnut and chorizo stew; red mullet with fennel, broccoli and crab bisque; and homemade scotch eggs with kimchi.
However, if you’re not up for a full three-course meal, the Rat serves a range of sandwiches for customers who just want to pop in for a pint and a snack, all priced around the £5 mark.
Drinks wise, the pub offers a range of tempting local ales as well as a thoughtfully compiled, affordable wine list.
The Rat climbed up from 13th to 11th in the Top 50 Gastropubs this year, cementing its reputation not only as one of the north’s top dining destinations, but one of the UK’s.
The Rat benefits from being surrounded by plentiful local farms and, during shooting season, a wealth of delicious game.
It regularly hosts wine dinners, jamborees and similar events for the surrounding community. In 2015 it hosted its first summer music festival.