Andrew Pern has made a big gold mark on the gastropub world, it is indisputable.
He was one of the first chefs to prove that pubs could not just equal the culinary highs of the restaurant world, but surpass them. A standard he constantly raises.
The past 20 years have seen him and his extended family of chefs and staff continue to break expectations, opening further venues and cement the influence of what began as a simple thatched pub in rural Yorkshire.
Pern is also notable for being one of few chefs to lose, but spectacularly regain, a Michelin star proving that hard work and dedication do pay.
His cooking style is elegant and witty – Pern enjoys creating juxtaposition between the cheap and the more refined.
Several top chefs came up through his kitchen, including fellow Top 50 Gastropubs alumni James Mackenzie, chef patron of the Michelin-starred Pipe & Glass Inn in Beverley. The two remain close to this day.