The Ones to Watch specialist category award winners are the Gastropubs trade experts, food writers, top chefs and the food team at the Morning Advertiser believe have the potential to make it onto the Top 50 Gastropubs list.
The Pointer in Brill, Buckinghamshire, is owned by a local farmer who has recreated a butcher’s shop at the back of the pub where he sells rare breed meats.
The pub has just been awarded three AA Rosettes, but remains a pub in character and style in the picture book village where it is based.
Chef Mini Patel has taken pub cooking to a new level and was also recently on the Great British Menu.
Ben and Sarah Handley have quietly transformed the Duck into one of Norfolk’s best gastropubs, no easy feat considering the amount of competition in the area.
Judges who ate at the pub described the food offering as “top-notch”, featuring menus that champion local suppliers.