Landlords are celebrating after seeing their North East gastro-pubs named among the best in the country.
The Broad Chare, off Newcastle Quayside, and the Rat Inn at Anick, near Hexham, Northumberland, were included among the Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s top 50 list for 2014. The Broad Chare at number 31, and the Rat at 42.
The Rat’s landlady Karen Errington said she was delighted to make the list for the second year in a row.
“Given how many pubs there are, to be included is really great for us,” she said. “We’re just a rural pub, plus I always think that it’s harder to be noticed because we’re further north.
“We’re obviously delighted and it’s a great chance to celebrate what we do.”
Karen’s partner Phil Mason is head chef and the pub, which has previously been mentioned in Michelin, Alastair Sawdays, Good Food and Good Beer guides, prides itself on using local ingredients.
“Everything is freshly cooked to order and the blackboard list changes almost every day,” said Karen. “We buy small amounts so we can change.”
Top spot on the list went to celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin starred pub The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, The Pony and Trap in Chew Magna, Somerset, The Pipe and Glass in Beverley, East Yorkshire, and the Star Inn at Harome in North Yorkshire rounded out the top five.
The highest new entry was Masterchef: The Professionals 2013 winner Anton Piotrowski’s pub The Treby Arms in Sparkwell, Devon, while the biggest climber was the Ship in Wandsworth, London, which hosts the annual UK Scotch Egg Challenge.