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Top Gastropubs 2022 revealed

Find out which of our Rutland and Leicestershire local pubs made the cut.

After much scoffing and quaffing, the UK’s top foodies and pub pros have picked out their favourites in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.

Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, this year, the top spot was taken by The Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk, but there are two local pubs that made the top one hundred – and a good few more to entice us over the county borders into Derbyshire and Warwickshire.

So, without further ado, here are the local winners…


THE OLIVE BRANCH, Clipsham, Rutland (#74)

We’ve been banging on about this place for as long as we can remember and for good reason. A previous Muddy winner, they were also featured in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs last year at number 25. The kitchen is overseen by Head Chef Luke Holland since 2020 who has carried on the mantle from Sean with a more modern twist using homegrown and local produce. Want to know the Muddy verdict? Check out our review here!

The Stag and Hounds, Burrough on the Hill, Melton Mowbray (#98)

Just sliding into the Top 100 list, this village local has been at the heart of the local community for generations but it’s rep has been spotlighted since and owners Dom and Antonia took over a few years ago. Located in what’s known as the Rural Foodie Capital of England, local produce is king. and everything is beautifully executed and presented.


The Duncombe Arms Ashbourne, Derbyshire (#28)

The Pack Horse Hayfield, Derbyshire (#32)

The Cross, Kenliworth. Warwickshire (#50)

The Blind Bull Buxton, Derbyshire (#75)

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