A top Manchester boozer has made the shortlist for the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs for 2024

Congratulations are in order...

By Ben Arnold | 30 November 2023

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One of Manchester’s favourite boozers has been named among the top 50 gastropubs in the whole of the UK.

Ancoats’ very own Edinburgh Castle has made it onto the shortlist for the coveted Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, the results of which will be announced in January.

It’s the first time that a city centre pub has made it onto the list, though a few other well-known foodie destinations nearby have also made the cut, among them The Freemasons at Wiswell, The Pack Horse in Hayfield and The White Swan at Fence, near Burnley.

The list also unsurprisingly features The Parkers Arms, near Clitheroe, which deservedly scooped the number one spot last year.

Edinburgh Castle chef Shaun Moffat told Finest: “The whole team is pretty elated with the nomination over here. Its a great culmination of the work we’ve put in since the reopening of the kitchen just over a year ago.

“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t working toward to it so it’s a nice win for us. I believe we’re the only pub in Manchester to be nominated, showing that the Manchester food scene is pushing forward and the fact we’ve been nominated shows a wonderful amount of support. 

“Proud to be part of the same list as some superb gaffs like the Parker’s Arms and The Pack Horse. Thanks to judges for their nomination and let’s see where January places us.”

Here’s the unranked list in full:

Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Lancashire

Heft, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Parkers Arms Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire

Pyne Arms, Barnstaple. Devon

The Abbey Inn, York

The Angel at Hetton, Skipton, North Yorkshire

The Baring, Islington, London

The Barrington Boar, Nr Ilminster, Somerset

The Beehive, Maidenhead, Berkshire

The Black Bear, Usk, Monmouthshire

The Black Bull, Sedburgh, Cumbria

The Bridge Arms, Canterbury, Kent

The Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle

The Bull, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The Bull & Last, Highgate, London

The Bulls Head, Hereford, Herefordshire

The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea, London

The Canton Arms, Stockwell, London

The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon

The Dew Drop Inn, Maidenhead, Berkshire

The Dog & Gun Inn, Cumbria, Cumbria

The Dog at Wingham, Wingham, Kent

The Double Red Duke, Bampton, Oxfordshire

The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

The Edinburgh Castle, Manchester

The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury, Kent

The Guinea Grill, Mayfair, London

The Gunton Arms, Norwich, Norfolk

The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Harwood Arms, Fulham, London

The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The Killingworth Castle, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The Loch and The Tyne, Windsor, Berkshire

The Longs Arms, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

The Mariners, Rock, Cornwall

The Masons Arms, South Molton, Devon

The Pack Horse, High Peak, Derbyshire

The Parakeet, Kentish Town, London

The Pipe & Glass Inn, Beverley, East Yorkshire

The Rat Inn, Hexham, Northumberland

The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate, London

The Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh

The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire

The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

The Star Inn, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire

The Three Horseshoes, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge, Suffolk

The White Swan at Fence, Burnley, Lancashire

The Woolpack, Stroud, Gloucestershire