Pipe and Glass is best northern gastropub

Kate and James from the Pipe and Glass

Kate and James from the Pipe and Glass

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A South Dalton pub has cemented its reputation within culinary circles after being named the best gastropub in the north.

The Pipe and Glass Inn, owned by Kate and James Mackenzie, was ranked the fourth best gastropub in the UK for the second year in a row in the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards on Monday, behind the Hand and Flowers in Buckinghamshire, The Sportsman in Kent and the Pony & Trap in Bristol.

The Awards are voted for by a Top 50 Gastropubs Voting Academy, including gastropub operators (who can’t vote for their own pubs), food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators.

James said: “We’re delighted to be placed in the top five for the second year running.

“Tom Kerridge at the Hand and Flowers, Stephen Harris at the Sportsman, and brother-and-sister team Josh and Holly Eggleton at the Pony & Trap are all worthy winners, and we’re thrilled to be up there with them.”

The award marks another great achievement for the Pipe and Glass, after it retained its Michelin star for the fifth consecutive year in the autumn, won the national pub of the year award in 2012 and was named the Good Pub Guide’s County Dining Pub of the Year for Yorkshire 2014.

James, the author of the award-winning cookbook, On the Menu, also recently featured on BBC TV’s Saturday Kitchen alongside celebrity chef James Martin.

He is gearing up for the second year of the Golden Apron, a cookery competition he runs with the Yorkshire Wolds Cooking School, to find Yorkshire’s best young chef.

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