Originating in the late 20th Century, the Gastropub is one of the biggest food revolutions in Britain. It was coined in the heart of Clerkenwell, which is still home to some of the oldest Gastropubs in the city, and is a term that has been much-debated, criticised and sometimes even hard to distinguish.
Marrying gastronomy with that of an English pub, gave rise to the phenomenon of the Gastropub. It evolved from the humble public house and was brought about to meet the needs of the modern consumer.
The Gastropub presents the best of both worlds, combining pub culture with restaurant dining. Traditional pub grub favourites are still offered side by side with more robustly flavoured and upscale versions of popular meals that include shepherd’s pie, pasties, burgers and fish and chips. Appealing to a more discerning clientele, these Gastropubs offer a high quality of food, inspired by the original tried and tested favourites of the pubs, revamped with exotic meats and impressive garnishes.
A Pub with a difference
With the increasing amount of pubs investing into food to compliment their wet-sales and jumping on the food bandwagon, some of us have been left wondering what is the difference between a Gastropub and a pub? Is it the fact that a Gastropub sets itself apart ( and indeed above ) a pub by offering a well-sourced and seasonal fresh meals in an intimately friendly environment ? or is it the elegant sophistication that comes tied with a microbrewery of lager ? Perhaps it’s a bit of both.
Stephen Bull is top chef in London who owns a gastropub and predicts that ‘The future is very bright for the gastropub – it’s the British bistro,’.. and many agree that the reason behind its remarkable success comes down to the fact that a Gastropub is typically a high-quality version of the traditional English Pub offering a more relaxed and welcoming dining experience with a relatively affordable menu that serves gourmet British style cooking alongside an extensive and usually impressive choice of ales.
The best of the rest
While there are many fine Gastropubs in and around London, one of our personal favourites are “Smiths of Smithfields” located right outside Smithfields Market in Farringdon, London’s only working meat market. Delicious food, design and atmosphere with a distinct urban Gastropub look and feel is what is on offer here.
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