Venue: Anglian Country Inns' site Hermitage Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire Date: Monday 27th January 2014
Love or hate the term, "gastropub" operators fuel innovation and growth in the market and pubs serving quality food and drink continue to be the drivers behind the industry's success stories.
Gastropub operators continue to push their operations to the next level with the creative, business-boosting extras - such as an own range of ready meals for customers to takeaway, the addition of a produce shop to a pub, offering tasting menus, introducing barter schemes for customers, chef cookery demonstations, event catering, or even publishing cookbooks.
Pubs also continue to be an attractive entry-level business model for top chefs to own their own businesses with many chefs for Michelin starred restaurant backgrounds making the move. Celebrity chefs are continuing to view the pub market as an exciting opportunity.
The Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards represent the culmination of the search for the best food pubs and the industry's premium food and drink operators.