Today Big 7 Travel revealed the 50 best gastropubs across the UK. But what is a gastropub? According to Big 7 Travel, a gastropub is a regular pub, but it could compete with restaurants with their quality of food.

Not ordinary pub grub, gastropubs boast local British ingredients, sometimes Michelin stars and possibly the most luxurious scotch eggs.

And Cumbria has taken home the prize for two gastropubs, placing in 5th and 15th position out of 50. But which ones stole the show?

Dog & Gun Inn

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The Dog & Gun Inn in Skelton not only came in the top 50, but the top 5, positioning itself at 5th place! Big 7 Travel have described it as “the sort of place you could easily sit in for hours and not notice the time going by.”

All food is made by chef and owner Ben Queen-Fryer and he is the only chef in the kitchen! Dishes include glazed ox cheek with truffled Spatzle, buttered kale and cauliflower.

The Dog and Gun Inn is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and dogs are welcome in the back-bar and front half of the pub. For more information and how to book, visit the website!

The Drunken Duck

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The Drunken Duck in Ambleside came in 15th place of best gastropubs in the UK. In the heart of the Lake District, The Drunken Duck is consistently rated one of the best gastropubs.

Described by Big 7 Travel as having “hearty yet balanced mains”, The Drunken Duck serves up dishes such as venison bourguignon suet pudding with sticky red cabbage and parsnip. British classic, but with a twist.

Meals come in at the very reasonable price of £35 for two courses or £45 for three, with roast dinner available on Sundays.

For more information and how to visit The Drunken Duck, visit their website!