A Cumbria gastropub has been named among the best in the UK.

The Heft in High Newton, Grange-over-Sands not only made the Top 100 but placed within the Top 50 at number 33.

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards is created each year by an academy of several hundred judges spread throughout the UK who vote for who they think are the must-see gastropubs.

The academy is made up of food industry experts, chefs, operators, food writers and journalists, all of whom keep a close eye on the market and the trends within.

The website praises owners Kevin and Nicola for their “local culinary knowledge” and “unique take on modern British cooking” granting it a place on this list.

What is a gastropub?

According to The Top 50 Gastropubs website a gastropub is as follows: “Thirty to forty years ago, pub food was something of a rudimentary offer that usually involved a deep fat fryer and something that could be thrown together quickly and easily.

“Wet-led pubs dominated and the idea of going out for a fine-dining treat down at your local was unheard of.

“However, a quiet revolution was underway, and a few visionary entrepreneurs started a trend that has since exploded onto the pub scene and is now here to stay.

“Nowadays, the gastropub market is vibrant and booming, with top end chefs offering fine, Michelin-starred dining experiences in a pub environment, through to more traditional but high quality pub classics, all of which is represented in the Top 50 Gastropub’s list.”

Where is it?

You can visit The Heft at: High Newton, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6JH

You can see the full UK list of gastropub winners on the website here.