The Duck Inn, Stanhoe, Named In Top 50 Gastropubs

The Duck Inn, Stanhoe, Named In Top 50 Gastropubs

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs is presented by The Morning Advertiser, the premier hospitality publication, and is regarded as the industry's oscars. Editor of The Morning Advertiser, Nicholas Robinson, “Getting on this list is the jewel in the crown for foodie pubs across the UK. It’s the place to be seen.”

Awards Ceremony In It's 10th Year

Tom Kerridge and his team will be cooking a special lunch. The event will be held on Monday 28th January 2019 at Lillibrooke Manor, Maidenhead.

Elgood's Commission Special Beer

Elgood's Brewery has commissioned a special 'Top 50 Beer' just for The Duck Inn in honour of this incredible award.

How The List Is Created

The “Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts. These include gastropub operators, food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. The voting criteria ensures the list really is decided by the industry.

The Duck Inn Family.

The Duck Inn in Stanhoe, Norfolk, is run by Chef Patron Ben Handley and his wife Sarah. Ben's brother Sam is the manager. The Duck Inn is a finalist in The Observer Food Awards 2019 for Best Sunday Lunch, The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2017, GQ Top 5 UK Pub 2018, Norfolk Food Hero 2017 and now makes the Top 50 Gastropubs for the first time.

In 2017 Ben and Sarah reopened the famous Hunworth Bell near Holt and in 2018 was runner up in the British GQ Food and Drink Awards for Best UK Pub.

A Foodie Heaven

Named in Conde Nast as one of the Top 5 Foodie Hotspots, The Duck Inn prides itself on using the very best of local, seasonal ingredients and creating beautiful and unusual dishes.

Elgood's Brewery

"This recognition is the result of six years of dedication by Ben and Sarah and their whole team to transform the Duck from a village pub into a relaxed but exceptional dining experience in the beautiful Norfolk countryside."

The Duck Inn - A Family Business

A family run business on the north Norfolk coast, since 2013 Chef Ben Handley and his wife Sarah have developed this 18th Century building into a true dining destination. With a passionate young team and a vibrant menu of locally sourced, seasonal produce, The Duck Inn has been racking up awards and recognition regularly.

The ethos is on quality, local food, expertly prepared and delivered by a happy team in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. North Norfolk is the perfect place to deliver. A rustic-smart gastropub, serving the best in local produce and East Anglian ales. Friendly and efficient service perfectly compliment the incredible food served up by chef patron Ben Handley and his team.

Norfolk favourites such as Brancaster crab, steaming bowls of Norfolk mussels, locally-smoked salmon with gingerbread are regular highlights; along with Chef Handley’s famous black pudding-scotched quail’s eggs. Sundays' roasts of local pork and Holkham Estate beef are widely regarded as the best along the coast.

With two stylish bedrooms; there is always the option to enjoy a wonderful evening meal and fabulous wines from an extensive list, before staggering upstairs to unwind under the snuggly duck-down duvets.

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Ben Handley (Chef Patron)

We are delighted to have been included in the Top 50 Gastropubs, this is huge news for Norfolk and another step forward for this county as one of the premier dining destination in Britain.

Sarah Handley (Owner)

With so many wonderful pubs and restaurants in Norfolk and throughout the whole UK, we are honoured to have been chosen to be in the Top 50 Gastropubs, alongside some of the most famous names in the industry. This is an enormous credit to our staff, customers and suppliers who give us their best every day.

Sam Handley (Manager)

To be recognised by your peers in the industry as well as many of our culinary heroes makes this award even more special. We are so proud of our team and everything we have achieved together.

A Special Celebratory Beer

The Duck Inn's Top 50 Beer. Elgood's Brewery who own The Duck Inn have commissioned a very special beer in honour of The Duck Inn making the Top 50 Gastropub list. The Duck Inn's Top 50 Beer is a traditionally brewed dark mild made with Crystal Malt and Roast Barley for a full roast malt character. Bitterness from English Fuggles Hops. A satisfyingly full flavour with liquorice undertones - the perfect beer for the festive period. The Top 50 Beer will be available only at The Duck Inn while stocks last.

A Quote From Elgood's Brewery

"Everyone at Elgood’s brewery is delighted for Ben, Sarah and all their family and staff for achieving such a fantastic accolade. This recognition is the result of six years of dedication by them and their whole team to transform the Duck from a village pub into a relaxed but exceptional dining experience in the beautiful Norfolk countryside. To celebrate, we have brewed a special beer for them and send our wholehearted congratulations."

A Historic Family Business

Elgood’s Brewery is a family business established over 200 years ago and run by the Elgood family since 1878.

In the market town of Wisbech on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border sits the North Brink Brewery, a classic English Ale brewery built in 1795, where Elgood’s proudly carry on the brewing of their own beers for local and wider distribution across the UK.

Visit the Elgood's Website for more information

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