Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Pub

Posted: 07 July 2014

Blog category: Pubs

The Sportsman in Seasalter has been named the UK’s No.2 gastropub in the National Restaurant Awards.  Now in their seventh year, the National Restaurant Awards, organised by Restaurant magazine, recognise the top 100 restaurants in the UK, as voted for by industry experts.

The Sportsman, which has a Michelin star, was named the second best gastropub at a glittering awards ceremony held in London on Monday, June 30, behind The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.  

The Shepherd Neame-owned pub, run by brothers Philip and Stephen Harris, was also ranked sixth overall in the list of 100 restaurants, ahead of well-known establishments such as Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck at Bray, and Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche in London.

Stephen said: “We have been in the top 10 of these awards for the last three years, coming fifth, then sixth, then seventh, so it’s great to be creeping up the table again with sixth place this year! We are very proud of the food served at our pub, and feel that it is as good as that on offer at many restaurants, so it is fantastic to hear that so many people in the industry like what we are doing.”

Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations, Nigel Bunting, said: “We are very proud that The Sportsman is continuing to be recognised at a national level for the excellent dining experience it offers. The team are passionate about food, offering a fantastic showcase for local Kentish produce, and it is fantastic to see their efforts celebrated by industry experts.”