Three Scottish gastropubs have been named among the best in the UK.

The Scran and Scallie in Edinburgh, The Ship Inn in Fife and The Bonnie Badger in East Lothian all placed in the 51-100 category.

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.

What is a gastropub?

According to 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.”

Scottish Gastropub winners

Scran & Scrallie: 1 Comely Bank Rd, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1DR, 56/100

The Ship Inn: The Toft, Elie, Leven KY9 1DT, 81/100

The Bonnie Badger: Main St, Gullane EH31 2AB, 93/100


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