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The Unruly Pig: Reigning Supreme as the UK’s Top Gastropub

23rd Jan 2024

In the picturesque county of Suffolk, a culinary gem has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors alike. “The Unruly Pig,” a charming pub tucked away in the scenic landscapes of Suffolk, has today (Tuesday 23rd January, 2024) clinched the title of the UK’s number one gastropub, celebrating winning the No. 1 place in the Estrella Damm UK Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2024.

No Stranger to Awards

If this feels like déjà vu, you’d be right. The Unruly Pig previously hit the No. 1 spot in 2022, knocked off its perch into second place last year by The Parker’s Arms in Newton Le Bowland in Lancashire. Others piling praise are: GQ Food and Drinks Awards 2023 – Best Pub; Taste of East of England Awards 2023 – Winner and Gold Award; Waitrose Food Magazine – a UK Best Pub for a Roast – October 2023, The Times – Top 20 ‘Best places for a Sunday Roast’ 2022; BBC Food Magazine – Best Country Pubs 2023, The Financial Times – Top Five Pubs for Walks. These awards being part of a very long list.

Elevating Pub Dining to Artistry

The Unruly Pig stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of British gastronomy, where traditional pubs are transforming into epicenters of culinary innovation. This Suffolk establishment, with its unassuming facade, belies the culinary excellence that unfolds within its walls. Renowned for its commitment to crafting exquisite dishes with locally sourced ingredients, The Unruly Pig has become a beacon for food enthusiasts seeking a unique and memorable dining experience.

The Journey to the Top

The journey to claiming the title of the UK’s premier gastropub is no small feat. The Unruly Pig navigated a competitive landscape, surpassing numerous contenders with its distinctive approach to pub dining. The pub’s emphasis on seasonal, high-quality ingredients, paired with a commitment to culinary creativity, resonated with both critics and patrons. But not just standing tall against the competition, the pub which opened as The Unruly Pig in 2015, went up in smoke 12 weeks into its highly successful reopening due to an electrical fault in walk-in fridge, closing it for a long-hard 6-months. Yet, high-calibre Head Chef Dave Wall – he worked for Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, The Boxwood Cafe, Bibendum and Le Talbooth prior – remained steadfast throughout, and is now Chef Patron, alongside The Unruly Pig’s colourful owner Brendan Padfield.

Local Flavors, Global Recognition

Suffolk, known for its bucolic charm, now boasts a gastropub that has not only captured the hearts of locals but has also garnered national acclaim. The Unruly Pig’s recognition as the number one gastropub in the UK speaks volumes about the establishment’s ability to harmonize local flavors with international standards of excellence.

A Culinary Haven in Suffolk

The Unruly Pig is more than a pub; it’s a culinary haven where each dish tells a story of the region’s bounty. From thoughtfully crafted starters to indulgent mains and delectable desserts, the pub’s menu is a celebration of Suffolk’s rich gastronomic heritage.

Beyond the Plate

While the food undoubtedly steals the spotlight, The Unruly Pig offers more than just a feast for the senses. The pub’s ambiance, characterized by warmth and character, creates an inviting space for diners to savor not only the culinary delights but also the convivial spirit of Suffolk hospitality. Jackie Ha, General Manager, and his team, plus Head Chef Karl Green, are all one big proud team, humbled by everyone voting for them each year.

Unruly by Nature

Owner Brendan Padfield loved the idea of running an unruly house. So, when his local pub came for sale, he ditched his former profession as a lawyer to take over the reins of the 16th century Suffolk inn. Sinking his savings into his passion for food and drink, he made the ex-boozer, previously named the British Larder, accessible, welcoming and friendly. Which was all well and good until the fire nearly saw him lose the lot, but for the loyalty of his team and his new customers loving the new food-led destination pub concept.

Future Aspirations

As The Unruly Pig basks in the glory of being the UK’s top gastropub, the journey is far from over. The pub’s culinary team continues to push boundaries, promising patrons an evolving menu that reflects a commitment to excellence. The Unruly Pig’s success serves as an inspiration for gastropubs nationwide, proving that the intersection of tradition and innovation can lead to culinary greatness.

In the heart of Suffolk, The Unruly Pig stands tall, not just as a pub but as a gastronomic destination that has redefined the pub dining experience. With its unwavering dedication to quality, creativity, and a touch of unruliness, this Suffolk gem has rightfully claimed its place as the unrivaled champion of gastropubs in the UK.

Exclusive Privileges for Discerning Palates

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The Unruly Pig, Orford Road, Bromeswell, Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2PU


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