A HEREFORDSHIRE watering hole has been named one of the best gastropubs in the country. 

The Bulls Head in Craswall was 41st in the list compiled by Estrella Damm - making it the only one in the county to feature in the top 50. 

The pub was reopened in November 2021 it shut its doors in 2015. It features in the Michelin Guide and implements a farm-to-table approach to its cooking, with the majority of the meat and produce coming from their regenerative farm ten minutes up the road in Longtown. 


"As a family-run, independent business we took on the challenge in 2019 of reviving this much loved Herefordshire institution," said co-owner, Jake Townley, who attended the awards ceremony at The Parker's Arms in Lancashire along with his wife, Amie and head chef, Mike Fullard. 

Hereford Times: The pub was reopened in November 2021The pub was reopened in November 2021 (Image: The Bulls Head, Craswall)

"To gain national recognition for Herefordshire and the Black Mountains makes us immensely proud. The team has worked incredibly hard to achieve this and it wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible network of food and drink producers."

Meanwhile, the Riverside Inn at Aymestrey was named by Estrella Damm as one of the six gastropubs to watch. 


Chef patron Andy Link said: “It’s a great honour to be short-listed for this award. 

“As ever, being recognised for our hard work and effort makes it all worthwhile.  This accolade is for the whole team here at the Riverside. 

“We all pull together to make the food and welcome here special, from our foraging in the pub hedgerows for salads, to growing new plants in our kitchen garden, and experimenting with new cuts of meat or pieces of fish, and conjuring up new cocktails, we always try and go the extra mile to make our food both innovative yet wholesome and comforting.

“We would also like to thank all our local suppliers for providing us with so much brilliant produce.  We couldn’t do it without them.”