A HEREFORDSHIRE inn is celebrating after receiving a top industry award.

The New Inn in St Owen’s Cross, near Ross-on-Wye, has been named Gastro Pub of the Year 2024, with their dedication to delicious, locally sourced food and fantastic service paying off.

The black and white timber-framed coaching inn dates back to the 16th century and only reopened its doors as the traditional, English pub it once was in 2020. Four years on, the establishment has gone from strength to strength thanks to its confident team and their strong ambition.

The New Inn team won an AA award last SeptemberThe New Inn team won an AA award last September (Image: AA Media)

The New Inn has previously been named the Best Restaurant with Rooms England 2023-2024 and received three AA Rosettes for culinary excellence at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards in September 2023, hosted by TV’s Claudia Winkleman.


It was announced at the glittering Midlands Food and Hospitality Awards 2024 ceremony in Birmingham on June 17 that The New Inn had been voted Midlands Gastro Pub of the Year.

The coveted Gastro pub award itselfThe coveted Gastro pub award itself (Image: Monica Glass)

Head chef Thomas Leek said “We are all delighted to have won! This award is extra special to the team because following the original nomination, and then the shortlisting for this award, it was the public who voted us the final winner.

“Huge thanks to everyone. Their votes really did count!”

To be in with a chance of being shortlisted by the judging panel, the nominated gastro venues, stretching as far north as Nottingham, had to demonstrate glowing public reviews and feedback from over the past 12 months; be an advocate and champion of the local food, drink, and hospitality scene; and offer fantastic menus showcasing high-quality food and drink.

With a delicious Garden Bites menu, an extended Bar Menu, and a British classics A la Carte menu, The New Inn promises that it has something for everyone.

The winning pub hopes that this award will help in further cementing Herefordshire’s rightful place on the coveted Midlands foodie map.