The Eagle in Clerkenwell, the first pub to which the term "gastropub" was applied

A gastropub (sometimes referred to as a gastrolounge or in the United States as a gastrobar) is a hybrid pub, bar and restaurant, notable for serving alcoholic drinks and food.[1] The term was coined in the 1990s, although similar brewpubs existed during the 1980s.


The term "gastropub" was coined in 1991,[2][3] when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London.[2][3] Traditionally, British pubs were drinking establishments and little emphasis was placed on the serving of food.[4] If pubs served meals they were usually basic cold dishes such as a ploughman's lunch.[5]

The concept of gastropubs largely redefined both pub culture and British dining,[3] and has occasionally attracted criticism for potentially removing the character of traditional pubs.[2] "Pub grub" expanded to include British food items such as steak and ale pie, shepherd's pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, Sunday roast, ploughman's lunch, and pasties. In addition, dishes such as hamburgers, chips, lasagne and chili con carne are now often served.[6][7]

In August 2012, "gastropub" was added to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.[8]


The Fox in Dalston, London

In 1984 Spinnakers Brew Pub opened in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The first ever custom-built brewpub in Canada, it heralded a new wave of brewpubs and craft breweries in British Columbia that followed a major deregulation of the brewing industry in that province.[9] Spinnakers served inventive cuisine, and Joseph Blake of Eat magazine claims it as the world's oldest gastropub.[10]

The gastropub phenomenon took off in the United States in the early 1990s at gastropubs such as Dhillons by Chef Matt Dhillon in Las Vegas. Later, there were such places as Dev Dugal's The Redwood Bar in downtown Los Angeles; Red Table in Huntington Beach, California; and restaurateur and chef Sang Yoon's Father's Office,[11][12] which had what Esquire magazine called one of the best burgers in the world.[13] Other gastropubs include Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, a gastropub run by actor Harrison Ford's son Ben Ford;[14] Brickyard;[15][16] The Spotted Pig in Manhattan;[17] The Wobbly Olive in Long Island, New York;[18] Serena Sicilian-influenced Gastropub in Durham, North Carolina; and The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco.

There are several gastropubs in Norway: Kick Malt & Mat,[19] The Crossroad Club[20] in Oslo, Grünerløkka Brygghus[21] in Oslo, Montys Gastropub in St Catharines,[22] and the chain Heim,[23] with open pubs in Lillehammer and Oslo, and a third location in Gjøvik in planning.

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  1. ^ Farley, David (24 May 2009). "New York Develops a Taste for Gastropubs". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b c Norrington-Davies, Tom (24 November 2005). "Is the gastropub making a meal of it?". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "American gastropub: what's in a name?". Art Culinaire. The Free Library. Spring 2007. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Pub Food". Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Ploughman's Lunch - Icons of England". 16 July 2007. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  6. ^ Better Pub Grub
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  8. ^ "A Sample of New Dictionary Words for 2012". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
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  10. ^ Blake, Joseph, "Victoria's Pub Revolution", Eat (Vol 18, No 5, October 2014), pp 14-15 (
  11. ^ LA Weekly
  12. ^ Time Out
  13. ^ Iwata, Edward (9 June 2008). "Chef Sang Yoon makes his mark with beer and burgers". USA Today. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  14. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  15. ^ The New York Times
  16. ^ The Village Voice
  17. ^ New York Times
  18. ^ The Wobbly Olive
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  20. ^ "Oslos første gastropub". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  21. ^ Grünerløkka Brygghus
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