A gastropub or gastrolounge is a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food.
The term "gastropub" was coined in 1991, when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London. Traditionally, British pubs were drinking establishments and little emphasis was placed on the serving of food. If pubs served meals they were usually basic cold dishes such as a ploughman's lunch. In South East England (especially London) it was common until recent times for vendors selling cockles, whelks, mussels and other shellfish, to sell to customers during the evening and at closing time. Many mobile shellfish stalls would set up near pubs, a practice that continues in London's East End.
The concept of a restaurant in a pub reinvigorated both pub culture and British dining, though it has occasionally attracted criticism for potentially removing the character of traditional pubs. "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 chilli con carne are now often served.
"Gastropub" was added to the 2012 update of Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in August 2012.
In 1984, Spinnakers Brew Pub opened in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was the first ever custom-built brewpub in Canada, and was part of a new wave of brewpubs and craft breweries in British Columbia that followed a major deregulation of the brewing industry in that province. Spinnakers also included inventive cuisine, and is claimed as world's oldest gastropub by Joseph Blake of Eat magazine.
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 & Fitzgeralds Huntington Beach & later such places as, The Redwood Downtown Los Angeles, recently places like Red Table in Huntington Beach, CA., restaurateur and chef Sang Yoon's Father's Office which had what Esquire magazine called one of the best burgers in the world, Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, a gastropub run by actor Harrison Ford's son Ben Ford, Brickyard, The Spotted Pig in Manhattan, The Wobbly Olive in Long Island, NY, Serena Sicilian Influenced Gastropub in Durham, NC and The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco.
- The Hand & Flowers - the only gastropub with two Michelin stars (as of 2012)
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- Pub 32 Irish Gastropub in Sarasota, FL perfectly blends together the fun of an Irish pub atmosphere and the high quality food expected at a Gastropub,
- Oslos første gastropub
- Grünerløkka Brygghus