A popular gastropub in the North East has been named among the best in the UK.

The Estrella Damm Top 100 Gastropubs list is created each year by an academy of several hundred judges who vote for the nation's must-see gastropubs.

The academy is made up of food industry experts, chefs, operators, food writers and journalists across the UK.

Each year, the judges are asked to vote for their top three gastropub businesses, from those they have visited in the past year, and the votes are then tallied to produce a list.

Hexham Courant: Pictured, Chadwicks Inn. Photos via Tripadvisor.Pictured, Chadwicks Inn. Photos via Tripadvisor.

Best gastropubs

Found in Maltby, Chadwicks Inn was awarded 59th place in the prestigious gastropub list.

The gastropub was described by judges as "a brilliant ‘Boro’ pub" as well as "a great find and place to eat on Teesside".

The academy said: "Head chef and co-owner Steven Lawford is a maverick in the kitchen and a true perfectionist as well as a master of flavour.

"His skills know no limits, with his menus proving diners can expect a treat when visiting the venue for a long and lazy dinner or even a quick lunch."

Menu highlights specifically mentioned by the academy were Chadwick Inn's dressed Whitby crab sandwich with fennel slaw, brown crab mayonnaise, home grown bronze fennel and sancerre silex; halibut and lobster with lobster ravioli and bisque; and almond cake with poached pear Williams, almond praline and crème Anglaise.

What makes a Gastropub?

The awards website says: “Thirty to forty years ago, pub food was something of a rudimentary offer that usually involved a deep fat fryer and something that could be thrown together quickly and easily.

“Wet-led pubs dominated and the idea of going out for a fine-dining treat down at your local was unheard of.

“However, a quiet revolution was underway, and a few visionary entrepreneurs started a trend that has since exploded onto the pub scene and is now here to stay.

“Nowadays, the gastropub market is vibrant and booming, with top end chefs offering fine, Michelin-starred dining experiences in a pub environment, through to more traditional but high quality pub classics, all of which is represented in the Top 50 Gastropub’s list.”