A Cotswolds local has been named Best Pub in the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2022.

The Lamb Inn in Shipton-under-Wychwood came out top in the awards which were judged by a panel of industry experts including Michelin-starred chef and publican Tom Kerridge and top chef Paul Ainsworth.

Three of the judges said: “I wish this was my local.”

Co-owners Tom  Noest and Peter Creed, who are both Cotswolds born and bred, also operate The Bell at Langford and The Little Bell within Soho Farmhouse.

GQ judges said The Lamb is "all flagstone floors, real ales and roaring fires, but most importantly, the same stellar food and service that made their name – and continues to set the precedent for any pub.

The Lamb, which opened in June 2021, is a modern country pub with rooms. 

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When it opened Mr Creed told Boutique Hotelier: “It’s been on our radar for a couple of years now and with light finally at the end of the tunnel in terms of pubs reopening, now seemed the right time to go for it. The location is perfect, nestled between Burford and Chipping Norton.

“The Lamb has got as much potential as The Bell, and Shipton-Under Wychwood is a great village.

"Like The Bell the pub has been neglected for many years and we’re undergoing a complete internal refurb and a partial re-roof to bring an almost derelict pub back to life.”

The business partners opened The Bell in December 2017 and in 2019 it was listed in The Times 100 Best Places to Stay.

It has been raved about by food critics Giles Coren, Marina O'Loughlin and Tom Parker Bowles.

Mr Creed previously worked with The Lucky Onion Group, setting up design-led hotels and restaurants, operating all their sites and managing all the buying of the beverages.