Lifting the spirits (and the real ales)
The weather wants us to stay indoors, but we've got our Wellies and our pac-a-macs and we're not afraid to use them. Especially when this weekend sees the first instalment of our Special Summer Pubs pull-out in The Times Weekend section (9th and 16th June).
We're celebrating the very best of British pubs with a new edition of our Pubs & Inns of England and Wales book: our salute to publicans across the country whose ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit have given the sector real reasons to be optimistic. More than 200 pubs with handsome bedrooms, thriving locals, little-known freeholds and hostelries of history, character and charm plus twelve of Sawday’s absolute favourites in the annual Pub Awards. We're excited and delighted to announce our winners:
Pubs with Rooms Awards
Our winners in this category, The Wheatsheaf Inn in Gloucestershire, The Beckford Arms in Wiltshire and the Cross Foxes in Gwynedd, are great ‘all-rounders’ offering fabulous foods, beers and wine, plus a top notch bed for the night.
Authentic Pub Award
Community Pub Award
Through the hard work of the landlords, The Five Bells Inn in Ashford, Kent, The Full Moon in Morton, Nottinghamshire and The Crown Inn in Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire, have become the hub of the community, shining examples of what a local should be.
Local Seasonal and Organic Produce Award
With a passion for actively sourcing, producing and selling seasonal foods, The Lazy Toad Inn in Devon, The Sun at Northaw in Hertfordshire and The Fox in Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire, are our 2012 champions.