The Great British Pub Guide is a first edition, lavish reboot of our bestselling Pubs and Inns book which includes over 500 of the best pubs hand-selected by our team.
Some are simple places for a couple of local ales by the fireside, some serve the best classic pub food and others are beacons of sustainable sourcing and culinary invention. From the humblest old stone hiking stop to the finest country inn, they are all warm, buzzy and welcoming places run by passionate people. We’ve visited each one and written honestly about them, so you can always find the one you’re looking for.
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Meet the winners
Welcoming, laid-back landlord Nigel Smith oversees the perfect country pub in this half-timbered medieval building. This is both a historic landmark and a thriving local; the hub of a community and a deserving winner.
We love the ‘Welly’ because its commitment to local sourcing raises the bar for all and has made it a place of pilgrimage for foodies. Try home-reared lamb, rabbit terrine, home-grown veg and honey from the hives. Boards are chalked up daily and the produce mainly home-grown or organic.
Kids can charge around the village green outside the 17th-century coaching inn, once home to the first Lord of Ribblesdale. Enjoy the walks, play pooh sticks in the gentle stream and relax with well-kept ales. The kids menu is brilliant and there are activities too.
We love that this new breed defies categorisation, being both hotel and pub at once and better for both. This isn’t a stripped-back monument to contemporary design, rather a cool take on all things retro with quirky art and a little neon mixed in for good measure.
Dave and his team were determined to transform this place into a celebration of all things ‘different and bizarre’. The result: a pub jam-packed with quirky finds, a surprising range of microbrew beers, rare spirits and specialist French wines served with lively charm.
It’s rare to find a place so committed to creating positive change. Established to tackle youth unemployment, disadvantaged young people are trained in the kitchen. Glen has transformed former waste ground into a beer garden – a fabulous space for education, food production, drinking and dining.
Dale’s last pub sits defiantly close to the water and has seen out some stormy seas. The stone sea wall in front is known as ‘the longest bar in Pembrokeshire’ and what better place to be on a warm day with a pint as you watch the day’s catch being unloaded from responsible day boats.
Our pubs are not uniform and you’ll find everything from a tiny rural ‘front room’ serving only a couple of ales to some (small) chain-run but excellently swish outfits. And a lot of lovely places in between. We’ve visited every one of them and written about them honestly.
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