How the Book is Compiled
The guide is edited by Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapely but they rely upon thousands of regular pub goes to provide feedback about the pubs in the guidebook and any news ones that may not feature in the book.
Around 2,000 regular correspondents keep in touch with the editors about the pubs they visit and double that number report occassionally. This allows the book to be kept up to date and should a pub’s standards drop it is quickly identified.
The pubs in the book are divided into main entries and lucky dip entries. The main entries are fully inspected anonymously by a member of the editorial. The inspection includes the quality and selection of drinks, the food, the decor, history and more. The pubs need to have some special quality that would appeal to strangers who visit them.
The lucky dip entries contain pubs that have been recommended but not inspected by the team. These pubs will have been consistently recommended so you can still rely on these pubs being good.
The main entries are most detailed and contain a long paragraph about all aspects of the pub such as the drinks served, information about opening times, the address, examples of food sold there and prices and whether the pub is dog friendly. The lucky dip entries are much smaller but still provide a really good summary of each pub.
Throughout the book are colour maps that help you locate the pubs in the book and at the rear of the book is a list of pubs that serve food all day and pubs that are located to motorway junctions.
Each year the guide provides awards for the best pus around the country. The categories include New Pub of the Year, Country Pub of the Year, Town Pub of the Year, Brewery of the Year, Beer Pub of the Year, Whisky Pub of the Year and Bargain Pub of the Year. You can view a complete list of the winners on the Good Pub Guide website.
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