The Pub Guide, 2013

The annual Pub Guide from the AA.

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The Good Pub Guide 2013

The 31st edition of the ‘only pub guide you’ll ever need’.

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The Good Pub Guide 2011

Posted on 07. Oct, 2010 by in Books

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The Good Pub Guide 2011
The Good Beer Guide is the definitive guide to British pubs and is the UK’s no. 1 bestselling guide book. Now in it’s 29th year, the book features over 5,000 pubs from the Shetlands down to the Isles of Scilly.

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.

Pub Information

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.

Pub Awards

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.

Purchase the Book

The book is published by Ebury Press and costs £14.99. You can get the book cheaper from the usual places including Amazon and The Book Depository.

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Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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