Published by the AA, the guide aims to list pubs that have been selected by readers, AA inspectors and editors for their atmosphere, food and beer. The pubs are a combination of those that are worth making a detour and neighbourhood pubs supported by locals and are attractive to passing motorists and walkers.
All 2,000+ entries are included at the discretion of the AA and none pay to be included although around 800 are selected as ‘Pick of the Pubs’ of which 250 have paid a premium to have two photographs included.
At over 730 pages and full colour throughout, the guide is suited more as a coffee table guide rather than something you would carry with you on a trip like the Good Pub Guide.
About The Entries
The regular entries in the guide are detailed and the description of the pub summarises location, interior, beer selection and food if available. In addition are the usual contact/opening times and directions. Some entries have a photograph but many don’t.
The full page ‘premium’ entries include the same information as a regular entry but include two photographs, usually an interior and exterior shot.
In addition to the pub entries there is also a handy guide to the beer festivals that the pubs hold. I’m not sure if this is a feature of other guide and whilst it doesn’t offer accurate dates, it gives you a good guide as to the time of year the festivals are held.
Purchasing the Guide
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