Best of England is thrilled to launch their new PUB GUIDE featuring 200 of the best country pubs located across England, the perfect gift for Father’s Day (16th June 2019). The guide contains a selection of hand-picked recommendations, all of which have been visited and beautifully photographed by the Best of England team – if you love pubs, then this guide will be your new Bible.
Available exclusively from the Best of England website (and Amazon) for £19.99, the guide is split into six defined regions that cover the whole of England along with Editor’s Picks and handy maps too. There is also a page in the book about the best vineyards the team have visited across the country including Rathfinny & Ridgeview Wine Estate’s, Sussex, Chapel Down and Hush Heath Estate, Kent, as well as Camel Valley and Knightor Winery, Cornwall and many more.
Simon Ridgwell, Founder & Editor of Best of England feels that now more than ever we need to support and promote England’s local pubs. “English country pubs are an important part of our history and are often the heart of the rural community. We travelled hundreds of miles throughout the countryside to to find these hidden gems. We met passionate landlords and chefs who are doing amazing things with local produce but are struggling to stay afloat. We wanted to do our bit to try and support them and help keep country pubs going.”
“Pubs are an historic and national institution that should be protected for future generations to enjoy and it genuinely saddens me to hear how rapidly they are closing”he continues. “We’ve done a huge amount of research to compile this book and made the effort to visit and photograph each one ourselves. We turned up unannounced and didn’t charge anything for each pub to be featured in our guide. That way we could be 100% honest with our recommendations and make the most authentic pub guide we could.”
Here’s a taster of some the pub’s featured:
The Gurnard’s Head, St. Ives, Cornwall
A landmark pub almost at the edge of England, the Gurnard’s Head is your last stop for a pint and an open fire before the Atlantic Ocean. Between St Just and Zennor, this is genuine Cornwall. Wild, mysterious and beautiful, the Gurnard’s Head is an inn that transports you back to when travel was that little bit slower.
The Pandora Inn , Falmouth, Cornwall
Few pubs can claim to serve fish fresh from the boat, but Falmouth’s 13th-century Pandora Inn does. But that’s not the only thing that makes this inn special. Home to a cosy, character bar and restaurant, you can hunker down on a blustery day and enjoy food by the fire.
The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
The Gunton Arms is a unique pub located within a historic 1,000-acre deer park dating back to the 18th- century. Art dealer, Ivor Braka bought the pub in 2009 and spent 2 years renovating which included selecting appropriate pieces from his art collection with works by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst now hung on the walls.
The Brisley Bell Inn, Dereham, Norfolk
The Brisley Bell Inn is a 17th-century pub which has been tastefully and sympathetically renovated to become a stunning destination pub. In addition to the bar area, there is a quiet dining room and a cosy snug kitted out with books and an open fire.
The Drunken Duck, Ambleside, Cumbria
The Drunken Duck is located near Ambleside. Offering mesmerising views towards Windermere from its garden and terrace, the interior offers rustic country style with soft greens contrasting against chocolate leather armchairs, stripped oak floors and vintage artwork. With their own micro-brewery, the local ales and beers have a major appeal with locals and visitors.
Best of England hold an extensive image library of pubs across the country, all of which are featured in their new Pub Guide, 2019. A selection of shots can be downloaded here for free. Please credit Best of England.
The Best of England team are also busy finalising three NEW regional destination guides set to launch Summer 2019 so watch this space…
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