Story: DAVID WILKINS
BUSY company car drivers trying to escape the monotony of eating at the main fast-food chains during long days on the road have an alternative – Britain’s rapidly improving pub grub.
The new Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2013 is published today, and highlights 550 of the UK’s best pubs for food. Of the pubs featured, 81 are included for the first time.
“The standard of pub cooking just keeps getting better and better”, according to the Editor of the Guide, Rebecca Burr. “Pubs are often the heartbeat of the local community and it’s been exciting to see that more and more of them are specialising in their own regional ingredients.”
The Guide also highlights the value for money offered by the best pubs.
“Chefs are becoming more adept at using lesser-known cuts as a means of creating cost conscious set menus, particularly at lunch”, explains Burr. “They are also more flexible than in the past, with bar and restaurant menus becoming more easily interchangeable. Some pubs have even started offering breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea.”
So there should be something available for hungry company car drivers whatever the time of day or business appointment.
This year’s Guide features two pubs that have been awarded new Michelin stars – Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head in Bray, and Guy and Britt Manning’s Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury – but singles out The Gunton Arms in Thorpe Market as its Pub of the Year.
There’s detailed information on each pub chosen, including typical examples of dishes served and – less relevant for company car drivers who need to put in a lot of hours at the wheel – a list of real ales served. Prices, opening times and location information are also listed. Finally, the Guide recommends pubs that offer the best overnight accommodation as well.
The Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2013 costs £13.99 and should find its way into many a company car driver’s glovebox for those days when another visit to the drive-through just doesn’t appeal.