Pub food is improving all the time and the best establishments are highlighted in the recently released 2009 Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs. The guide was launched on 3rd September, priced at £14.99, and is an invaluable guide to anyone looking for the best pub food around the country.
The guide reviews 563 pubs in the UK and Ireland, and this year’s edition contains 84 new entrants. Each year the guide selects one “Pub of the Year”, and this year’s winner is The Punch Bowl Inn, in Crosthwaite, Cumbria.
Each entry contains contact information, details of typical dishes, a list of the beers served and a price guide. It also highlights any features which make the pub outstanding and provides directions for finding the location. 110 pubs have been selected for special attention, and are awarded the “Inspectors Favourite” status. These entries are marked with the Bibendum stamp.
At the launch, Derek Bulmer, editor of the guide, commented on the ever-improving standard of pub food, “The standard of cooking in British and Irish pubs keeps getting better and better. We are seeing a growing confidence in our culinary heritage, greater use of local, seasonal ingredients and a rediscovery of regional specialties”.
The Punch Bowl Inn took the top spot this year because the guide’s inspectors were impressed by its classic cooking, its rustic charm, friendly ambience and, of course, its excellent selection of four real ales. The guide describes it as the perfect venue for unpretentious fine-dining.