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Michelin guide to pub food hits bookstands

01 October 2004
Michelin guide to pub food hits bookstands

Michelin's first Eating Out in Pubs guidebook went on sale last week, containing information on 500 of the best food-led pubs in the UK and Ireland.

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As reported in Caterer last week (9 September), Gloucestershire pub the Fox Inn, at Lower Oddington in the Cotswolds, was named Michelin's first Pub of the Year.

Speaking at the book launch in London, guide editor Derek Bulmer said Michelin's latest publication was a recognition of the recent revolution in pub food.

He added that food in pubs had undergone a massive change in the past decade, thanks to more discerning customers and a rise in the number of chefs becoming landlords.

Bulmer said: "Our pubs are all national treasures and quintessential British institutions. We should celebrate their renaissance - they are our equivalent of the bistros and brasseries of France and the trattorias and pizzerias of Italy."

The guide lists pubs by region and gives an overview of each establishment. It does not use the same star system as the Michelin Hotel & Restaurant Guide, although the same inspectors helped to compile it.

The guide costs £14.99.

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