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Michelin Pub Guide 2015 announces The Wild Rabbit as Pub of the year

Following the furore over the Michelin Restaurant Guide released late September, the eagerly anticipated Pub Guide UK 2015 has been announced.

The new look 2015 guide recommends more than 590 pubs from all over Great Britain and Ireland, of which 70 are new entries. All the pubs have been selected, first and foremost, for the quality of their food.

“Pubs are a quintessential part of British life,” said Editor Rebecca Burr, “and the standard of food being served in them continues to reach new heights.

“A pub is a great place to be in all seasons – who doesn’t enjoy lunch and a pint in a pub garden on a sunny day or a fireside meal in a cosy inn in winter?

“The value of the local pub cannot be underestimated, particularly in rural areas. From the local darts team to the village cricket eleven, from quiz nights to wine tastings, pubs provide more than just a meeting point – they are often the hub of the community,” she added.

“With this in mind, customers are now demanding that chefs use more and more local produce and want to see local recipes and specialities on the menu. Chefs and pub owners are not only embracing this idea but some are taking it a stage further by growing their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, and by keeping chickens and rearing pigs.”

This year’s edition of the Pub Guide has a new look, with more pictures and a simplified layout making it even easier to use. Each entry features colour photographs and an in-depth description, as well as prices, directions and a list of real ales; there are also regional maps and indexes by both pub and town name. Pubs with accommodation are highlighted, as are those offering something extra special – our ‘Inspectors’ Favourites’.

We have also highlighted the 43 pubs which have been awarded a Bib Gourmand – our award for great value cooking – and the 16 holders of a coveted Michelin Star, awarded for top class cuisine, including the Treby Arms, which is run by a former MasterChef winner, and Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers, the only two-starred pub.

Every year we select one special pub as our ‘Pub of the Year’. For 2015, this accolade goes to The Wild Rabbit in Kingham. Burr said, “This chocolate box pub is situated in a charming Cotswold village and its capable kitchen works with the best organic ingredients to produce seasonal British cooking which is full of flavour. With an animated atmosphere, cheery service and stylish yet rustic bedrooms, the pub ticks all the right boxes.”

You can now follow the inspectors around the country via Twitter! Get behind the scenes @MichelinGuideUK.

Read our excessive interview with Editor Rebecca Burr Here

 The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2015 will be available in bookshops from Friday 31st October 2014, priced at £13.99 (€14.99 in Ireland).

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