Great food, lovely surroundings – and even a room for the night … Alastair Sawday picks his favorite pubs for a relaxing get-together …
“My heart sang as I selected pubs and hostels for this feature film. I am a supporter, of course, but I am nonetheless amazed by the bursts of creativity blowing across the UK. Ads, we’re told, are dying en masse – and indeed they are. But others were born, and others resurrected, by brave people who have just discovered the roller coaster world of pubs. Traditional chains have been ditched and new ideas of how a pub should look and function are pouring in.
“There is a price to pay for all this new advertising energy. Deciding has never been so difficult: where to go, how much to spend, what to eat. We are faced with “bags” of seafood with lobster sauce, guinea fowl with truffle or cabbage gnocchi. Another scraper could be the goat cheese salad with beetroot and truffle versus beef shin pie with oyster mayonnaise.
“Equally difficult these days is the choice of the countryside: an area of outstanding natural beauty or a site of special scientific interest? Do you want to walk the hills or the coast? The only way to get around these painful choices is to do as much as you can. Ditch your plans for a long flight and the crowds jostling each other, gather a bunch of your favorite people and enjoy Britain’s best spots for a weekend feast.
For more information on the ads featured, visit sawdays.co.uk; the brand new edition of Sawday’s Special Places: Pubs & Inns of England & Wales goes on sale June 1, 2018 (£ 15.99 RRP) at all top bookstores.
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This notice was published: 2018-05-17 10:29:21