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Michelin adds 81 more venues to its 2013 Pubs Guide to reach 550 entries; multi-site companies earn entries: Pubs runs by Noble Inns and ETM Group have been added to the latest guide to the UK’s best pubs produced by Michelin – a picture of The Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury, one of three pubs operated by Noble Inns, makes the cover and ETM’s Jugged Hare, City of London, is included in the guide. Two women, Abigail Osbourne and Tamsin Olivier, who formerly ran the Engineer in Primrose Hill, which Mitchells & Butler converted from franchise to managed, have seen their new pub, The Hampshire Hog in Hammersmith, join the guide. “The standard of pub cooking just keeps getting better and better,” said editor 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.” Many pubs are also rising to the challenge when it comes to offering value. “Chefs are becoming more adept at using lesser-known cuts as a means of creating cost conscious set menus, particularly at lunch,” said Burr. “They are also more flexible than in the past, with bar and restaurant menus becoming more easily interchangeable.” Michelin said the proof of the continuing rise in standards comes as two more pubs were awarded Michelin Stars this year: Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head in Bray, and Guy and Britt Manning’s Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury. “The food in these two pubs is simply terrific and they make you appreciate that not only do we have a proud culinary heritage of our own in this country but we also have a huge number of very talented and imaginative chefs working in or owning pubs.” The Gunton Arms in Thorpe Market has won Pub of the Year. Burr said: “This pub is beautifully located in a 1,000 acre deer park. It has a great bar, a terrific terrace and a buzzing yet laid-back atmosphere. The cooking is unfussy, British and seasonal, and many dishes are cooked over the open fire. There are also eight luxurious bedrooms and two lovely residents’ sitting rooms. This really is a special place”. Michelin also argued that pubs had upped their game on accommodation. “More and more pubs are giving hotels a run for their money,” said Burr. “Many people prefer to stay somewhere that offers a more personal touch, where they can feel part of the local community.” Noble Inns, run by former Pitcher and Piano managers Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen, is one of the rising stars of the London gastro-pub scene. The company opened its third pub, The Pig and Butcher in Islington, in the summer to rave reviews from The Independent and The Evening Standard. Noble Inns’ first pub, The Princess of Shoreditch, won Time Out Gastro-Pub of the Year in 2010.
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