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The Good Pub Guide 2013
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
Beware! The ethos of the Good Pub Guide has changed. Now, an outstandingly good pub up to "Main Entry" standard has to pay the Guide to be included as a main entry. Otherwise it is relegated to an "also ran" entry and buried in the "Worth a Visit" section. This means that many excellent pubs are now difficult to locate (as they are not included in the map section) unless you know the name of the village and look for a "*" annotation against the pub name. Therefore the usefulness of the Guide has declined significantly. However, this year the editors have reverted to the old layout of listing by counties, making it much easier to use. Pity about the main entry charge though.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2012
Sadly having bought and used the Good Pub Guide for many, many years I now have to admit that it's no longer worth getting. Instead of just using reports from customers and the editorial members who have visited the pubs, the editors have recently gone over to charging pubs for full entry into the guide. As a consequence there are now many excellent pubs not included because they won't pay up, and some which are not so great who have paid to get their pubs a main entry. This is a sad day for me - I feel that an old friend has chosen the commercial rather than the ethical route, so I won't be buying this guide again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2013
As somebody who likes to visit pubs that serve good honest food, I was very disappointed to see pubs in the guide that I would say are not the best. I always keep an open mind when reading reviews, as everybody has their own interpretation of things - but I have to say I agree with some of the previous reviews of this book, that it is more for pubs to pay for advertising. I was surprised that all the reviews in the book are written by Jo Public and not by a professional critic. I recommend saving yourself some money, and if want to read a review by Jo Public go to Trip Advisor and there will be more than one review on a pub, and its free!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2012
The Good Pub Guide is just what it says, a good pub guide. I have generally found the appraisals reliable, trustworthy and good. The "but" is as others have said very poor maps and descriptions of where the pubs are. The writers really need to sort this out.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
On the basis of the change in format in the 2012 Guide had reservations about buying 2013 edition unless the format reverted to counties. Having purchased the 2013 edition delighted to say it is back in the original format of categorising pubs by county rather than geographical regions. Still see some excellent pubs not appearing as a main entry presumably because they will not pay for a main entry - which if correct undermines the integrity of the Guide?? Also can we have the coloured maps back please rather than the mono colour maps introduced last year which are difficult to read. If costs are a problem do we really need the very white paper introduced last year on the text pages, bearing in mind the product has a useful 12 months life ??
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
Before taking into account the Pubs in the main section note that the pubs have to pay for a main entry into this guide.

A large number of pubs which I have been to are no longer listed in the main sections and "dumped" into the ad hoc section.

Some of the pubs in the main section are also a bit hit and miss, I don't think they are being as robust in the checking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2013
We still can't be sure that the best pubs are listed because an entry fee has to be paid to the publisher. Very disappointing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2013
Not as good as other Pub Guides. Some excellent pubs in our area (Northumberland) with real ales are not mentioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2013
Already used to winkle out some lovely little stop-over pubs to stay in, so up to the usual standard.
My only gripe is on-going with the publishers and it's a "local" gripe.
They insist on including all Wirral peninsula pubs in with the Lancashire chapter. Historically, the Wirral has NEVER been in Lancashire and, in fact, was a part of Cheshire; all of Wirral areas still have a "CH" postcode. This has caused many people to miss out on excellent pubs in this region. In one case, I recommended a visit to a certain pub on the Wirral to a friend and he could not find the entry in the Guide.... of course it was stuck there in Lancashire for some reason. Inaccuracies like this are irritating.
Also the addition of Latitude/Longitude entries as well as Grid References would be useful.
However, this remains an invaluable volume. I don't leave on a trip without consulting it first and and it always accompanies us on said trips. Keep up the good work Alistair and Fiona.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
It is now too packed with content as to be difficult to search through. Mattters made worse by grouping some counties together, which further discourages searching. The publishers now charge pubs for main entries. Pubs which refuse are relegated to the also ran sections. Thus, many good pubs - equal or better in value than some main entries - appear as if they were second division. And, as such, are denied the full description, which includes valuable information

The Gude would benefit from removing the many stablishments included which are clearly no longer pubs - they are posh eateries with perhaps a token bar. Removal would allow space for some very good also rans to appear in the main section.

Despite the above critical comment, I have found the Guide to be the best and most consistent way to a good pub, in a new area.
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