Sometimes it can be difficult to weed out the bog-standard from the outstanding when it comes to looking for a great British gastropub. Not to worry, we’re here to help you out with some tips to ensure you get everything you’re looking for!
Trial and error
Probably the least efficient way to look for a good meal but, if you’ve got a few hours to kill, why not go on a tour of the pubs in your area you’ve never had a chance to go in to before? We’re not saying you have to commit to a lunch in each one (maybe that’s a more long-term goal!), but pop in for a quick pint every now and then and check out what the place has to offer. One of our favourites in Nottingham is the Cross Keys, which is a firm favourite of Notts reviewers for a great Sunday lunch (which, incidentally, you can get here for just £14.95 for three amazing courses!)
Let others’ experiences save you from a bad one!
Here at Go Dine we certainly love trial and error, but, if you really want to get it right first time, have a look at what everyone else thought. A pub you might’ve overlooked could have a secret cult following, such as Around the World in 80 Beers in Leeds city centre. Their selection of beers — from home-brewed ales to the best imported bottles — will be sure to please any connoisseur. The speedy service of tasty food also follows in the ‘around the world’ theme, with the express deli lunch options spanning six continents, so you’ll want to go back again and again to see everything this lively pub has to offer.
A picture speaks a thousand words
When you’ve started to read through loads of reviews, sometimes it can be hard to differentiate the honest reviews from hyped-up ones. In these cases, we reckon it’s best to let your instincts decide what you really fancy. It really helps you make up your mind when you see a photo of a plate piled high that makes you drool. Or, do you feel like eating in a place which not only serves great food, but also happens to be an old boot factory? Well, you’re in luck if you come across The Boot Room Eaterie in Leicester, where chefs Stephen and John-Paul have really perfected classic British fare along with exciting European dishes. This place definitely fits into the restaurant category as opposed to gastro-pub, but it’s really worth popping in to if you want a high-class meal in beautiful surroundings.
Straying off the beaten path when it comes to pubs can serve you very well, but make sure you don’t come across a dud by exploring virtually and checking out reviews, offers, and menus with us on our website!
Have you got any great tips for identifying the best pubs around? Where’s your favourite place to go? We’d love to know what you think, so leave us a comment below!