• Punk Publishing and Cool Places to launch a new print title ‘Cool Pubs & Inns – Britain’s Best Pubs with Rooms’
  • Featuring around 250 pubs with rooms – from Michelin-starred gastropubs to traditional coaching inns
  • Includes first-hand reviews, over 200 inspirational colour photos and lots of practical information for nearby attractions, walks and more
  • On sale 7th June 2021, priced at £18.99

New for 2021 is the latest title from Punk Publishing and Cool Places, showcasing the very best boozers to eat, drink and stay in across Britain. Titled Cool Pubs & Inns, it’s due out in June 2021.

Inside this book is everything that Brits love about their pubs – brilliant hospitality, quirky characters and delicious local ales and great food that varies from region to region.

Compiled and edited by Rough Guides founder Martin Dunford and the team of Cool Places regional writers, the guide could not come at a better time as Brits ready themselves to flock to pubs and inns across the land after lockdown.

A compendium of places to hole up for the weekend, refresh after a ramble, unwind from work, share food with the family or a pint with a pal, this book offers a chance to rekindle our love affair with the Great British Pub – which was impossible for most of the last year.

The guide is a great accompaniment to a road trip or a spontaneous short break and the perfect antidote to the ‘stay at home’ restrictions.

Pubs are about people, places and produce all aligning and a good pub will really connect their guests to the area they are exploring.

The new guide covers everything from superb central London pubs that offer affordable overnight accommodation (in preference to an over-priced hotel) to Cornish coastal pubs serving fish fresh from the local boats and a Michelin-starred gastropub with boutique rooms that’s perfect for walking in the Lake District.

All of the pubs in the guide offer comfortable rooms to bed down in at the end of the day. But because the writing team love pubs so much, they have also included some suggestions for their favourite pubs without rooms – places that because of their food, garden or location are just too good to miss.

Publisher and editor Martin Dunford says….

I have to say I’m happiest when I’m in the pub, whether it’s with a friend, my family or just me and my dog. Pubs are naturally cheery places utterly dedicated to hospitality and the pursuit of happiness. Not only that – thousands of pubs have reinvented themselves in recent years and offer comfortable, contemporary accommodation and terrific food. Why would you want to stay anywhere else?

There’s something about a pub that makes you immediately feel at home when travelling. Pubs go to the heart of a community, and often its history too, and as a visitor that’s what you’re hoping to do. I feel really strongly that with more people than ever rediscovering Britain, there’s never been a better time to stay in a pub.

Highlights include:

  • The fabulous Alma Inn in Essex where you can feast on local lobsters and steaks.
  • The fun and funky Sheppey Inn in Somerset, with vintage furnishings and views of Glastonbury Tor.
  • The Lion Inn, North Yorkshire, whose hiker-friendly breakfast even Desperate Dan might struggle with.
  • The Twice Brewed Inn in Northumberland which runs star-gazing events from its own observatory.
  • The ivy-swathed Stackpole Inn, just a stone’s throw from Wales’ best beach at Barafundle Bay.
  • Dylan Thomas’s favourite watering-hole – Browns – in Carmarthenshire’s Laugharne, South Wales
  • One of Cumbria’s best foodie pubs, the Pentonbridge Inn, just half a mile from the Scottish border
  • The cosy and very remote Polochar Inn on South Uist – the last pub between Britain and the United States!

The new full colour Cool Places guidebook (price £18.99) will be available on 7th June 2021 and is sure to become a favourite choice for pub lovers, foodies and those who just want to explore new places in the UK. Available at all good bookstores or online at www.coolplaces.co.uk.