David Hancock’s Blog – Awards Judging and new InnPlaces Pubs with Rooms

24 October 2016

Welcome to my first blog post, the first of many that will update you on the new inns I have been visiting on my travels, as well as some of my other news and views..

Great British Pub Awards Judging

I am very pleased to have been asked again to be a judge on the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) 2016.  It’s great to see that this year they have introduced a Best Inn category –  which is very close to my heart! I do believe that adding rooms is the way forward for the British country pub and also feel that the best inns are helping to raise industry standards and awareness for the customer about how fantastic staying in pub can be.

InnPlaces finalists in the Great British Pub Awards

The finalists for the GBPA across all categories have now been announced and it was gratifying to see so many of my handpicked favourites on InnPlaces made the shortlist, including The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire (last year’s winner of Great British Pub of the Year), The Bull at Ditchling, East Sussex, The White Horse, Brancaster, Norfolk, The Bull & Swan, Stamford, Lincolnshire, and The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire – I wish them the best of luck.

The White Horse Chilgrove – a welcome new addition to InnPlaces

As a former pub guide editor, I do enjoy being able to visit some great pubs and personally write the reviews for the Inn Places website, as it enables me to really communicate what I love about a place.  I was pleased to be able to add our newest inn, The White Horse, Chilgrove, West Sussex (book ahead when Goodwood comes round) to Inn Places recently as it’s somewhere I always enjoy visiting. Manager Niki Burr is really passionate about the business and runs a fantastic inn on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Look out for the hot tubs on the private patios of the two Stag rooms and the lovely old Citroen van selling local Nyetimber sparkling wine in the garden.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post – the first of my updates on the new inns I have been visiting on my travels – as well as some of my other news and views…

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