Michelin reveals pubs of the year

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Michelin reveals pubs of the year: A pub in Buckinghamshire where it is believed the Great Train Robbery was planned has claimed top spot in the Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2018. The Pointer in the village of Brill is owned by David and Fiona Howden, who also have a 240-acre farm where they raise award-winning rare breed cattle and pigs. The pub’s adjoining butcher’s shop sells their meats, which are also used in the pub kitchen. Guide editor Rebecca Burr said: “Not only is it a delightful place, but it is exceedingly well run by a young, personable team. It really pays attention to detail and nothing is ever too much trouble.” Dating to the 18th century, it is believed the Great Train Robbery was planned at The Pointer – and the stolen money was divided up there too. A total of 470 pubs were listed in the guide, 27 of which are new entries. These include Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms in South Leigh, The Churchill Arms in Paxford, The Howard Arms in Ilmington, The Mash Inn in Radnage and The Bottle & Glass in Binfield Heath. It also features 15 pubs awarded a Michelin star, including the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, which was the first pub in Ireland to be given the accolade. Following in the footsteps of the Hand and Flowers – the only two Michelin-starred pub – Tom Kerridge’s The Coach in Marlow has also been awarded a Michelin star. A total of 35 pubs this year have been awarded a Bib Gourmand for “good quality, good value cooking”. New “Bibs” included The Hope & Anchor, South Ferriby; The Green Man, Howe Street; The Hadleigh Ram, Hadleigh; Plaquemine Lock, Islington; Staith House, North Shields; the Hare & Hounds, Aberthin; and Morrissey’s, Doonbeg.