Les Routiers in Britain is a diverse collection of almost 500 establishments, widely spread across the map of British town and country. All worthy of the well known Les Routiers symbol, they are covered by two separate guides. All British members of Les Routiers are independently owned and managed, and they offer a genuine alternative to the large chains and conglomerates. In each, Les Routiers' core values are guaranteed: good locally sourced, home cooked food, fine ales (often locally brewed) and wines, value for money, character and charm, a warm welcome and service with a smile. Entries use comprehensive symbols to denote facilities and include an illustrated description, opening hours, price expectations, directions and policies on children and wheelchair access. All our entries have been tried and tested by Les Routiers inspectors.The Les Routiers British Hotels and Restaurants Guide 2006 is a portfolio of approximately 250 character hotels, restaurants, BandB's, tea shops and farm shops, gathered together under a driving theme. Adopting the user friendly guide format, emphasis is placed on local and regional foods and ales. As well as individual reviews of each entry, there is feature section that includes: Eating out in Britain today and yesterday How retro food from the 1950s is cooking up a storm on menus today, and is far more appetizing than the nostalgic incarnations. Anita Chaudhuri, feature writer for The Sunday Times Style, looks at how classics recipes have been given a modern spin at Les Routiers establishments, which have taken dishes such as prawn cocktails and steak Diane to new heights using quality, local ingredients. How to order like a wine buff Wine expert Julie Arkell, who has written several books on wine, demystifies a typical wine list, showing readers how to spot the good choices from overpriced plonk and which wines are worth splashing out on for special occasions. She also gives tasting notes for the key grapes and picks out the wine varieties and producers that are on the way up and those on the way down. Abergavenny food festival It's held in a small town in the culinary hotspot of mid Wales. Food writer and restaurant reviewer Philip Moss is your guide, picking out the festival highlights. It's growing in size and popularity year by year and attracting a growing band of celebrity supporters, from New York's Anthony Bourdain to our home grown, country food lover and writer Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Philip gives us a delicious tour of what's on offer over the festival weekend, and shares addresses from his contacts book where you can shop and eat the best foods in this area once the stallholders have packed up and gone home. Food survey eating out in Britain today, and why battered fish and chips is not our favorite dish... Les Routiers Editor Melanie Leyshon puts together an exclusive snapshot of eating out habits around Britain, compiled from surveys sent to Les Routiers members. We list the nation's favorite dishes, from starters to puddings to the favorite wines and soft drinks. Les Routiers members also list the most annoying customer habits prepare to be shocked and amused. Food maps and recipes very Les Routiers member relies on seasonal, local ingredients we've asked 10 to open their contacts book and share details of one key supplier, plus a simple recipe using that ingredient, to be will accompanied by a color photograph. The 10 15 recipes will give a taste of what's on offer at Les Routiers restaurants and hotels and provide a collection of popular regional British dishes, from Welsh cakes to Lancashire hotpot. Awards make a beeline for these venues Each year Les Routiers picks winners in several categories from Wine List of the Year to Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year. Find out 2006's top hotel and restaurant destinations armed with a copy of our guide you can head there before everyone else finds them .