Great Britain: Tracking Down Britain's Finest

Agents working with Britain-bound clients who demand the best in lodgings and cuisine can now turn to a publication put out by the British Tourist Authority that features the U.K.'s top establishments. Titled "Jewels of Britain," the 80-page directory catalogs more than 200 top hotels and restaurants.

Distinguishing the four-color guide, issued for the first time earlier this year, is the fact that it spotlights facilities that have been rated highly by independent organizations, rather than relying on the BTA's selections. The guide encompasses establishments that have qualified for the British Automobile Association's Red Star, the Royal Automobile Club's Blue Ribbon and the British national tourist boards' Crown Grading De Luxe.

The guide divides England into four regions -- London, South, Central and North Country -- and covers Scotland and Wales as well.

While the lodging portion of "Jewels of Britain" includes descriptions and photographs of each property, the restaurant section is much briefer. It provides names, addresses and phone numbers of 131 eateries, some of which are affiliated with the hotels in the lodging section.

Contact the British Tourist Authority for free copies of "Jewels of Britain."

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