The Latin phrase sui generis means unique, of its own kind -- and that's exactly what The Good Food Guide
is. This 2008 edition of the guide to the best restaurants in the UK reviewed by Which
magazine remains, quite simply, the bible for those seeking independent expert opinion on where to dine. What makes the guide particularly invaluable is the fact that all the inspections of restaurants herein are anonymous, and the reviewers pay for every meal they review. GFG
turns its face against advertising, sponsorship or other incentives, and absolutely guarantees the most dispassionate and balanced view of everything from the grandest to the most modest restaurant. And of how many other guides can one say that?
This 50th edition places under its rigorous eye over 1200 restaurants, stretching from intimate Scottish eateries to much-loved haunts on the Cornish coast. It goes without saying that we are provided with all the usual information on what you can expect to pay in most restaurants (particularly valuable when you can pay an arm and a leg in some restaurants these days), but there are also extensive sections on wine lists, menus, chefs and new openings. The latter two categories, of course, mean that the guide has to have a new edition each year, as every opening is accompanied by a closing somewhere else. What comes across most here, though, is the sheer enthusiasm for some of the best restaurants in Britain. Pick it up and you won't put it down in a hurry. --Barry Forshaw