If you like planning ahead and deciding on your dinner venue while at home, this is a great reference book to have. It is, however, too large and heavy to have in your handbag/manbag/briefcase on the off chance you might need to use it. Now that technology is so advanced that your precise location can be determined through your tiny smartphone or feather-light tablet, and that very same smartphone or tablet can then suggest restaurants nearby, alongside directions, menus, reviews, contact details and, often, the option to book a table online, I did wonder how much practical use this book might be.
Nevertheless there is still a tangible joy to holding an actual book in your hand, rather than relying on an app and a decent WiFi signal. Also, the editor's insistence that every meal they review is paid for and no advertising is accepted does give the book a very high level of credibility. Reviews are concise and well-laid out. The book, to my mind, works best when looking for decent restaurants outside of metropolitan areas. Living in London, I did find that the sections into which London was divided were too large to be useful for me personally. (There are London maps, as well, though, pinpointing the reviewed restaurants, so it is possible to navigate!) Once I ventured outside London, the guide was much much better and I have already marked some possible restaurants to try in Northern Ireland when I go there later this year, almost all of which were new names to me and I would not have found, smartphone app or not!
To repeat myself a little, this is a great reference book to have on a shelf if you're good at forward planning or if you're trying to find a restaurant for a special occasion.