3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A lot of purple prose and not bang up to date,
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This review is from: AA Restaurant Guide 2014 (AA Lifestyle Guides) (Paperback)
The opening paragraph makes the claim that the AA inspectors have had a busy year touring the length and breath of the U.K. and that some 200 new awards have been handed out. Because I am an insider in the hospitality industry I can sadly report that the AA Guide has not inspected every property listed in the Guide within the last year. If they have insufficient inspectors to make the rounds they need to be honest and say so. There are also a few inconsistencies to be found: why does the exceptional Isle of Eriska Hotel dining room not get any mention? Likewise, the Seafood Cafe on Loch Leven, which is truly first rate.
That said I have found that the Michelin Guide is also not up to date in all respects and they too have failed to inspect everywhere they list within the last year.
The AA Guide is good and reads easily but there is more waffle and purple prose than is called for and more facts about the food and quality of service and ambience would be helpful.
Readers looking for an alternative take on recommendations for hotels and restaurants in Scotland (not England or Wales) may like to take a look at Alan Stevenson's Guide: small and very personal but thoroughly genuine.