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This review is from: The Good Food Guide 2012 (Paperback)
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The Good Food Guide has always seemed to me to be something of an oddity. The selections are often eccentric and reflect the views of a loyal reporting cadre. Unlike a "public" guide such as Hardens the GFG has I suspect a far smaller number of reporters and their choices appear to be on the conservative side.
Having said that the new guide is a welcome edition with a broader reach than hitherto. There are still plenty of omissions and some of the scoring looks perilously like adding a mark or two for a well known name - how the Chaing Mai in Oxford fails to get a proper mark when it is one of the better thai restaurants in the country is puzzling, just as the marks for La Trompette and Glasshouse put them broadly on a par with the L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, which is bizarre as the former two serve fine food to an appreciative audience whereas the latter appears to cater mainly to expense account dining.
Still it is the personal touch that makes a guide distinctive from its competition and I am sure that there is plenty to satisfy most readers.
Recommended with the caveat that as there are now so many online review sites it is far easier to vet one's selection from a guide with perhaps more recent information.