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Probably the best restaurant guide,
This review is from: The Good Food Guide 2012 (Paperback)
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I buy all the restaurant guides - Michelin, The Good Food Guide, Harden's and Zagat, etc. Michelin is perhaps the most prestigious and of course focusses on fine dining; Harden's is based on Joe Public reviewers' opinions but has more listings; The GFG covers London and other counties and tends to be more balanced and detailed; whereas Zagat's entries are short and filled with quotes (from reviewers) and tend to be a bit judgemental - I don't always agree with their opinions.
The Good Food Guide has been going for over 60 years and has built a justly deserved reputation for comprehensiveness and balance.
The Guide starts with a comprehensive introduction and listing of recent awards. It kicks off the reviews with London and then goes through the English regions, then Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. What I like about the GFG compared to all other guides is - aside from the problem of its relatively large size - it is authoritative, well written and balanced. Some of other guides tend to condemn restaurants because one or two diners have a had a bad time. The GFG also has plenty of detail about each restaurant and more detail about dishes, prices and wine.
It's difficult to beat with a real pedigree - if you have a large pocket to carry it!