The Good Food Guide 2014 Paperback – 9 Sep 2013
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A perfect score from The Good Food Guide is considered one of the culinary world's finest honours. --Daily Mail
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We've used the Good Food Guide to select over forty different restaurants so far. The Guide rates from 1 to 10, and also includes some 'Also Recommended' (by inspectors) and some 'Readers Recommend'. We've eaten at a '10' (L'Enclume) down to a 'Readers Recommend' (Lake of Menteith Hotel - now dropped out of the Guide), and all ratings in between apart from '8' and '9'. The rating system is very clear, and well explained at the front of each (annual) issue.
The Guide has proved extremely reliable on creativity, flavour, flair and service, atmosphere and wines. Descriptions give a real sense of the context and history of each restaurant, of how things change and develop, or not. (We find it far more reliable and helpful than Michelin, and far more insightful and measured than sites like TripAdvisor.)
Each entry also lists the range of prices, and details of seat numbers, separate bar, parking, wheelchair access and child age welcome. It used to also mention mobile phone ban, air conditioning, and music, but has stopped including these - so I would suggest finding a used copy from a few years ago if these are concerns for you.
The only factor I would suggest the Guide hasn't got quite right is that we've found there is an issue of inconsistency in cooking precision at restaurants rated 3 or 4, as well as at 1 and 2 (which latter the Guide allows for).
Notwithstanding this one quibble, I love the Guide so much I/we regularly give it as a Christmas present to some of our family and friends! If you travel around the UK, and/or just want to discover creative cooking more locally, I can't recommend it highly enough.
New guide, new owners but it seems - same problem. In her introduction, the associate editor lays out her vision for the new guide and ends with a section headed, "Tell us about it". The problem is that there doesn't seem to be any mechanism for telling her "about it". There's a link to a video and there's a generic address for the Consumers Association but that's it.
The strength of the Good Food Guide lay in its giving the ordinary diner, a voice. There is something to be said for the professional critic but they all seem so bored by writing about food, that three quarters of their columns are usually filled with something else. Not everyone is a hip "metrosexual", bored with concepts and Michelin stars, who longs for "honest" food - whatever that is. I want to know can they cook, is the place pleasant, how many limbs will I have to shed, in order to eat there?
If the new GFG is simply going to rely on a few professional and semi-professional critics, then it will become indistinguishable from other dull tomes, or the review section of your newspaper of choice. As for this edition, it's as good, (or as bad if you didn't like it), as before. I just wonder how long it will remain such.
The money off vouchers are also a bonus; it is worth getting the guide early so you get a whole 12 months out of it. If you use the vouchers 3 times or more it virtually pays for itself.
I look forward to getting more use out of it when we're in Cornwall later this year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book with lots of descriptions worth keeping if you travelPublished 12 months ago by Susan Bailey
A gift for a friend. Looks very interesting and hopefully it will be very helpful.Published on 24 July 2014 by Dolli reitel
Long standing supporter of the Guide, and this year's edition does not disappoint, being well up to the usual high standard. Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by Ballroom39
A must have travel companion for around the UK. Easy to use and well researched. We have last year's too.Published on 25 Mar. 2014 by km
This gives a good breakdown of the food available at the establishment. It was previously the "Which" Guide but has now changed to the "Waitrose" Guide. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by TonyW
We travelled for half an hour in a taxi to No.5 North Street, Winchcombe. It was well worth it! Superb food, friendly service, a real treat. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by nicola barnett
As always the Good Food guide is a useful indication of where you might eat well in Great Britain. It has its quirks and omissions of places I have enjoyed but my taste may well... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by RobJay