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How To Start & Run Own Restaurant: An Insider Guide to Setting Up Your Own Successful Business (Small Business Start-Ups) Paperback – 25 Feb 2005

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (25 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845280199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845280192
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Carol Godsmark is a restaurant journalist, critic and chef as well as being a restaurant consultant, Good Food Guide inspector and past restaurateur. So she writes from a broad range of personal experience and most importantly helps you to put yourself in your customers' shoes.


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With a glut of "How to Run a Restaurant" books by American authors available at the moment, Carol Godsmark's book comes as a breath of fresh air for the aspiring UK restauranteur. She takes you by the hand and walks you through the whole business, providing a wealth of practical examples and hints along the way. If you only buy one book on the subject, get this one.
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I found this book one of the most useful that i have purchased regarding the catering industry.It is an industry that i have just started working in and the in depth information has been invaluable to me.
Everything is clearly set out in the book,easy to find exactly what you want to know and easy to read and take in.
The book doesnt make everything seem rose tinted,you get the facts,running such a business is hard work and this book makes that very clear,all the pitfalls are pointed out,but it is also encouraging in starting up such a business as long as you plan and are prepared.
Recommended.
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This book is essential reading if you plan on opening a restaurant in the UK. There are a lot of books about, mostly from an American perspective, but this is from someone who has been in the trade and knows what to expect. I wish that this this book had been out when I opened my first restaurant four years ago. Reading this book, makes me realise that the things that you go through are a common experience. This is written from a sensible human perspective.If you read this book and THEN open a restaurant it will pay for itself many times over.
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Carol claims to be the authority when it comes to starting and running a restaurant, however, simple truth is that she's never started or run a restaurant in her entire life.

The book is full of factual errors and even worse, poor advice. Half way into the book she gives truly worrying advice on how to make salads and vegetables last longer in order to save money. I asked myself, "Is it better not to just buy in fresh products everyday instead of serving food that's 4 or 5 days old?" She even gives poor advice on how to do the accounting and legal work without going to professionals.

I ended up throwing the book onto the bonfire it was that bad a read! So, who is this Carol Godsmark? She claims to be a restauranteur but who is she really? She is believe it or not, a lowly writer for Portsmouth News - a local newspaper. She started work for them many years ago as a roving reporter but the quality of work simply wasn't there and Portsmouth News thought long and hard about her future. She ended up re-inventing herself as a "restaurant critic." Unfortunately, she's poor at that too. Just do a quick search on the net to see some examples of her poor work. She uses long words in the hope that she'll come off looking smart and intelligent but it's having quite the opposite effect. And that's exactly how she's written this book. Grammatically poor with poor advice and... well... poor showing really.

Steer clear of this book. There are other much better books out there.
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I have to say i cant complain for the price and i havnt read it only flicked as I wrapped it up for a present straight away but even though it was used I am aware of it, the description did say very good but I was a little disapointed as the corners did show wear and tear !! so feeling a bit guilty giving someone a present that is noticably used
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I waited with anticipation for this book to arrive as I thought it would hold within it the secret formula for creating a successful restaurant business. Au contraire! In terms of starting out in the restaurant business I am about as green as it gets but this book was elementary even for my standards! The information was crude and basic, never going past the glaringly obvious and any detailed web search would have saved me the ill-advised tenner that I spent on it!
Carol Godsmarks "Top Tips" like "Start calling companies if deliveries are late" are laughable and could easily be replaced by "Common Sense".
However, this is the first book of it's kind that I have read and am going to try out a couple of others to see if they fare any better. I will keep you posted!
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