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Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2011 (Michelin Guides) Hardcover – 19 Jan 2011
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If I randomly open the guide and read about a Chinese restaurant, I am told of a "Popular Chinese restaurant in former pub on village green. Comfortable homely inner. Polite, smartly attired staff. Vast menu with plenty of Peking and Sichuan favourites." And that's it. The guide tells me the address and phone number, the average price of the set and à la carte menus, but not a single word about the quality of the food. This restaurant gets two forks and spoons, which equates to being rated "comfortable" but this is basically telling me nothing. Too many entries in the guide reveal very little about the establishments that they are reviewing. If I want to find out information about hotels, the Trip Advisor website is infinitely more useful in almost all cases. The Good Food Guide 2011 has a much better layout when it comes to a restaurant guide, with a bigger font that is much easier to digest and in most cases has far more detailed, specific information about what you might expect to find.
The only selling point for the Michelin Guide seems to be to see who has been awarded Michelin stars. However even starred restaurants often have short descriptions in the guide. I can very easily find out online who holds Michelins stars (and how many of them) without needing to buy this guide, which sadly for me no longer serves any purpose.
I know all the info is available online but the book is really easy to use and it's nice to sit and plan my next culinary trip away from the computer screen.
The special edition this year was even nicer than normal (hardback) and the free history of Michelin book was an unexpected treat.
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