Restaurant Guides, do you buy one?
Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:06 PM
I received an e-mail today from Hardens, to confirm my delivery address for my "reporters edition", which I should receive in the next couple of weeks. They claim 8000 people posted 85000 reports. Quite staggering really.
Does anyone actually buy the Michelin guide. Is the Good Food Guide the most popular, or is Hardens valued more?
The only guide that I have bought this year is the AA 2012 which has just been released. The main reason for that purchase is to look specifically at restaurants with three AA rosettes and above.
Do you rely on guides, the internet, or reviews on egullet?
Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:23 PM
Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:05 PM
Getting a freebie of course means I don't buy a copy. I've bought a Good Food Guide for years and find it generally reliable. I've sent then reviews for years - certainly much longer than I've posted them on egullet. I quite like it when I see they've used some of my phrasing. It's particularly useful when visiting parts of the country I'm not familiar with. Needless to say, I value the recommendations/reviews posted on egullet but with a comparitively small number of folk posting reviews, it's not always the case that there's information available about places.
It's something of "horses for courses". Good Food Guide tends to have far fewer mentions for a locality than Hardens but they are likely to be at a generally higher level. Hardens has a fairly broad brush approach and includes quite a number of reasonably decent casual places that wouldnt get into the GFG in a million years. For example, the GFG has 9 listings for Manchester, Hardens has 58.
Edited by Harters, 21 November 2011 - 04:07 PM.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:45 AM
Looks like its only you and me who have bought a guide
On about the Good Food Guide.
I bought one two years ago and I think the reports are pretty accurate.
As I read quite a few blogs and generally keep well in tune with whats happening on the internet, food guides do not hold that much value for me as I always have a long list of places that I want to dine at.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:05 AM
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:19 AM
When going abroad I occasionally buy the Michelin Guide for that country, but as time goes on I don't really see that point of that either. Certainly it was vaguely useful to have the French guide on a trip there last year, and we referred to it once or twice in the course of the holiday, but the internet is generally more useful. I can't see me bothering to buy a physical Michelin guide again any time soon.
Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:24 AM
As for the Michelin guide..........Would anyone actually pay for that load of twaddle ?
Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:32 PM
Overall very thorough and reliable. They are the only guide I know which has specialist reviewers for different cuisines.
Last year's had a few issues (bizarro categorising of restaurants by proprieter meant Ledbury was treated as a branch of the Square), but this year it seems to have been sorted and their has been a noticeable increase in content.
Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:41 AM
From the VT looks like Micheal Wignall is about to justifiably take them to task when it comes to the actual face to face comments.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:54 PM
GFG 2012 is 69p at the moment. I got mine today.