How the entries are scored

The Good Food Guide scores explained

We reject many restaurants during the compilation of The Good Food Guide. Obviously, there are always subjective aspects to rating systems, but our inspectors are equipped with extensive scoring guidelines, so that bench-marking around the UK is accurate. We also take into account the reader feedback we receive for each restaurant, so that any given review is based on several meals.

The Good Food Guide scores explained




Capable cooking, with simple food combinations and clear flavours, but some inconsistencies.


Decent cooking, displaying good basic technical skills and interesting combinations and flavours. Occasional inconsistencies.


Good cooking, showing sound technical skills and using quality ingredients.


Dedicated, focused approach to cooking; good classical skills and high-quality ingredients.


Exact cooking techniques and a degree of ambition; showing balance and depth of flavour in dishes, while using quality ingredients.


Exemplary cooking skills, innovative ideas, impeccable ingredients and an element of excitement.


High level of ambition and individuality, attention to the smallest detail, accurate and vibrant dishes.


A kitchen cooking close to or at the top of its game – highly individual, showing faultless technique and impressive artistry in dishes that are perfectly balanced for flavour, combination and texture. There is little room for disappointment here.


This mark is for cooking that has reached a pinnacle of achievement, making it a hugely memorable experience for the diner.


It is extremely rare that a restaurant can achieve perfect dishes on a consistent basis.

Not all restaurants are scored. Also Recommended reviews are not scored but are worth a visit. Readers Recommend reviews are supplied by readers. These entries are the local, up-and-coming places to watch and represent the voice of our thousands of loyal followers.

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