Using The Good Food Guide

The restaurants reviewed by The Good Food Guide are the very best in the UK. We score restaurants between 1 and 10, but simply being awarded an entry is a significant achievement. More than 1,200 restaurants have been scored by The Good Food Guide, and our expert inspectors are equipped with extensive scoring guidelines to ensure that bench-marking around the UK is accurate.

Scoring

Score 1

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

Score 2

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

Score 3

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

Score 4

Dedicated, focused approach to cooking. Good classical skills, high-quality ingredients.

Score 5

Exact cooking techniques, balance and depth of flavour. A degree of ambition.

Score 6

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

Score 7

High level of ambition. Attention to the smallest detail. Accurate and vibrant dishes.

Score 8

Highly individual with impressive artistry. There is little room for disappointment here.

Score 9

Cooking that has reached a pinnacle of achievement. A hugely memorable experience.

Score 10

Perfect dishes showing faultless technique at every service. An extremely rare accolade.

No score

The restaurant has recently undergone a major change. Our inspectors will revisit shortly.

Local gem

Local Gems are not scored. These simple cafés, bistros and pubs are among the best neighbourhood eateries in the country.

Symbols and labels for restaurant reviews

Accommodation

Accommodation is available

Wine list

An outstanding wine list

Vegetarian

A good vegetarian menu

£30 symbol

It is possible to have three courses, excluding wine, for less than £30

Average price

Average price of a three-course meal, excluding wine

Top 10 Restaurant

Features in our prestigious Top Ten UK Restaurants list