What is the Good Food Guide and where did it all begin?

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With the Good Food Guide 2019 being released next week, we take a look at the history of the guide and where it stands today. 

About The Good Food Guide 

The Good Food Guide has been the go-to-guide for restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK since 1951. The Guide uses a mass of feedback from the public and anonymous inspections to compile its reviews of the UK’s best eating spots. The Good Food Guide is reassembled from scratch each year to ensure that it is an up to date reference for avid foodies.

Published annually by Waitrose, the guide is Britain’s best-selling restaurant guide and a must have for food critics and enthusiasts alike.

Where it all began

The Good Food Guide was first created in 1951, by Raymond Postgate. Postgate was unimpressed by the state of dining in post-war Britain, so set about trying to ‘raise the standard of cooking in Britain’. He and a group of volunteers, The Good Food Club, would inspect and report back on restaurants, hoping to improve the travels, holidays and dining experiences for the people of Britain. Following the club’s success, they compiled their various reports into the first edition of The Good Food Guide.

Despite the Guide’s evolution over the years, its ideology remains the same. The Good Food Guide looks to empower diners, offering them a wealth of information on the best places to eat, both in terms of quality and value. The Guide encourages restaurants to provide the best food and service that they can.

Where the Good Food Guide stands now

For 65 years The Good Food Guide has been the encyclopaedia for good food in the UK, accounting for high-end establishments for that meal like no other, to hearty pubs for that classically British experience. One thing is guaranteed, if it’s in The Good Food Guide, it’s worth a visit!

By Joe Davis

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Editor 31st August 2018

What is the Good Food Guide and where did it all begin?