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The Good Food Guide

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The Good Food Guide has been reviewing the best restaurants, pubs and cafés in Great Britain since 1951.[1]

In October 2021, Adam Hyman purchased The Good Food Guide[2] for an undisclosed sum from Waitrose & Partners. The Guide was relaunched in spring of 2022 as a digital product. The Guide will no longer be published annually in print but will instead be published in an app that will be continuously updated with new Guide entries along with a The Good Food Guide Weekly digital newsletter, location guides and Club perks and offers.

All reviews are based on the huge volume of feedback that we receive from readers and this, together with anonymous expert inspections, ensures that every entry is assessed afresh. Every inspected meal is paid for, and Readers of the Guide are still actively encouraged to submit their reviews, via the Good Food Guide website, which are then considered for prospective inclusion in the Guide.[3]

Elizabeth Carter was appointed as editor of The Good Food Guide in November 2007. She has been an active restaurant inspector and contributor to the Guide since the 1990s, and has extensive experience in restaurant-related publishing and media. Previous roles have included editor of Les Routiers UK and Ireland Guide (2002-2004) and editor of the AA Restaurant Guide (1997-2000).

Chloë Hamilton works alongside Elizabeth Carter as co-editor; producing and editing The Good Food Guide.[4]


The Good Food Guide was first compiled by Raymond Postgate in 1951. Appalled by the British post-war dining experience, Postgate formed The Good Food Club, recruiting an army of volunteers to inspect restaurants anonymously[5] and report back. His aims were simple; among them, ‘to raise the standard of cooking in Britain’ and ‘to do ourselves all a bit of good by making our holidays, travels and evenings-out in due course more enjoyable’. Following the success of The Good Food Club, reports were compiled and The Good Food Guide was published. One of the original compilers was food writer Margaret Costa who would become the regular Sunday Times food columnist.[6]

Although much has changed since the very first edition of The Good Food Guide, the ethos of the original book remains. The Good Food Guide is about empowering diners, helping readers to find the very best places to eat and encouraging restaurants to offer the best possible food, service and experience. One change for the better is the now universal condemnation of bootcamp conditions in restaurant kitchens, where bullying and aggression towards staff were commonplace. We take a very strong view on kitchen abuse. In order to encourage supportive and sustainable working environments within the industry, we will temporarily remove any restaurant that is shown to neglect the welfare and mental health of its staff, until we are satisfied that the necessary steps have been taken to change. To promote careers in hospitality, it is important that head chefs, executive chefs and restaurateurs are seen to be working towards good workplace conditions.

In August 2013, the guide was purchased and published by Waitrose & Partners.[7] The guide continued to be published annually, until May 2021.


In 2024, the Guide changed the format away from a ranked list, celebrating its newly formatted Good Food Guide Awards on the 30th of Jan 2024.[8]

This new format highlighted restaurants that are both World Class and Exceptional,[9] a reflection of the new scoring system of the Guide[10]

The event also awarded seven unique categories of awards[11]

  • Most Exciting Food Destination
  • Best Front Row Seat
  • Drinks List of the Year
  • Best Farm to Table
  • Chef to Watch
  • Best New Restaurant
  • Restaurant of the Year


  • The Good Food Guide Dinner Party Book (Hilary Fawcett and Jeanne Strang, 1971)
  • The Good Food Guide Second Dinner Party Book (Hilary Fawcett, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1979)
  • Good Cook's Guide: More Recipes from Restaurants in the "Good Food Guide" (1974)
  • The Good Food Guide: Recipes - Celebrating 60 of the UK's Best Chefs and Restaurants (Which? Books, 2010) ISBN 978-1-84490-106-7
  • The Good Food Guide 2016 (Waitrose, 2015) ISBN 978-0953798339


  1. ^ "Southbourne restaurant celebrated in prestigious food guide". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  2. ^ "Good Food Guide bought by CODE Hospitality". The Caterer. 2021-10-28. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  3. ^ "ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE". The Good Food Guide UK. 2024-01-31. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  4. ^ "THE TEAM". The Good Food Guide UK. 2024-01-31. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  5. ^ "60 years of the Good Food Guide". The Caterer. 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  6. ^ Slater, Nigel (13 August 1999). "Margaret Costa". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2024.
  7. ^ morningadvertiser.co.uk. "Investment in Waitrose Good Food Guide likely". morningadvertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  8. ^ "THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE AWARDS 2024: THE WINNERS". The Good Food Guide. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  9. ^ "Mountain and The Sportsman win best restaurant awards from The Good Food Guide 2024". Hot Dinners. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  10. ^ "NEW SCORING SYSTEM". The Good Food Guide. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  11. ^ "THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE AWARDS 2024: THE WINNERS". The Good Food Guide. Retrieved 2024-01-31.

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