It’s a well-known fact that most top restaurants have a well-priced lunch menu. Some are more cynical than others in what you are being offered for the price, but some give you a really good deal with the opportunity to experience the chef’s skills albeit on a reduced portion size, but for lunch that’s not a bad thing either.
We make no apologies for being unashamedly elitist. We have no time for the half-baked, the corner cutters, the rip-off merchants. We’re too old to drink bad wine – and there’s plenty of that about. We also have no truck with fashion and paying over the odds to be seen at a restaurant frequented by film stars, yuppies and (heaven forbid) international footballers (unless they are French, of course). This is simply not what we are looking for.
In most high-class establishments, the food is too cheap and the wines are too expensive. A lot of work goes in to preparing first class food, from the time taken selecting ingredients, to the time taken in preparing, cooking, serving; and if you compared the hourly cost of labour per dish, it comes nowhere near to what you are paying to have your car serviced. And most of the time, wine service is just pulling a cork. (Well, not quite!)
We will continue to mark down establishments, where the wine prices are outrageous, but we will bear in mind the cost of producing first class cuisine. What we are really looking for is a memorable experience.
Our maximum scores for restaurants, which total 100, are…
Wine list… 20
Value for money… 15
Any establishment scoring less than 60 will not be rated.
60-69 is worth a try if you are in the area.
70-79 is worth seeking out.
80-89 is worth going a long way for.
90-100 is worth a special pilgrimage.