As The Good Food Guide launches it’s search for the Best Local Restaurant 2019, and chefs are set to flex their culinary muscles, I can’t help but wonder who decides and how they decide, or even how we decide who is the best restaurant.
In today’s culture we are all encouraged to be critics and the bitter truth is that critics thrive on the negative, it’s so much more fun to write and to read!
But what is it that the restaurateur seeks? Do we chase the stars and hanker after the accolades that may be bestowed upon us by the critics and the guides, or do we keep our heads down, focus on the quality, look after our customers and hope that the rest will follow?
We restaurateurs love to receive praise and recognition for our efforts but who knows the criteria that earns us the title of the Best!
Best Italian? Best Indian? Best Chinese? Best Seafood? In Kibworth, Market Harborough, Leicester or anywhere?
Is it about well-informed service with a smile, the well-researched wine list or the carefully planned menus featuring firm favourites as well as the extraordinary and creative?
Perhaps a combo of all of the above.
Of the guides and critics, we could wax lyrical for hours, but it is really the approval of our customers we most seek. Your recommendations are what really make the difference; it’s not about jumping through hoops to please the powers that be, but pleasing you, the diner, who lives down the road, and visits because you want to, because you like what we do.
The truth will out when the results are published, in the meantime we promise to do our best to be the best we can be to you and yours when you visit.
You can get involved in the selection process here.