Move over Michelin Guide, these are the restaurants and cafes we all need to visit. Well, according to internet critics, that is
A Blackpool hotel’s attempt to charge guests £100 for leaving a negative review on TripAdvisor shows just how powerful internet critics have become.
So forget about Michelin’s latest top spot for Sunday lunch or The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, all these eateries are rated as the very best in their local area by the TripAdvisor community.
Isle of Wight
The eatery: Fine Nammet
They say: “the best food on the island”, “no course disappointed, "what a find”, “heaven”
We say: slow-roasted lamb with rosemary creamed potatoes and breaded local cheese. Mmmm ...
The eatery: Gusto Deli Bar
Cuisine: sandwiches and food in a box (yes, you can even get a Sunday roast here)
They say: “amazing”, “simply fabulous”, “falafel wrap – best I’ve ever tasted”
We say: it's amazing what you can get in a box these days
The eatery: The Coffee Cabin
Cuisine: café serving soup and sandwiches
They say: “fabulous little place”, “best bacon buttie”, “Mary Berry look out!”
We say: best bacon sarnie and a rival to Bezza? We must check it out
Via The Coffee Cabin
The eatery: B’nou
They say: “best eating experience I’ve ever had”, “unique and tasty”, “Norwich is lucky to have this gem”
We say: we mainly like trying to pronounce the name
The eatery: Edwards
They say: “best chef in the UK”, “truly scrumptious”, “What a pasty!”
We say: toasted crumpets just like your gran used to serve
The eatery: Beechwood Restaurant
They say: “the forest's best kept secret”, “brilliant service, spectacular food, couldn’t fault it one bit”
We say: well, they do have two rosettes
They eater: Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour
They say: “pure nostalgia and excellent food”, “simply outstanding”, “best afternoon EVER”
We say: we love an afternoon tea and all but surely a trip to Yorkshire needs to involve a Yorkshire pudding?
The eatery: MyLahore
Where: Wilmslow Road
They say: “best on curry mile”, “speechless”, “fantastic all rounder”
We say: we hope the food is as vibrant as the decor
Via: My Lahore
The eatery: Bellwaris Indian
Cuisine: Indian (takeaway)
They say: “the one and only Indian”, “the best Indian we’ve ever had, ALWAYS amazing”, “you’ll eat like an Emperor”
We say: group trip to Hertfordshire, anyone?
The eatery: Green Pea
Where: Trafalgar Road
They say: “great evening out”, “home from home”, “excellent food and entertaining host”
We say: we love a good steak and Guinness pie, but really?
The eatery: Lizzie’s Tea Room
They say: “a hidden gem”, “a must do vintage experience”, “the perfect tea room”
We say: surely everything tastes better when you're in a town called Ashby-de-la-Zouch
The eatery: McHalls Bistro
They say: “exquisite home-cooked delights”, “perfection”,
We say: since when was duck a l'orange and a cajun chicken burger British?
The eatery: La Belle Epoque
They say: “wonderful surprise in a very good hotel”, “OMG worth every penny”
We say: can't say a night out in Terminal 5 sounds too appealing (unless there is a flight involved)
The eatery: Dreams Coffee Lounge
They say: “Great staff, lovely food”, “Top Notch Cafe”
We say: All their coffee beans and loose leaf tea come from an independent merchant on the same street. Aww!
The eatery: Full Court Press Specialty Coffee
Where: Broad Street
They say: “good coffee and good advice”, “a lovely little gem”, “best coffee in Bristol by miles”
We say: they serve coffee from Clifton Coffee Company, Workshop Coffee Co and sourdough from local Harts Bakery
The eatery: Niblicks Restaurant
They say: “fab little hideaway”, “amazing food, great value and exceptional service”
We say: Yorkshire pudding with your sausage and mash? We need this now
The eatery: Oli’s Thai
Where: Magdalen Road
They say: “out of this world”, “small and perfectly formed”, “Thai food at its best”
We say: Sorry Raymond Blanc, Oxford is all about Oli’s, apparently
The eatery: Sotto Sotto
They say: “lost for words”, “deserves best restaurant in Bath”, “A quality, real Italian restaurant”
We say: bellissimo!
The eatery: Bingley’s Bistro
They say: “delicious food, very good value, lovely atmosphere”
We say: Bingley doesn’t sound very French
The eatery: TK Snax (yes, you read that right)
Cuisine: Mexican, American and Carribean
They say: “great food, great flavours”, “mouth-wateringly delicious”, “best hot dog in the world”
We say: hmm ...