Taste is subjective. What you like is not the same as what I like. What I consider to be good value for money is not the same as what you consider to be good value for money. That’s part of the beauty of life. Some things, however, are a little more objective than others. Like gravity, for instance. It’s indisputable that that is something which exists – stand under an apple tree for long enough and you’ll quickly find that out for yourself. But when it comes to whether that restaurant you love near Queen’s Park is actually any good or not, it’s much more up for debate.
The best way to find out what kind of restaurants you like the most is to eat as many as possible. There’s no Spotify-like algorithm to tell you what “Fans also like” and, even then, it’s likely that someone else’s dining experience is not going to be the same as yours. That’s always going to be the case and you should take every recommendation with a pinch of salt. But when it comes to knowing which places are worth trying in the first place, the best advice i can give you is to ask the people who really know what they’re talking about. The people with the best palates out there.
If you’re a fan of a restaurant and want to know where you should be eating next, the best way to know where else you should be on your radar is by asking the chefs who work there where they like to eat. The likelihood is that they won’t recommend the hypest place with the best press releases but a restaurant that deals in capable, honest cooking.
To help you kickstart that journey of discovery, and to direct you accurately towards some of the best restaurants in the UK, I asked some of my favourite chef’s what their favourite restaurants are. Here’s what they picked.