Restaurant reviews are an essential part of the culinary scene in a well developed food environment and serve an important function in providing a critique that goes beyond simple “word of mouth”. Reviews and reviewers are loved, hated, revered and reviled in roughly equal measure, depending on your position and viewpoint. Importantly though, they are seldom ignored.
The Secret Diner programme, sponsored by Where’s Good to Eat?, is a simple and democratic way of conducting reviews using members of the public, acting incognito. In this case, they are selected by the management of Where’s Good to Eat? from amongst the many people who submit regular comments about places at which they have eaten to the website. Individuals that have demonstrated objectivity and succinctness are invited to carry out reviews and for those are paid a small fee.
Please bear in mind when reading Secret Diner reviews that they are, by their very nature, subjective and therefore influenced by personal likes and dislikes. They are, however, an important source of information for diners because they are not sponsored by the establishments being reviewed.
Current reviews can be read in this section. Older reviews can still be read at this link.