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Be Square Meal's Amateur Critic of the Year 2012


Martell Critic - Martell_Amateur_Critic.jpgJoin Square Meal’s critical community, where you can have your say and win incredible prizes.

2012 has seen an unprecedented number of new openings on the London restaurant scene. Be they fine-dining affairs such as Chrysan, sizzling destinations such as Sushisamba, or cheap-and-cheerful ventures such as Honest Burgers, diners want proof of a restaurant’s prowess before they pay for their pudding.

Step forward Square Meal’s army of amateur critics and restaurant raters who tell it like it is on SquareMeal.co.uk – whether to reward the restaurant with word-of-mouth publicity, to air grievances, or simply to guide others.

We value your opinions so much that we’re keen to hear more of them – and from more of you. That’s why all year we’ve been encouraging readers to leave comments by giving away prizes, from plush spa breaks and gourmet weekends to slap-up meals for two and bottles of Champagne.

Now it's time to crown Square Meal's Amateur Critic of the Year for 2012. The winning reviewer will not only have the honour of seeing their work published in Square Meal Restaurants & Bars Guide 2013, but will also be whisked away to Exclusive Hotel's South Lodge Hotel in West Sussex for a gourmet weekend in celebration of their achievement.

So, whether you fancy yourself as the next Jay Rayner or can sum up your experience in five carefully chosen words, SquareMeal.co.uk is the place to do it.

the pass 2012 matt gillan - The_Pass_Chef_Matt_Gillan_at_South_Lodge_Hotel_2012.jpgThe prize

Leave comments on SquareMeal.co.uk and you could be crowned Square Meal's Amateur Critic of the Year for 2012. This year's winner will be treated to a gourmet weekend for two at South Lodge Hotel in West Sussex (pictured, left), including:

• two nights bed and breakfast, plus £100 to spend on dinner and a wine flight in the hotel's Michelin-starred The Pass restaurant (prize must be redeemed by 30 April 2013; subject to availability).

Look out for more fabulous prizes in 2013, including weekend breaks in luxury hotels, gourmet meals and more.

How to nail a restaurant review


• keep the review short and concentrate on the facts
• explain why you liked or disliked something
• write to entertain


• focus too much on one part of the dining experience
• write about yourself at the expense of the restaurant
• rant – give objective criticism instead

This feature was published in December 2012.

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