If you’ve ever checked out #SMDinerReview on Twitter, you’ll know that we love seeing your opinions on the capital’s restaurants and that we’re always giving away prizes to our readers, ranging from the finest Champagne to the latest cookbooks. Each season, we also name our Amateur Critic of the Quarter in association with Lavazza. This time around, Paul P has taken the crown as our favourite reviewer of the past quarter, so he’s won a Jolie Lavazza coffee machine and a £200 Squaremeal voucher. Want to be in his shoes next time? Read on to find out how you can get involved.

Latest news from our sponsor

Lavazza are proud to continue their sponsorship of Ascot racecourse and are excited to announce the launch of their brand new Tierra Origins Bar.

The Tierra project was launched in 2002 to enhance the living conditions, social development and economic growth of farming communities. Developed in cooperation with Rainforest Alliance, the project is the result of our strong commitment and dedication to the improvement social and environmental conditions.

The bar will be an extension of Lavazza's focus on sustainability and showcases the new Tierra Origins range which is a collection of the finest blends of origins, selected and carefully blended to offer the perfect taste synthesis of a single territory of origin.

The bar will be a permanent installation within the racecourse and will be open for general admission during race meets throughout the year, as well as accessible for guests in the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot.

If you'd like to try Tierra at home, you can purchase the A Modo Mio capsules from John Lewis, johnlewis.com and store.lavazza.co.uk for £5.50. Undecided on which model to choose? Meet the newest member of the Lavazza family, the Jolie. The latest in state of the art technology and Italian design, the Jolie brings you peaceful coffee brewing in a super compact package.

This year’s winner is Paul P, who has been part of the Squaremeal community since 2013. He always delivers witty and pithy restaurant reviews and is never afraid to give his honest opinion. To thank him, we're gifting him a Lavazza Jolie coffee machine and a £200 restaurant splurge.

Here are some extracts from a few of our favourite reviews from Phil…

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Gymkhana, Hanover Square  

"The downside to being so good is that everybody else has discovered this gem. The food alone stands this restaurant is a league of its own."

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse, Mayfair

"The service, the food and the overall ambience were exceptional. I will definitely be back."

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Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

"Clearly on the hot list for celeb spotters but reality is this is actually not a bad spot whether entertaining clients or out with friends."

And not forgetting the runners-up…

As we’re all about sharing the love at Squaremeal, we’ve also picked a small number of runners up. Sarah R wins a £100 Squaremeal voucher, while Lauren M, Lloyd S and Garry B each win a bottle of premium Champagne.


To join in, register with Squaremeal here, search for a restaurant and leave your comments. As you may have noticed, we’re constantly rewarding our diner reviewers with prizes. Next up, you could win a Lavazza coffee machine such as the Jolie (above) and a £250 meal in a restaurant of your choice, if we pick you as our next critic of the quarter. Every week, we also pick one comment submitted in the past seven days to win a cookbook, a bottle of Champagne, or something equally fab. So what are you waiting for? Check out #SMDinerReview on Twitter, register with us and get writing.

This article was published 18 April 2017