As you may have noticed, we recently gave our star rating system a bit of a tickle. But what does it all mean? Allow us to explain, as we reveal all of our star-rated restaurants.

Squaremeal star system explained 2016

We award stars to our favourite restaurants on the basis of food, ambience, service and value. If a restaurant doesn’t have a star, it may still be worth a visit but you’ll need to read our review for a full verdict. One and two stars are awarded to good and very good restaurants within a given area (for example Soho or Bloomsbury). Three stars are given to excellent restaurants that are well worth a trip across London: venues that we find ourselves repeatedly recommending as must-visits. Finally, the highest recognition we now give is four stars, awarded to the capital’s elite tier of outstanding restaurants that can compete with the best in the world.

Look out for our one-star restaurants as you move around the website; our highest rated restaurants are listed below:

★ Good

★★ Very good

★★★ Excellent

★★★★ Outstanding

This is all a bit London-centric of course, so if your life doesn’t revolve entirely around the Big Smoke, take a look at SquareMeal’s top 100 UK restaurants here