I thought I'd better explain my star rating when it comes to restaurants. It's a simple range of one to five stars, one being piss poor, five being stonkingly good.
I do my best not to go to the sorts places where I reckon will end up with a one-star, so for the sake of my stomach I hope there won't be too many on here. I'd expect most will be in the three-to-four star region. Anyway, here's a quick guide to my thinking. NB: As management, I reserve the right to change these rankings arbitrarily and more importantly appoint or deduct points as my whimsy takes me (power corrupts, absolute power etc etc.)
* - Ugh
** - In the words of Mr Creosote "Better...get a bucket I'm going to throw up"
*** - Not bad at all but nothing too special, middle of the road
**** - Better than average. For a local restaurant it'd be considered the dogs doodoos, for somewhere posh, it's probably missing that little something
***** - Oh so good. Not to be missed and full of superlatives