Food & Drink book reviews by Barry Reynolds

PUBLISHED: 16:28 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 September 2010

Grape Britain by David Harvey, Angel s Share, £14.99 It is not that long ago that on seeing this book you would automatically assume it was some sort of joke. But not only are vineyards on the increase in Britain so too is the quality of wine coming out

Grape Britain by David Harvey, Angel's Share, £14.99

It is not that long ago that on seeing this book you would automatically assume it was some sort of joke.

But not only are vineyards on the increase in Britain so too is the quality of wine coming out of them. The book offers a history of wine in Britain, the type of grapes grown and a guided tour of the vineyards, most in the south of England, as you would imagine.

The Good Pub Guide 2009

by Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley

Ebury Press, £15.99

According to the editors, the main ingredient for a good pub is the atmosphere, which means that sparely furnished village pub may be recommended over expensive gastro pubs - and rightly so.

The book is divided by county, with a short description of each pub, the beers likely to be on tap, style of food, and opening hours. It is a weighty book but worth keeping in the rucksack or glovebox.

The Rough Pub Guide

by Paul Moody and Robin Turner

Orion Books, £9.99

The patron saint of this book appears to be Oliver Reed - so you can see where we are going here.

Atmosphere plays a great part in the authors' choices here too, but it is likely to be more about dodging flying bottles and fists. Yet it also includes The Green Man at Harrods, so they cannot be accused of stereotyping.

It is a book that will have you laughing out loud while you decide if you are hard enough to ask for a campari and soda at the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds.

London Restaurant Guide 2009

by Charles Campion

Profile Books, £8.99

Harden's London Restaurants 2009

Harden, £11.99

Both these books are small enough to fit in the coat pocket so you will never have to put your faith in blind dumb luck when choosing a restaurant at the last minute.

While the formats are quite different, there aim is the same -ensuring the readers find the right cuisine in the right area for the right price.

Both have maps but Campion's comes with lists of recommendations as well as a handy coloured Tube map.

Barry Reynolds


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