Posts Tagged ‘restaurant guide’

Restaurant Guide on iBooks

Monday, October 17th, 2016 | Books, News


When I originally released the Leeds Restaurant Guide, I originally published it via a company called eBook Partnership. They are a great bunch of people, and get your book into pretty much every eBook store there is.

However, it was not perfectly suited to the format of the guide. We push out new editions regularly, and it was not practical for us to push these changes through in the same way we could with Kindle. Therefore, after two years, I decided to call it a day with the other eBook stores.

That changes today, as I now have direct access to the iBooks Store. The guide is back in there and will receive updates for future editions too. View on the iBooks Store.

Leeds Restaurant Guide print edition

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | Books, News


It has been two and a half years since we launched the Leeds Restaurant Guide. It originally came out as an eBook. This is a natural format for it. You can search it, index it and update it. It works great as an eBook.

However, there is something magical about a physical book. Something that you cannot replicate with an electronic copy. I always wanted to do a print edition alongside it but the logistics of it were sizeable.

One of the great things about the eBook edition is the speed we can put out updates. In its basic form, the guide is not a book: it’s a database. In fact, that is how we store all the information. I wrote a custom content management system to handle it all. This takes all the reviews in and spits out an eBook in a matter of minutes. If we wanted to publish a new edition, we could do within an hour.

The print route is more difficult. Print books do not have the fluid content support that eBooks do. You have to design for a fixed layout, fudge pages and spend a huge amount of time getting it all right. Then if you want to make any changes, you have to re-done everything. Possibly the entire book. That would cause a huge time-lag and that just did not cut it for me. The guide evolves and the print edition needed to be able to evolve with it.

Thankfully, after several failed attempts at getting the system correct, we finally have it in place. It is not quite as fast as the eBook, but gives us the ability to publish a new edition within 24 hours. This means that the print edition will not be a second-class citizen in comparison to the eBook.

Initially, the book is available on Amazon. In the future: who knows where else!

Leeds Restaurant Guide proof prints

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 | Books, News


I am currently working on a printed version of the Leeds Restaurant Guide. It has been a long time coming. Three years ago, when we launched the guide, I always wanted to do a print version. However, the logistics of doing so have been complicated. Multiple attempts have been made. This time though, I think we have the setup correct.

This proofs represent the first attempt. They have gone back with changes, so it depends on how that goes. However, it’s a good first step towards the end goal.

Leeds Restaurant Guide, 5th Edition

Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Books, News

Still looking for that perfect gift for someone? I’ve come to your rescue, as yesterday saw the launch of the 5th edition of the Leeds Restaurant Guide! It should now be available on Kindle Store. This edition has 20 new restaurants and 4 updated reviews.


  • 2 Oxford Place
  • Archie’s
  • Bilbao
  • Bill’s
  • Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes
  • Five Guys
  • Gusto
  • La Rambla
  • Manahatta
  • My Thai
  • Pie Minister
  • Pintura
  • Revolucion de Cuba
  • Smoke Barbecue
  • Soba
  • Stockdales
  • The Headrow
  • The Liquorist
  • The Phoenix
  • Zaap Thai


  • Akbar’s
  • Elysium
  • Stonegate Pubs
  • Thai A Roy Dee

Finland Restaurant Guide website

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | News


Check out the website for the Finland Restaurant Guide. It’s super. It contains all the reviews that can be found in the guide. It is not quite as good as the real thing as it does not have the introduction, information on ratings, or high-quality images, but will still give you an option, or maybe even two, if you are looking for somewhere to dine.

Finland Restaurant Guide

Monday, September 14th, 2015 | Books, News


I am pleased to unveil my new book, Finland Restaurant Guide.

It is a very short book. I have not visited every restaurant in Finland. Believe it or not, we are not even close. However we have reviewed twelve of the restaurants we visited while in Finland and will be expanding the guide over time.

It is available on Amazon now. I had intended to give it away for free. However, the Kindle Store does not support giving away free books, so I have set it at the minimum price possible – 99p.

Leeds Restaurant Guide, 4th Edition

Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Books, News

It’s been ten months since the last edition of the guide was published, but the drought is over. This edition features 14 brand new reviews and is available now in the Amazon Kindle store.


  • Almost Famous
  • Bem Brasil
  • Bird & Beast
  • Buca di Pizza
  • Bulgogi Grill
  • Bundobust
  • Byron
  • Cabana
  • Griffin Hotel
  • Kerala
  • Meat Liquor
  • Teppan 260
  • Tharavadu
  • The Man Behind The Curtain

Leeds Restaurant Guide, 3rd Edition

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | Books, News

I am pleased to announce the publication of the 3rd edition of the guide. The new edition features 11 brand new reviews and updates to an additional 6. We have also cleared out the 22 that have closed down so far this year (compared to just 2 removed when we published the second edition).


  • Around the World in 80 Beers
  • Chickando’s
  • Colazione
  • Lemongrass
  • Peachy Keens
  • Roxy Ballroom
  • Sabor Latino
  • Souvlaki
  • Tapped
  • The Angel
  • Wasabi


  • Ciao Bella
  • Piccolino
  • Primo Ristorante
  • Prezzo
  • Red Hot World Buffet
  • YO! Sushi

Leeds Restaurant Guide, 2nd Edition

Monday, April 7th, 2014 | Books, News

lrg-kindle Today I’m pleased to announce the launch the 2nd edition of the Leeds Restaurant Guide. The new edition contains 14 brand new restaurant reviews and updates to another 18 entries. This takes the total reviews to 200! It is available from tomorrow from the Kindle Store.


  • Aria
  • Belgrave Music Hall
  • Cosmo
  • Crowd of Favours
  • Harry’s Bar & Brasserie
  • Prezzo
  • Rare
  • Roast + Conch
  • Shears Yard
  • The Atlas Pub
  • The Pit
  • The Pour House
  • The Tetley
  • Trinity Kitchen


  • Ambiente
  • Angelica
  • Baby Jupiter
  • Bar Fibre
  • Bewley’s
  • Brasserie Blanc
  • Brasserie Forty-Four
  • Dish
  • Ho’s
  • La Tranquillite
  • Las Iguanas
  • Little Tokyo
  • Malmaison
  • Nation of Shopkeepers
  • Primo Restaurante
  • Red’s True Barbecue
  • Sam’s Chop House
  • Sukhothai

Google now displaying ratings

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 | News

Google is now displaying the star ratings of reviews from the Leeds Restaurant Guide.