A spot of TripAdvisor to and fro
I admit it... I occasionally get an alert saying, "Congratulations, Geoff, your review has been published on TripAdvisor". You must have worked out that I could fairly easily be described as an extrovert. Now that doesn't mean I can't be a shrinking violet if the occasion demands but restaurant reviews often creep in as one form of expression which redresses the balance.
We do reference the site for all sorts of information. Half the fun is in sorting out the emotive inputs from the objective, practical ones. My comments are as honest as I can make them. If I do praise, recommend or censure I am perfectly happy for the readership to discard anything I've said... like I sometimes do with others! There's no substitute for going and finding out yourself - but it's good to access firm warnings to avoid costly mistakes or see high praise which encourages a visit.
Here I'm sharing one of my most recent efforts from TripAdvisor (truly, there aren't that many of them!)
From the title you'll gather that The Star Inn at Harome was a good experience...
What I failed to include in my review was the fact that chef-owner, Andrew Pern, was not cooking on the day of our meal. I'll give belated congratulations to his well-trained, talented 'substitute'. Andrew did, however, contribute to the experience a few weeks later when TripAdvisor posted this:
StarInnHarome, Owner at Star Inn, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
Andrew's compliment was mildly diluted by his astute identification of my reckless word-count but I intend standing firm there. Perhaps my stubborn motto should be: "Write nothing that you wouldn't want to read yourself."?
Obviously I'd recommend a visit to Harome's number one restaurant - then you can check out my opinion and their lovely food at the same time!
Ah... I've just visited The Star Inn Home Page and found out that they have regained their Michelin star for 2015. Great stuff! I don't think it will make much difference to the excellence provided there but it's pleasing to hear of renewed recognition for their efforts.
As for me, I'll continue to pontificate and review. It's fun to contribute and fun to soak up the community offerings. If, like me, you don't treat it too seriously you might use TripAdvisor for a bit of diversion... see you there!