Well, Marcus Wareing is cross with food bloggers, The Critical Couple who have mildly criticised his talents and establishment as was reported in The Guardian yesterday:
I'm interested to know who reported it to the Guardian - MW or the food bloggers themselves? Their review was fair, balanced and only a tiny bit negative. They are entitled to their point of view and have previously given his restaurant two outstanding reviews - surely constructive criticism is a good thing? Something he can learn from? It doesn't strike me that they were being in any way malicious.
Well, I was pondering the rights and wrongs of publicly criticising establishments rather than having a 'quiet word' and now I seem to have provoked some outrage myself by voicing my concerns about a Newton Abbot restaurant's 'local food' claims.
I think I should have got my facts straight before I made my queries. My pondering maybe should have been kept to myself rather than making it public and online - this has antagonised the cafe owner and I shall think twice about posting anything negative or critical in the future as it makes them feel bad and it certainly makes me regret it. So, can we look forward to lots of over-effusive / bland advertorials and no personal comment or opinion on food blogs in the future?
I'm torn on this one. I think my comments in the future are going to be (in the main) positive. But I will be frank and straight (it's ingrained in my personality). So if it's on my food blog, I LOVE it unreservedly and can wholeheartedly recommend it, and if it's not on here, it's either because I haven't been there, or I've had a bad experience with that eating establishment / food supplier. I don't want to get into any tussles, this blog is just a bit of fun, this is a hobby, not a way of life, and not a source of income. And I appreciate that for the food producers / establishments it is far more than that.