About our scoring

Hot Dinners brings together London restaurant reviews from all the key critics, aiming to show you at a glance how a restaurant has fared critically through an average score. Now, as you may have already noticed, not all reviewers use the same scoring method.  Indeed, some critics don't even use a score at all when reviewing a restaurant, which did present us with something of an issue when coming up with an average rating. So how do we work out individual scores for Hot Dinners in these instances?

Here's how it breaks down.

  • Exact scoring: if a reviewer scores a restaurant out of 10, we use that
  • Relative scoring: if a reviewer scores out of something either than 10 - we simply calculate it up to an X out of 10 score.
  • Average scoring: If a reviewer scores various elements of a dining experience, but doesn't give an overall rating - we simply work out the average.
  • Estimated scoring: This is the most difficult score to switch to our ratings. If a reviewer doesn't give a score at all, we read through the review and assign a score to it.  This score is estimated based on the content of the review, the writer's other reviews for benchmarking and how the review compares to other scored reviews.  It's not an exact science - but we do our best with the material we have to work with.

If you don't agree with any of our estimated scores, please let us know - we're certainly receptive to a well-made argument.

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