London food writers?
Are there food journalists (bloggers included) who you live by? My dining adventures in Los Angeles were largely directed by one man, Jonathan Gold, a food writer for the LA Weekly, as well as the advice of local chowhounds. He has the amazing ability and experience to distill and pinpoint locations of extraordinary merit. Even though I can't partake now, I still enjoy reading his weekly column. You all have opened up a world of dining that I can't wait to explore, but is there also a "Jonathan Gold of London?"
There is no 'single source' of good restaurant intel. I tend to get mine from about a dozen different sources which I scan on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. They consist of writers in the broadsheet papers, some of the excellent blogs that have been mentioned and two friends in restaurant PR that advise me of new and impending openings.
You'll also learn a lot by hanging out here and at eGullet. (not sure if I am allowed to mention it)
I live in the USA and have been reading the London Times online for years. I love A.A. Gill and Winners Dinners. Their reviews are the best written, biting and funniest of any restaurant reviews that I read. I do not know how their English readers feel. I wish we had critical and entertaining reviews like that in the States. I will be in London in a week and look forward to trying some Chowhound recommendations.
there are many. personally, i follow giles (the times) and charles campion (evening standard). i follow everyone, really, but those are the two i read most often.
blog-wise, you've got dos hermanos (you'll find simon here every so often, but he's on his world tour now so you won't see him that often). and then there's me. :) and howard from howard/ben from food&drink in london will drop by every now and again.
i don't know jonathan gold, so i can't suggest a perfect analog for you, but you have a lot to choose from, local-voice-wise. Plus, with members like howler, oonth, zuriga1 and others, well, you always have access to a great fountain of advice.