There's nothing worse than heading out to a local pub or restaurant and being disappointed with what you find. But the web can help.

If your friends can't offer you any new suggestions or you're looking at an unfamiliar area, the web can be an invaluable resource for good pub and restaurant guides.

Many such sites even offer a real person's opinion, rather than just your usual food critic.

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TopTable

toptable.co.uk

TopTable is one of the web's most popular restaurant websites. It details restaurants across the UK, shows you sample menus and offers recent reviews written by the general public.

TopTable allows you to make reservations through the website and even rewards loyal customers with a free meal.

TopTable

TopTable.co.uk

EnjoyYourMeal

enjoyyourmeal.co.uk

EnjoyYourMeal specialises in a collection of family friendly pubs. You can search by location and access information about pubs across the UK. The site also allows you to rate a pub on a number of categories and post reviews of your own experiences.

EnjoyYourMeal

EnjoyYourMeal

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There's nothing worse than heading out to a local pub or restaurant and being disappointed with what you find. But the web can help.

Beer in the Evening

beerintheevening.com

With more than 40,000 venues listed, BeerInTheEvening is one of the web's most comprehensive pub listing sites. You can search for bars by location, brewery, beers or overall rating.

The advanced search option allows you to enter a specific town, postcode or venue name. Once you've found a suitable hostelry, you can peruse reviews and details of how to get there.

Beer In The Evening

Beer in The Evening

OpenTable

opentable.com

OpenTable is another online restaurant reservation and review service. While the choice of UK restaurants is small, the website offers an optimised mobile site and an app for the iPhone. It also has plans to increase its UK coverage.

Open Table

OpenTable

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