Each year the Brits flock to France in search of some much needed sunshine and the anticipation of an exotic blend of food, wine, language and scenery. In fact France attracts more foreign tourists than any other place, 78.95 million in 2010, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. It is little wonder that France, especially the south, draws a large percentage of the English crowd with its picturesque natural geography, unlimited eating and drinking options and an envious balmy climate.
The Gault-Millau guide is a rating system for eateries in France where points from 1-20 are awarded for the quality of food. Additional comments on atmosphere, service, prices and overall experience are also included but are separated from the food and do not affect its score. This system therefore offers an individual rating for the food rather than a combined score which is affected by the overall dining experience.
The concept was created by Henri Gault and Christian Millau in 1965 and has gone on to become one of the most influential restaurant guides for France alongside the highly esteemed Michelin Guide. The Gault-Millau guide has been used for other countries including Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Benelux and is regarded as a priceless companion to eating out in France.
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