Now in its 24th edition, it covers around a thousand restaurants, bars, bistros and cafes in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Compiled with the help of some seventy reviewers and stretching to 170 pages, it is an impressive and comprehensive piece of work.
There are 150 new places in this year’s guide and it is surprisingly up to date. Somehow, they have managed to beat print deadlines and mention places where the paint is barely dry.
In print and online
While the print edition will inevitably begin to date, the online entries are refreshed throughout the year.
At last night’s launch, Norn and Ostara café were picked out as Best Newcomer places to eat in Edinburgh. Good Brothers Wine Bar took the New Bar Award. Dishoom was voted the Readers’ Favourite.
At tonight’s launch in Glasgow… Well, it’s an open secret for anyone who wants to go on The List’s website. We’re not going to spoil any surprises.
As well as hitlists which pick out the best places in each section, there is a wide list of tip lists which point readers towards places for specific occasions.
For example, whether you want Sunday lunch in Edinburgh or a dog-friendly joint in Glasgow, the new List Eating and Drinking Guide has suggestions.
List Eating and Drinking Guide expands
The guide has also spread its wings and started listing both food experiences and food and drink products which are emblematic of Glasgow or Edinburgh.
The experiences listed include guided food tours, cooking classes, bus tours and whisky tastings.
Drygate Brewing Co, Clydeside Distillery and Dear Green Coffee Roasters are among the companies which get a mention in the Taste of Glasgow section. In Edinburgh, Luca’s ice cream, Artisan Roast and numerous gin producers get the nod.
There are also panels looking at pop-ups, street food, festivals and the best food and drink shops.
Put simply, if you want to eat well in Glasgow or Edinburgh then The List Eating and Drinking Guide is a very good place to start. It is available in newsagents and bookshops now at £5.95 or you can order it here.
Of course, many of the places listed can be booked through 5pm Dining.