The internationally renowned food critic Egon Ronay has died at the age of 94.

Mr Ronay is credited with transforming eating habits in Britain and launching the era of restaurant reviews with the Egon Ronay guides.

He had been ill for a number of weeks and died this morning at his home in Berkshire with his wife Barbara and two daughters by his side.

Ronay's health is understood to have deteriorated rapidly following his brief illness.