After our shut downs and time spent in isolation, we may all be hanging out to get out and go for a long dinner party but sadly, this is not yet the time. We represent many hospitality clients and they are absolutely desperate for you to come and dine in and order everything including the fine wines! But please, as a valued customer, please consider the venue that you are choosing to dine at. Things have changed for the foreseeable future, so we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some new etiquette tips that may be the first time we have had to do so.

There are going to be tight restrictions on space required to seat each person. No matter how this is implemented, the biggest limitation to all dining in venues is time and space right now. So, customers are going to need to be aware of the need to pay for your space and the venues time. Forget the long, spread out, lazy grazing menus and start to think quick turnover. Restaurants, pubs and cafes are not being rude if they ask you to preorder or to pre pay a deposit. They simply can not afford for you to cancel your bookings so here are some tips for the new normal on how to be a considerate customer:

  • Book ahead is an absolute must
  • Expect to pay a deposit for each booking or even each person. Even better if you actually offer this first
  • Expect multiple seating times and time limits on your booking
  • Pre order if you can
  • Be on time and keep to the time limits
  • Show up – if you do need to cancel then give several days advance notice
  • Buy the fine wines, buy more food
  • If you take a seat at any time of the day (and yes this means for a coffee catch up), then buy some food. Do not buy a solo coffee and sit for 2 hours.
  • If you are after a bargain or a long dinner, then please consider doing a takeaway or home delivered party
  • Leave a tip!

Make the biggest bookings you can. Bring your friends and family and enjoy yourselves, but still be aware that the time you spend inside any venue is costing them more than usual, so please be prepared to pay for this in food and wine. Support your locals now and they will be there in the future and will, once again welcome you back for long, lazy lunches and degustation dinners with open arms.