UK Food& Drink

UK Restaurant Etiquette

If you are not used to British restaurants or the unspoken rules that go with them, here are a few that you should know so that you can ensure your next dining experience goes as smoothly as possible.

  • It is always better to call beforehand and book a table at a restaurant, particularly if you are eating during peak times.
  • If you are faced with a daunting amount of cutlery at the table, start from the outside and work your way in.
  • When eating at a sit-down restaurant, it is customary to tip unless a service charge has already been added to your bill. Around 10% is the norm but more is appreciated if you received particularly good service.
  • Keep your phones off the table and do not be THAT PERSON who takes photos of your food. If you feel so inclined, turn the volume down and the flash off.
  • Always fill your wine slightly less than half way up the glass, this gives it space to breath and the flavour is said to become enhanced this way.
  • Do not be rude to waiting staff and always have basic manners like please and thank you when you are addressed by them.