Archive for June, 2012


Tipping Etiquette (from the customer’s point of view)

One of the perks of working in a front-of-house position is the opportunity to supplement your income with (sometimes extremely generous) tips. How it’s given and how much often depends on the type of place that you’re in and varies from country to country. I was surprised to learn recently that in parts of Austria and Germany, it is customary to announce to the waiter the amount to which you would like to round up the bill when paying.
Being very British in my attitude to money, this struck me as rife with problems and possible embarrassment. It seemed tantamount to broadcasting how good you thought the service was which caused me to over tip wildly to try to make up for the awkwardness I caused when my maths deserted me and I ended up tipping ten cents for a fifteen euro bill. This experience made me more appreciative of the system we have in the UK, where the amount we choose to give is either a closely guarded secret between us and the card machine or left on the table as we leave. That said, neither method absolves you from being a poor tipper- coppers are never ok. Are there any other hard and fast tipping rules?


Single dish restaurants

It’s been said that variety is the spice of life but it seems that many in the food industry don’t agree: restaurants with very limited menus are apparently on the rise. From specialising in one ingredient to offering just a few choices, many restaurants seem to be putting all their eggs in one basket so to speak. This does have the advantage of less waste, the chance to really excel at one particular dish and, from the point of view of the customer, it means much less time spent deliberating before the waiter comes back and you panic choose but would it get boring? How would a group possibly decide which restaurant to visit? What do you think?


Alcohol Minimum Pricing

Scottish Parliament has passed the Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill, which would make cut price drinks promotions a thing of the past. I’m going to be completely honest here: I don’t see the point. I just don’t understand why that would be a good thing to do. Having read about the supposed benefits of the scheme, I really can’t see any of them actually happening. So what will happen?