Most catering equipment professionals are keen restaurant goers by virtue of their trade — so a list of the bad behaviour and etiquette habits that most frustrate UK diners will no doubt resonate with many in the industry.
Research published today from online restaurant booking service Bookatable reveals that Brits are most offended by people snapping their fingers to get a waiter’s attention.
Not surprisingly, chewing with your mouth open came a close second followed by people using mobile phones, which offends 40% of Brits.
Other notable annoyances include romantic couples’ public displays of affection (22%), while using a toothpick with people watching was also seen as a dining etiquette faux-pas (16%).
It’s not just other diners disturbing our dinner enjoyment, as restaurants themselves can also ruin a meal with friends. Rude service is the top way for restaurants to offend Brits (65%), a factor that rates higher amongst women (70%) than men (59%).
Leading British etiquette expert, William Hanson, said: “It’s clear from the research that people experience a number of frustrating behaviours when eating out with friends and family.
“Traditional table manners can still be relevant even in the age of mobile phones and social media so a little thought for the neighbouring table can go a long way to ensuring everybody enjoys a nice meal.”
Neighbouring tables were also cited as the cause for dinner guests to feel irritated. 51% of Brits said crying or misbehaving children would leave them sighing under their breath, while 49% want to turn the volume down on overly loud guests.