So who are Britain’s tippers?
A recent survey revealed some interesting insights into just how generous restaurant tippers the different regions and cities in the UK are.
The poll of 2,000 has revealed that 87% of Brits always leave a tip, contributing 9% of their bill and tipping, on average, £4.18. The study also revealed that men are significantly less likely to tip than women – with 17% of men never leaving a tip, in comparison to 10% of women.
The survey of 2,000 adults, for OpenTable, online restaurant reservations provider, was carried out by OnePoll in February 2015.
– British diners, on average, tip £4.18 and 87% say they always leave a tip.
– The Scots are most likely to tip (91%), with the residents of Aberdeen stating they always leave a tip.
– If you’re looking for service with a smile, head to Wales – over 80% of Welsh diners claim their local restaurant staff are friendly (although 73% said they wouldn’t tip if service wasn’t spot on).
– Yorkshire was revealed as the region most likely to never leave a tip, with only 1 in 5 (20%) stating that they would leave a gratuity and 51% admitting they had asked for the service charge to be removed from a bill.
– Those in the North East are the most trusting in the UK when it comes to leaving a tip; with 69% of people surveyed saying they’d be happy to leave cash on their table.
– 43% of people from Northern Ireland don’t trust leaving their tip on the table, preferring to hand it directly to their server.
– One in eight of all diners polled admitted to having walked out of a restaurant quickly to avoid paying a tip.
Yorkshire was revealed as the region most likely to never leave a tip, with only 1 in 5 (20%) stating that they would leave a gratuity. In addition, more than half of diners from Yorkshire (51%) admitted they had asked for the service charge to be removed from a bill – more than any other region in the UK – unsurprising as those polled considered York to be the UK city with the least friendly staff.
Mike Xenakis, Managing Director, OpenTable, comments ʺOur research shows the UK is a nation of discerning diners, most of whom are happy to leave a little extra for restaurant staff so long as the service they receive is of a high level.ʺ