If you're going on a first date at a restaurant, you may wish to avoid licking your knife
, talking with your mouth full or texting at the table. It might also be a good idea not to make a call, blow your nose in a napkin or click your fingers to get the waiter or waitress's attention. For these actions are among diners' most inexcusable faux pas, according to a new study, which took an in-depth look at the nation's dining habits. Researchers found 60 per cent of Brits have been left disgusted by a date, work colleague or family member's lack of table manners when eating out. Mispronouncing the names of dishes, holding your knife like a pencil and wiping your hands on the tablecloth also made the list of restaurant no-nos. And so did taking pictures of every course, going outside to smoke, downing a drink as soon as it arrives and making a signing gesture for the bill. Not leaving a tip for the waiting staff was also among the actions considered the very height of bad manners, the poll of 1,500 adults found. More than one in ten (11 per cent) participants admitted they've been embarrassed by their own partner's behaviour in a restaurant. Meanwhile, ten per cent felt the need to apologise on behalf of their own ill-mannered parents. Nearly three in ten (29 per cent) said they have even been forced to apologise to staff because of one of their fellow diners' appalling etiquette, the poll by software partner to the hospitality industry Fourth found. It's hardly surprising, when 13 per cent of Brits have reportedly doused their meal in ketchup while dining in a smart restaurant – and a cringeworthy one in twenty have complained to staff because their red wine was warm. One in twenty (5 per cent) of clueless diners have even mistaken a finger bowl meant for washing their sticky hands as a 'fancy clear soup',
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it was found. Seven per cent of those who took part in the study said they were recoiling with embarrassment when their friends started a sing-song with other diners. And a third of people have had to put up with a really drunk member of the dining party, according to the study. The most common table manners Brits had instilled in them as a child were not speaking with your mouth full, no elbows on the table and placing your knife and fork together when you have finished your meal. But as many as 32 per cent of adults felt that some table manners seemed old-fashioned now – with 39 per cent claiming it is fine to use your phone at the table provided it's just once or twice. Nearly one in ten went as far as to say that it would be virtually impossible to sit and eat a meal without using their smart phone. Meanwhile, a quarter said it would be acceptable to turn to your mobile if you needed to Google something from the menu. And 41 per cent said it would be fine to use the calculator feature in order to work out how to split the bill.