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YouGov poll reveals seven in 10 oppose putting diners on timers

31 August 2018 by
YouGov poll reveals seven in 10 oppose putting diners on timers

Seven in 10 people are against the idea of placing diners on 90-minute time limits to ensure tables are turned efficiently, according to data compiled by YouGov.

In a weighted survey of 1664 people on 30 August, 69% of respondents said it was a bad idea to put a 90-minute time limit on diners to ensure a steady flow of customers. Only 19% of respondents approved of the practice.

The group most likely to approve of the practice were 18 to 24-year-olds, with 27% supporting the practice compared to 62% who opposed it.

Earlier this week Ryan Simpson, head chef and co-owner of of Orwells in Henley-on-Thames, told The Telegraph he thought the practice was was "terrible".

He said: "I think people are getting it all wrong because it you're going to a restaurant you are going out, spending a lot of money, you should be enjoying yourself.

"You don't want to pack people in and turn them over for the next table to make money.

"It appears a bit fast-food led. It's OK when you are at a burger joint running in and out but when you've got high-end restaurants doing it, you should be able to relax."

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