A recent survey revealed some interesting insights into just how generous restaurant tippers the different regions and cities in the UK are.
And we don’t come out well.
The poll of 2,000 adults 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, for OpenTable, online restaurant reservations provider, was carried out by OnePoll in February 2015.
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 – more than any other region in the UK.
Those polled considered York to be the UK city with the least friendly staff.
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).
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.
Mike Xenakis, Managing Director, OpenTable, said: “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”
What do you think of the survey? Do you think it represents the true picture or are people from South Yorkshire the more generous cousins of those from the West and the North of the county?