A restaurant in Birmingham is banning the use of mobile phones at the dinner table because its owner says it's not polite.
Michelin star chef and owner, Richard Turner, has taken the decision to ban the use of phones after research commissioned by Birmingham Food Fest found that 4 in 10 people thought it was acceptable to use a smart phone when eating out.
The research suggests that people's table manners are slipping, with five in six people getting up and leaving the table before others have finished eating.
The survey of 2,000 adults has shown that:
- cutlery is rarely used properly
- two thirds of British people would wave their knife and fork around between mouthfuls, rather than resting them on the side of the plate
- 56% of people admit they don't hold the knife and fork in the right hands
Restaurant owner, Richard Turner, believes that the use of mobile phones at the dinner table is rising and is affecting the way we socialise.
Etiquette consultant, William Hanson, has noticed a steep rise in the number of people that are on their mobile phone when dining in restaurants.
The Birmingham Food Festival runs until the 19th of July in Victoria Square, in Birmingham.