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Agree to phone ban and get 25% of your food bill

These two won't be getting a discount at the Fat Boar.

Make sure you check which night of the month you book a table at one Welsh pub - because you'll be banned from using your mobile phone.

In fact if you're eating at the The Fat Boar on a Monday night you're phone could be taken from you and locked away until you leave.

It's a bid by the owners to encourage people to chat without any distractions and if you comply you'll get 25 per cent off your food bill.

Customers will lock their phones away in cash boxes on the tables.

Customers at The Fat Boar pub and restaurant in Wrexham are being encouraged to enjoy an evening without being tempted to constantly check out social media or any other apps.

The Mobile Free Monday idea was the brainchild of director Rich Watkin and is currently on trial, if successful it will be rolled out to their other restaurants in Mold and on Chester Street.

Rich said: “I am the first to admit that I am constantly glued to my mobile phone. We all have busy lives and they can be a fantastic way to keep in touch with everything we need to run our hectic schedules.

“But I couldn’t help but think it would be nice to encourage some of our loyal customers to make the most of an evening out with us and escape from all the constant ‘bing bing’ of information which these little devices throw at us.

A video explains how customers’ mobile phones would be safely locked away in cash boxes on their tables with staff looking after the keys.

Restaurant Manageress Jade Darlington agreed and added: “We all see people sitting together at tables, waiting for their food without talking and looking at their phones.

“I think we all feel a certain amount of pressure to be constantly checking emails, social media, texts and all the other messaging on our phones.

“But if we can do something to encourage people to put their phones down and concentrate solely on one another and the fun night out they are having with us, then I think that’s a really positive thing.”

Any customer who is willing to change the tone of their evening and relinquish their mobile phone will simply agree to lock their phones away in the cash boxes on the table until they are ready to go home.

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