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Ordering in a pub

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Ordering in a pub

How do you know whether you should order at the bar or sit and wait for someone to take your order? Are there signs posted? I would hate to sit and look like the idiot that I am and wait for a server who is not going to come.

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1. Re: Ordering in a pub

You almost never get served at your table. Common practice is to find a table to sit, peruse the menu (or ask for one if it isn't there) and then go up to the bar and order.

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2. Re: Ordering in a pub

Unless it's some sort of gastro pub with waiting staff the norm is to order at the bar (and that can include food as well).

Not normal to see signs.

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3. Re: Ordering in a pub

On the menu it sometimes actually says to order at the bar. There are often table numbers which you give when you order. In smaller pubs they sometimes just remember where you are sitting.

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4. Re: Ordering in a pub

Nearly always order at the bar for drinks. If you are ordering food also then ask if they take orders at the bar or will send someone over. Usually order at the bar.

Incidentally many people do not tip if they pay at the bar when ordering but do if they are presented with a bill after the meal! Us brits are weird!!

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5. Re: Ordering in a pub

Just go up to the bar and order and/or ask for a menu- even in some gastropubs you order at the bar. If there is a waiter service they'll tell you, so you can find a table and someone will come by for your order. (Pubs are very, very informal places).

Edited: 30 January 2013, 18:26
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6. Re: Ordering in a pub

Go to the bar. If they do table service for food they will tell you or you can always ask. If you are just ordering drinks it would be an exceptionally rare pub indeed that had table service.

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7. Re: Ordering in a pub

When in doubt, don't hesitate to just ask. Especially in London, tourists who aren't certain of protocol are not at all unusual!

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8. Re: Ordering in a pub

http://www.sirc.org/publik/pub.html

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9. Re: Ordering in a pub

After you have placed your order, do you pick it up when it is ready or do they bring it to you? Thanks

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10. Re: Ordering in a pub

Either they will bring it, or they will have given you a raffle/cloakroom type ticket/recorded table number somethingoranother to identify you.

Then the wait staff or bar staff will be given the foof from the kitchen and they will shout "Order for No.9/Mr Smith/Smithy" (whatever) and you say "over here mate, please" show them your ticket/whateveritwas, to confirm you're the right person, and Bob's your Uncle!!!