Most restaurants accept bookings as it can be a real downer to get to your restaurant of choice and find there is no room for you and that your whole evening is ruined.
Our place is a café rather than a restaurant – it’s a friendly, relaxed and informal affair. Recently however we’ve had a few grumbles from customers getting turned away; it must be frustrating to be turned away from what appears to be a half empty café.
Since we are open during the day and don’t have a narrow window of evening services, it’s very difficult to guarantee a reserved table without leaving it empty for anything up to an hour beforehand – this simply isn’t sensible from a business perspective.
So we’ve taken the difficult decision to refuse bookings from now on. We know it will be an unpopular choice with some people and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience it may cause. However we also know it’ll be good news for lots of people that like to pop in on the spur of the moment. It’s a tough job to balance this kind of thing – please forgive us for doing our best!