Tipping in England
Replies: 49 - Last Post: Sep 20, 2008 10:10 PM Last Post By: Ria
Jul 26, 2007 12:29 PM
Jul 26, 2007 12:35 PM
1There's no rule that you must (like there is in US) although you can of course tip if you want.
Normally I leave a small tip £1-2 in restaurants if I feel the service has been pretty good or they didn't manage to screw up, which in-turn made my night pleasant. Cab drivers I will tip sometimes if I'm feeling generous. I never tip B&B's, hotels, etc.
In London (not sure about outside as I've never paid attention) there is often a "service charge" which is additional to the VAT (Value Added Tax) and bill - you can pretty much consider that your tip but it no doubt goes straight into the pockets of the restaurant owner, which is why I leave a small addition tip. A lot of the time the service charge can be between 10-15% of the bill, but some places wont include a service charge so read your bill carefully.
Jul 26, 2007 12:52 PM
2Yes in restaurants- I usually tip 10-15%, usually more towards the 10% end. Many restaurants have started adding "optional service charge" to the bill- this can be anything from 10 to 15%. That is a tip and I don't don't tip if it has been added. If the service has been bad you can insist they remove it. I think they partly do this to catch people who are tourists/half asleep/idiots, who automatically add a further 10% to the bottom line of the bill without reading it properly.
Some restaurants will add the service charge for groups over a certain number. Again, if service has been added there's no need to tip.
Cab drivers- sometimes I do. I might round the amount up to something convenient, but never more than 10%.
Some people (not me) tip hairdressers. I wouldn't tip in a B&B.
Bars often give you change in a silver dish. I think they are angling for tips, but it's not the norm. Occasionally I might leave some change in the dish but it's rare.
Jul 26, 2007 12:55 PM
Jul 26, 2007 12:55 PM
Jul 26, 2007 1:32 PM
5Tipping in the UK is based in service received. As previously it is not compulsory, unless you see stated on the bill 'Service', in which case the management have added it!
Generally not less than 10%.
You do not tip bar staff! that is an American thing! If you order a meal at the bar and the meal is served to you, then dependant on the establishment and the quality of service you can tip. (Tipping in a cafe or rough pub for 2 plates of egg n chips I think the staff would think you were taking the piff for leaving a tip!)
Also beware of leaving gratuities on CC bills.
I do not believe that staff ever see this, and always prefer to leave cash.
Jul 26, 2007 1:53 PM
Jul 26, 2007 9:33 PM
7You can of course tip bar staff. It is a global thing. In restaurants, cafes and bars, taxis tips are given and to tour guides. You can tip an usher if you like.
The U.K. is not like much of the continent where tips are commonplace, standard or regarded as expected or necessary. Tips are never expected in the U.K. but many waiters rely on them.
Jul 26, 2007 10:20 PM
8Tipping in the UK is very limited and often (as it should be) an indication of the quality of service recieved and not as often found in the USA a moral obligation regardless of the quality of service.
For Cab drivers, simply round up the fare to the nearest pound.
In pubs, say "and one for yourself" to a barman that you think deserves a tip. He will either join you for a drink or will put the money aside for later, taking it either as cash or a drink during quiet periods.
In resturants, watch out for the 'Service charge'. If there is one on the bill, don't tip. If there isn't one on the bill, round up the bill and leave the change (ideally) in cash on the table.
You may want to tip porters etc but I never do, so don't know what the tip would be - but it wouldn't be a lot.
If you go on a tour coach, then a 'hat' may be passed around - just add some loose change to it. If a hat hasn't been passed around, you may want to give the guide a pound or so, but again it depends on how good they have been - id you haven't recieved good service, don't tip.
And never tip in a B&B.
Jul 26, 2007 11:01 PM
9NEVER feel obliged to leave a tip, if the service is good then do so, and then it is at your discretion of how much to tip.
If you feel your hosts at the B&B have been welcoming, warm and friendly or have gone above and beyond their duty as a B&B then tip if you want.
I tip those who have excelled in providing an apropriate service for me, these people generally include taxi drivers, bar staff, waiters/ess, hairdressers, delivery drivers, gardeners, builders, I will tip the postman, binmen and council cleaners(usually around xmas) if I think they have done an excellent job.
The people you tip are the ones who you think deserve it
Jul 27, 2007 11:18 AM
10In my local the management are going through one of their phases where the staff are not allowed to accept tips of any kind.
One thing about tipping in bars is the "type" of bar - if on a pub crawl I've noticed few people tip. If it in a "local" where you will stay for some time then tipping is the norm at some stage, this is not truely altruistic - as mentioned earlier you hope by doing so that you may jump the queue on busy days/nights.
Remember tipping is your prerogative.
#9. I am almost certain that it is against the law to Tip council personnel or for them to take a tip. Yes I know it goes on but I would never tip a member of the Public services.
Jul 27, 2007 12:00 PM
11Not tipping bar staff in the UK may be unthinkable for #9, but I've only ever seen drinkers offer the bar person a drink in a place where they are clearly 'regulars', and even then maybe once in an evening, not every round.
I don't think it's against the law to tip publc service personnel, but some employers may have rules about accepting them. Occasionally someone will insist on tipping our staff, but it just confuses them and they usually put it into the benevolent fund (even though we don't have a rule as such).
Jul 27, 2007 3:05 PM
12hepzibah (#12) Read 5.2.1 Gifts
I think this is a law of the land rather than just specific councils too.
Jul 27, 2007 4:39 PM
13I assumed this was a troll intended to stir up trouble.
Tipping a barmaid would be unusual, though if you fancy her you could offer her a drink; the corollary of that is that if you offer a barman a drink he may assume you are picking him up.
Staff in fast food restaurants will not take tips - McDonalds uniforms have no pockets and they are not allowed money on the shop floor. In sit-down restaurants, I usually go 15% andround up to the next £5; no-one wants a handful of shrapnel. Taxis in London expect a 10% tip and can get narked if they don't get it. I always tip in the provinces too.
Bell-hops (porters) are tipped if they carry your bag. I usually give £5, but I suspect that I am generous.
I wouldn't tip the owners in a B&B, but I might buy flowers or even write a note.
Chambermaids I usually tip - £2 a night is what I leave. No idea if it is right, though.
Jul 27, 2007 8:03 PM
14I worked as a waiter in quite a few different places....came across the evil manager,who took away all the tips from us,waiters! (May he burn in hell;-)
In the small cafes/restaurants I have worked,people aren't very generous or will they hardly ever leave any tips.But the upscale posh ones,some can be very generous...but yes! it depends on the policy of the restaurant-whether it goes to the waiter or will the evil manager from hell unleash an inferno of extortion or will it all go to the management-like buying liquid soap,dishwash and so on for the restaurant.
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