UK’s average tip is…smaller than you think

Despite the vast majority of us saying we always leave a tip when eating in restaurants, the size of that tip is probably smaller than many would expect.
According to new stats from OpenTable, the average Brit leaves a gratuity of £4.18 or nine per cent of their bill. Predictably, the biggest spenders were Londoners with an average tip of £5.68, followed by those in Swansea (£5.43) and Edinburgh (£4.97) with diners in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Glasgow, Newcastle, York and Bristol also all leaving a tip in excess of £4.
Topping the list of those most likely to leave a few extra pounds were the Scottish, with 91 per cent saying they usually do so, compared to the UK average of 87 per cent, while 47 per cent of those in Aberdeen claim they always tip regardless of their service and food.
On the other end of the scale, people working in catering and hospitality jobs in Yorkshire aren’t likely to see huge increases on their basic salaries, as 20 per cent of diners in the area say they never top up their bill. In fact, more than half (51 per cent) of all Yorkshire restaurant goers said they had even asked for the service charge to be removed from the bill – a stat which is perhaps less surprising when considering that staff in York were found to be the least friendly in the UK.
Looking at the locations where diners were most likely to tip, Wrexham topped the list, followed by Liverpool, Worcester, Norwich and Glasgow.
Around the UK, the top reason given for not leaving a gratuity was for rudeness, with slow service and forgotten items also featuring highly, while one in eight people admitted walking out of a restaurant quickly in order to avoid the awkwardness of not tipping.
Speaking about the stats, Mike Xenakis, Managing Director at OpenTable, said: ʺOur research shows the UK is a nation of discerning diners, most of whom are happy to leave a little extra for restaurant staff so long as the service they receive is of a high level.ʺ
By Owen Mckeon
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