Would you pay a restaurant to eat your own birthday cake?

Would you pay a restaurant to eat your own birthday cake? Man is baffled by £10-a-head ‘CAKEAGE charge’ – but chefs say it’s no different to corkage fee and ‘margins are importantpost-Covid

  • Ivor Baddiel said he was charged £10 a head to bring his own cake to restaurant
  • London-based writer, 59, didn’t reveal the name of the restaurant but many Twitter users said they had a similar experience being charged up to £40
  • Chefs defended the move saying it ‘stops people buying dessertadding there’s costs associated with washing up
  • A man has been left baffled after a restaurant revealed they would charge his party £10-a-head to bring their own cake to a birthday lunch.

    London-based TV writer Ivor Baddiel, 59, brother of comedian David, tweeted on Sunday: ‘I asked the restaurant I’m going to for a birthday lunch today if we could bring a cake with [우리] to be brought out at the end of the meal.

    ‘They said yes, but they’d charge us cakeage (예, cakeage) at £10 a head. What is this world we live in?’

    The tweet sparked a fast debate, with many writing it was ‘outrageous’ 그리고‘어리석은’ while some argued that it was fair as it prevents the restaurant from selling dessert but still causes washing up.

    While Ivor didn’t reveal the name of the restaurant, many users said they had similar experiences, with one saying they were recently charged £40 to bring a Colin the Caterpillar cake to a ‘posh restaurant’ 런던에서.

    이전, the highest publicly-known cakeage fee was the £9 a head charged by Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill at the Savoy hotel.

    A man has been left baffled after a restaurant revealed they would charge his party £10-a-head to bring their own cake to a birthday lunch (스톡 이미지)

    A man has been left baffled after a restaurant revealed they would charge his party £10-a-head to bring their own cake to a birthday lunch (스톡 이미지)

    London-based TV writer Ivor Baddiel, 59, brother of comedian David, tweeted on Sunday: 'I asked the restaurant I'm going to for a birthday lunch today if we could bring a cake with [우리] to be brought out at the end of the meal. 'They said yes, but they'd charge us cakeage (예, cakeage) at £10 a head. What is this world we live in?'

    London-based TV writer Ivor Baddiel, 59, brother of comedian David, tweeted on Sunday: ‘I asked the restaurant I’m going to for a birthday lunch today if we could bring a cake with [우리] to be brought out at the end of the meal. ‘They said yes, but they’d charge us cakeage (예, cakeage) at £10 a head. What is this world we live in?’

    Food writer Grace Dent commented it was ‘growingly commonto charge to bring your own cake but added that ‘£10 is steep’.

    다른 추가: '몸소, I’d have cancelled the entire booking and found a restaurant that wanted your business. They truly don’t care if you come back again or notThey don’t seem interested in making my meal enjoyable at all. Just a transaction.

    세 번째는 썼다: ‘As someone who used to work in catering I understand the ‘cakeage’ – it’s a headache for the front of house and kitchen staff, and then you’re not buying dessert. But £10 a head is mad! They know that, it must be a tactic to make you not bring it?’

    Andrew Scott, executive development chef at Wadworth Brewery, 말했다: ‘You’ve stopped them being able to sell dessert to you though, as you’ve brought your own?’

    폴 포스터, who runs Michelin-starred Salt in Stratford-Upon-Avon said that it’s ‘very fair if desserts aren’t ordered and that he’s ‘charged it in the past’.

    Another user added: ‘Charging for bringing in a cake is 100 per cent understandable. You’re bringing in a dessert item, which they sellyou wouldn’t turn up to a pub with a 12 deck of cansalthough £10 a head is reaching.

    지난 달, Asma Khan, 52, who runs Indian restaurant Darjeeling Express in Covent Garden, revealed she banned diners bringing in their own cakes or singing Happy Birthday in her celebrity-haunt restaurant

    지난 달, Asma Khan, 52, who runs Indian restaurant Darjeeling Express in Covent Garden, revealed she banned diners bringing in their own cakes or singing Happy Birthday in her celebrity-haunt restaurant

    세 번째 댓글: ‘£10 a head is crazy but tbh so is the ignorance about how expensive it is to try and run a business in the UK right now. The staff, the rent, the washing upthe fact that you are eating your own cake instead of pudding. People think hospitality is easy. We’re barely on our feet.

    지난 달, Asma Khan, 52, who runs Indian restaurant Darjeeling Express in Covent Garden, revealed she banned diners bringing in their own cakes or singing Happy Birthday in her celebrity-haunt restaurant.

    요리사, who starred in 넷플릭스 Chef’s Table, says she doesn’t allow guests to bring in ‘cheapocakes because it means they’re less likely to buy dessert from the restaurant.

    The tweet sparked a fast debate, with many writing it was 'outrageous' and 'ridiculous' while some argued that it was fair as it prevents the restaurant from selling dessert but still causes washing up

    The tweet sparked a fast debate, with many writing it was ‘outrageous’ 그리고‘어리석은’ while some argued that it was fair as it prevents the restaurant from selling dessert but still causes washing up

    Appearing on the Off Menu podcast with Ed Gamble and James Acaster, she explained that guests singing Happy Birthday is also off the cards because is worried about the spread of 코로나 19 in her restaurant.

    The luxury restaurateur said: ‘We don’t do cake for lots of reasons. It’s awkward, it’s awkward to say no and people can get very emotional.

    ‘But it’s a hard one and I think a lot of restaurants struggle with this because you don’t want to come across as mean.

    ‘People have chosen to come to your restaurant to celebrate a birthday and then they whip out this £2 cake which 18 people are going to have slices of and you thinkAhhh. This is a tough one”.

    하나, not all restauranteurs agree, Nick Gibson, the owner of the Drapers Arms in Islington, 말했다 전신: ‘The thing we get to do, which is the greatest privilege, is to be the place where people mark the moments in their life,

    ‘What frustrates me is there are too many people in this industry who spend their time online complaining about customers. They might say they’re entitled to make their margin, but they’re portraying the industry as penny-pinching, inhospitable, resentful: complaining about having to wash some plates when they have a potwash out back who is just going to run them through the machine. It’s mean, it misses the point of what we’re here to do.

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