"Tipping" United Kingdom Local Custom Tip by Ash59

United Kingdom Local Customs: 340 reviews and 354 photos

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by Ash59

You should give a tip in a restaurant, cafe or coffee shop for good service, where the sevice is provided by someone taking your order at the table and then bringing the meal to you. Normally, the tip is between 10 & 15% according to service given, unless it is already added to the bill. If something is added to the bill (it will be shown as a seperate item), if you did not get the service that you think that you were due, you have every right to not pay a tip.

There are one or two exceptions to the tips rule. Basically, if you pay before receiving the meal, then you are not expected to pay a tip, although there may be a tips box near the till, should you wish to do so.

Most taxi drivers expect a tip, although it is not a right. There is no set rule as to how much to give them.

Most people, especially in the larger towns and cities, are usually quite cool towards other people and rarely pass a greeting to a stranger in the streets. They are not being rude, it is just our way until we get to know someone. If you are in the countryside or villages, the attitude changes and you will find a more friendlier atmosphere.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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