5 Basic errors that restaurants make

What makes a great restaurant? It is the best food, drink, ambience and overall experience offered. Unfortunately some restaurants possessing all of these qualities can, in the heat of the moment, forget the basics and sell themselves short of perfection.In this short blog we take a look at some of those areas. Poor serviceDiscerning customers expect a discrete yet attentive professional service c... read more

Is your restaurant stifled by processes?

To restaurant owners and managers, time is money. Every table represents an opportunity to make revenue, so restaurateurs carefully manage their turn-time to ensure tables are always occupied. It is an essential process within restaurants and they’re very good at it although it is just one of many processes they deal with every day.Unfortunately, some businesses can also be very good at creating a... read more

5 profit eroders

We all know that owning or managing a restaurant, pub or café bar is hard work. Very hard work. It is often frantic, extremely demanding and fast-paced, requiring multiple and often conflicting priorities to be juggled. Customers must be kept happy, staff engaged, inventories monitored, beautiful food created not to mention a plethora of red tape to manage. Once all of that is successfully done, h... read more

Benefits of online restaurant management systems

Restaurateurs who have been in the business for some time will have seen the arrival of many innovations, not all of which were a roaring success. In what is a uniquely chaotic environment, the idea of implementing software-based technology was often seen as just another fad. Not any more: software used for taking bookings, controlling inventory and scheduling tables has been around for some time,... read more

5 tips to reduce no-shows

According to a recent survey by UK POS company Zonal Retail Systems, one in seven customers who made a restaurant booking failed to honour it in the post lock-down period. As we know, restaurants are still in a fragile state following nearly two years of restricted operation and their owners struggling to get back on their feet. Legislation severely reduced venue capacity, leaving spending levels ... read more

Are restaurants being robbed?

Here at favouritetable we like to keep our weekly blogs upbeat and light hearted, because there is plenty to be downbeat about given the last sixteen months or so. Running a restaurant is a difficult profession at the best of times and as huge supporters of restaurateurs we do enjoy bringing our readers useful information, hints and tips together with the occasional conversation piece, as today.Th... read more

favouritetable - Our Story

Did we ever tell you how we got here? In this week's blog we'd like to tell a story. It all started with an unhappy restaurateurIn 2010, software programmer Jaipal Yadav was enjoying a meal in a restaurant and began chatting with the owner, who explained his booking system. Jaipal was horrified at the amount of money the restaurateur was spending on this system and how much of his profit it eroded... read more

6 considerations for restaurant software shoppers

Buying anything new for a restaurant, pub or café bar can be exciting and none more so than a booking, reservation or management system. However, with so much choice available to restaurateurs it can be difficult to decide which one to choose. In this week's blog, we provide six key areas to consider before parting with your cash.Customer retentionThe best restaurant software will not only make yo... read more

5 tips for effective web and social media restaurant pages

Owners and managers of restaurants, pubs and café bars have a lot on their plates these days, juggling the many demands on their time so giving some serious thought to what's on their web pages is something many just don't have time for. Thankfully, online pages across a range of platforms can be created quickly and easily, and with our five tips the job will be a breeze.WordsThey say a picture pa... read more

Time management for restaurateurs

When we think of resources and costs in our businesses, we usually think of the obvious: software, cash, epos systems, staff, suppliers, inventory, water, gas and advertising to name but a few. All of these things and more play primary roles in determining the efficiency of restaurants, while acting as critical contributing factors to the success of the business.One resource which is often overloo... read more

Marketing 101 for restaurants

Owners of restaurants, café bars and pubs usually need to consider marketing at some point, in an attempt to drum up trade. The great news is that you don't need a £multi-million budget to market your business really effectively, but it does need some thought and an understanding of the principles. In this short blog we look at the basics, dispel some urban myths and provide some tips designed to ... read more

Tips for hiring restaurant managers

It is always essential to retain your best staff, but sometimes the unforeseen happens and we have to re-recruit. Or maybe you are starting a cafe bar, pub or restaurant and hiring for the very first time.Finding the right restaurant manager for your business can be difficult and time consuming, even before the interview stage. The trick is to decide beforehand which key traits you will seek.Get i... read more

Steps to a greener restaurant - the business case

Restaurateurs who turn their attention to green issues clearly have a conscience and care deeply about their business's impact on the environment. In addition to feeling good about themselves, green restaurateurs will also experience some real business benefits.Customers will pay extraThere's growing evidence to suggest that today's diners also care about the environment and are more likely to buy... read more

5 Tips for opening a restaurant in 2021

After the year we've had, embarking on the launch of a new a restaurant, cafe bar or pub may seem the least favoured start-up option for entrepreneursHowever, many industry experts predict a bright future for the hospitality sector as pent-up demand among prospective diners gets ready to explode outwards. In many ways the pandemic has been a re-setter of norms, so punters can expect to see a raft ... read more

5 restaurant innovations your returning guests will want

All being well, Covid restrictions in England will end on 19th July with Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales following suit soon after. Among the recently announced changes affecting restaurants are the scrapping of QR-code sign-in, limits on social contact, the resumption of table and bar service together with no capacity restrictions.We think that's great for the restaurant and hospitality sect... read more

Five challenges to restaurants in 2021

Owning or running a restaurant is a very rewarding vocation during the good times. There's the opportunity for foodies to do what they love: delighting customers with great food and drink, to be part of the local community; to love being hospitable for a living. There's never a dull day in the restaurant sector - it is fast paced, exciting and if it all goes well, lucrative.That backdrop has creat... read more

Read what our customers say about us!

Want to know what restaurateurs think of favouritetable? Check out our reviews on Capterra, the world's premier software review platform.   favouritetable is the leading technology provider for food an drink businesses in the UK. For over a decade, favouritetable has provided world-class and easy-to-use systems to enable restaurants, pubs, bars and other businesses to maximise their revenue.Call u... read more

2 Steps to a greener restaurant

The previous blog in this series looked at how restaurants can help the planet and their business by evaluating the technology and behavioural changes available across food waste, energy efficiency, water use and by changing menus. In this part of the series we will look at two diverse areas: cleaning materials and the supply chain.Cleaning materialsCleanliness is a prerequisite of customers in th... read more

Behind-the-scenes of software development

Having worked with restaurants since 2010, we’ve been behind the scenes of many and seen some wonderful examples of innovation. We're always impressed by the way restaurant owners, managers, chefs and staff continually refresh their service models and menus to deliver a fantastic dining experience. In this short blog, we’re going to give an insight into our own world: software development. Come wi... read more

3 Steps to a greener restaurant

According to recent research, around 74% of Millennials and 72% of Generation Z consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products and services. That's great for restaurant, pub and café owners looking to attract new customers and minimise the business's impact on the planet.In the first of a number of blogs on sustainability, we look at three areas ripe for improvement: food waste, energy... read more

Get the best from your restaurant's website

In an era when social media is king, it would be easy for restaurant, pub and cafe owners to overlook the power of a great website. In truth restaurants probably generate a huge amount of trade from third party booking and referral sites, but the business’s own website will always be its spiritual online home. In a recent survey of consumers, 77% said they would visit a restaurant’s own website wh... read more

How to turn negative reviews into positive experiences

For restaurateurs, publicans and cafe-bar owners the internet is a great way to promote their businesses. In fact, the potential for extending their online reach has never been greater but with this comes the potential for negative and very visible reviews. In this short blog we will look at how to placate the disgruntled customer and actually generate more business from the experience.1. Deep div... read more

Make Every Customer Feel Special in 2021

The scene is set for cafes, restaurants and pubs in the UK. With re-opening target dates tantalising close, food and beverage establishments are looking forward to getting back to doing what they do best. Pent-up demand is likely to see a flood of hungry and thirsty customers at their doors, so business owners just have to open up and cater to the rush, right? Not quite.In what will be a super-com... read more

Restaurant and Pub Reopening Checklist

Restaurants, cafes and pubs look set to reopen for indoor diners in the coming days, so here’s our no-nonsense, quick-fire list of things to check before opening your doors.Latest newsBefore we get onto the checklist, let’s recap the current roadmap for pubs and restaurants across the UK:EnglandPubs with outdoor spaces were allowed to reopen in England on Monday 12 April.Rule of six in placeTable ... read more

No-shows – a fact of restaurant life?

If you have ever been to the movies, hired a car, attended a concert or taken a flight, the chances are you paid for the experience online at the time of booking it, or at the very least left a deposit. You did so willingly, to secure something you could look forward to in the future. If you then didn’t turn up for the event, you lost your money and took it on the chin. That's the way the world wo... read more

SaaS Software De-mystified

What is it with acronyms? We're quite fond of them here in the technology world, but we appreciate their meaning isn't always clear to restaurant and pub owners wanting to get on with the day job. So in this blog we are going to de-mystify one particular acronym you might have heard and give an overview of what lays beneath. So if the term “SaaS” makes you think of a crack military team abseiling ... read more

Beat the skills shortage!

The last year has been tough for the food & drink sector but thankfully things are starting to change. Pubs and restaurants now have a re-opening road map and there is huge pent up demand among the population for getting out and enjoying a meal or drink with friends. However, the past twelve months have seen such unprecedented change that publicans and restaurateurs may now be reviewing their staf... read more

Five Simple Ways to Engage Pub & Restaurant Customers

Five Simple Ways to Engage Restaurant GuestsFor years, restaurants and pubs have worn their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to customer engagement, winning and retaining customers by providing fantastic food, drink and a welcoming environment.  However, customers are now looking for a two way street in which they can feel connected with their favourite F&B brands.Here are five simple ways re... read more

18 Months for the price of 12!

18 months for the price of 12 Sign-up to a 12 month subscription to favouritetable and we'll give you an extra six months, absolutely free *Set-up fees waived You won't be charged our normal fee for setting up your new systemEasy-switch guarantee We're very experienced in migrating customers from other more expensive systems, so will have you up and running in no time. Restaurants in England will ... read more

Restaurant Technology - what's on your shopping list?

The nice thing for owners and managers of restaurants is that they can take whatever approach to technology they please, to suit what they want to achieve. Technology has always innovated in the sector, from the humble abacus through to paper notepads for ordering and early till systems. Today, the pace of change is relentlessly driven by customers' expectations and the drive for greater profitabi... read more

What diners will expect in 2021

After a very long wait, England is set for the return of customers to restaurants and pubs on April 12th. Granted, things won't be quite the same as before due to the outside-only rule and limits of six people per table, but most F&B businesses are just itching for the big day. Customers have been longing to get back to their favourite establishments, but with so much time at home, have their dema... read more

Tips for choosing your restaurant software

Times are difficult for restaurants and f&b-oriented businesses right now, with many owners looking for new products, ways of working, services, markets and tools in order to maximise their opportunities. When it comes to technology, there's little doubt that modern systems and customer-centric products are the way to go, but the plethora of apps, booking systems and software on the market can som... read more

Five ways restaurants can adapt to new norms

In an ever-changing world, norms have changed and new norms have emerged. The way we deal with diners and their expectations are radically different from what we have previously delivered, while we have had to quickly absorb and implement government-measures which appear at odds with running a successful restaurant. You don’t need us to tell you this: times are tough.Happily, there are some positi... read more

Is your restaurant ready for party bookings?

With the current Covid-19 restrictions upon us, the coming festive season will go a long way towards providing restaurants with much needed income. It looks like parties will have to be much smaller this year, but that does not mean that guests cannot enjoy the spirit of Christmas in their favourite restaurant. <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/463540910?title=0&portrait=0&byline=0&... read more

Helping restaurant owners manage Covid-19 efficiently

With Covid-19 guidelines changing frequently - and it looks like going into the winter flu season there may be more stringent restrictions coming into force – it is of paramount importance that restaurants be able to easily manage social distancing rules and how they communicate to their guests how they expect them to behave once arriving at the premises and what is in place to make the restaurant... read more

How to Win Customers for Your Restaurants Post COVID 19?

The outbreak of Covid19 worldwide has not only threatened our lives, but it has also changed the way we live. Right from stepping outside the house to ordering food from a restaurant, everything has been changed. The pandemic has impacted almost all the major industries in the world including the food and restaurant industry. People have stopped ordering or eating outside due to the fear of the... read more

5 Ideas For a Healthy Restaurant Growth Post COVID 19

We are in 2020 and the outbreak of Covid19 has changed everything, including our lifestyle. Social distancing and home quarantine have become the new normal for people all over the world. All this has forced the countries to change their laws to adapt to the current situation. Coronavirus not only has a deadly effect on our health, but it has also ruined the world economy. Almost all the indust... read more

Pizza –the favourite food in the UK and the World

Pizza is undoubtedly one of the most favourite food in the world and in the UK. When an average Brit can munch through approximately 6,000 slices of pizza in a lifetime, we can safely say that it is one of their favourite food.   Image from VoucherCodes Here is another interesting statistic which shows how much Brits love their pizza.  Of course, we have a rough idea of the origin of pizza, somewh... read more

Starter SEO Tips for Restaurants

So, you have now done all the hard work of setting up your restaurant, hiring the staff and the décor looks fantastic. You have also created a website to showcase your awesome menu. But how do you get people to come on your website and then to your restaurant? How can you get connected to the customers who are looking for you?  Research shows that 89% of smartphone owners have immediate p... read more

Let your customers do the marketing for your Restaurant 

Your customers are a potent marketing vehicle for your restaurant if you can get them to talk about your restaurant to their family and friends. According to Nielson 92% of people trust recommendations from family and friend than any other form of advertising.   Since Word of Mouth Marketing (WOMM) is essentially free marketing for you, it is useful to create a strategy as part of your mark... read more

10 MOST POPULAR SPICES AND THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS

Species have a significant role in Asian countries like India, China, Indonesia, etc. India even in ancient time was very popular around the world for spices and many traders visited India just because of spices. Spices are basically vegetables in concentrated form. Similar to veggies, they contain thousands of healthy phytonutrient compounds, including antioxidants. There are 100s types of spices... read more

SHOULD YOU RESPOND TO REVIEWS?

Recent studies revealed that 78% of consumers appreciate management when they respond to their reviews. Other studies suggest 9 out 10 buyers see an online review before making any decision. As per Cone research, 4 out of 5 customers reverse their decision after reading a negative review. In this article, we will talk about why you should respond to reviews? Respond to Positive review In gen... read more

7 Reasons why every Restaurant needs a cloud-based Reservation System.

A recent Maru/edr survey, found that 49% of diners will go online before they visit a restaurant. So, what can the restaurant business do to get the attention of around half of their customers who are visiting sites before they have even stepped foot in a restaurant?  The two principle reasons for the customers to go online are to check out menus and to book a table – and capturing those re... read more

Marketing Hacks for running a Restaurant: Customer Segmentation

Running a profitable restaurant takes a lot of hard work. After creating a fantastic product with a lot of thought gone into the recipe and presentation of the food, it is now time to bring your product to the right customers.  Reaching the right customers and then persuading them to visit your restaurant again and again, is a growing challenge. With so many choices for the customers, how w... read more

5 steps guide to increase positive online reviews for restaurant

Online reviews are very basic but strategically very important for both sellers and buyers. Generally, sellers look at reviews of the products and services before they make their decision which means reviews have abilities to influence buying behaviours, especially with restaurants. However, reviews are more important for restaurants because if guests are not happy with one thing i.e. service or f... read more

Your move to Favouritetable will be as easy as 1,2,3…

Over the years, 50% of our clients have moved to our booking system from software that they have been using for many years. So, we have developed a process to make the move as smooth and easy for the customers as possible. It just takes 3 steps…   We usually have a demo of our software where we answer all your questions. When you are completely convinced that is the right Table Booking Syste... read more

Why Online Table Booking Software is essential to your Restaurant success?

In this article, we will explore why an Online Table Booking Software is essential for any successful restaurant regardless of its size. The system can change the business process and customers’ buying behaviours.    There are many reasons to have an Online Table Booking Software here are five of the most important reasons “Why an Online Table Booking Software is essential for your successfu... read more

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