Twice recently, on both occasions it has to be said, south of the Watford Gap, having been served with my pint of beer, I have told the bar person to take one for themselves. I am generous to a fault, that’s me. The tradition here “up’t North” is that the bar person generally takes 20 to 30 pence, about 10% of the price of a pint. Not so down south it seems. £3 in one bar and £2.50 in another was taken as a tip!! Is that the norm?
The British on the whole are not very comfortable with tipping at the best of times. Unlike America where the wages of most waiting on staff are made up of tips and salary, with customers tipping as a matter of course, here in UK we tend to tip on a less formal basis, we are a nation of reluctant “tippers”.
Generally my policy on tipping in a pub is quite simple-if I get a nice smiling hello, if I am looked at as better than something the cat has just dragged in, if my pint is served properly and I am made to feel welcome, then I will suggest to the bar person that they “have one on me”. That means in my Northern world of tipping that I expect that person to take a small amount towards a drink for themselves in appreciation of their service and not take my words literally and have the full cost of their favorite tipple, probably Kruger Champagne, as a reward.
Is this another example of the north /south divide? Are bar staff in the south super rich as a result of these massive tips, or am I a mean tight fisted old Northerner just having a moan? Anyway it would be interesting to know your view on this gritty issue, just don’t expect a tip that’s all!