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I feel guilty booking a table in a restaurant!

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SuzieBishop Fri 03-Jul-20 19:12:05

I live in a Scottish city and I was checking our favourite restaurant to see if they were taking bookings yet. I think it’s the 15th of July they’re allowed to open. So they were and I booked a table for the very end of this month. I feel uneasy about it though! I reeeeeally want to go out and have a lovely steak and support a local business but on the other hand it just won’t be the same and is it too soon? I just wondered what everyone’s thoughts are so
YABU - it’s too soon, don’t go
YANBU - get a steak down you

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isseywith4vampirecats Fri 03-Jul-20 19:32:38

If no one booked a table at a restaurant there will be no restaurants open by September I am going out for a meal on Tuesday as its my OHs 65th birthday we have already lost our main holiday to Scotland last week and this, the gigs I had bought tickets for as his birthday present, and the big party I was going to have for him next Saturday and we are going to tgis where I work so I know how many measures have been put in place to keep people safe plus I get staff discount cant wait to sink my teeth into a tgi steak

JesusInTheCabbageVan Fri 03-Jul-20 19:34:16

Go for it! Are you allowed to sit indoors in Scotland then? I'm in Wales and can't bloody wait.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Fri 03-Jul-20 19:35:34

YANBU btw, as long as you're also planning to order starters and onion rings.

MrsKin90 Fri 03-Jul-20 19:35:49

Saw fave restaurant was taking bookings earlier this week for next week and booked immediately. Going on Wednesday.
Everything in life is an 'at your own risk' kind of thing so guilty isn't the right feeling. You can always cancel it but based on my personal circumstances I've very little to lose so I'm going. There'll be loads of stuff in place at the right places to make it as safe as possible.

NiceLegsShameAboutTheFace Fri 03-Jul-20 19:41:17

I've booked a table at my favourite diner for late lunch tomorrow. Just me. Can't wait smile

Littlepond Fri 03-Jul-20 19:42:54

It’s my birthday on Tuesday. Husband and I are going out for dinner. I’m gonna wear a dress and drink cocktails. Can’t wait.

Stannisbaratheonsboxofmatches Fri 03-Jul-20 19:45:37

Yanbu. I’m going out to eat for a friend’s birthday on Thursday

3ismylot Fri 03-Jul-20 19:47:33

We are having lunch out tomorrow, it is DS Birthday today and it's his favourite restaurant. With all the precautions in place and limited seating, it will probably be safer than being in the supermarket where no one pays any attention to the one-way system etc.
I have been pretty careful with lockdown and didn't leave the house for 2 months but this doesn't feel unsafe to me.

AnnaNimmity Fri 03-Jul-20 19:55:34

I'm going out tomorrow. Also can't wait. Why would you feel guilty?
Guilt really is a waste of energy.


TARSCOUT Fri 03-Jul-20 19:58:31

I'm in Scotland - hadn't actually realised you could now do this. Yipee............Off to book - so fed up cooking!!

SuzieBishop Fri 03-Jul-20 19:58:53

You are all very right!! I never thought of it that way @3ismylot! I hope you all enjoy your meals out!
@JesusInTheCabbageVan no onion rings as onions are the devils food but hell yeah to starters!!

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AteAllTheAfterEights Fri 03-Jul-20 20:00:21

I’m in Scotland too and booked a hotel for a weekend early August today too, feel a bit odd about it but the economy will need it

BadAlice Fri 03-Jul-20 20:00:26

DH is going to take me for a slap up lunch next week hopefully (work stuff permitting, we’re in England). I’m so bloody excited it hurts.

Ghostlyglow Fri 03-Jul-20 20:13:18

Do not feel guilty. Life has been shit. Enjoy! smile

DazedandConcerned Fri 03-Jul-20 20:20:02

I'm out tomorrow night for French food at a tiny local eatery. No guilt.

If we don't go out they won't exist. I worry about the livelihoods of those who work in these industries. I'll make sure to support them as much as I can over the next few months prioritising small independents over large chains.

AmICrazyorWhat2 Fri 03-Jul-20 20:23:20

Our local restaurants opened up last weekend for limited indoor seating (in the US, one of the low infection states) and we booked a table at our favorite place right away. I was worried they would go out of business and I wanted to support them.

They had an excellent system, well-spaced tables, asked everyone to look at the menu on our phones unless we really needed a disposable paper one - they'd even attached hooks to the tables to hang your face masks on!

All the staff were wearing gloves and masks and minimised touching items, e.g. no pouring wine, cutlery was wrapped, etc.

The staff kept thanking patrons for coming back and I'm glad we did. The food was as good as ever!

Srictlybakeoff Fri 03-Jul-20 20:25:27

I’m in Scotland and at my “ lodge” in Dumfries and Galloway despite the rain ( not in an area that’s in the latest outbreak) . I will socially distance and probably be in contact with less people here than at home. I have also considered booking a hotel in Scotland in August just to have a bit of luxury.
So it’s been rubbish. We all need a treat. If we do it carefully - and at the same time supporting local businesses- it’s a win win situation. Enjoy .

Graffitiqueen Fri 03-Jul-20 20:26:42

I've booked a table for the 15th. Can't wait!!

BusyDreaming Fri 03-Jul-20 20:47:59

I think it might feel a little weird but I’m so sick of my own home cooking and the mess that the rest of the family make when they take a turn , I’m incredibly excited for our booking on the 15th.
We’re going to a neighbourhood restaurant, know the owners and staff and very much want to support them

Echobelly Fri 03-Jul-20 20:53:47

I think it's fair enough to want to go and to support a local place

ChasingRainbows19 Fri 03-Jul-20 20:55:50

We’ve a short U.K. trip booked in 3 weeks. We’ve done nothing since early March. Followed every rule and barely seen anyone up until a month ago. Even now only outside.
Food shopping, work, friend catch ups in gardens weather permitting and walks until then for us so we won’t be tracked and traced before our trip and we will hopefully be fairly safe in travelling.

August I’ll be booking local restaurants/pub for a meal or two. Won’t be going crazy though. We are usually quite active out and about living life as its just us two but I’m no rush to go right back... slowly and hopefully things will at least be ok in summer before winter hits....

bengalcat Fri 03-Jul-20 20:55:59

Get out there and enjoy it . Take comfort in keeping staff in a job and the economy going .

Thisismytimetoshine Fri 03-Jul-20 20:58:30

You've booked it. What's the point of hand wringing now? confused

OohThatCat Fri 03-Jul-20 21:01:26

We have booked a meal at the local pub on Monday evening for our first wedding anniversary! I am sick to death of takeaways to celebrate things so I am looking forward to it!

I figured 5.30pm on a Monday shouldn't be busy, and they will have worked hard to put all the safety measures in place.

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