The concept of personal space is changing as we get more and more used to the feeling of being European. And gone are the huge linen encrusted barriers confused with fine dining. In comes counter-dining across the spectrum from quick-casual to Michelin star along with huge share tables and cuisine to match. And sharing, grazing and people eating late is up.
This has gained pace thanks to a growing number of younger, more affluent diners who eat out numerous times a week and place a strong emphasis on informality. Some of that is a reflection of the informal nature brought by gastropubs which brought the opportunity to eat good food a couple of times a week at lower cost and with little fuss. But a lot of people when they finish in the office don’t necessarily want to go to a pub – they want somewhere smart, relaxing and informal where they can drink and maybe eat.
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