Difference between pubs and restaurants

There are pubs and restaurants all over Britain and you might be wondering what the difference is between the two terms and concepts. Many pubs also serve food, so would they not be classed as a restaurant? Let’s look at some distinct differences between pubs and restaurants that are apparent nowadays.

  • With a restaurant, the place you eat is usually a larger room with tables and chairs that are set with cutlery when you enter the premises. With a pub, you would simply eat on the small table where you also have been drinking and the cutlery would usually be brought out with your meal.
  • At a pub, you would order your food and drink at the bar and pay right away. You would usually give your table number and then your meals would beĀ brought out to you when they were ready. With a British restaurant, a waiter would come to take your food and drink order at the table. Also with a restaurant, you would pay for everything at the end of the meal.
  • Pubs are generally louder than restaurants, with a general hustle and bustle amongst the locals and a more relaxed atmosphere. Restaurants are usually quieter and the dress code is also slightly different than you would find at a pub.

Restaurants and pubs have merged together slightly over the years and depending on the atmosphere and the place in question, it can be difficult to tell them apart. If you find a pub OR a restaurant in the UK where you love to eat and drink, the logistics do not really matter so just enjoy your time there.

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