Tipping isn’t expected in the United Kingdom the way it is in the U.S., so British diners have a reputation for being tight-fisted when it comes to gratuity. OpenTable’s U.K. team did some digging to see what tipping is really like in the country, and just how generous different regions and cities are. We polled 2,000 diners throughout the U.K. and learned that 87% of Brits always leave a tip, contributing 9% of their bill on average (£4.18/$6.56). Our study also found that men are significantly less likely to tip than women: 17% of men never leave a tip, compared with 10% of women.
Looking more closely at different regions, we found that Londoners leave the most cash — their average tip is £5.68 ($8.92). The Scots are most likely to tip (91%), and Yorkshire is the region most likely to skip it, with only 20% stating they would leave a gratuity. In addition, more than half of Yorkshire diners (51%) admitted they had asked for the service charge to be removed from a bill — more than any other region in the U.K. One in eight of the guests polled have walked out of a restaurant quickly to avoid paying a tip.
Not surprisingly, service makes a big difference, too. Over 80% of Welsh diners claim their local restaurant staff are friendly, and 73% refuse to leave a tip when service doesn’t meet expectations. Of the various reasons that guests do not leave a gratuity, rudeness was #1, with slow service and forgetting orders also among the biggest disappointments.