Whether you prefer to serve your dishes on classic white crockery or funky tableware, ranging from wooden boards to wire baskets and even more unusual place settings, the one thing that no-one is disputing is the importance of selecting the right tableware for your restaurant.

Your table settings and food presentation are often one of the first impressions your diners have of your restaurant and, if you get it right, they could still be talking about the presentation of your dishes long after they’ve polished their food off.

In fact, according to a study by Steelite International, 61% of diners said a well-presented table positively impacts on the overall dining experience.

We’ve blogged in the past about the importance of choosing the perfect crockery for your restaurant but it’s worth recapping these key points:

  • The tableware you choose should reflect your brand and take into consideration the type of cuisine you serve, the standard of your food and the dining style of your restaurant.

  • Don’t forget to consider storage – unusually shaped crockery may have the wow factor but it won’t make a good impression if it’s chipped due to difficulties with storage or fitting it in the dishwasher.

  • Tableware takes a lot of hammer in a busy restaurant environment so it’s important to balance style with durability.

  • Your choice of tableware can even inject colour and style into your restaurant, adding to the atmosphere and enhancing your brand identity.

So what of the debate around classic crockery vs. quirky tableware?

Whilst some argue that the food should do the talking, it really comes down to what’s right for your restaurant. The tableware you choose should fit in with the rest of the décor, menu and the overall atmosphere you are trying to create. An unusual choice of serving plate can certainly leave a lasting impression but it shouldn’t be the only thing that gets diners talking. In fact, sometimes a simple, understated white plate can make a bigger impression and may, in fact, be a better fit for your restaurant.

If you’re looking for the perfect choice of tableware for your restaurant then we’re always happy to help. Feel free to call us to discuss your ideas and requirements on 01709 377040.