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Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:34 am
by Firthy
Was in Grand central in Birmingham yesterday and decided to stop for a cuppa and a cake. Found a lovely cafe with fantastic looking cakes but when I looked at thr prices I decided to go elsewhere. You could have a cake for £3.20 take out or £4.90 to eat in. £1.70 is over a 50% increase, how can they justify such an increase to just to sit at a table in the middle of a vast hall. And no I'm not a tight ass, I just refused tp pay it on principle.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:36 am
by ZizkovClaret
Five quid for a slice of cake? What's it iced with? cocaine?

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:37 am
by NottsClaret
It was cheaper if you sat in the 'wings'. Always dear for those prime central seats.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:37 am
by Quickenthetempo
I presume washing your plates requires extra staff and costs.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:38 am
by karatekid
Buy the cake as take away then go outside and look in through the window whilst eating cake.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:39 am
by conyoviejo
They charge such prices because there are idiots that will pay such exhorbitant prices..Glad to see you didn't partake in one Firthy..

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:41 am
by duncandisorderly
It's a touch excessive, but everything has to be paid for, be it cutlery, cleaning, crockery, staff etc, plus the fact that you could potentially sit in that seat all day with your £4.90 cake thereby depriving the business of other people.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:50 am
by FactualFrank
A cafe I go to locally is actually more expensive to eat out. An added 20p due to the bag and napkin.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:13 pm
by TheFamilyCat
FactualFrank wrote:A cafe I go to locally is actually more expensive to eat out. An added 20p due to the bag and napkin.



Do you take your own bag and napkin?

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:14 pm
by claret2018
Usually the uplift represents the VAT due on eating in rather than taking out (where the foods would be 0% if taken away), but that would only account for 64p of the extra charge!

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:19 pm
by CombatClaret
On the cake:
Food served cold and taken away is zero rated on tax.
But if you want to eat that same slice of cake on premises 20% VAT is added.

Though most companies now do in/out pricing on all products.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:20 pm
by CombatClaret
claret2018 wrote:Usually the uplift represents the VAT due on eating in rather than taking out (where the foods would be 0% if taken away), but that would only account for 64p of the extra charge!


Beat me to it while I was typing slowly :lol:

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:37 pm
by ClaretDiver
I am no economic guru BUT if there were 30 tables, each able to sit 4 people in this 'vast' market hall and 30 individual people decided to partake of a slice of cake in-house and took 30-40 minutes to eat it....what happens should a group of 4 (or multiple groups) arrive and want a table thereby denying the establishment of a much more sufficient revenue.....

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:39 pm
by whiffa
Can I get eat in pricing in Tescos?

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:43 pm
by Firthy
karatekid wrote:Buy the cake as take away then go outside and look in through the window whilst eating cake.


No windows, it was just an open space on a balcony in a massive indoor area. I could have got take away and eaten leaning on the balcony rail.

I'm aware of vat for eating in which is ridiculous in itself but still doesn't justify the other 30%+

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:46 pm
by ClaretFelix
Never used to be like that in El Greco's

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:48 pm
by Quickenthetempo
I wondered why I always used to say eat out when at McDonalds as a youngster but eat in.

Must of been cheaper.

Re: Eat in cafe prices

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:56 pm
by dsr
Quickenthetempo wrote:I wondered why I always used to say eat out when at McDonalds as a youngster but eat in.

Must of been cheaper.

Depending how long ago you were a youngster, it may have been because once over, hot food to take out didn't have VAT but hot food to eat in, did.