The Fat Boar pub in Wrexham wants to encourage its customers to spend less time staring at their mobiles and more time actually talking to each other.
Staff will come round with a cash box and invite punters to lock away their phones. The boxes will remain on the table, but staff will keep the keys to ensure there’s no cheating.
Announcing the scheme in a Facebook post, the pub explained the rules: “1. Hand us your mobile when you sit in our restaurant. 2. Not have the phone returned until you pay your bill. 3. Book in advance. 4. Talk, chat and enjoy your evening with no distraction!”
Rich Watkin, a Fat Boar director (since when did pubs have directors?), told the BBC: “Mobiles can often be a real distraction and stop us from just sitting among family and friends and simply having a good conversation and that’s why I came up with the idea.”
Restaurant manager Jade Darlington added: “I think we all feel a certain amount of pressure to be constantly checking emails, social media, texts and all the other messaging on our phones.
“But if we can do something to encourage people to put their phones down and concentrate solely on one another and the fun night out they are having with us, then I think that’s a really positive thing”.
The gastro pub hopes to also offer the deal at a nearby sister restaurant.