Boutique hotel takes ‘awkwardness’ out of first dates with ‘split bill’ arrangement


The restaurant inside Edinburgh boutique hotel, Nira Caledonia, has implemented a new 21st century ‘split bill’ arrangement in a bid to help remove the ‘awkwardness’ of a first date.

Blackwood’s Bar and Grill, part of the luxury hotel, is taking the pressure off couples on first dates by automatically handing them half of the bill each to avoid any awkward conversations about who’s paying for what.

The team at Blackwood’s believe it’s a forward-thinking move to help blossoming relationships get off to the best possible start.

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Garry Harding, restaurant manager at Blackwood’s, said: “When the bill arrives, it can cause some uncomfortable conversations between two people and we’ve made it our business to help get rid of that awkwardness.

“Likewise, it won’t be forced upon couples – we won’t be making any assumptions about whether it’s the first date or not! Guests need only mention it whilst making the booking either over the phone or online via the website.”

The restaurant prides itself on the quality and seasonality of the menu as well as its specialist Josper grill – a charcoal, open flame grill which cooks at an ultra-high temperature to retain the natural flavour and moisture of the meat.

Harding added: “We encourage a shared dining experience at Blackwood’s and choose only the highest quality suppliers in our local area.

“We attract many visitors who are looking for something a bit special but there is certainly a dish to suit every taste.”

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