Nobody wants to wait for their table at a restaurant, especially if they booked ahead.
But now a growing number of eateries are trying to get rid of delays entirely – by imposing time limits on diners.
Even the most expensive restaurants are now telling customers they have two hours from arrival until they have to leave.
The time limits have divided diners almost down the middle and a recent poll found that whilst 60 per cent backed them, 40 per cent did not.
They aim to stop crowds of people hovering over those who were fortunate enough to get a seat, gazing longingly at their food as they grow ever more hungry.