An increasing number of restaurants in Penarth are now requiring up-front deposits to be paid by diners when they make reservations for tables.
The latest restaurant to adopt the practice is James Sommerin’s Michelin Star multi-award-winning Restaurant JS on Penarth Esplanade.
Chef Patron James Sommerin has this week written to customers telling them :-
“Now we’ve moved over to a new booking system, all guests – from now on – will be asked for a deposit upon booking online (£35 pp). This will always be necessary to process your reservation in future. This does mean that if you are booking within 48 hours of the reservation, the deposit will be non-refundable. It’s with sorrow that we have had an increased number of late cancellations/no shows – and in-order for us to keep things sustainable, it’s a necessary step.”.
James Sommerin is however by no means alone in requiring deposits for advance bookings .
- Pier64 in Penarth Marina already requires advance deposits when bookings are made for larger groups.
- “Etc” on Stanwell Road says “Please note a deposit is required for all bookings of 6 or more, All deposits are fully refundable when cancelling with up to 7 days notice.”
- The Custom House in Penarth Marina says that parties larger than 10 guests will be required to pay a £10 deposit per head.