So Now I’m Choosing Restaurants By Noise Level

Friday lunchtime and it’s a sort of ‘date lunch‘ with the hubby.  He’s often here on Fridays so we grab an hour or so to catch up and have the odd glass of vino and some peace and quiet away from the noise and hubbub of family life. The last thing I want then is the increasing annoyance of restaurant noise.

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Mat gets to eat out at restaurants around the world including some of our finest in London so he’s a pretty good judge of both food and service.

We’re in Penarth which is an attractive seaside town close to our home in Dinas Powys and there is a tapas bar we have yet to try.

In we walk.  Blaring music.

Out we walk.

It’s 12:30 and there are about 3 people in there so why is there any need for blaring music, save to entertain the staff.  Is it to create ‘atmosphere’?

So we went to Prezzo instead where the music was reasonable and you could hear yourself talk.

I wonder how many bars and restaurants have considered that they may be losing custom because of restaurant noise.  You may recall the Daily Mail article, (September 2017) picked up and shared by Action on Hearing Loss talking about the noise levels in restaurants being louder than lawn mowers.

It’s not acceptable.

I could understand it if the place was full of youngsters but my age group (50+) and anyone with hearing problems, or young kids and babies come to that, doesn’t want to have someone else’s usually dodgy music choice rammed down their ears.

My age group is probably easy to dismiss but you know what?  Guess who has the most disposable income? Guess who’s likely to come back and bring their families with them?

We’re always polite and respectful and we always tip.

As we move towards the festive season, surely the pressure is on to up the takings and get those Christmas bookings in.

I won’t care about your mince pies and pumpkin lattes if I have to eat them accompanied by “Now That’s What I Call 55 Recycled Christmas Hits You Have Heard So Often You Now Hate” at full blast.

It’s a shame because I fancied tapas and the chance to try a more independent eaterie.

Retailers of food (and otherwise) – listen up – lower the volume of your music and the sound of your tills might increase drastically.

It’s time those of us with hearing related problems and Tinnitus start to vote with our feet – just to save our poor ears.

I’ve written before that silence is the new wealth and how sudden increases in noise can create a tinnitus spike for sufferers.

I’m not expecting bars and restaurants to become deathly dull, lifeless, silent food-serving boxes.

I’m just asking for a little balance.

Let us talk to the people we’ve come out to spend time with.

I want conversation, not karaoke.  And definitely a reduction in restaurant noise.



  1. Emma Walton
    20 June, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I like a restaurant with some noise but blaring music is not conductive to a relaxing lunch having a chat with whoever you’re with!

  2. Emily Smith
    17 June, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I hate noisy restaurants. Some don’t understand the concept of background music.

  3. Susie Wilkinson
    16 June, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I’m pleased I’m not the only one! I though I was getting old and grumpy, but it’s not too much to ask to be able to hear your partner talking to you when you go out for a meal!

  4. Ren Taylor
    16 June, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Just read this and I agree, sometimes the music is so loud you cant have a conversation!

  5. HisandHers
    11 October, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Absolutely! We went to a cafe for brunch in London recently and they had music blaring! If we wanted that we would go to a bar or something. Just not acceptable. We won’t be going there again.

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