Stockport’s Where The Light Gets In to charge in advance for reservations

where the light gets inSTOCKPORT restaurant Where The Light Gets In is to charge customers in advance for bookings.

The small backstreet venue has won high acclaim since it was opened last year by chef patron Sam Buckley.

His experience includes Gary Rhodes’ restaurant, as well as at the Michelin-starred Juniper, previously in Altrincham, and most recently L’Enclume in Cumbria.

The restaurant charges a set price of £75 per head for a menu that changes daily depending on what ingredients come in from the day’s catch, slaughter or foraging. Wine pairing is an extra £45 and cheese is another £10.

Buckley said he is changing the booking system so that all reservations made will be in the form of prepaid tickets which should create “a better waiting system”.

The restaurant tweeted that the decision to charge up front was not in response to issues with no-shows, but would instead let people add themselves to an electronic waiting list.

“This means that those unable to attend their meal can easily transfer or exchange existing bookings,” it said. “It will massively reduce, if not eliminate, any no-show/late cancellation charges as it makes filling tables significantly easier.

“Currently our waiting list is managed in house, by a small team, during admittedly limited office hours, and is a hugely demanding and difficult thing to look after…we have long outgrown it.

“We are confident that when the system is in place the benefits for both us and our guests will massively outweigh any misgivings.”

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