Like your Michelin starred restaurants? Fancy a night out with fine dining and fine wine for a special treat? If you're unsure how you should behave and which fork is which, then check out our tips for all you need to know.
There's a number of fine dining etiquette rules that are made to be broken, or so it would appear, judging by a straw poll of London's fine dining establishments, both traditional and avant-garde.
Enter any modern restaurant, nowadays, even those renowned for their top-drawer formality, and you're just as likely to be confronted with a minimalist table setting, without a hint of cutlery in sight. Gone too, are the ornate table arrangements and the painstaking presentation.
And, if gurus of trendy table laying such as Gary Rhodes have anything to do with it, the times, they are a-changing. Table settings, according to Gary, should be kept as simple and uncluttered as possible. Apparently it's all about creating a relaxed ambience and a sense of informality that has modern punter-appeal, where the requisite eating weapons are delivered only when the food is being served.
"Supply the rest of the cutlery with each course as it comes", he continues. Above all, create an ambience of welcoming informality.
However there are occasions when you might be expected to be au fait with formal practices so it's a good idea to have a cursory knowledge of what passes as etiquette.
For more formal dining, an invite to the palace or if you're a social climber, then read on for some simple fine dining etiquette rules :
Some quick tips that may help you - if you're willing to learn and use some common sense.