MILLIONS of us can’t do without our mobiles – but one restaurant chain is doing its bit for love and romance this Valentine’s Day.
Italian chain Zizzi is giving diners the chance to hand over their phones on February 14 so they’re not tempted to check messages or the internet and actually talk to each other instead.
Zizzi has introduced a no phone zone to get couples talking to each other
The one catch is the “No Phone Zone” is only happening at one of its restaurants – in Richmond, west London – so you might have to travel a long way if you’re fed up of your partner ignoring you.
But it told The Sun Online that if it proves popular on the night, it could roll-out the scheme to all of its 150 restaurants in the UK and Ireland.
The move comes after it found that 60 per cent of Brits found that their biggest turn-off was their date checking their phone during a meal.
More than a third (39 per cent) thought chewing with mouth open was also a big dating no-no, followed by being rude to the staff (38 per cent).
Alamy The no phone zone could be rolled-out to all restaurants
And if you’re on a first date the best thing you can do is show a geunine interest about the other person (47 per cent), have good table manners (47 per cent) and making sure your date got home safely (42 per cent).
Jo Fawcett, marketing director at Zizzi, said: “At Zizzi, we pride ourselves on providing great food and great times for all. So, this Valentine’s Day, if that means you’d like to enjoy your date without the distractions of phones, you can.
“Our no phone zone will give couples the chance to dine in the moment and forget the outside world.”
Loads of retailers are busy getting ready for the day of love, with offers and deals for love-birds everywhere.
Even baker Greggs has got in on the act offering lucky diners a four course meal at one of their shops.