In this era of smart phones, thumb-calloused couples on romantic dates are more likely to check Facebook than check each other out and look up Instagram rather than lock eyes. And no matter how atmospheric the restaurant is, no amount of flickering candlelight can soften the blue glare of a phone screen.
This Valentine's Day, Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy is asking its guests to relinquish their phones in a bid to encourage couples to enjoy each other's company without interruption. Upon arrival at the restaurant, diners will be asked to hand in their mobile phones at the reception desk, where they will be placed in individual pouches and kept safely out of reach and temptation for the rest of the evening.
Located in the heart of The Savoy, with views of the River Thames, Kaspar's is one of the Capital's finest seafood restaurants and offers an informal yet luxury dining experience in a beautiful art deco setting - the perfect place to spend a romantic evening. Diners will enjoy a set menu from Executive Chef Holger Jackisch, featuring fresh fish and succulent meats from the grill, all perfectly matched by The Savoy's impressive selection of Champagnes and wines. The dessert menu features clever twists on classic desserts alongside an extraordinary cheese selection.
Following a delicious dinner, full of fascinating conversation, lingering looks and tender moments, guests will then be reunited with their phones. Couples will also be invited to take the Savoy embroidered pouch home with them as a keepsake far more enduring than a status update. And for those who can't get through a meal without taking a selfie, there will be a photographer on hand to take the perfect loved-up shot.