Pubs Are “Getting Chatty”

Pub is The Hub is supporting the Chatty Café scheme that asks venues to set aside a Chatter and Natter table where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers and will pay the first year’s membership for pubs with cafes.

Pubs with cafés who want to get involved can make the Chatter & Natter table a part of everyday café culture, even if they only designate one table for an hour each week! Cafés taking part in the scheme find that fewer single people taking up tables and because people are chatting they are staying longer.

For just £10 per year every venue will receive a pack with an A4 plastic table sign, a poster insert, leaflets, a door/window sticker and an A4 and A3 poster. Each member receives four e-newsletters a year and is listed on the website as a participating venue:

Founder, Alex Hoskyn said: “A Chatter & Natter table creates a space for people to talk; whether it is for five minutes while you drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation. We’re not trying to build friendships – just simple interactions to combat loneliness and to just maybe have a big impact on someone’s day.”

Nicky Harris from Pub is The Hub said: “During all the research we have been doing on loneliness, the Chatty Café Scheme came to light as a scheme that encourages people to ‘chatter and natter’ to each other in cafes and pubs rather than sitting alone. It is a simple but lovely idea that is easy to implement.”

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