As the newly introduced 10pm curfew takes hold, managing queues and capacity has proven increasingly challenging for bars and restaurants. While some have chosen to remain true to their walk-ins only policy, others have turned to booking tech to help them abide by the ever-changing Covid rules and regulations.
But, with such a saturated market, and so many jumping on the hospitality tech bandwagon, how can you choose one that’s both effective and good value for money? To help you find the right one for you, this week, we turn the attention of our review series to online booking platforms.
Let’s get into it…
Open table are one of the big dogs of the booking platform world, and with significant customer reach, they’re widely viewed as a reliable way to book, a key factor to consider when choosing a provider. They’re currently running their open door programme in response to Covid19, which includes impressive price cuts and an enhanced restaurant management system.
Open table offers various packages starting at £39 month-to-month, but their open door scheme promises no subscription fees until 31st March and no cover fees until the end of 2020.
Would we recommend it? ✔️
Resy has seriously set the bar when it comes to Covid19 relief, waiving 100% of fees for existing restaurants and new sign ups while encouraging other providers to do the same, just as we did. With an automated capacity monitoring system and mobile waitlist, it’s the ultimate choice for reducing crowding and maintaining distancing.
Free until 2021
Would we recommend it? ✔️(but watch out for the hefty from 2021)
Resdiary is another platform committed to helping restaurants navigate Covid19, they’ve waived certain fees and have also introduced new tools for social distancing and an online order and takeaway integration.
Prices start at £89 and run through to £245 per month
Would we recommend it? ✔️It’s got the potential to get expensive, but we like what ResDiary has to offer.
Qaundoo market themselves as a product to optimize restaurants operations and visibility and ‘elevate’ dining. This sounds great – but we’d really like some specifics to get our teeth into. For us, it’s all about bang for your buck, and after a couple of minutes on their website, it still wasn’t clear.
As we didn’t fancy booking a demo, we couldn’t tell you!
Would we recommend it? ❌ In the current climate, transparency is key so we don’t love the fact you have to request a demo for prices and packages.
Favourite Table are all about flexibility (that’s already a tick from us) offering unlimited booking for a fixed monthly rate. It’s quick to set up and aims to provide an all-encompassing service.
£69 per month regardless of usage
Would we recommend it? ✔️fixed fees remove any chance of unexpected cost, which is super important at a time where every little counts, so we’ll let them off for the set up charge.