Should we or shouldn’t we? The great condiment debate has been raging ever since restaurants decided to offer sauces to their diners more than a century ago.

And even though more upmarket establishments often turn their noses up at those who splash ketchup all over their culinary delights – they tolerate the ‘transgressions’ in the interests of the overall dining experience.

But Frankie and Benny’s has announced it is now taking the draconian step of banning condiments from all of its popular 96 restaurants across the UK.

As of today, the chain is “shaking things up” – by refusing to offer ketchup, mayonnaise, or even salt and pepper, at their tables.

Anyone thinking about ‘dipping’ into their pockets or bags and using their own sauces will find staff confiscating them before any of the offending liquids, or particles, corrupt the restaurant’s range of Italian foods, returning them to guests as they depart.

“Our new menu additions are some of our best to date and we wanted to think of a way to encourage our guests to enjoy their true, uninterrupted flavours,” commented spokesman Matt Pouchotek.

“By stopping people from adding condiments, such as tomato ketchup and mayonnaise, should allow them to enjoy the dishes in authentic, Italian fashion.”

Upon arrival, customers will be greeted with “No Condiments” signs dotted around restaurants alongside an all-new menu that includes a message that reads: “Please note this is a No Ketchup Zone – we do not have condiments in restaurants.”

The new measures are being taken to encourage people to relish the moment and enjoy the true flavour of some of the restaurant brand’s latest dishes, including a new Southern Fried Chicken starter, Chicken & Prawn Alfredo, and Halloumi Wrap.

Steve Legg

Steve is a British speaker, author and founder of The Breakout Trust, a Christian mission organisation based in Littlehampton on the south coast of England. Since 1988 he has travelled the length and breadth of the UK and 30 countries overseas, covering a staggering 1.5 million miles on the road, using a crazy mix of comedy, trickery and mystery to communicate the Christian message to young and old. He has performed at top venues globally including NIA Birmingham, Wembley Arena and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Radio and TV appearances are in the hundreds. His passion is creative communication of the Christian faith through performances, books, DVD’s and other resources. The author of 17 books, these days when he’s not on the road, much of his time is spent on the groundbreaking men’s Christian lifestyle magazine, Sorted.

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