When you’re working Valentine’s

It's here: the most loved-up day on the calendar – Valentine's Day.

In 2015, the date falls on a Saturday, meaning it's perfectly placed for couples looking for a relaxed evening out in a restaurant or bar later today.

Here's our guide for anyone working a waiting shift on Valentine's Day in a restaurant.

Embrace it

If you're missing your own other half, make sure you have something nice to do with them before or after your shift – or set up a treat for another day.

Your time at work will be all about focussing on the needs of other couples – and you'll feel more cheerful about their romance if you know you've given yourself a nice Valentine's treat to look forward to or remember.

Remember there'll be more couples

All those couples wanting to have a special meal means the eatery may want to re-arrange its tables. You may be asked to help make up more two-people covers to accommodate the type of customer who's likely to be arriving on the 14th. If you're working in a smaller eatery that hasn't thought of this, why not suggest it?

Memorise those offers

There are often going to be offers to present to your guests on Valentine's Day – maybe there's a set menu you can talk them through, or a wine offer? Make sure you not only know this off by heart, but can bring enthusiasm to your presentation whenever you tell people about it.

Don't rush them

There will probably be lots of customers to serve – and possibly even a queue at the door.

But even if you could do with the table, and the guests have basically finished, be sure not to rush them and spoil their moment.

If a table is going to be needed later in the evening, try to let them know when you seat them. If you have to wrap up their meal ready for new customers with a reservation, be sure to be in your most understanding, apologetic mode!

Highlight sharing options

If there are sharing options for starters, mains or deserts, couples may appreciate you offering the chance for a shared experience by highlighting these.

Unsure whether two people dining together are a couple or not? We'd suggest that it's probably better to work from the assumption that customers are 'together' unless something tells you otherwise.

After all, it's Valentine's Day, so pairs of friends heading out will possibly be expecting people to misinterpret their relationship and might well simply think it's funny if this happens.

Watch out for rude interruptions

Don't barge in with the dessert menu just as two customers are gazing at each other, hand in hand. And certainly avoid bringing over the starters for a moment if you see any sign of a jewellery box being unveiled!