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The aim of this group is for me to arrange occasional informal foodie holidays - both within the UK and in mainland Europe (possibly even further afield). The emphasis will be on the food, rather than the hotels. Whilst daytimes will typically be free for you to explore the town or city at leisure, the evenings will give you an opportunity to sample Michelin starred or other quality restaurants around the world, with small groups of like-minded people.  My role is facilitator, rather than tour guide. Please join me with an open mind, and a spirit of adventure!

In the meantime, I will schedule meals in the local area, making the most of what Birmingham has to offer on the fine dining scene and beyond.

I have lots of ideas for restaurants to visit, but if there's anywhere you've been itching to try, in Birmingham or elsewhere, please let me know!

And now for the serious bit.  Unfortunately, some of the feedback I have received from a number of different members leads me to draw attention to a few issues.  I don't like laying down rigid T&Cs, but I don't want the actions of a few to spoil the enjoyment of the many.  As a courtesy to your fellow diners:

-  Please be on time.  The time I specify on the Meetup is the time I expect everyone to be seated, so please aim to arrive at the restaurant a few minutes beforehand.  I recognise that occasionally there are exceptional circumstances: in this case please keep me updated by text (not via a Meetup comment please, as I don't receive notifications).

-  Please do not spend your entire evening on your mobile phone.  Meals are not *just* about the food - they are also an opportunity to socialise.  Whilst I don't have a problem with people checking occasionally if expecting something important, or using their phone to take photos (no flash please), if you can't bear to spend a few hours without being glued to your phone then perhaps you should be spending your evening with the person at the other end of it, and not with a group in a restaurant.

For either of the above, persistent offenders will be removed from the group.  If you have already signed up to a future Meetup at the time of removal then, where possible (e.g. your deposit has not already been forwarded to the restaurant or used to purchase a ticket), you will be refunded (less fees).

I usually send out a reminder a couple of days before each Meetup, which often contains useful logstical information.  Please ensure that you are subscribed to Mailing List Messages so that you receive these.  I may not have time to answer individual messages, especially if the information has already been provided :-)

Thanks for your co-operation, and I look forward to meeting you soon

Rach

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