William Hanson - The UK's leading etiquette coach & expert
Etiquette Coach and Expert

Dining Etiquette

Refine your social and professional dining skills and discover the history behind everyday actions with this informative and entertaining private tutorial in table manners.

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Dining Etiquette

course outline

Refine your dining skills and learn the history of polite eating while enjoying the finest food in one of London’s best dining venues, The Ritz restaurant.

You’ve seen the lavish dinner table scenes on Downton Abbey and The Crown - ever wished you could master the rules of the table so you fit in with the Windsors and Crawleys?

You will be taught all styles of dining etiquette (formal and informal) while enjoying a delicious lunch in one of London’s most prestigious restaurants in the heart of London. William will guide you through the plethora of rules and nuances of dining etiquette so you can confidently eat with friends, family and co-workers.

Even for those whose table manners are pretty polished already, you can enjoy learning the amusing and rich history behind the manners that we still use today.


Investment upon application. Group and couple rates available.

Investment inclusive of tuition, three-course lunch with soft drinks, coffee and all UK taxes including VAT.

Venue: The Ritz, London.

When: to suit your schedule.

Children's dining etiquette course also available.

Following the tuition with William we now know we can dine anywhere with confidence and can quickly spot (but never correct) the pitfalls of other diners!
— Sarah and Zach, January 2019

Course topics

  • Customs and nuances around the world

  • Toasts and speeches

  • Port protocol: Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?

  • Tea, coffee and liqueurs

  • Styles of service

  • What to do when things go wrong

  • ...and more.

  • Navigating the place setting

  • Don't hold it like a knife! How to correctly hold cutlery

  • The rhythm of dining

  • Posture and positioning for dining

  • Napkin etiquette

  • How to eat everything easily, from caviar to burgers

  • Condiments and sauces