This new app removes the awkward wait for the bill at the end of a meal

For anyone frustrated by the long wait to pay the bill at the end of a meal, there’s now an app solution.

Barclaycard has created Dine & Dash, which allows time-pressed diners to pay the bill as soon as they’re done.

They no longer need to wait for restaurant staff to ring up the total, which was labelled the most frustrating part of eating out, according to research from the credit card firm.

The app is also designed to appeal to the 25% of diners who have considered walking out without paying when the wait was too long.

The app will be trialled at the St Martins Lane branch of Prezzo, in central London, on March 13.

A Barclaycard totem is on each table. Diners check in by tapping their phone against the table device.

Once they have eaten, they’re free to leave and the bill is paid by the mobile app.

Alternatively, within the app, restaurant goers can choose to split the bill and add a tip.

Nick Kerigan, managing director of Future Payments at Barclaycard, said: “Eating out is something we all look forward to, yet our research shows that waiting to pay is an increasing frustration.

“By taking the pain out of payments, Dine & Dash is a ‘win win’ for both consumers and restaurants.”

Dave Broom, IT director at Prezzo, said: “We’re really looking forward to testing this exciting new technology in our restaurants.”

To book a table for the trial visit Eventbrite.

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