I'm in a small town... used to be busy during the week with buiness (has died a bit from the slow economy) My busiest time is from june - october... people visiting family, reunions, weddings, autumn - leaf changing.You need to do what works best for you. You don't have to do it the way the old innkeepers did it. How long have you been running your inn. Is it a tourist destination, or do you cater to local business people, college??? Do you have a partner or someone to help you? Serve while you cook or vice versa? I assume everyone gathers at the same time. Does that work for you? If not, consider a change.What do you charge for your rooms? I think this is key for people in their perception of service. This came up in someone else's reply. If I am paying well over $100/night, I expect to be served. I don't care if there is a bountiful amount of buffet or family style food available. I want to sit, relax, and be taken care of! And it's wonderful when it is all beautifully presented as well. If presented with a family style situation, I would tend to be quite careful in what I served myself...we used to call that FHB (Family Hold Back). lol!
That is one of the perks that I've found when I stay at B&Bs. Otherwise, I'll stay at the chain hotels and grab a banana and bagel..All rooms, expect our suite, are under $75 per night.Samster said:What do you charge for your rooms?
With that being said, I still want to create something special. Just because my rooms are 'economically price' I still want people to feel special and taken care of...
Everyone makes a great point... I suppose I just need to 'pick one' and stick with it.. Just trying to take it all in before making that change.
Personally, I don't like family style at the B & B's I have stayed at. I don't want to be that cozy with the other guests. I want to be served my breakfast. For us, serving plated gave us a chance to show off our presentation skills, clever garnishes, etc. We usually always had enough if someone wanted more, but usually they had plenty.
Economical..I'd say? How long since a rate increase?
People seem to enjoy the family style. I've had many, many compliments on breakfast... even people in the small town where I am have commented to me that they heard my breakfast is great.
I am the only person at the B&B. I do it all. Breakfast is offered from 7-9am. I get a time when people check in. Sometimes everyone eats at the same time, sometimes people eat at 7, then 8, then 9. No matter what, it's always family style. Even for one person. They have an empty plate and add to it what they'd like.
When I took over the B&B a little over a year ago the rates were in the $60's I raised them $10. It was MUCH needed. The hotels in my town charge about $90 - $100 with cont'l breakfast.
I always serve fruit/parfait individual.. everyone has there own on the table when the arrive to breakfast, same with a baked good. Then I serve... pancakes, eggs and sausage on seperate plates for people to choose from...