RESTAURANTS have been critcised by the Government`s consumer watchdog for pushing customers into buying expensive bottled water, instead of offering them tap water for free.
The National Consumer Council (NCC) claims that some restaurants in Mayfair, London, are offering water at £50 a litre and even chain restaurants are selling a litre of water at £3.80.
The watchdog says that nine out of 10 restaurants are pushing patrons to spend on so-called designer waters instead of serving free tap water.
Under the Supply of Goods & Services Act restaurants have a legal duty to supply water with a meal, but they are allowed to charge for it, even if it is just tap water.
The watchdog claims that only one per cent of restaurants in London always offer free tap water before suggesting bottled.
Carl Belgrove from the NCC, said: "Some restaurants are willing to offer tap water to their customers, but the majority push mineral water just to make a quick profit."
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