Counter serviceCounter service is a form of serviceinrestaurants,pubs,andbarswhere food or drinks are ordered at the counter. Counter service is sometimes also referred to as a"bar service," such as used for "juice bar" or in the case of pubs and bars where thecounter is also called thebar .Customersmaytake-outthe food, or carry it to a table,or eat at the bar, using chairs or stoolsprovided for the purpose. Counter service iscompared with table service where serviceis provided at the table. With counter service, the customer generally pays beforeconsuming the food or drink. Somefast foodr estaurants offer only counter service whiletable service is the common form in most restaurants. For pubs and bars, bar service isthe norm in bothIreland
and theUnited Kingdomwhereas table service is thenorm inContinental Europe.Table serviceTable service is food service served to thecustomer's table bywaitersandwaitressess,also known as "servers". Table service iscommon in most restaurants, while for somefast food restaurantscounter service isthe common form. For pubsandbars,counter service is the norm in theUnitedKingdom.With table service, the customer generally pays at the end of meal. Variousmethods of table service can be provided.See, for instance,silver service.In recentyears, restaurants have began to train their servers using e-learning programs in an effortto lower training costs.Gueridon serviceGueridon service is a form of food service provided byrestaurants to their guests. This type of serviceencompasses preparing food (primarily salads, main dishessuch as beef stroganoff, or desserts) in direct view of theguests, using a "gueridon". A gueridon typically consists of atrolley that is equipped to prepare, cook and serve food.There is a gas hob, chopping board, cutlery drawer, coldstore (depending on the trolley type) and general workingarea.