New health restrictions could signal the end of the Hotel Buffet.

New health restrictions could signal the end of the Hotel Buffet.

27-04-2020Ultima Hora

A new report claims that new health restrictions could signal an end to the much loved Hotel Buffet.

In the past guests have been known to crowd in front of the trays to help themselves to a huge variety of food.

But, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, some hotels are considering banning customers from helping themselves and having hotel employees dish up instead.

According to the Post-Covid-19 Buffet report, hotel guests, suppliers and hotel staff will be forced to adopt extreme hygienic and sanitary measures.

More than 30 professionals and experts from the Hotel Industry, Industrialists, Suppliers and Technology & Risk Prevention Companies were interviewed for the Post-Covid-19 buffet report.


Josep Moré is one of the leading experts in Buffet Breakfasts and an Advisor to numerous hotels conducts annual specialised courses.

"The transformation that take place will not be just from a business point of view, we are also noting how customers feel and now more than ever it’s necessary, super necessary, to listen to customers,” said Moré. "It's an interesting challenge, but I would put money on the hot buffet disappearing and a move towards customers being served more local produce with fewer choices.”

Moré also says it’s important that customers can see that everything is clean and hygienic and admits that it’s impossible to assess how long people’s worry over fear of coronavirus infection will last.

“Not only about the confinement, but the insecurity that will remain in our minds, I think it will take a year or so for everything to be ‘normalised’ but there will always be embers of doubt in everyone's mind and we just hope that the virus won’t come back in the autumn,” he said.

A la Carte Service

The Post-Covid-19 buffet report suggets that it could be time for the Hotel Buffet Service to disappear altogether.

“Hotels could replace the traditional buffet with an A la Carte Service where possible and promote Room Service,” it states.


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Dave / Hace about 1 year

Not an issue to me. I prefer the safe haven of breakfast in a private rented apartment rather than a free for all in a hotel


Andy / Hace about 1 year

Agree with Phil. Buffets are for fat hogs who know nothing about food and pile up pasta, fish, lamb, chicken and beans on the same plate. With a pint of tomato ketchup on top. Those people are just gonna have to have a staycation at a Toby carvery this year.


Malcolm / Hace about 1 year

' Much loved ' ??? Where do they get that peculiar idea from. George Orwell ? Biggest snouts four feet in the trough !


Mr B / Hace about 1 year

I have seen children pick up food from the buffet and put it back down again! while their parent watch on. Also, older people making their secret take out lunches at the buffet fingering the food and fruit. What chance do we have with people like this?


Phil / Hace about 1 year

Disaster for fat Brits and Germans who usually load up their plates 3 or 4 times.