Friday 20 October 2017

Francis Brennan: 'It's time children learnt some manners'

Francis Brennan
Francis Brennan

Do you eat with your elbows on the table and let your children run off to watch TV without finishing their dinner?

If so, you may need to brush up on etiquette.

TV presenter and hotelier Francis Brennan has written a book to help solve such social slips.

He told the Herald that the book deals with many different matters, including dinner parties, personal appearance, social media and eating out.

"Manners begin at home," he said, adding that among the things parents should be teaching their children is to sit at the table while they are eating.

He also insisted that when eating out, people should treat waiters and waitresses with respect.

Francis, who owns The Park Hotel, Kenmare, with his brother John even provides tips on the correct way to position a toilet roll and the direction of your pillowcase.

It has been a busy time for the hotelier, who turned 61 this week.

Expert

He also has only one day left of filming next month for the seventh series of hit show At Your Service, which he presents with John.

The pair share their expert knowledge to guesthouses and B&Bs around the country.

The latest series will be broadcast early next year.

The brothers themselves choose which premises to visit for the series after the production company whittles down the hopefuls to 20.

A total of eight programmes are done in every series.

"We've done 72 shows up to now," said Francis, adding that they still hear from some of the many owners who have featured on the programme over the years.

Meanwhile, Francis was recognised for his service to the hospitality industry at the 26th annual Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards.

He received the accolade in front of family members and friends.

His book, It's the little things - Francis Brennan's Guide to Life, is published by Gill and Macmillan and is in bookshops from next Friday.

fdillon@herald.ie

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