Fuller, Smith & Turner, the premium pubs and hotels business, has introduced Good Food Talks in its Managed Pubs, offering a talking menu service to make it easier for visually impaired, blind or dyslexic diners to independently browse and order from the food menu.
Good Food Talks provides accessible menus, both online and in its app, using text-to-speech software, large text format, background colour inversion and OpenDyslexic font.
The technology, which was implemented in those Fuller’s Managed Pubs with Fuller’s Kitchens* on 7 August 2019, includes listings of more than 2500 restaurants throughout the UK. Each listing includes the address, directions, and the complete food menu, including price, description, and allergen information. The software is free for users and can be used on smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices using the Good Food Talks website and iOS app.
Matt Wadsworth, the founder of Good Food Talks, said: “If you are visually impaired or blind, you are reliant for people to read the menu to you. I’m blind, so a print menu is not of a lot of use to me. My wife and I developed Good Food Talks because she was always having to read restaurant menus to me, and we sought to improve that.
“You can browse through the menu and hear the allergy information, so whether you’re visually impaired, blind or dyslexic, you can now read the restaurant menu completely independently using Good Food Talks.”
To use Good Food Talks in Fuller’s pubs, users can download the free Good Food Talks app and search for the pub to listen the menu. They can also visit https://goodfoodtalks.com/fullers to use the service online from their device, using Fuller’s free WiFi in pubs.
Fuller’s Director of Food, Paul Dickinson, said: “We’re incredibly passionate about our food and we’re excited to now offer Good Food Talks to our customers. I’ve always thought our food sounded good and now it can truly speak for itself.”
* not available in pubs with a franchised kitchen operation.
Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is a premium pubs and hotels business. The Company runs 180 Tenanted pubs and 204 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 817 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 173 locations within the M25. In June 2018 Fuller’s acquired Bel & The Dragon, comprising six stunning country inns (included in the pub numbers above), and the Company also owns The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 16 sites in England and Wales. In April 2019, Fuller’s sold its brewing division to Asahi Europe Ltd.