La Gavroche is a Michelin 2* restaurant in London. Until recently, it had a very firm “jackets required” policy. It’s clear cut and that’s absolutely fine with me. I choose not to dine at places that are so anachronistic as to have such a policy so have had absolutely no problem in spending my money elsewhere (not least at the owner’s cousin’s 3* restaurant where they are not so silly).
However, they have changed their policy as follows and I really don’t know what to make of it:
"Le Gavroche operates a smart dress code, jackets and ties are optional and we do not permit any t-shirts or sportswear. Any decision regarding permitting entry to the restaurant is entirely at the management’s discretion and guests found complying with the dress code but are not attired appropriately may be denied entry. "
On the one hand, they appear to have relaxed the “jackets required” policy. However, they are clearly stating that even if a customer is fully compliant with the “smart dress code”, they may still take a view that he is not “attired appropriately” and deny him entry. I’m reading that as though they are likely to still turn away folk not wearing jackets - which means that, for me, I would have a 400 mile round trip rail journey and an overnight hotel stay and still not be able to eat there. So, I’m still not going.