Fuller’s introduces talking menus for visually impaired

Fuller’s introduces talking menus for visually impaired

Fuller’s 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 last month in those Fuller’s managed pubs with Fuller’s Kitchens, includes listings of more than 2,500 restaurants throughout the UK. Each listing includes the address, directions and the complete food menu, including price, description and allergen information.

“We’re incredibly passionate about our food and we’re excited to now offer Good Food Talks to our customers,” says Fuller’s director of food Paul Dickinson. “I’ve always thought our food sounded good and now it can truly speak for itself.”

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.

“If you are visually impaired or blind, you are reliant for people to read the menu to you,” explains Matt Wadsworth, the founder of Good Food Talks (pictured using the software). “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.”

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