Costa Coffee has announced it will be rolling out a Chatty Café scheme across 300 of its stores in the UK.

The scheme is designed to encourage conversation between customers by setting aside designated ‘Chatter and Natter’ tables.

Following a successful trail earlier this year, the scheme is to be rolled out nationwide after research from Costa revealed that six in 10 people are having fewer face-to-face conversations compared to 10 years ago.

Victoria Moorhouse, head of sustainability at Costa Coffee, said: “It is clear from our research that although we appear to be talking less as a nation, there’s a real desire for people to actually have more face-to-face conversations around the country.

“Our coffee shops have always played an important role within communities; acting as a hub for people to meet, spend time together and most importantly, talk. With loneliness and social isolation on the rise, feeling part of a community is more important than ever.

“And that’s exactly what the Chatty Café scheme is all about – we understand the importance of conversation and we want to help make it as simple as possible for our customers to open up, have a friendly chat and bring local people together within our stores.”