"I didn't have a clue about the type of paper, but I've been incredibly impressed."

A Word from Ian, a Top Print Waiter

It's important to us that Print Waiter delivers the highest quality print on the best quality stock. Other companies may state ‘Premium’ and yet not be entirely accurate, Print Waiter only deliver Premium. Nothing but the best. For example, no one is printing on synthetic material like we are offering under our Chef-Safe grade. It is important to us that our clients understand that they have been supplied by one of the oldest print companies in the UK and that Print Waiter is dedicated to supplying 100% customer satisfaction.

Premium Grade

The material is produced and supplied by the World's leading manufacturer of Creative and Technical paper. Our Premium stock is a triple coated silk finish, woodfree paper/board, FSC® Certified stock. This quality material offers a unique texture for all printed communications requiring a sense of refined touch.

The material is 300gsm in weight, Chlorine free, triple coated and its high whiteness and opacity gives a first class print result.

This most affordable offering is still top quality, perhaps this is why we have a reputation built over  165 years.

Luxury Grade

Produced and supplied by an English company, G.F Smith, established over 130 years ago and renowned for producing the most luxurious paper available. They are the award-winning Luxury Paper manufacturer in the world

Our Luxury grade material is 300gsm in weight, FSC®  certified and produced with 100% virgin ECF Fibre.

We chose this material as our flagship substrate as it has an iconic and indispensable element that the true designer chooses every time to showcase their craft. You can see and feel the difference, and so can your customers.

Chef-Safe Grade

Unique to Print Waiter, Chef-Safe is an incredible, printable synthetic paper, based on a high grade white polyester substrate with a two-sided high performance opaque printable topcoat. Unique PVC-free, wood-free and lamination-free.

This material is 300gsm and combines the physical qualities of a voided polyester (PET) film with the 'look and feel' of a luxury paper.

It is suitable for outdoor and indoor applications with high demands on durability, tear and water resistance which is perfect for the hospitality industry. Print Waiter is the only hospitality print specialist that offers this.

What is 'paper weight' or gsm that printers talk about?

What difference does a paper weight make - apart from stopping your papers blowing away in a breeze. Put simply the higher the numerical figure the thicker the paper – standard photocopy paper tends to be about 80 gsm (grams per square meter).

90 – 100 gsm is good weight paper for stationery and fliers, thinner menu pages etc

120 – 170 gsm the higher the gsm the more premium the feel, thick and solid stands for quality.

200 – 250 gsm is thick enough to give some support – this is thick enough to be used on its own as cards and menus

280+ gsm is a quality thick card, stands, folds or simply adds a premium feel to each menu.

All Print Waiter stock is 300 gsm. We don't offer thin flimsy rubbish because we want you to be thrilled with your menus and printed material, our reputation has been built on delighting our customers and we don't intend to stop now. 

What are Print Finishes?

Well, the details are below, but in all honesty, for a fabulous menu we suggest finishes and give details at the end of your order, so you don't really need to read any further, just start designing.

We like to keep things easy for our customers, but also offer what our clients' need based on our 165 years of experience.

What is a print finish and why do some people talk about it? This is just type of print on the paper. There are a lot of these from very simple to the technical, if you would like more info, please just ask.

Spot Varnish - to give a shine to a certain area of the menu, or a certain word.

Embossing – Creating a 3D image on a piece of card or paper, it simply pushes the image or logo out of the paper so that it stands out and can generally be seen and felt to the touch.

Thermography - this is an affordable alternative to engraving or Copperplate Printing, raising the height of the image or text.

Foil blocking - The application of foil, metallic or otherwise to an area of image, design or text.

Die-cuts - Cutting paper so that it is rounded or shaped in any way. Also cutting a hole or shape into the paper is Die cutting.

Lamination - Applying a thin, clear plastic coating to the paper or card. This adds strength to the paper stock, it makes it more durable and is wipe clean. This is not waterproof more water resistant. 

"This is normally a confusing, difficult process but not with these guys. Spot on."