As a consultant you get used to sitting in a restaurant on your own. You arrive in a town/city at 8:30pm. You are hungry, so you find a place to eat. The food is nice, but I used to feel like Norman Nomates until I started taking a sketchbook along.
Restaurants are great places to sit and draw for an hour. You don't have to move, its warm and dry, no-one is going to chase you out the door, and if you want anything else to eat or drink you just have to nod to one of the waiters.
On Monday I ate in aa kebab shop in Brussels (Le Botannique Snack)
Last week I was staying on Anglesey and ate at The Bridge Inn in Menai Bridge.