IELTS Writing Task 1 GT – Celebrated birthday with some friends

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You celebrated your birthday with some friends last week in a restaurant. It was a great success and you and your friends enjoyed the evening very much.

Write a letter to the restaurant to thank them. Mention the food, service and the atmosphere. Also, suggest any improvements to make things better.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,


Sample Answer 1 (148 Words, 10 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Last week on Saturday night some friends and I had dinner in your restaurant to celebrate my birthday. I am writing to thank you for the great evening that we had.

All my friends remarked afterwards on the standard of the food and service that we received. All the food was very tasty and well presented. Our waiter, whose name was James, was fast and friendly and put with well with our bad jokes! The restaurant itself was warm and friendly and the atmosphere showed that all the diners there were enjoying their evening.

I would like though to suggest one improvement. One of my friends is a vegetarian and he felt that the choice for vegetarians was little small. If you could develop that, it would be a great advantage to your restaurant.

Once again I would like to thank you for my highly enjoyable birthday dinner.

Yours faithfully,
Kelvin Smith.


Sample Answer 2 (164 Words, 13 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir,

I am writing this letter to thank you for giving me and my friends a very fantastic and memorable evening at your restaurant.

As you know, last week I celebrated my birthday with my friends at your restaurant, which turned out to be a great success. Everyone enjoyed the arrangements at the poolside and the decoration of sparkling lights with a soft and soothing music in the background. Coming to the food, the presentation was as mouth-watering as the food itself. The service was fabulous too.

I am very satisfied with your hospitality. However, I have few suggestions to make it even better. Firstly, I had friends with children, if you could have added some interesting games for them that would have made the party more interesting.  Secondly, you should have a professional photographer of your own to cover such events. It would be very convenient for your customers.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful. I once again thank you for your admirable services.

Mansoor Afzal.

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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