But the lunchtime diners at Merrie England's New Street cafe in Huddersfield town centre had a few thousand unwelcome fellow guests in the sun.
A swarm of bees settled on one of the chairs in the lunchtime sun and brought an unBEE-lievable drama.
So step forward apiarist Maureen Rooney.
Maureen, of Honley, who has been a beekeeper for the past four years, was up to the task.
Rooney to the rescue, as it were, even before the World Cup!
She put on protective clothing and a mask and, armed with only a net curtain and a smoke canister burning old sacking, set about rescuing the swarm.
Hundreds of shoppers watched in amazement as Maureen gathered up the swarm from under a chair and put it in a box.
She then had to try and round up the hundreds of `strays' still buzzing around the precinct before taking them away to one of her hives.
Police and Kirklees Council environmental services officers cordoned off part of New Street while Maureen did her duty. She said: "It's a busy time of year, with swarms being reported every day.
"The queen bee obviously needed a rest as she flew along and settled on one of the chairs. The others followed her. It does make an impressive sight.
"Once the queen is settled others will swarm with her.
"The smoke calms them down a little so they can be handled."
Town centre workers told how the swarm had flown along the length of New Street before settling outside the cafe, where stunned diners carried on with their sandwiches and coffee.
Elizabeth Lowther, from Marsh, was shopping when she spotted the bees.
She said: "I couldn't believe it.
"There were at least hundreds if not thousands of them.
"People were ducking out of the way and a man was trying to cover up a baby in a pram.
"I don't know what brought them out, but they were really swarming."