Yes, that's what I'm talking about. First it was the swipe machine, then
it was the one that printed out a ticket for you to sign, now you enter
a PIN. Restaurants that don't have them are unheard of in the UK, and
getting increasingly rare in continental Europe. As for taking your card
away from the table - it never happens.
My memory of this is slightly different from yours, but since you live
there, I'm sure yours is better than mine. So I'll defer to yours. <g>