Here in Britain, we are a nation of ‘foodies’. 66% of UK adults will tell you that they are passionate about food and drink – especially bloggers. 50% of us are passionate about home cooking and 53% of millennials will eat out at least once a week. Personally, I really enjoy going out to eat – although I can’t always afford it. There’s something really exciting about going to a new restaurant, browsing the menu and trying something different. The rise of food blogs has definitely contributed to this, I’m often finding new restaurants via blogs or Instagram.
It has been said that the average Brit spends £44 a week on restaurant bills alone. Harvey Jones, designers of bespoke kitchens in Sussex have had a look at the UK’s eating habits by region.
According to a survey by Payment Sense, the average Brit spends around £9.75 on eating out or takeaways for themselves at least once a month. Annually, this works out at £117 per person! I definitely spend more than this as I am often ordering takewaways by myself and need to order more than the minimum spend to get delivery. I’m guilty of getting at least one takeaway a week and spending around £15 – that’s £60 a month, £720 a year. Now I’ve worked that out, I think I should probably try to have less takeaways.
Whilst Bristol is named the Takeaway Capital of the UK with a reported 279 takeaway restaurants, Leeds appears to be the greatest lover of the takeaways. 77% of Leeds folk admit to having at least one takeaway a month.
This love of ordering-in isn’t reflected across the whole Yorkshire region however. Less than 25 miles away, people in York don’t dine as regularly on takeaways, with only 25% of them ordering a monthly take out.
Chinese appears to be the favourite cuisine too – a favourite across the whole country. Only 3 out of the 30 cities questioned didn’t name Chinese as their favourite takeaway – and of all individual respondents asked, 35% voted Chinese as their favourite. Chinese is definitely my favourite, especially while I’m down in Winchester as we have the best takeaways here. This trend is mirrored between male and female respondents, too.
Indian takeaways follow closely in second place with 24% of the votes – and Indian stole the crown as the number one favourite in Aberystwyth, Coventry and Wolverhampton.
According to The Sun, the average Brit can spend around £288,000 in their lifetime eating out at restaurants – you could buy a house for that! I am guilty of spending a lot of money on food, but I don’t go out to eat that often. I’ll eat out maybe twice a month and spend anything from £10 – £20.
Whilst Millennials are expected to eat out more than any other demographic, the average Brit now eats out twice a week with pub grub stealing the title as their favourite option. 18-29 year olds spend double the amount of other demographics on eating out – with an average spend of £88 per week, I definitely don’t spend anywhere near that much!
London is the city of eating out according to The Chronicle, with the capital consuming the most Indian, Chinese, Thai, fish and chips and pizza meals at restaurants than any other city. This doesn’t surprise me as there’s so many amazing restaurants in the capital. The South East and Northern Ireland aren’t far behind the big city though, whilst Scotland appears to be the region that eats out the least.
Birmingham is also known as the Curry Capital with 43% of residents claiming curry restaurants are their favourite. When I lived in Birmingham, we had the best Indian restaurant just down the road and I had a takeaway from there weekly. 34% of Londoners seem to agree. Glasgow prefers authentic Spanish tapas (14%), while 14% of Edinburgh folk love Sushi.
Dinner time at home has become a far less formal affair over the past couple of decades. Families rarely sit down to eat all together with busy work schedules. In 2017, just over 20% of British families said they sat down to dinner together once or twice a week, and one in five have their ‘family meals’ whilst sitting in front of the television. However, some people prefer to cook their own meals at home, as they can control their own ingredients (49%).
According to Statista, 64% of people enjoy cooking, whilst 55% describe cooking as something they have to do but don’t. There has also been a 10% increase in the number of people preparing meals from scratch at least once a week from 2005. But which regions are most likely to cook homecooked meals?