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Brits 'eating out more in bad economy'

01 | 03 | 13

The economic downturn has not reduced British people's appetite for eating out, according to a new survey.

In fact, the research by lastminute.com suggests that UK diners may be enjoying food at their favourite restaurants more often to take their minds off the nation's financial gloom.

The survey of 2,000 people found that 24 per cent of Britons are going out for meals more frequently than they did three years ago, with Italian shown to the most popular kind of cuisine, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Restaurants using kitchen equipment to serve British, Chinese, Indian and Thai food were also revealed as favourites among UK diners.

Financial worries may have created a new breed of savvy diner, as the survey discovered that 24 per cent of people always look for good deals before venturing out, while 15 per cent never visit a restaurant without a discount.

On average, diners were found to spend just under £19 per head on a two-course meal with a drink.

"It seems that we've reverted back to 'eating out as the new eating in' as Britons choose to dine out more and make the most of their free time with great restaurant offers available, rather than spending the night in," said Mark Maddock, UK and Ireland managing director at lastminute.com.

The findings, which will be welcomed by restaurant owners across the country, contrast with another recent study that revealed a downturn in eating out over Christmas.

According to the QuickBite online survey by hospitality analyst firm Horizons, 68 per cent of people went out for a meal during the 2012 festive period, compared with 72 per cent the previous year.

However, the average spend of a person eating out at Christmas was 5.4 per cent higher in 2012 than it was in 2011.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801550308-ADNFCR


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