More Brits opt to eat out for Christmas over dining at home

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Boutique hoteliers could see Christmas takings boosted by an emerging seasonal trend.

Bookatable.co.uk, the online table booking service, has revealed that there has been a significant rise in the number of people booking their Christmas dinner out of home.

Booking data from the company’s 800,000-strong database show a 150% rise in the number of people eating out at Christmas compared with three years ago.

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British food ranks as the number one cuisine in the UK at Christmas, but other nationalities’ favourites are giving the home grown variety a run for its money.

Of the top 10 foods during the festive period, American Steaks and Grills accounted for 14% of bookings with French cuisine was the third most popular, taking a 7% share of bookings.

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz proved to be the most popular restaurant choice in the UK at Christmas, taking a 30% share of all bookings with Alton Towers be the most popular dining venue at Christmas for the rest of the UK, taking 21% of the 10 most popular dining venues in Britain.

The full list of top ten popular restaurants in the UK this Christmas season includes:

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Alton Towers

Lady Dinahs Cat Emporium

Cloud 23

Rules

The Witchery

Le Chalet

The Promenade at The Dorchester

Jamie’s Italian at Covent Garden

The Ritz Restaurant in London

The most popular date for consumers to dine out during the Xmas period is expected to be Saturday 6 December, with the most popular date for lunch bookings being Christmas Day.

Bookatable’s data reveals that eating out during the festive season can be an affordable and stress free alternative to eating at home, with Brits spending an average of just £25.27 per head on Christmas Day. Clearly dining out with slightly larger wallets on Boxing Day following the Christmas bonus, the average spend per head the day after Christmas is £27.23.
The top ten popular cuisines in the UK this Christmas

British

Steaks and Grills

French

Italian

European

Fish and Seafood

International

American

Indian

Mexican

Joe Steele, CEO of Bookatable, comments: “It’s interesting to see the significant rise in demand for restaurant bookings at Christmas, as more and more Britons are opting to eat out rather than endure the stress and growing costs for cooking a traditional family feast at Christmas.

"As our data shows, the earlier people book the better the deal they receive and as Brits continue to look for ways to save money at Christmas, we predict that this will only continue to grow over the coming years.”
 

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