Pubs prove popular for Christmas Day meals

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

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Half of consumers will consider eating out in the future on Christmas day
Half of consumers will consider eating out in the future on Christmas day
One in six adults in the UK ate out on Christmas Day this year, equating to eight million meals with a third of consumers choosing to eat in a pub.

According to Allegra Foodservice’s Eating Out Panel​, more than a quarter of UK adults have never eaten out on Christmas Day however nearly half of those would consider doing so.

Hotels hosted 18% of the meals and 16% chose to eat at local restaurants on Christmas Day.

The majority of Christmas Day diners were under 35 and predominantly living in London suggesting there is more scope to influence a younger generation of time-poor diners towards eating out instead of cooking a traditional meal at home.


Gareth Nash, Allegra Foodservices’ head of consumer insight, said: “Nearly half of consumers will consider eating out in the future on Christmas day so there is an opportunity there for operators to increase footfall further and convert these ‘considerers’ into actual visitors.”

The report showed that the main reason people chose to eat out was because they’d been invited by friends or family, or to avoid the hassle of entertaining at home. Very few consumers chose to eat out on Christmas day for better quality of food.

Nash said: “Venues should really focus their Christmas day messaging on providing a stress free sociable occasion for consumers on Christmas Day.”

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Eating out- How many people check the stars?

Posted by John P. Graham,

I thoroughly agree with Mike Duckett's post about checking the food hygiene rating before booking/going to eat out.

This is something which I do anyway although I must confess that I don't eat out all that often.

The one thing I would like to see is it being made mandatory to display such "Scores-on-the Doors" hygiene ratings.

This would obviously not be popular with some poorly-rated establishments but, nonetheless, it would give the owners of such places a good "Kick up the Bum" to get themselves motivated and sorted out.

Also, whilst on the subject of hygiene, what about extending EHOs remit to show some interest on pub and restaurant toilets? Although establishments must, by law, provide "adequate toilet facilities for staff", including hand washing facilities (running hot & cold water, soap and handrying facilities) there are many establishments (mainly pubs) where these are sorely lacking.

I'm surprised at the number of well-appointed pubs in the bar areas that go the extra mile to provide a good environment and customer experience but show little or no respect for their toilets.

As a well-travelled American friend said to me recently: "English pub bathrooms (that's what they call toilets over there) are the pits"

Something worth taking on board, eh?

John P. Graham
Hampstead Village NW3

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Always check the star hygiene rating

Posted by Mike Duckett MBE FIH,

This year may be not so popular after the woman`s death. I suggest always check the rating on hygiene prior to booking

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