Food pub openings up by 9%

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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The number of food-serving suburban pubs rose by 5.2%
The number of food-serving suburban pubs rose by 5.2%

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Branded food pubs bucked the wet-led pubs closure trend over the past 12 months with a 9% growth in openings.

There was a 4.4% decline in drink-led pubs and bars for the year ending June 2015, while the overall growth in restaurant sites reached 6.9% and branded food pub openings grew by 9%, according to the New Market Growth Monitor ​from AlixPartners and CGA Peach.

A total of 1,770 new restaurants opened in the past 12 months, the report claimed.

Demand for quality food and drinks was the main driver of the openings, said Paul Hemming, managing director of Alix Partners.

“The proliferation of branded eating-out concepts to relatively new destinations, and its obvious implications for the independent operator cohort, is a picture that chimes with what we hear in the market place anecdotally, through the business with which we work,” Hemming added.

‘Clear desire for quality food’

Food on the up

The proliferation of branded eating-out concepts to relatively new destinations, and its obvious implications for the independent operator cohort, is a picture that chimes with what we hear in the market place anecdotally

  • Source: ​report

“It is clear that the desire for quality food and bar offerings has spread across the country. Many of our clients are taking advantage of this new market and are finding the combination of strong demand and – typically – lower rent is delivering highly attractive ROI [return on investment].”

For the first time, the number of licensed restaurants outstripped the number of drink-led community pubs (27,500 against 26,700), he added.

The number of suburban pubs serving food grew by 5.2% for the 12 months ending June, which wasn’t far behind the urban growth rate, according to the report.

“Regionally, Greater London remains the growth engine. Total numbers grew by 3.3%, with food-led businesses up 6.9%,” it said.

“The proliferation of branded eating-out concepts to relatively new destinations, and its obvious implications for the independent operator cohort, is a picture that chimes with what we hear in the market place anecdotally, through the business with which we work,” it added.

Businesses taking advantage

The desire for quality food and bar offerings had spread across the country, with many businesses taking advantage.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Upon Tyne placed sixth on AlixPartners and CGA Peach’s top 10 list of cities with the most restaurant openings (see table below).

About 18 new venues opened in the city in the 12 months ending June 2015, which was 4.9% up on the same period last year and 15.9% up on 2010.

Newcastle’s pub scene was said to have “transformed” over the years, leading industry commentators said ahead of The Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s​ latest MA300 event. The event will take place this Thursday (24 September) and features a raft of top speakers for multi-site operators.

Places are limited. To book your two free operator tickets call Jo Horton on 01293 610 403 or email Joanne.Horton@wrbm.com 

View the current list of speakers here

City centres in food-serving venue growth

Position

City

Net new sites

Annual change

Five-year change

1

Leicester

18

8.5%

13.2%

2

Bristol

10

6.5%

2.5%

3

Birmingham

20

5.9%

11.8%

4

Leeds

18

5.8%

18.8%

5

Glasgow

25

5.2%

8.9%

6

Newcastle Upon Tyne

18

4.9%

15.9%

7

Cardiff

10

4.9%

25%

8

York

11

4.4%

17.5%

9

Liverpool

15

4.3%

17.7%

10

Sheffield

9

4.2%

1.8%

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