Company figures reported the number of bookings throughout December had tripled since 2012, with 65% of the survey’s respondents saying they planned to eat more than two Christmas dinners and 7% claiming they would eat more than five.
Catriona Kempston, marketing director at Mitchells & Butlers, said: “Christmas is rarely stress-free. Whilst carving the turkey on the 25th is seen as a tradition, our survey shows that in actual fact more of us are having more than one Christmas dinner as a result of catching up with friends and relatives."
“One of the reasons for this is the simple convenience of eating out. Not having to worry about cooking means that people have one less thing to think about – making the prospect of having Christmas dinner out much more appealing.”
82% said they would be celebrating with family, which 62% said they looked forward to the most, followed by gatherings with friends (30%) and office parties (20%) respectively.
The survey also asked consumers how far they would be willing to travel to eat a Christmas meal out. 75% of total respondents said they would travel no further than five miles.
However, consumers in the East Midlands said they would travel more than 21 miles for their meals. Additionally 10% of consumers in Wales and the South West said they would travel more than 50 miles.