Christmas Day bookings surge as consumer stress spikes

By Daniel Woolfson

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Christmas Day pub & restaurant bookings surge as public stress spikes

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An increasing number of Brits plan to have their Christmas Day meal out at a pub or restaurant, as the stress of cooking at home proves too much to handle, new data suggests. 

A survey by reported a 63% year-on-year spike in Christmas Day bookings across the UK, with a 251% increase in Christmas bookings since 2011.

The surge in Christmas bookings could also be attributed to consumers feeling they were not able to spend enough time with their families or due to the pressures of catering on Christmas Day, said Bookatable CEO Joe Steele.

Seventy percent of respondents who cooked on Christmas Day said they spent between three to five hours in the kitchen away from their loved ones, whilst 78% said they spent roughly three hours tidying up after the meal.

Quality time

Psychologist Corinne Sweet said: “Ideally, Christmas should be all about spending quality time together as a family or with friends, but sometimes the hype, rush and stress of it all gets in the way – it’s no wonder that so many of us are turning to alternatives.”

Financial pressures also factored in the study, with 87% of those asked saying they bought too much food that would end up going to waste as well as ingredients not used at any other time of year. 21% said hosting Christmas festivities left them feeling out of pocket.


However, consumers were increasingly eager to spend large sums of money on Christmas meals, with 13% saying they would spend at least £500 on food alone.

The survey similarly reported an increase in Bookings for both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. 

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