A new report estimated that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the sector will be 2.4% between 2019 and 2022.
Managed, branded and franchised pubs were forecast to drive this growth, with these sites predicted to contribute 49% of pub market revenue in 2019.
MCA Insight’s insight director Gareth Nash said: “The UK pub sector has continued from a strong 2018, as it outperforms the overall eating-out market for a second successive year.
“Outlet decline has slowed and those with a higher calibre of staff and training, better quality and range of differentiated food and drink and more attractive surroundings are well placed to tap into the growth forecasted over the next three years.”
Nash added: “Responsible for nearly half of the turnover, from under a quarter of overall outlets, managed, branded and franchised pubs are set to be a key growth driver for the channel.
“This is driven by premiumisation, wet-led resurgence in all-day and night time venues and growth in accommodation providing additional revenue streams.”
The MCA UK Pub Market Report 2019 examined how the sector will evolve over the next three years through using consumer research, interviews with licensees and industry executives and analysis of pub menus.