Experiential advice: will people flock back to the pub?


‘The retailers are coming’ – but can pubs survive?

By Nicholas Robinson

A new generation of customers could be set to flock to the high street in search of ‘real experiences’, but retailers are stepping up their game and reacting with out-of-the-box ideas, which could outshine pubs.

Food at your fingertips: research shows ordering food on phones rather than relying on table service is popular

What will be hot in 2018?

By Nikkie Sutton

Tapping into technology in all areas and value for money are what is set to be hot this year according to a new report.

Good news: drink-led businesses had the best of festive trading

Christmas and new year sales drop for pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales down by 0.1% over the six week Christmas and New Year period, according to research.

Sweet on sweet potato: consumers want more choices of the root vegetable on menus

Consumers demand sweet potato options

By Michelle Perrett

Demand for sweet potato is at an all-time high among UK consumers, latest research from potato supplier Aviko has revealed.

Pie chart: what do consumers want in their pie?

Food trends for 2018 – what do customers want?

By Nicholas Robinson

Diners are more willing to go solo and dine out alone, with more than three quarters of those asked in new research claiming to find eating without a partner socially acceptable.

Big changes: operators face difficult decisions about their menus


Salads now 'more popular than fish and chips'

By Daniel Woolfson

An onslaught of healthy options has transformed pub and restaurant menus to the extent that salads now outsell pub classic fish and chips across the eating-out sector, research has revealed.

Merry Christmas: Consumers demand more during the festive period


Bidvest Foodservice launches new Christmas range

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers eat out across all dining occasions more at Christmas than any other time of the year and demand more free-from options, giving operators the opportunity to make more money over the festive period.

Gastrosprogs: 'they want tasty food that doesn't look healthy'

Create a healthy food menu for kids

By Andrew Don

Creating a children’s menu that satisfies young appetites, while keeping mum and dad happy that their cherubs are eating a balanced diet, can be tough. But the experts have a few ideas. Andrew Don reports

Brits eating more meals alone

Consumer trends

British diners choosing to eat more meals alone

By Daniel Woolfson

British diners are increasingly choosing to eat alone, with more than a third going a whole week without eating a meal in the company of anyone else, new research reports.

Neurogastronomy is about more than how the food looks on the plate

Double pub food sales with neurogastronomy?

By Nicholas Robinson

Encouraging diners to use more senses than just the taste buds could boost your profits. Nicholas Robinson explains how neurogastronomy can be used to enhance every diner’s experience

Punch Taverns pubs will be sold, not closed

Punch Taverns

Punch sell-off: closure fears eased

By Oli Gross

Punch Taverns has confirmed plans to sell 400 pubs in the next few years as part of a long-standing business plan, but has allayed fears of closures which were mistakenly reported in the national press.

Easter is now close to joining Christmas as a benchmark period in operators’ diaries, the research shows

Strong Easter rescues disappointing March for eating out sector

By James Wallin, M&C Report

Easter weekend like-for-like sales across the eating and drinking out sector were up 5.1% year-on-year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker, but followed the first monthly drop in like-for-like sales for two year.

Edible insects: can they crack the market or are we too squeamish to chow down on creepy crawlies?

Trend Watch

Trend watch: buggin' out?

By Daniel Woolfson

Imagine sitting down to eat in a restaurant and being served a plate of locusts...

Half of consumers will consider eating out in the future on Christmas day

Pubs prove popular for Christmas Day meals

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

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.

Allegra believes gourmet hotdogs are a fad

Gourmet hotdogs 'a fad'

By John Harrington

Gourmet hotdogs, juice bars and bubble tea bars are “short lived” crazes, although street food is starting to have a greater influence across the wider UK restaurant sector, according to the new Menu & Food Trends Report from Allegra Foodservice.

The research found eating and drinking out is no longer an either-or equation

Eating out trumps drinking out with 'hybrid' models the winners

By Mark Wingett

Eating out is becoming more prevalent than drinking out but alcohol is still an important factor when deciding where to eat, according to research by Peach BrandTrack, which shows that 94% of adults have either eaten or drunk out in the past six months.

Eating out: the market is to see growth over the next five years

Eating out market to grow to £90bn, managed pubs to be 'main winners'

By Mark Wingett

The total UK foodservice and hospitality market will achieve 1.8% sales growth in 2013, reaching a total of £79.7bn, and is set for further positive growth over the next five years adding over £10bn in value to reach £90bn by 2018, representing compound...

The eating out market has been bolstered by under 34s

Young diners boost the eating out market

By John Harrington

The decline in Britain’s eating out market has slowed as the sector is bolstered by under 34-year-olds, the most frequent users of eating out venues, according to new research from Horizons.


Pub chef opinion: Pioneering quality food in the west

By Josh Eggleton

Perhaps it goes without saying, but I love to cook. So it will come as no surprise that eating out is one of my favourite pastimes. Not only is eating good food in good company enjoyable, but I always find something to learn.

A lot on her plate: the Good Food Guide’s consultant editor Elizabeth Carter objects to “menu fatigue”

The Big Interview: Elizabeth Carter, the Good Food Guide

By Lesley Foottit

It seems that fate had a hand in where Elizabeth Carter is today. After three-and-a-half years in Majorca she returned to England and the next day leafed through a magazine where there was a job advertised for an inspector for Egon Ronay. It was only...

Eating out: Turnover expected to grow 3% to reach £52bn in 2012

Eating-out market forecast to rise to £65bn by 2017

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Turnover across the UK’s informal eating-out market is set to grow by 3% to reach £52bn in 2012 and is forecast to rise to £65bn by 2017, according to the latest research by Allegra.


Treat kids well and grow your business

By Tim Abbott

When deciding to go out to eat with the family, it’s not as easy in practice as many people may think. Not only do you have to bring all the usual clobber for the kids — you need to go somewhere where a) the food is good and b) somewhere the kids can...