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.
Almost two thirds of diners (61%) think technology could play a bigger role in eating out, according to research by online restaurants, according to research by online restaurant booking service OpenTable.
A survey by HospitalityGEM reported that personal recommendations were twice as influential on where consumers chose to eat as previous dining experiences, special offers, vouchers or TripAdvisor reviews.
The eating-out sector has fared enormously well since the end of the recession. In pubs, we’ve seen a food renaissance, with chefs across the industry pushing the boundaries of casual dining and a number of sites gaining coveted Michelin stars.
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.