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How do our eating habits differ by region?

January 31, 2018

Britain is a nation of foodies and I would definitely class myself as one of them. 66% of UK adults describing themselves as passionate about food and drink, 50% say they are passionate about home cooking and 53% of millennials eat out at least once a week.

As a nation, we spend a small fortune on food, whether it is takeaways and restaurants or luxury food from the supermarkets.

But what does our money get spent on? Designers of bespoke kitchens in West Sussex, Harvey Jones, take a look at the UK’s eating habits by region.

Takeaway lovers

According to a survey by Payment Sense, the average Brit spends around £9.75 on eating out or takeaways for themselves at least once a month. We love a takeaway, especially on a Friday night. It’s something I know we should cut back on but it’s a treat at the end of the week for us!

Looking at the Country, Bristol has been named the Takeaway Capital of the UK with a reported 279 takeaway restaurants and Leeds appears to be the greatest lover of the takeaways with 77% of Leeds residents admitting to having at least one takeaway a month.

Chinese appears to be the favourite cuisine too (and it is ours) withn35% voting Chinese as their favourite. Indian takeaways follow closely in second place with 24% of the votes – and Indian stole the crown as the number one favourite in Aberystwyth, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

Eating out

According to The Sun, the average Brit can spend around £288,000 in their lifetime eating out at restaurants.

While Millennials are expected to eat out more than any other demographic, the average Brit now eats out twice a week with pub food being their favourite option. 18-29 year olds spend double the amount of other demographics on eating out – with an average spend of £88 per week!

London is the city of eating out according to The Chronicle, with the capital consuming the most Indian, Chinese, Thai, fish and chips and pizza meals at restaurants than any other city. The South East and Northern Ireland aren’t far behind the big city though, whilst Scotland appears to be the region that eats out the least.

Birmingham is also known as the Curry Capital with 43% of residents claiming curry restaurants are their favourite, and 34% of Londoners seem to agree. Glasgow prefers authentic Spanish tapas (14%), while 14% of Edinburgh folk love Sushi.

Pub grub is one of the most popular choices in the UK – and Liverpudlians couldn’t agree more; 49% would choose traditional pub food.

Home cooking

With busy work schedules and family life, dinner time at home has become far less formal and structured than in previous decades. In 2017, just over 20% of British families said they sat down to dinner together once or twice a week, and one in five have their ‘family meals’ whilst sitting in front of the television. As a family, we reflect this, with a family dinner only happening at the weekend.

According to Statista, 64% of people enjoy cooking, whilst 55% describe cooking as something they have to do but don’t. There has also been a 10% increase in the number of people preparing meals from scratch at least once a week from 2005. But which regions are most likely to cook homecooked meals?

Judging by how much London, the South West and Northern Ireland eat out, we can assume that they are the regions that are least likely to stay home and cook meals. However, Scotland, Wales, the North West and North East were the regions that appeared to eat out the least, leading us to the assumption that they are more likely to stay home and prepare home-cooked meals more often.

The kitchen, for us and many, has become the heart of the home. I love to spend time there cooking for the family whilst still watching the girls play or talking to my husband. Open-plan living is on the rise and that’s what has changed the way we live and cook our meals, it’s much more social and almost more fun!

What do you love doing? Eating out or cooking at home?

Sarah x


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