Northern restaurants to rise in 2015

The dining scene in the North of England is set to lead the trends in the restaurant world next year, according to a new report.
While Manchester will continue to expand its “food revolution”, the business advisory firm BDO claims that the likes of Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh will all have strong years with many new restaurants popping up in the cities.
The firm also predicts that people will increasingly look to eat more healthily in 2015 with concept stores selling juice, soups, salads and sushi becoming more popular, while pop up and mobile outlets offering different cuisines will continue to grow.
Pubs are set to have a big year with a focus on food, while US smokehouses and barbecues are expected to become even more prevalent throughout the UK in 2015.
The report also had good news for the many people working in hospitality and catering jobs across the country by predicting that pressure will grow on larger operators to increase many employees’ salaries and offer the living wage.
Among other trends identified by the BDO, cashless payments are expected to become more commonplace, while many new concepts and start-up restaurants are likely to be given an opportunity next year due to the popularity of crowd funding.
Another recent report found that the London dining scene is booming with the highest net increase in new restaurants since records began. The Harden's 2015 London Restaurants guide found that 148 establishments opened in the city this year while 47 closed meaning there was a net rise of 101 new restaurants, beating the previous high of 75 from 2006.
The guide also handed out various awards to the capital’s restaurants with The Ledbury taking the title of Top Gastronomic Experience and Chez Bruce winning the prize for London’s Favourite Restaurant.
Best newcomer was Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s, while Jason Atherton was named the “surest bet” for a great meal from any celebrity Chef.
By Owen Mckeon
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