Restaurant spending increases again in London and South East

Restaurants in London and the South East have had a successful month as diners continued to spend more on eating out in the areas, according to new stats.
But despite the three per cent year-on-year increase, the average Brit’s spend on eating out actually fell by three per cent in September to a total of £84.41 per household.
The latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker also showed that there was a big 17 per cent monthly fall in the amount that households with children spent on eating out in September, which is thought to be largely due to the end of the summer holidays. In contrast, the average eating out spend by households not containing children fell by just one per cent.
There was also a dip in the amount that Brits spent on drinking outside of their home, with the total falling to £44.05 per household which is down three per cent year-on-year and by one per cent compared to August.
Speaking about the stats, Fiona Gunn, Greene King’s Marketing Director, said: “We are continuing to see a growing disparity in spending on eating out between London and the South East and the rest of Great Britain. The eating out market in the capital has continued to grow and this could be due to real earnings growth being felt more keenly in London and the South East, compared to the rest of the country.”
The report also looked at Brits’ plans for Halloween and found that 52 per cent of us have never celebrated the event and don’t plan to this year, while 11 per cent will mark the day by going to the pub and just three per cent will visit a restaurant.
Elsewhere, separate research recently found that there are now more licensed restaurants in Britain than there are drink-led pubs.
The Market Growth Monitor from AlixPartners and CGA Peach showed that 1,770 restaurants have opened in the past year bringing the total to 27,500 compared to 26,700 local pubs.
By Owen Mckeon
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