Us Brits love our food, home cooking…eating out…we love it all. We also spend loads on food, takeaways, eating out, luxury ingredients for expensive homecooked menus.
But what does our money get spent on? Designers of bespoke kitchens in Sussex, Harvey Jones, takes a look at the UK’s eating habits by region.
According to a survey by Payment Sense, we spend £9.75 per month/per person on takeaways. Annually, this works out at £117 per person!
Bristol is named the Takeaway Capital of the UK with a reported 279 takeaway restaurants, however Leeds tops the chart for takeaway lovers, with 77% of Leeds folk admit to having at least one takeaway a month. This isn’t reflected all over Yorkshire though, with only 25% of those in York ordering a monthly takeaway.
Chinese takeaway was definitely the favourite takeaway of choice, with only 3 out of 30 cities not voting for it as their favourite. Indian takeaways followed closely in second place.
According to The Sun, the average Brit can spend around £288,000 in their lifetime eating out at restaurants.
Amazingly Millennials eat out more than any other demographic, the average Brit eats out twice a week! 18-29 year olds spend double the amount of other demographics on eating out – with an average spend of £88 per week! This is crazy, I’m lucky if I eat out once a month!
London and the South West eat out more than the other regions and Scotland is the region which eats out the least.
Birmingham is the curry capital of the country and 34 of Londoners agree that Indian is their favourite. Glasgow love Spanish Tapas, Edinburgh voted Sushi and 49% of Liverpudlians would choose traditional pub food.
Personally I cook for the family every evening and we all sit down together every night, so I was surprised to learn that only 20% of people said they sat down together only once or twice a week. I guess with busy work schedules and family life, dinner time at home has become far less formal and structured than in previous years. Even worse one in five have their ‘family meals’ whilst sitting in front of the television. The survey also showed that controlling their ingredients was the reason they cooked from home, 49% of people answered this.
According to Statista, 64% of people enjoy cooking, 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?
If we extrapolate the results from the takeaway/eating out questions we can assume London, the South West and Northern Ireland 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 has become the heart of the home meaning we now tend to spend more time there. As much as I personally hate it, open-plan living is on the rise, which means cooking a meal doesn’t have to be a lonely task; you can prepare a family meal in your kitchen whilst spending time with the family. Or entertaining friends.