Would You Consider Yourself a ‘Foodie’?!

We all know Britain is a nation of foodies, with 66% of UK adults describing themselves as passionate about food and drink. It comes as no surprise then that 50% say they are passionate about home cooking and 53% of millennials eat out at least once a week. 

Us Brits spend a small fortune on food – whether it is takeaways and restaurants or luxury food from the supermarkets. On restaurant bills alone, the average Brit spends around £44 per week. But how do we spend our money? Designers of bespoke kitchens in Sussex, Harvey Jones, takes 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 eating out or buying takeaways for themselves at least once a month. Annually, this works out at £117 per person!  
Bristol is named the Takeaway Capital of the UK with 279
takeaway restaurants, Leeds seems to be the biggest fan of takeaways with 77% of Leeds folk admitting to having at least one a month. 
But this love of ‘ordering-in’ isn’t reflected across the whole Yorkshire region; the people of York don’t dine as regularly on takeaways, with only 25% of them ordering one per month.  

Chinese seems to be the favourite when it comes to the type of cuisine ordered – a favourite across the whole country. Only 3 out of the 30 cities in question didn’t crown Chinese as their favourite takeaway – and of all the individuals asked, 35% voted Chinese as their fave, well who can blame them?! Yum.

Indian takeaways follow in second place with 24% of the votes – stealing 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, and apparently Millennials are expected to eat out more than any other demographic!
The average Brit now eats out twice a week and pub grub is 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! That’s a massive spend and I could get a weekly shop for my family at that cost…
London is the city of eating out according to The Chronicle, with the capital consuming the most Indian, Chinese, Thai, fish and chips and pizzas than any other city. The South East and Northern
Ireland aren’t far behind the big city though, whilst Scotland seems to be the region that eats out the least.  

I can confirm that Birmingham is also known as the Curry Capital with 43% of residents claiming curry restaurants are their favourite. Just thinking about this makes me want to return to Brum and have a curry with my pals!
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 

Unfortunately, busy work schedules and full on family life has caused dinner time at home to become far less formal and structured than in previous decades. In 2017, just over 20% of British families asmitted they sat down to dinner together only once or twice a week, and one in five have their ‘family meals’ whilst sitting in front of the television. However, some people prefer to cook their own meals at home, as they can control their own ingredients (49%).  We’re defintely cook and sit together people, and we rarely eat dinner in front of the screen. 
According to Statista, 64% of people enjoy cooking, whilst 55% describe cooking as a chore. 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.  I can confirm we are in the Welsh camp and we cook, a lot!
Luckily the
kitchen, for many, has become the heart of the home meaning we now tend
to spend more time there. With open-plan living is on the rise,
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.  I for one love to psend a large portion of time in the kitchen, even though it’s not fancy or open-plan, it brings joy to cook from scratch and I prefer to know what goes into my food.
What about you? Are you a take-away every night kinda person, or do you have a kitchen stocked full of tinned tomatoes and herbs (just in case!)?!

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