UK pubs and restaurants expect millions in Christmas spending

Pubs and restaurants set for £6.5 million in Christmas Day spending

UK pubs and restaurants expect millions in Christmas spending. Source: shutterstock.com

New data from the Worldpay has revealed a growing trend for eating out on Christmas Day. Analysis of consumer spending habits over the past two years has found restaurant spending on 25 December growing by 5.7% in 2017, with 10% of Brits planning to dine out on Christmas Day.

According to a survey of 2,500 consumers, removing the hassle of cooking and washing up are the key drivers behind this trend. Meanwhile, a third of consumers (32%) say that freeing up more time to spend with their family is the primary reason.

A fifth of those surveyed claim that eating out at a restaurant actually saves money on cooking at home. Worldpay’s research found that people eating at home are expecting to spend on average £66.53 on groceries, while those planning to eat out are looking to spend just £64.14. With the cost of Christmas Dinner this year rising 6% compared to 2017, the findings suggest that staying at home may no longer be the cheapest option for thrifty families.

Worldpay’s data also found that the pre-turkey tipple is a growing tradition across the UK, with pub’s seeing a 16% increase in transactions on Christmas Day in 2017. Last year, pubs and restaurants raked in £6.5 million, despite shorter licensing hours, with spending peaking at 13:25 and punters spending £18.43 per transaction.

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