Number of people dining out on Christmas Day to rise

Number of people dining out on Christmas Day to rise

The number of British people going to a restaurant or pub for their Christmas Day meal is due to increase significantly this year, according to an AA survey.

According to an AA Populus poll of more than 20,000 AA members, while only 3% usually eat in restaurants for their Christmas dinner, an additional 7% of Brits are planning on eating out this year.

This move towards dining out on Christmas Day is particularly prevalent amongst older age groups, with 60% of those dining out on the festive day aged over 55.

In terms of UK regions where dining out on Christmas Day is popular, 25% of those in London and the south east expected to eat out, with the Midlands at nearly 20% and the south west at just under 15%.

As part of the survey, the AA also polled more than 350 British operators about their expectations for the upcoming Christmas period.

From those surveyed, 70% expect to be fully booked on Christmas Day, an increase of nearly 10% on 2017.

“The trend towards dining out on Christmas Day shows no sign of slowing, and it’s wonderful to hear that our members are experiencing such a busy festive season,” comments Simon Numphud, managing director of AA Hotel & Hospitality Services.

“Customers looking for a quality dining experience on Christmas Day can check which awards they have won – such as our annual AA Hospitality Awards – and if they are accredited by an organisation such as the AA.”