13 facts on the cuisines Brits are eating

In an exclusive survey for Food Spark, Streetbees reveals what people want to munch when they dine out.

22 November 2018
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Chinese food was the most common cuisine eaten out of home in the last six months in the UK. Of the 752 people surveyed, 54% had dined on Chinese, followed by British (53%) and Italian (37%).

Indian food is fading in popularity among younger diners – the cuisine was one of the top three cuisines consumed in the last six months only for those aged 35+.

American food featured in the top three for under-25s and Italian tempted those aged 25-35, alongside Chinese and British eats.

Caribbean food is the top cuisine people would choose if money and location were no issue. It was picked by 28% of people, followed by Japanese (20%) and Brazilian (20%).

Street food is the most popular food trend among Brits at the moment, with 58% of UK diners eating street-inspired dishes in the last six months.

Locally sourced food (47%) and plant-based meat-alternative dishes (41%) completed the top three popular food trends tried.

39% of people had eaten homemade sauces/condiments in the last six months, while a third had indulged in vegan junkfood.

72% said they eat out no more than two to three times a month.

But the older you get, the less frequently you dine out. 67% of under-25s eat out less than two to three times a month, increasing to 70% of 25-35 and 82% of 35+.

The top three things Brits are looking for when eating out are: good value for money (61%), a quality meal with great ingredients (57%), and a friendly, hassle-free experience (50%).

54% say they love eating out at new restaurants and trying new dishes.

Almost a third like trying different restaurants but prefer to stick to dishes they know.

60% say they would travel great distances to eat at a restaurant they’re interested in.

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