With less than a week to go until the big day, research from pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers reveals that over 1,000,000 guests are set to dine out on Christmas Day.
The statistics released by Mitchells & Butlers have been gathered using data from its 1,200 pubs and restaurants open on Christmas Day across the UK. The Mitchells & Butlers brands include Sizzling Pubs, Vintage Inns, Harvester, Ember Inns, Toby Carvery, Crown Carveries, Castle, Nicholson’s, O’Neill’s, All Bar One, Miller & Carter, Browns and Innkeeper’s Lodge.
Mitchells & Butlers has revealed that they have 72,000 turkeys, 2,500 tonnes of potatoes, 235 tonnes of Brussels sprouts and 103,000 mince pies on order, in response to seeing a 20% increase as UK consumers plan to dine out on Christmas Day.
Although Turkey remains a traditional favourite, according to the 250,000 meals already on order, sales of chocolate brownies are outselling the traditional Christmas pudding, and in Harvester nearly 50% of the meals set to be served will not be turkey.
The operator said: ‘With a predicted nine hours spent preparing, cooking and clearing away a Christmas Day feast, it’s no wonder that Brits across the country have made the decision to ditch the dish cloths this year!’
Catriona Kempston, marketing director of Mitchells & Butlers, said: “We are a nation of bakers. But now, more than ever, time spent with our loved ones is coming first. And though the tradition of cooking at home is still prevalent, the hours that can be given back by dining out this Christmas is outweighing it. Our pubs and restaurants want to give families the gift of time to share Christmas Day with each other, not their kitchen sink.”