Report reveals most booked restaurants


London, Birmingham and Manchester continue to be the UK’s most in-demand gastro spots, according to a report on the trends shaping Britain’s restaurant industry.

Data released through Bookatable’s Quarterly Dining Trends report reveals that London takes a majority 52% share of overall bookings, followed by Birmingham (22%) and Manchester (20%).

London’s OXO Tower Brasserie ranked number one out of the 10 most popular dining locations in the UK, suggesting that a visit to a restaurant is equally about the experience as the food.

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It took a 21% share of bookings made from July 2013 through to June 2014, followed by Afternoon Tea at the Ritz (13%) and The Rainforest Café (11%)

Britons also proved they have a place in their hearts for the country’s most renowned chain restaurants, with six of Jamie’s Italian restaurants (Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Glasgow and Cardiff) accounting for a 58% share of the 10 most popular restaurants in the UK.

Italian food takes poll position as the most popular cuisine over the past year, accounting for a 31% cent share of the 10 most in-demand food types, while Tex Mex ranked top in terms of year-on-year growth.

Bookings for Japanese restaurants, meanwhile, grew 95% over the year, while South American restaurant bookings increased 61%.

The full list of top ten restaurants in the UK between July 2013-June 2014 is:

– Oxo Tower Brasserie, London
– Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, London
– The Rainforest Café, London
– Jamie’s Italian, Manchester
– Cloud 23, Manchester Deansgate
– Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, Birmingham
– Alton Towers, Alton
– Jamie’s Italian, Birmingham
– Covent Garden Fire & Stone, London
– Miller & Carter, Birmingham

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