Eating out participation fell to a three low in January, with 91.7% of UK adults now eating out regularly, MCA’s analysis reveals.

The participation rate was only marginally below January 2019, dropping by 0.1 percentage points (pp), the Eating Out Panel shows.

As a share of meal visits, dinner is being squeezed by breakfast, which was up 1.1pp year on year.

Breakfast also saw the strongest increase in frequency with a 10% rise, though growth in average spend at breakfast has slowed.

Pubs have lost share at breakfast, driven by a 3pp drop in the Full English.

Meanwhile fast food outlets have seen growth at breakfast and lunch, but has lost share at dinner.

In spite of Veganuary, steak entered the top five dinner dishes since last month at the expense of the roast.

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