Almost a third of consumers (29%) plan to eat out less frequently than they did pre-pandemic, with the intention to eat out less often the highest among 45-64 year-olds, according to a new report from Lumina Intelligence.

The UK Eating Out Market Report 2021 found that 46% of respondents surveyed in May said they planned to eat out at the same frequency over the next 12 months, while 13% said they planned to eat out more. Seven percent said they were unsure what they were likely to do, while 5% said they never ate out.

Pubs and bars look set to be the most impacted channel with 33% of consumers expecting to visit these kinds of venues less often over the next year, seven percentage points (ppts) higher than for restaurants.

In fact eating out at restaurants has been one of the most missed activities during the pandemic, according to the survey, second only to meeting family and friends, and was consistent across all age demographics.

Going for a coffee/tea and visiting the pub were the fourth and fifth most missed activities, respectively, while working at people’s usual place of work was the least missed.

Treat-led occasions remained the number one motivator for consumers to eat out, according to the report – up by 2.5ppts this quarter (12 weeks to 18 April 2021) compared to the last, up from 16.3% to 18.8%. Not wanting to cook remained the second choice reason with a 15.3% share, and choosing to eat out due to being ‘out and about’ was the third at 11.2%.

The Lumina Intelligence UK Eating Out Market Report 2021 is the definitive report on the sector, covering the market and competitive landscape, consumer attitudes and behaviours, and future outlook. Find out more about the report here.