The number of Christmas dinners sold at M&B pubs during the first half of December tripled between 2012 and 2014.

Last year 272,243 meals were sold compared to 90,468 two years previously. 

A recent consumer survey carried out by the pub company showed 65% of people plan to eat two Christmas dinners while 7% said they would eat at least five with the majority (82%) eating with family, 30% with friends nad 20% with colleagues.

Catriona Kempston, marketing director at M&B said: “Whether you’re entertaining friends and relatives, travelling to see family, or even having to work over the festive period, Christmas is rarely stress free. Whilst carving the turkey on the 25th is seen as tradition, our survey shows that in actual fact, more of us are having more than one Christmas dinner as a result of catching up with friends and relatives at their local Harvester or Ember Inns, festive parties at All Bar One and even as part of a Christmas shopping trip when taking a break at Browns.

“One of the reasons for this is the simple convenience of eating out. Not having to worry about cooking means that people have one less thing to think about – making the prospect of having Christmas dinner out much more appealing.”