Sheffield and Southampton are the UK’s top emerging dining destinations, according to data from OpenTable.

The cities saw an increase of +210% and 156% respectively in seated diners since 2019.

They were followed by Edinburgh (+136%), Windsor (+134%) and Bolton (+133%).

Valentine’s Day saw the biggest increase in seated diners (+137%) since pre-pandemic, with numbers more than double their 2019 levels.

Diners enjoyed 148 different cuisines in 2022, with British, Contemporary British and Italian the most popular.

Vietnamese (+197%) and Irish (+185%) were the top trending cuisines since 2019.

Brazilian Steakhouse (+98%), Contemporary Italian (+64%) and Turkish (+57%) were also some of 2022’s top trending cuisines.

Online reservations increased by 56%, whereas diners with phone bookings decrease by 10%, compared to 2019.

Lucy Taylor, VP, EMEA, OpenTable commented: “The UK dining industry continues to face a number of headwinds such as increasing costs and staffing challenges, but the latest OpenTable data shows that diners remain committed to dining out, supporting restaurants and experiencing what this diverse and creative industry has to offer.

“After the tough conditions of the pandemic, it’s reassuring that reservations are increasing and cities across the UK are emerging as new gastronomic destinations. At OpenTable, we are committed to showcasing the fantastic options the hospitality industry has to offer. So whilst we know restaurateurs are still facing challenges, we remain optimistic for 2023.”