Consumer spend in pubs and bars was up 28% on average over the 12 weeks to 16 May 2021, compared with the same period in 2019, despite visit frequency being down, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel.

It found that total trips to pubs and bars stood at 14.4 million over the period – down 87% on two years’ previously, with overall spend down 83.6% to £268.7m, but average trip spend saw an increase, to reach £19 per person (+28.3% vs. 2019).

Kantar’s latest out of home data, also found that average spend had increased within the quick service restaurant segment of the market – up 34.3% compared to the same 12-week period in 2019, at £9.76, with the number of visits up 7.7% vs. two years’ ago to 373m.

Bakery and sandwich shops saw a slight increase in average spend compared to 2019 – up 1.6%, but total spend was down 33.5% on 2019 figures. According to Kantar, Greggs is driving channel growth in the category, up 117% on last year, while Subway is also growing strongly, up 106.7% on last year. Coffee shops, meanwhile, saw total spend, average spend and the number of visits all down on two years’ ago.

Research from Barclaycard, published today, found that consumer spend in hospitality was down -53.2% for restaurants and -19.4% for pubs and bars in May, compared to the same period in 2019. However these were much smaller declines than were seen in April, when the categories dropped 74.4% and 67.2%, respectively. And spend within the 16-24 year old age category actually increased by 1.4%.