The UK Pub Market Report 2017

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The UK Pub Market Report 2017 from MCA explores the competitive landscape and predictions for the pub market. It provides you with 260 pages packed with critical insight and valuable analysis.


The UK Pub Market Report from MCA identifies the growth and size of the UK branded and independent pub market analysing the dynamic nature of this £22bn market. It details the segmentation of the market into branded pub restaurants, independent, managed and tenanted/leased pubs, analysing the comparative growth rates and key drivers for each.

Critical trends and challenges are identified, along with key opportunities within the UK market. It also includes in-depth insight into consumer habits, behaviours, attitudes and preferences.

The last section of the report contains detailed analysis of the growth of this market, through to 2020, helping you to understand opportunities in this market.

Market overview

Pub market valued at £22bn in 2017, from 47,000 outlets the oldest and largest Eating Out sector. The market comprises 46,740 pubs, spreadacross managed, branded & franchised, tenanted & leased and independent pubs, as well as social clubs. The Pub market is the lo ngest established and largest eating out sector in the UK, yet also a market that is experiencing major change, driven by new legislation, evol vin g consumer habits and intensifying competition from restaurants and coffee shops.

Consumer insight

Good value food & drinks and cheap prices strongly over index for pubs as key criteria for visit choice. Pub brands also hold the majority of positions in the Top 10 Eating Out brands in terms of low pr ice s and value for money reflecting high consumer satisfaction. However with rising cost pressures and tightening household budgets, it is crucial for pubs to fight to keep these credentials, to maintain attractiveness.

Report scope

  • Detailed market sizing of the UK Eating Out and Pub market current and projected
  • Analysis of the size and growth of different Pub market segments.
  • Analysis of consumer participation, frequency, spend and behaviour over time.
  • Comprehensive overview of competitive landscape, including physical expansion and financial performance of leading brands over time, KPI rankings and operator profiles.

Research methodology

  • 54,000 online surveys (6,000 per month) through MCA Eating Out Panel TM , Q1 2015, Q1 2016 and Q1 2017.
  • 147 online interviews with licensees and senior executives across the pub industry
  • 1,000 online interviews with 18 34 year old UK consumers on their pub visit habits.
  • Extracts from MCA Operator Data Index service.
  • Analysis of pub brand menus from MCA Menu Tracker.
  • Desk research: news articles and trade press, company websites and industry associations.

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  • Consumer insight – How have consumer behaviours evolved?
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