It's no longer two pints of lager and a packet of crisps for millions of drinkers - Britain's pubs now sell more food than beer for the first time. New figures show that record numbers of people now go to the pub for a meal rather than a drink. Seven in ten Britons (72 per cent) are attracted to their local because of its food menu, compared to 63 per cent who go for a drink. Researchers say the key selling point is the relaxed dining environment offered by pubs, compared to stuffy restaurants. One in three people aged 35 to 44 go to the pub at least once a fortnight for a drink, compared to 41 per cent who go for a meal, according to figures from market analysts Mintel. Experts say themes such as curry, steak or fish and chip nights have enticed diners rather than drinkers into pubs. One in three pub diners are drawn to so-called specials menus, which offer more adventurous food than they might try to cook at home. Meanwhile, special offers which have seen meal deals for as little as £2.99 for a main course have boosted the number of pub goers. At the other end of the scale, gastro pubs offering fancy food cooked by chefs have taken off in city centres. Mail on Sunday