It has been the great 2006 pub and restaurant stock market bull-run - a massive year for eating and drinking-out businesses quoted on the public stock markets. Many companies have been entirely re-rated. Since January 3, 2006, the biggest 10 companies - by stock market value - tracked by M&C Report have seen their combined market share capital's rise from £13,842bn to £19,634bn. These 10 companies are: Enterprise Inns (up by 21.5%), Whitbread (up 49.1%), Punch Taverns (+52.4%), Mitchells & Butlers (+38.13%), Greene King (+50.9%), Wolverhampton & Dudley(+45.7%), JD Wetherspoon (+81.7%), The Restaurant Group (+74.4%), Gondola Holdings (+12.2%) and Luminar (+42.9%). As a consequence of its 49.1% rise Whitbread, the leisure group that operates Premier Travel Inn and Coast Coffee, has rejoined Enterprise in the FTSE 100 index, the list of Britain's biggest companies, replacing British Energy. Since January 2006, Whitbread has seen its share price driven up by speculation of private equity interest. Both Mitchells & Butlers and Punch Taverns are on the cusp of the FTSE 100 and stand a strong chance of joining if their current market capitalisations hold firm. In total - and discounting new issues - the combined value of quoted bar, pub, restaurant and nightclub companies, from Enterprise valued at almost £4bn to Honeycombe at just over £2m, has risen almost £7bn, from £15,549bn to £22,299bn. Aside from a favourable stock market, the value of the eating and drinking-out market has been driven up by the continued interest of private equity groups and by the perceived upside for companies that own property, from the advent of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits). In comparison, in the past 12 months the FTSE 100 index has risen 12.2%, the FTSE 250 is up 23.2%, the FTSE Smallcap is up 15.2% and the FTSE Fledgling is up 15.6%. Shareholders of JD Wetherspoon have enjoyed a strong year with shares in the high street pub retailer almost doubling. The shares of Clapham House, the quoted casual dining group, and Young's, the London brewer and pub operator, have done even better, rising a respective 157.95% and 179.27%.