McDonald’s, Nando’s and Greggs are the big winners of MCA’s latest Eating Out Panel Monthly Dashboard.

Compared to last year’s sweltering heatwave in June, combined with the rush of World Cup football-fever, a boost in like for like sales at lunchtime in 2019 was always going to be a tough ask.

As such, the average frequency of eating out for lunch was unchanged, at 4.4, compared to June 2018, although fast food restaurants outpaced pubs to become the most popular destination for diners.

However, there were increases at every other typical meal occasion, especially breakfast, with levels rising 11% to 2.7. Coffee shops drove the breakfast growth.

And there was a 7.8% rise in the average spend per visit to £8.18 in June 2019. Increases in spending occurred at every time of day, particularly at dinner, which was up 10%, with pub restaurants leading the way.

But June belonged to McDonald’s, which grew share at all times of day, holding on to its position as number one for breakfast and lunch and overtaking Wetherspoon as the most visited dinner chain.

Meanwhile Greggs now sits in third place for breakfast, behind McDonald’s and Costa, while its net promoter score among breakfast customers increased by six points since June 2018 – Greggs now has the highest NPS of all the top brands for breakfast.

However, for lunch and dinner, Nando’s achieved the highest net promoter score in June 2019. The peri-peri specialist increased its lunchtime score by five points to overtake M&S Café, while a one-point rise at dinner was enough to nudge it above Hungry Horse.