Dining out at Britain's top restaurants is now cheaper than at any time since the 1980s. From January 1987 to last December, the cost of eating out has soared by 137.7%. But restaurants in the Egon Ronay guide have only increased prices by an average of 93% - marginally below the 94% general inflation rate. At the Belvedere in Holland Park, west London, the set dinner price has tumbled, even before inflation, from £35 in 1987 to £14.95 today. At Le Gavroche, in Mayfair, a £40 meal in 1987 now costs £86, a rise of 115% but still below the industry average. Ronan expressed surprise, saying he thought dining out would be more costly than it used to be. McDonald's has also bucked the trend for dearer eating - the price of a Big Mac has only risen 67% over the last 20 years. The Mail on Sunday 12/02/06 (Financial Mail) page 3