North-South divide narrows

Regional price disparities, which have traditionally meant that eating out tends to be more expensive in the south and cheaper in the north, are narrowing,according to the latest Menurama from foodservice analyst Horizons.

Overall, the average price of a dish has risen nearly 3% year-on-year from £6.19 to £6.41, with the cost of a main course rising fastest in “quick service”and restaurant establishments.

The average price for a three-course meal in a restaurant has risen 7.1% to £20.90, up from £19.52 last year, while a three-course meal in a pub now costs £16.15, up 4.2% from £15.50.

In a quick service outlet – those offering takeaway or eat-in, or both, and where the customer generally pays on ordering – an average meal has risen by17.4% to £9.59, up from £8.17 in 2010.  

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