Do Our Eating Habits Depend On Our Location?

How do our eating habits differ by region?

Something which we enjoy as a family is good food whether it be a takeaway, cooking it ourself or going out for a nice meal. It’s seems that we are not alone.

Britain is a nation of foodies, with 66% of UK adults describing themselves as passionate about food and drink. It comes as no surprise then that 50% say they are passionate about home cooking and 53% of millennials eat out at least once a week.

Brits spend a small fortune on food – whether it is takeaways and restaurants or luxury food from the supermarkets. On restaurant bills alone, the average Brit spends around £44 per week. But what does our money get spent on? Designers of modern kitchens , Harvey Jones, takes a look at the UK’s eating habits by region.

Takeaway lovers

According to a survey by Payment Sense, the average Brit spends around £9.75 on eating out or takeaways for themselves at least once a month. Annually, this works out at £117 per person!

Whilst Bristol is named the Takeaway Capital of the UK with a reported 279 takeaway restaurants, Leeds appears to be the greatest lover of the takeaways. 77% of Leeds folk admit to having at least one takeaway a month.

This love of ordering in isn’t reflected across the whole Yorkshire region, however less than 25 miles away, people in York don’t dine as regularly on takeaways, with only 25% of them ordering a monthly take out.

Chinese appears to be the favourite cuisine too – a favourite across the whole country. Only 3 out of the 30 cities questions didn’t crown Chinese as their favourite takeaway – and of all respondents asked, 35% voted Chinese as their favourite. This trend is mirrored between male and female respondents too.

Indian takeaways follow closely in second place with 24% of the votes – and it stole the crown as the number one favourite in Aberystwyth, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

Eating out

According to The Sun, the average Brit can spend around £288,000 in their lifetime eating out at restaurants, which many people claim is because they are simply too lazy to cook at home.

Whilst Millennials are expected to eat out more than any other demographic, the average Brit now eats out twice a week with pub grub steeling the title as their favourite option. 18-29 year olds spend double the amount of other demographics on eating out – with an average spend of £88 per week!

London is the city of eating out according to The Chronicle, with the capital consuming the most Indian, Chinese, Thai, fish and chips and pizza meals at restaurants than any other city. The South East and Northern Ireland aren’t far behind the big city though, whilst Scotland appears to be the region that eats out the least.

Birmingham is also known as the Curry Capital with 43% of Brummies claiming curry restaurants are their favourite, and 34% of Londoners seem to agree. Glasgow prefers authentic Spanish tapas (14%), while 14% of Edinburgh folk loving Sushi.

Pub grub is one of the most popular choices in the UK – and Liverpudlians couldn’t agree more; 49% would choose traditional pub grub.

Home cooking

With busy work schedules and family life, dinner time at home has become far less formal and structured than previous decades. In 2017, just over 20% of British families said they sat down to dinner together once or twice a week, and one in five have their ‘family meals’ whilst sat in front of the television. However, some people prefer to cook their own meals at home, as they can control their own ingredients (49%).

According to Statista, 64% of people enjoy cooking, whilst 55% describe cooking as something they have to do but don’t. There has also been a 10% increase in the number of people preparing meals from scratch at least once a week from 2005. But which regions are most likely to cook homecooked meals?

Judging by how much London, the South West and Northern Ireland eat out, we can assume that they are the regions that are least likely to stay home and cook meals. However, Scotland, Wales, the North West and North East were the regions that appeared to eat out the least, leading us to the assumption that they are more likely to stay home and prepare home-cooked meals more often.

The kitchen, for many, has become the heart of the home meaning we now tend to spend more time there. Now that open-plan living is on the rise, cooking a meal doesn’t have to be a lonely task; you can prepare a family meal in your kitchen whilst catching up with the family.

What is your favourite meal?


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Little Dish- Cupboard Essentials Review

As busy parents sometimes we don’t have time to cook nutritionally healthy meals from scratch every single day. We try and make a couple of meals a week this kind however there is times when need to grab something from the cupboard and use that instead. We all know about the sugar and salt levels which are reported in some of these items for adults. I dread to think how bad they would be for a child like Jess. That’s where Little Dish come in they have a range of products which can be put in the cupboard which are suitable for children without half of the nasties in them.

We have seen them in a range of the big supermarkets which is great. As this means that you can just pop them in your trolley in your normal weekly shop which great. I for one like to try and get as many things from the same shop as possible. So these been available like this is a time saver for me.

The three from this range that we have tried are baked beans, korma curry sauce, and a tomato pasta sauce. All very normal and basic food based which you can use for creating a meal quickly.

The first one Jess tried was the curry sauce as family we like our curries however they can be too hot to feed Jess. Or we want to eat later than when she need feeding these little dish curry sauces are amazing because all you need to do is cook the chicken and then stir the sauce in for around 1 minute. I have added rice because this is something which Jess loves to consume even on its own.  The sauce was big enough for a medium/large portion of chicken and it was saucy enough for Jess. I did try a little bit off and found that it was tasty without the spices this is something which I am glad of because I did not want Jess to be eating a bland meal. This in total took us about the 15 minutes including cooking the rice which of course is great because Jess sometimes is not the most patient person.

The beans come in a pouch which is big enough size for Jess without there been any waste as if I put them in the fridge I don’t always know when she would finish them. These are can easy go on toast and she can have a small potion of beans on toast sometimes she does like to copy her mummy. Or they can be added as a veg element of her tea when she has something like fish fingers. They take next to no time at all if I remember correctly around 1-2 mins great when you have a grumpy toddler nagging for food.

The final one which Jess has tried is the tomato pasta sauce this is something which is her favourite food anyway so having a good quality pasta sauce means so much to us.  This again is one which you have to stir in your pasta when it is cooked which means again it takes about 15 minutes and the sauce does get warm. My brother actually tried some of this when Jess had it and said again it was a little bit bland it was more like tomato puree. It does mean that it does have the flavour for your toddler however, it will not have as much sugar and salt as an adult version would do. This is great for if we are not having pasta but Jess wants it she sometimes even adds cheese to the top as a treat.


The sauces are £1 and baked beans are around £1.25 these can be purchased from the major supermarkets as well as  Boots. This is great because you can purchase them easily which is great because you never want to have to think about having to go to additional shops.  You can even click and collect them from boots which I have done because I have not seen them in a lot of the shops. I am going to purchase these again in the future because of the fact that they are super easy and when we move into our own house these will be handy because Daddy will still be working away. I would love to try more of these essentials. Jess already loves the ready meals which are usually on offer in Morrisons so they are a brand that we would recommend for sure.

Have you tried any of these little dish items?

Charlotte x