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Number of restaurants and mobile food businesses in the UK 2008-2018

After a decline in 2009, the number of restaurants in the UK has been steadily increasing. In 2018 there were 88,848 businesses operating in the restaurant and mobile food service industry in the UK.

The UK Restaurant industry

The restaurant and eating out market in the UK has experienced a period of growth, reflected in the increasing number of businesses operating in the industry. Between 2011 and 2016, net openings of food-led licensed premises were up, while drink-led sites were down, as businesses attempted to tap into the growing trend for dining out over drinking out.

Household spending on eating out in all types of food service venues has also been on the rise, suggesting a demand for new restaurant premises. In 2018 the eating out market in the UK reached 89.5 billion British pounds, an increase on the previous two years.

Number of restaurants and mobile food service enterprises in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

May 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The Annual Business Survey uses a sample of data from 62,000 businesses in the Non-Financial Economy in Great Britain and 11,000 in Northern Ireland to draw estimate totals for the whole business population.

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