Data reveals regional spending habits on food

Data reveals regional spending habits on food

Updated: 1 month, 17 days, 3 hours, 29 minutes, 15 seconds ago

Consumer data has revealed a “red wall” in Britain's spending habits, with the North more likely to shop at Iceland and Asda – while those in the South head to Sainsbury's and Waitrose. Tesco is the store where people spend the most money overall, with Deliveroo the most popular food delivery service, according to the data from online bank Revolut.

Nationally, adults are spending 14 per cent more at supermarkets year-on-year, and the number of transactions is up 16 per cent – suggesting many are shopping little and often. As for peckish respondents looking to get their takeaway delivered, Deliveroo was the most popular choice nationwide – winning in the East Midlands, East of England, London, the North West, the South East, and the South West.

A spokesman for Revolut, which has five million UK customers, said: “The UK has always been a melting pot of tastes, and it is fascinating to see which establishments are drawing the most interest from customers, as well as their hard-earned cash. The current economic climate has everyone thinking about their spending. We all have our preferences.”

London's top food spending habits - from Waitrose to Pret-A-Manger

(Image: Revolut)

The battle for domination in the fast-food space is similar to the supermarket race, with one brand being the nation’s favourite – McDonald’s. However, the relative data shows shoppers in the North East and North West of England are most likely to spend at Greggs and Burger King, while fast food lovers in the South are more likely to opt for Pret-A-Manger and KFC.

Those who love dining out also have opposing views when it comes to a sit-down meal on the high street. In London and the East Midlands, pizza wins, with Pizza Express and Pizza Hut dominating in those regions respectively.

The East of England also favours some Italian flavour, selecting Prezzo as their restaurant of choice – while the Welsh are most likely to treat themselves to some Frankie and Benny’s. As for restaurants where adults are spending the most money, Wetherspoons is the preferred venue to run up a tab – although Nando’s receives an honourable mention for taking the top slot in London, the North West, and Northern Ireland.

Nationally, Brits are dishing out 16 per cent more money at restaurants, year-on-year. However, it appears lockdown take-out habits have continued, as the number of transactions on meal delivery services is up by 29 per cent this year.

The spokesman for Revolut added: “We’re glad to see many people in the UK are treating themselves by dining out and ordering meals in – but with our customers using our budgeting and analytics tools year-round, we’re also delighted to see Brits striking a balance. UK customers using our Savings Vaults increased their savings by over 40 per cent this year.

“Additionally, we’ve noticed Brits have been especially charitable in 2022 – £2.1 million has been donated in 2022 by UK Revolut customers to the British Red Cross, to help those impacted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.”

MOST POPULAR SUPERMARKET BY REGION: (*Supermarkets spent the most at in each region when compared to others)

East Midlands – Lidl East of England – Tesco London – Waitrose North East – Iceland North West – Asda Northern Ireland – Tesco Scotland – M&S South East – Sainsbury's South West – Sainsbury's Wales – Co-Op West Midlands – Aldi Yorkshire and the Humber – Morrisons

MOST POPULAR DELIVERY SERVICE BY REGION:

East Midlands – Deliveroo East of England – Deliveroo London – Deliveroo North East – Just Eat North West – Deliveroo Northern Ireland – Just Eat Scotland – Just Eat South East – Deliveroo South West – Deliveroo Wales – Uber Eats West Midlands – Uber Eats Yorkshire and the Humber – Just Eat

MOST POPULAR FAST FOOD BY REGION: (*Fast food chains spent the most at in each region when compared to others)

East Midlands – McDonald's East of England – McDonald's London – Pret-A-Manger North East – Greggs North West – Burger King Northern Ireland – McDonald's Scotland – Subway South East – Pret-A-Manger South West – KFC Wales – Domino's Pizza West Midlands – Subway Yorkshire and the Humber – KFC

MOST POPULAR RESTAURANTS BY REGION: (*Chain restaurants spent the most at in each region when compared with others)

East Midlands – Pizza Hut East of England – Prezzo London – Pizza Express North East – Wetherspoons North West – YO! Sushi Northern Ireland – Nando's Scotland – TGI Friday's South East – Wagamama South West – Turtle Bay Wales – Frankie & Benny's West Midlands – Las Iguanas Yorkshire and the Humber – Slug and Lettuce