The BBC reports that some favourite haunts will no longer be there when hospitality restrictions are further lifted from tomorrow: over the last year, thousands of establishments have closed, latest surveys indicate.
Across Britain, there are 9.7 per cent fewer restaurants to choose from, compared with before the pandemic.
And mid-market “casual dining” venues have fallen by 19.4 per cent.
The data in the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners suggests that while many pubs and bars have also struggled to survive the pandemic, it is restaurants that have fared worst.
CGA and AlixPartners measured the impact of the last 13 months on pubs and restaurants that hold a licence to serve alcohol.
Looking at the net number of venues, once all closures and new openings were taken into account, they found pubs across Britain fared slightly better than the restaurant sector.
The number of pubs serving food has fallen by 4.2 per cent. Bars and pubs that only serve drinks fell by 5.2 per cent.
But on top of the near-20 per cent fall in casual dining outlets, bar-restaurants, which make up a smaller part of the overall dining market, fell by 9.6 per cent.
General restaurants, which are the largest dining out category, are down 10.2 per cent.