A Look at UK Dinner Trends

We sure love our food in Britain and justifiably have big opinions about our favourite dishes, how one should eat them and with whom you should share the dining experience. Providers of dinner sets, Oldrids & Downtown walks us through what our attitudes to dinner in particular are.3

Favourite dinners for Brits

Naturally the nation’s favourite dishes would draw lots of different opinions from all corners of the land, with different surveys revealing different results. We take a bit of a bigger-picture approach to presenting the results.

Spruce lists Britain’s Top 10 favourite British foods as:

  • Bacon sandwiches
  • Roast dinners
  • A Cup of Tea
  • Fish and Chips
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Cornish pasties
  • Strawberries and cream
  • Teatime Treat, Crumpets
  • Beer

As The Express Reports however, when UK diners are given total freedom on their choice of cuisine, a Welsh Lamb commissioned survey found that British food still led the way, that being roast dinners and shepherd’s pie as the top favourites.

In second place were some Italian dishes which included the likes of spaghetti Bolognese and pasta, then came Indian cuisine and finally Chinese and Thai.

According to the report, 56% of Brits source more of their food locally while paying attention to the origin of their food.

Family dinners

Research has revealed that the number of British families eating dinner together has dwindled quite considerably, with those British families that do eat their dinners together having them in front of the telly.

They also seem to prefer ready meals (60% of parents who answered the survey preferred ready meals as a quick and easy solution with the limited time they have available to them), while more than 20% of British families sit down to have dinner only once or twice weekly.

Family dinners are important because they create a better chance for children to eat their vegetables and ensure families are more likely to eat healthier foods overall. They also make for the perfect time for the family to catch up on each other’s days and lives while cooking from scratch saves money as well.

Dinner parties

Dinner parties that took more of a formal form such as those synonymous with the 80s and 90s have disappeared, according to the Telegraph.

While traditional dinner parties of times gone by focussed more on all diners having the same meal, menus are now a lot more flexible to cater to different dietary requirements.

Throwing a dinner party

Brits still love to dine with friends, even though there has been a shift more towards informal dining.

If you’re hosting a dinner party, go for that food which can be prepared earlier on in the day so that you can spend some quality time with your guests. Everything should be put in serving dishes so that guests can help themselves to the portions they want. A playlist will do good to set the mood as well and generally you just want to make it fun.