Sunday roasts top dining out options for Britons

We spend 7% of our salary eating out

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Britons eat up 7% of their wages each month by dining out - with Sunday roasts and fish and chips topping the list of favourite foods, a survey suggests.

On average, people spend £155.19 a month in restaurants and cafes, equating to 7% of the average monthly salary, according to deals website Groupon.

Over the course of a year, the typical cost of eating out, including breakfasts, lunches and dinners, adds up to more than £1,862.

For many, dining out is not just limited to a Saturday night treat, as on average people said they eat out 15 times a month, the survey of more than 5,000 people found.

Some 61% of people surveyed believe the rise of street food and the variety of places to eat have helped to make dining out less expensive.

Across the survey, people in Cardiff and Bristol were found to dine out the least often, eating out 10 times a month on average. By contrast, people in London said they enjoy 23 meals out on average a month.

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed prefer eating in pubs and bars rather than opting for fine dining experiences.

Sunday roasts were the most popular choice, with nearly one in three (32%) people saying this was their favourite food - followed by fish and chips, favoured by 29%.

In London, tastes were more diverse, with sushi voted the top type of food to eat out among people in the City of London borough.

Across London generally, 10% of people voted sushi as their favourite food to eat out while another 10% voted Thai green curry as their top dish, and 9% favoured kebabs.

TV chef Simon Rimmer, who has teamed up with Groupon to feature some recipes on its website, said: "It is great to see that people are trying new dishes."

Here are the average annual overall amounts people from across the UK spend on eating out and the percentage of the typical salary in these areas spent, according to Groupon:

:: North East, £1,878.60, 7.39%

:: North West, £1,349.09, 5.31%

:: Yorkshire and the Humber, £1,704.74, 6.74%

:: East Midlands, £1,374.98, 5.52%

:: West Midlands, £1,769.79, 6.90%

:: East Anglia, £1,491.00, 5.54%

:: London, £4,027.65, 11.74%

:: South East, £1,836.08, 6.40%

:: South West, £1,484.00, 5.79%

:: Wales, £1,093.24, 4.44%

:: Scotland, £1,990.61, 7.26%

:: Northern Ireland, £1,878.94, 7.45%