Data compiled by CGA’s Hospitality at Home Tracker shows a surge of delivery and takeaway sales from third party apps.
Delivery platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats accounted for nearly half (49.7%) of restaurant and pub groups’ sales, while eat-in contributed to the remainder (50.3%).
Overall, delivery and takeaway sales were 273% higher in May this year versus May 2019, despite the return of eating indoors in the second half of the month.
Karl Chessell, CGA’s business unit director, said: “While many consumers seized the chance to eat out again, hospitality’s reopening for inside service isn’t diminishing the appeal of deliveries and takeaways.
“With the quality and convenience of at-home ordering rising, the lockdowns of the last 15 months have firmly embedded it in people’s habits. It will be fascinating to see where the balance of eating-out and ordering-in settles as COVID-19 restrictions loosen.”