• State of the UK Restaurant Market (2017) 1

    State of the UK Restaurant Market (2017)

    This has been based on the excellent piece on PwC about the restaurant sector at the end of 2017, with additional commentary from me based on developments in 2018 and my view of the market from the inside. Food for thought PwC: The restaurant sector has performed well in recent years with market growth underpinned by long-term demographic and consumer trends. But market conditions have become more competitive, consumers are facing pressure on their real incomes from rising inflation and cost pressures are increasing. A more cautious outlook on the sector is justified. Me: Recent high-profile chain closures and restructuring including Toys R Us, Prezzo, Barbecoa, Jamies Italian, Strada, Byron and…

  • State of the UK Restaurant Market (2017) 5

    The Restaurant Delivery Market 2016Q3

    Since my last post on restaurant delivery services in London (2016Q1), uberEATS have launched. There are still a plethora of players in the market (including Quiqup and Henchman clones like Bring It), but it’s really becoming a three-horse race now. uberEATS The 800-pound gorilla just entered the room. Deliveroo has long been fearful of UBER launching the UK and now they have. Although they are not as ubiquitous as Deliveroo (yet) they offer a very efficient iPad-based ordering system and free delivery on new orders which they are funding. One missing piece of the puzzle at the moment is a kitchen printer which is “coming soon.” This will make the…