Brits prefer to socialise at restaurants over pubs

It has emerged that Britons prefer to visit a restaurant over a pub in order to socialise, with the majority revealing that they no longer have a local watering-hole.

These are the findings of the latest YouGov Market Intelligence Report, which revealed that 63 per cent of the respondents believed that the pub was no longer the epicentre of social life in the community. This is particularly the opinion of 55 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24, while four in ten individuals believe that pubs should do more to host community festivals and local events.

In 2011, there were 17,000 fewer pubs than there had been in 1982, with around 26 venues now closing across the country every week. This is worrying news for the industry as, while restaurants may be bringing in the punters, hospitality jobs within the sector are most at risk.

It is important to note however that the pub still stands at second for the most popular social venues. Around 30 per cent said that they would go to a pub most often for social occasions, while only four per cent and two per cent said the same for bars and nightclubs respectively. Out of the pubs available, the 'country style' watering-hole is enjoyed by 43 per cent of Brits, while the more traditional local venue is enjoyed by 38 per cent of the sample. The latter is especially the most popular choice by those aged between 18 and 24.

Camra has recently launched a 'Pubs in our Lives' campaign, distributing around 6,500 free promotional packs that reinforce the importance of pubs within local communities. The programme will be running throughout the whole of October.

The results are based on a sample of 1,856 adults across the UK.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the food industry.