With 17 branded casual dining restaurants in Exeter, the city has ranked 26th in the UK’s top 50 towns for casual dining.
The figures were compiled in the Casual Dining in the UK report, put together by nationwide estate agents Savills. Top towns in the UK for casual dining were determined by the number of restaurants in the towns, as well as the growth in brands since the end of 2012. For the city’s size and population, Exeter has therefore done extremely well in providing a great choice of places to eat.
The report also noted that 18 percent of these restaurants opened in the past three years, demonstrating considerable recent growth and helping to put Exeter on the culinary map. With the new Queen Street dining quarter in the city centre expected to open in August, the total will rise to even larger numbers, offering even more great places to eat in the heart of the city, alongside a wealth of excellent shops and businesses. Among the establishments set to open this summer are Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Turtle Bay and KuPP.
Overall, the report’s main discovery is that the gradual change in food culture means consumers are now eating out more than they used to, spurring on a host of restaurants and cafés to pop up in towns and cities across the UK. This has been seen in Exeter especially, where several eating establishments have opened in the city centre in recent years, perfectly positioned amongst the many shops and attractions, offering a growing variety of cuisines and dining experiences.
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