Research reveals appetite for eating and drinking out after long lockdown

[25th June]

Consumers across the island of Ireland are keen to make up for lost time in pubs, bars and restaurants, new research from leading business insight consultancy CGA Strategy reveals.

A major survey for CGA’s ‘Consumer Insights’ report shows more than half (53%) of adults in Ireland plan to go out to eat and drink more often than they did before COVID-19, while a third (32%) say they will spend more than they usually do over the next 12 months.

The figures are revealed as hospitality venues in Ireland settle into new trading, having reopened for outside service from 7 June. Indoor service is scheduled to return on 5 July in ROI. In Northern Ireland, indoor hospitality resumed on 24 May.

CGA’s research highlights the value of outdoor space to the confidence and spending of consumers in Ireland. Three in five (59%) say they feel confident about visiting venues with outdoor areas—17 percentage points higher than the number feeling confident about eating and drinking out in general (42%). Well over a quarter (28%) of consumers think outlets’ outdoor spaces are now more important than they were before the pandemic.