08th  September 2020

Takeaway capitals of the UK revealed - but how clean is your favourite?

  • UK spends over £18 billion on takeaways a year

  • Manchester named takeaway capital of the UK, with the city spending the most ordering in

  • Birmingham revealed as the city with most 0-star takeaways


With households asked to stay at home since March, it’s no surprise that nearly six in ten (58%) Brits say they enjoy getting a takeaway as a treat. But how cautious are we when choosing where to order from?  


Research1 conducted by online furniture retailer,, has uncovered the UK’s takeaway habits, from the average monthly spend to preferred cuisines and how households decide where to order from. 


The average UK household spends £54.60 per month on takeaways, meaning on average, every year Brits are spending over £18 billion ordering in³, with only one in 10 (11%) spending less than £20 a month. The new study also identified the UK cities spending the most every month: 


  1. Manchester (£65 per household)

  2. London (£59 per household)

  3. Nottingham (£56 per household)

  4. Birmingham (£55 per household)

  5. Leeds (£55 per household)

Delving into why so many households opt to order in, over a third (35%) said they think it is important to sit down to eat together every day, with a staggering 32% admitting that their household is more likely to come together when ordering a takeaway than they would usually. 


Looking at the most craved cuisines, Chinese tops the list (25%), closely followed by Indian (23%), fish and chips (14%) and Italian (12%). 


When choosing where to order from, the menu is the biggest influence on people's choice, with nearly half (46%) saying it is an important factor when. Surprisingly, only 15% said that online recommendations influence their takeaway decision. 


But how many Brits factor in the hygiene rating of the restaurant before placing their order? Shockingly, only one fifth (21%) of Brits always check the hygiene rating of a takeaway before ordering, with one in ten (13%) saying the outcome of the hygiene rating does not affect their decision on placing an order. 


The new study also delved into the UK cities with the most 0-star hygiene rating takeaways2


  1. Birmingham (66)

  2. Liverpool (18)

  3. Bristol (14)

  4. Manchester (13)

  5. Nottingham (9)


Although ranking third for the most 0-star hygiene rating takeaways, the nationwide poll revealed those in Bristol are in fact the least likely to check hygiene ratings of their takeaways, with nearly two fifths (36%) admitting that they don’t check them because the outcome doesn’t bother them. In contrast, despite ranking second, nearly a third (31%) of people in Liverpool said they always check a takeaway’s hygiene rating. 


Takeaways are rated slightly differently in Scotland with locations either achieving a pass or requiring improvement. Edinburgh comes out worse than Glasgow based on these rankings, with a staggering 137 takeaways requiring improvement. Unsurprisingly, no one in Edinburgh (0%) said the hygiene rating of a takeaway influenced their decision to buy, with 36% admitting that they do not check the hygiene rating of their favourite takeaways because they don’t know where to find this information.  


Tom Obbard, Managing Director at, comments on the findings: “Households across the UK have spent a lot more time together at home in recent months and ordering in food from our favourite restaurants and takeaways has been a treat for many. 


“It is so important to continue to spend time with our families, and it seems from our research that ordering a takeaway is a great way to bring everyone together for a special treat and catch up with the people we love. We do however recommend that before ordering, Brits check up on the hygiene rating of their chosen takeaway before parting with their hard-earned cash. All you need to do to check the takeaways score is visit the Food Standards Agency website and search your postcode.” 

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