What you need to know

Pubs and restaurants have been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic given that many were forced to shut their doors in spring 2020 until summer 2020. While many restaurants and pubs have reopened in July 2020, the new social distancing measures have seen businesses adapt and evolve to the new normal. Operators are utilising outdoor spaces like never before including accessing parks and public streets as a way to offer greater seating capacity outdoors. IoI operators have received financial help from the government but it will not make up for the losses incurred. Only time will tell how businesses will cope as the year progresses, particularly with the incoming COVID-19-induced recession likely to leave many restaurants and pubs struggling to make ends meet.

Key issues covered in this Report

  • The impact of COVID-19 on consumer behaviour in the restaurant, bar and pub industry.

  • How bars and restaurants have evolved and adapted in response to COVID-19.

  • An analysis of the mealtimes and occasions most popular in restaurants vs pubs.

  • An examination of what is most important to consumers when dining out of the home and how venues can engage price-sensitive consumers during a COVID-19-induced recession and beyond.

Issues covered in this Report

This Report examines the restaurant and pub catering market in Ireland NI (Northern Ireland) and RoI (Republic of Ireland).

This Report includes dining in fast food outlets, cafés, pubs and other casual dining options but excludes food to go, retail, canteens etc. Please note the Market Size and Forecast section analyses full-service restaurants and pub revenues only and includes both food and beverage sales.

For the purpose of this Report Mintel has used the following definition:

Full-service restaurant has been identified as a food establishment with a wide range of food and drink items on the menu while meals are paid for after they are eaten. Full-service restaurants offer table service with orders being taken and brought to customers by waiting staff.

Pubs (public houses) and bars are defined as having on-trade licences to serve alcoholic drink for consumption on the premises with many of these types of establishments discussed in this Report serving food. Pub catering is defined as covering meals of any kind sold in public houses and bars.

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