Bury St Edmunds makes Top 50 list as town sees impressive growth in casual dining restaurant scene

Caf� Rouge Restaurant in Abbeygate Street ANL-151008-203619009
Caf� Rouge Restaurant in Abbeygate Street ANL-151008-203619009
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Bury St Edmunds has made a list of the Top 50 towns and cities in the UK for casual dining.

Bury was ranked at number 43 in terms of the number of branded casual dining restaurants, and at number 34 in the list of those seeing new restaurants open in the last three years.

According to Savills ‘Casual Dining in the UK’ report, London’s West End has seen the greatest growth in casual dining brands over the past three years, followed by the City of London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Aberdeen.

The report ranks the top 50 towns based on the growth in brands since the end of 2012 and also the total supply of casual dining restaurants.

Tom Whittington, research director at Savills, said: “It’s not a surprise to have London at the top of the rankings but the reality of today’s eating out market is that beyond the M25, there are more expansion opportunities for leading branded operators.”

The research shows that gradual change in food culture, particularly since the recession, means consumers are eating out more and this is creating new opportunities for further casual dining growth across the UK. In the report the five formats that are expected to be most successful over the next five years are premium fast food, all day and flexible formats, street food and pop ups, premium casual dining and third party delivery services.