Eating out is on the rise. According to recent statistics from Kantar Worldpanel, the UK spent around £49 billion on food and non-alcoholic drink that was purchased and consumed outside of the home in 2017, and that figure has only been expanding.
As we head towards the end of the decade, restaurateurs find themselves in a fantastic position to make the most of a general public keen to get out and enjoy new dining experiences. However, it also means coming up with new and exciting ways to engage customers and keep them returning for more. So what are proving to be the big restaurant trends for 2019?
1. Food that caters for specific diets
Like it or not, we’re all becoming a lot more conscious of the way that we eat, particularly when it comes to ethical issues. Vegan and vegetarian diets, for example, are absolutely booming amongst younger generations, as concerns surrounding animal cruelty, climate change and even lactose intolerance proliferate. In this way, restaurants that offer a decent number of vegan and vegetarian options are likely to draw in substantial custom from hungry young people.
The same goes for ingredients such as gluten or sugar, as refined carbohydrates continue to get bad press. In this way, crafting a menu that caters towards a wide range of diets is likely to be a very smart move for restaurateurs this year.
2. Food bowls
Food bowls featuring hearty, warming and healthy ingredients are catching on in the restaurant world. Once confined to the realms of Instagram, dishes such as burrito bowls, superfood bowls, and sushi bowls have become a favourite for people of all ages, and even featured on the menu of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. What’s more, they are truly versatile and can be adapted to suit the mood and style of an individual restaurant.
3. Old fashioned veg is making a comeback
As concerns surrounding ethical food production and food waste show no signs of abating, restaurants are doing their bit for supporting local produce. Indeed, once neglected varieties of veg such as turnip, swede, parsley root, and salsify are making their way back onto menus in an attempt to make the most of all the produce that comes out of our lush countryside. Fortunately, these vegetables taste fantastic and are a great way to add a little pizazz to your dishes!
4. Instagrammable dishes and décor
If you own or run a restaurant, you can count on one thing for sure: customers will want to take a picture of the food you serve and broadcast it for the world to see. Whilst this may seem a little daunting at first, harnessing the power of Instagram is a smart (and, ultimately, free) way of drawing in new customers.
Before getting too excited, however, it is important to note that creating Instagrammable dishes takes time and effort. Firstly, think about how your food is plated up. Is the plate aesthetically pleasing? Is the food chicly set out and attractive? Secondly, it is also important to think about the tables on which your plates are set. Opting for high quality and environmentally-friendly tablecloths such as our tablecloths is a guaranteed way of ensuring that your restaurant is Instagram ready. Shop with Richard Haworth today to make 2019 your best year yet!