Last month's like-for-like sales across all 23 pub and restaurant groups surveyed were up 1.4 per cent leading to January being the 22nd consecutive month of positive like-for-like growth recorded by the tracker.
Pub group sales were up 0.2 per cent while restaurants fared better with a 4.1 per cent like-for-like increase.
“Trading in the early part of the month suggested that January might have finished down on the same month last year, but a late surge in business saw the sector remain in positive growth,” said Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach, which produces the report with Coffer Group, Baker Tilly and UBS.
“Perhaps it was down to the pay-day effect or just people tiring of ‘dry’ January, but the sector and in particular restaurants saw the benefit.
“It’s clear that eating-out is now engrained in the British way-of-life, and among the pub groups in our sample, food sales outstripped drink in January – up 2.8 per cent against a 1.2 per cent fall in drinks sales.”