As part of the MCA’s recent series of webinars, the insight experts looked at how different factors will impact key foodservice sectors – creating winners and losers. With consumers worried over the imminent recession and job security once furlough ends in October, as well as very real concerns over Covid safety and hygiene when eating out, some operators find themselves in a better position than others. Of course, as has been the case for the last few months, it is an ever changing scene, but as of July 2020 MCA predict the following…
The 4th July brought the foodservice sector one step closer to recovery, but in a post-covid world the question on everyone’s minds is when will the industry return to its former glory? As part of their Food Strategy Forum series, MCA examined what a post-lockdown recovery looks like for the UK market, highlighting the impact coronavirus has had on trends, dynamic meal equation and the consequential shift in consumer attitudes and eating habits.
If you made arrangements with friends or business associates to meet up at a certain time and place and just failed to turn up with no excuse, apology or forewarning you’d quickly end up with no friends or and/or unemployed. So what makes people feel they can book a table at a restaurant and then just not turn up?
Mine was one of the 3,000 bookings taken by Paul Ainsworth’s team over the two days when they opened their phone lines. Yes, we were the people keen to get out and get eating! After months of lock-down cooking and a wedding postponed (not once but twice) due to Covid, we were eager to at least have something to look forward to in our two weeks of non-honeymoon and what better than a trip to our favourite haunt Padstow? We were also interested to see what ‘new normal’ dining would be like and of course keen to stay safe having spent so long doing the right thing and staying home. We chose the restaurants based on three factors: ones we love, dog-friendly ones (as we had the hound with us) and a new factor for our ‘new normal’ – ones we trusted. Paul Ainsworth is possibly our favourite chef, I followed his lock-down story on social media and was keen to support his return, so when the booking lines opened we were ‘on it’ and booked to stay at The Padstow Townhouse in a newly dog-friendly suite (we were in good company as Jason Atherton was also staying with his family). We also booked for Café Rojano and The Mariners with a visit to Rick Stein’s St Petroc Bistro sandwiched in between, topped off with pre-dinner drinks at the new Padstow Distillery and Padstow Brewery Tasting Rooms.