Newcastle is one of the UK’s top ten cities for foodies, new research reveals

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Food culture is on the rise, with the pandemic leading to increased restaurant food sales and a collective £990million outlay to fuel our obsession with good food.

That’s why MuscleFood conducted a study to identify the best food towns in the UK, looking at factors ranging from the number of Michelin star restaurants in the area to the number of Uber Eats available to crown the food capital of the UK. .

69 cities in the UK have been ranked according to nine parameters, to give an overall ranking of the ‘foodie towns’ in the UK.

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Each ranking was out of 69, with 69 being the best and one being the worst, with each metric having the same weighting of 1/9 to indicate a fair overall ranking.

The city population was taken from the ONS dataset and the World Population Review website, while the total number of UberEats deliveries, the total number of healthy UberEats and the total number of healthy restaurants in each city have all been taken into account.

The total number of Michelin Guide restaurants was also a factor in the final decisions, along with the average cost of a weekly food and soft drink store, and the total number of desserts, teas, coffees and bakeries in every city. .

And when the dust settled and the results fell, Newcastle upon Tyne made it into the top 10 cities for foodies, thanks in part to its impressive number of UberEats restaurants.

The Toon hosts a grand total of 428 of them collectively, with 31 equally rated healthy restaurants across the city relative to its population size.

Newcastle also has eight Michelin Guide restaurants for those looking for something extra special, in the form of the Broad Chare, House of Tides and Fern Dining Room, to name a few.



The Broad Chare pub on Newcastle Quayside.

However, it sadly missed out on a higher spot in the rankings this year for its lack of cafes and bakeries, with 18 and 81 respectively.

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, has won the crown for the friendliest city in the UK, with spotless statistics per capita. The popular tourist spot has 24 Michelin Guide restaurants and 543 Uber Eats restaurants, as well as 219 tea rooms and cafes throughout the city.

Wells in Somerset found itself at the bottom of the pile at 69th, with just three healthy restaurants, no Uber Eats availability and no Michelin Guide establishments.

To see the full ranking, check out the chart provided by MuscleFood below.

The 15 foodiest cities in the UK, according to MuscleFood:

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Town

Number of restaurants per capita

Number of healthy restaurants

Number of restaurants in the Michelin Guide

Average weekly household expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages

Number of Uber Eats restaurants

Number of healthy Uber Eats restaurants

Number of establishments serving desserts

Number of coffees + teas

Number of bakeries

1

Edinburgh

0.3660

117

24

£57.60

543

37

70

219

40

2

Manchester

0.3665

57

19

£57.80

799

63

61

138

28

3

Glasgow

0.2951

54

15

£57.60

667

42

64

171

23

4

Leeds

0.2126

53

9

£56.10

658

57

32

114

20

5

London

0.2263

851

392

£69.90

794

222

551

1576

335

6

Cardiff

0.2505

33

ten

£57.40

430

23

36

111

11

7

liverpool

0.3183

67

6

£57.80

381

21

44

129

24

8

Brighton

0.4000

71

15

£68.70

464

37

43

138

22

9

Newcastle

0.3145

31

8

£57.10

428

25

35

81

18

ten

Bristol

0.2765

65

15

£63.10

487

42

36

123

27

ten

birmingham

0.1778

55

16

£60.40

741

50

68

106

23

12

Sheffield

0.2171

32

5

£56.10

442

37

30

96

18

13

york

0.3294

27

9

£56.10

155

ten

34

93

17

14

Nottingham

0.3067

34

5

£62.20

504

34

23

86

12

15

Leicester

0.2988

26

7

£62.20

588

33

42

56

13

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