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.
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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