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Whitbread replaces Mitchells & Butlers as the number one operator in Eat Out Top 20
National pub and restaurant operator Whitbread has beaten last year’s winner Mitchells & Butlers to the number one spot in Eat Out magazine’s top 20 list of pub and restaurant groups.
The list ranks the businesses, which operate popular brands including Café Rouge, Harvester and PizzaExpress, based on turnover.
Whitbread, which runs Beefeater Grill, Brewer’s Fayre and Costa Coffee, takes the number one spot after reporting an annual turnover surpassing £2 billion – up 14% from last year.
In second place is Mitchells & Butlers with an annual turnover of £1.889 billion and retaining the third spot is JD Wetherspoon turning over £1.197 billion.
Other interesting findings from the Eat Out Top 20 are:
- Only four operators saw a drop in revenues and they are all pub companies
- For the first time there are two restaurant companies in the top 10
- Eight businesses have ranked the same as they did last year
- The top three companies employ over 100,000 people in the UK
Clare Riley, editor of Eat Out, said the list highlights the fast-moving nature of the pub and restaurant sector: “In just 12 months our industry has seen several changes. Chief executives have come and gone; companies have taken on new identities and branding; and some businesses have managed to turn their fortunes around. Those changes are definitely reflected in this year’s Eat Out Top 20.”
Whitbread’s Restaurant's managing director Paul Flaum said the award was great news after 12 months of continued success for Brewer's Fayre, Beefeater Grill, Table Table and Taybarns.
“We are delighted to have seen growth in our restaurant business. This award recognises the dedication of our 15,0000 team members who have served almost 50 million customers with the sole purpose of serving them up a great memory. We believe we have given our customers better experiences than we have ever done before and we look forward to seeing many more people visiting Brewers Fayre, Beefeater Grill, Table Table and Taybarns this summer and in the future.”
Published in the June issue of Eat Out, the list features symbols comparing the rankings and turnover figures to last year’s list.
The Eat Out Top 20:
02 Mitchells & Butlers
03 JD Wetherspoon
04 Greene King
07 Enterprise Inns
08 Gondola Group
09 The Restaurant Group
10 Stonegate Pub Company
11 Punch Taverns
14 Fuller, Smith & Turner
16 Orchid Pub Company
18 Shepherd Neame
20 The Bramwell Pub Company (formerly Barracuda)
To read more about the Eat Out Top 20 take a look at the digital edition: