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HelloFresh's Ultimate Night In

HelloFresh's Ultimate Night In

A recent survey conducted by HelloFresh on UK households' dining habits found that nearly 25% of UK families sit down for a meal together once a week or less. To bring families together in 2022 HelloFresh have developed a range of recipes for the ultimate night in.

A recent survey conducted by HelloFresh on UK households' dining habits found that nearly 25% of UK families sit down for a meal together once a week or less. To bring families together in 2022 HelloFresh have developed a range of recipes for the ultimate night in.

UK Households' Dining Habits Survey Results

HelloFresh conducted a survey around UK households' dining habits in 2021, with the aim to discover how often families spent eating together. With the festive period bringing families together around the table, it's easy to go into January feeling miserable and spending less time together, but Brits shouldn't neglect this family time, as it is important to get the family together and to enjoy delicious food, well after the festivities are over.

On average, nearly a quarter (24.2%) of families in the UK only sit down together around a dining table to share an evening meal once a week or less and more than a third (35.8%) of UK families eat dinner in front of the TV, either with their family (28.9%) or on their own (6.9%).

Survey Data Found Differences Amongst 15 UK Cities

In the survey of 15 UK cities, Newcastle (32.7%) and Glasgow (32.5%) reported only sharing a family dinner at the dining table once a week or less, more families than anywhere else. Belfast is the most family-focused city at mealtimes, according to the survey, with 87.5% of families sitting down together at the table for dinner more than once a week and 37.5% doing so every day.

City Percentage of families who sit down together for an evening meal once a week or less
Newcastle 32.70%
Glasgow 32.50%
Sheffield 32.30%
Leeds 30.80%
Manchester 29.20%
Birmingham 27.80%
Norwich 26.30%
Southampton 25.50%
Nottingham 25.00%
Cardiff 23.40%
Bristol 22.60%
London 19.60%
Liverpool 19.40%
Edinburgh 16.70%
Belfast 12.50%



The Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are miles apart at mealtimes; 83.3% of families in Edinburgh sit down together more than once a week at the dining table to share an evening meal, compared to only 67.5% in Glasgow.

Here's to Spending More Time Together in 2022

Nearly three-quarters (73.6%) of UK households would like to spend more time socialising over meals with family in 2022. With that in mind, HelloFresh have developed the Ultimate range, recipes that have been given the ultimate spin with premium ingredients, extra special side-dishes and larger portions of protein to give these everyday favourites a luxurious and indulgent feel. These recipes are a great way to treat your family in the new year and have the ultimate night in.

Dr. Lucy Stirling, Clinical Psychologist at HelloSelf said "A family meal encourages openness, laughter and the sharing of successes and struggles.

This in turn nurtures a sense of belonging and promotes positive self-esteem and confidence. Research into the impact of children and adolescents eating meals with their families also shows the added benefit of improved intellectual development and academic performance and a reduction in engagement in high-risk behaviour.

So perhaps if January is a time for new beginnings and a decision to improve health and wellbeing then keeping up the family Sunday roast is a strong contender to support this."

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