Dining out among most Britons' 2021 summer plans
Fish and chips and a pint at the pub are top of mind as pandemic-walloped Britons cautiously return to a reopened society. A poll of 4,500 adults commissioned by tourism body Visitengland found dining out to be the most-missed travel experience since lockdowns began more than a year ago. A majority of those polled said food and drink experiences were what they were most anticipating this summer. In particular, 51 per cent cited going out for a traditional fish fry, while 47 per cent said they were chafing for a cold beer at the pub as COVID-19 curbs are eased by the Boris Johnson administration. Visitengland director Andrew Stokes said food and drink options are an “exciting ” and “integral” part of exploring British destinations. “From our coast and countryside to our city streets, England offers a huge diversity of sensory experiences and we encourage Brits to responsibly explore both their old favourites and discover our hidden gems this summer.” Britons also said they were looking forward to bumble bees buzzing, sitting on a grassy plain, and the sight and smell of flowers in bloom as they make plans for post-pandemic life.