- Over a third (39%) of Brits feel they don’t have the time or space to host a dinner party
- Britain has experienced a 22% drop in families enjoying weekly meals together, with 72% claiming their parents would ensure a sit down meal took place at least once a week, compared to 50% doing so today
- We have become a nation of ‘food voyeurs’ with our love of cookery programmes on the rise, yet 42% have a ‘can’t cook won’t cook’ attitude
A survey of 2,000 people by IKEA has found that the influence of celebrity chefs and their recipes are fueling the nations love of food, with Great British Bake Off being voted the nations favourite cookery show (21%), along with Jamie Oliver being named as the chef whose recipes we would most like to replicate (29%). However, the decreasing amount of time and space in Britons’ homes is resulting in us cooking and eating together less.
When it comes to eating together as a family we are not following in our parent’s footsteps. 72% said their parents would ensure a sit down family meal took place at least once a week, when only 50% do the same today. Moreover, the 22% decline in weekly family meals is part of a growing trend for eating alone, in fact over a quarter of Brits eat at least one meal a day on their own (27%).
The great British dinner party is under threat as IKEA has found that 42% of Brits claim they can’t cook at all, with nearly a quarter (24%) feeling they don’t have enough space to host. This isn’t surprising due to *the average British home measuring 85 square meters, making it the smallest in Western Europe. Brits’ busy lifestyles and work commitments also get in the way, with 15% claiming that they are too time poor to entertain. This is despite a huge appetite to cook and eat together, with nearly a third (29%) wanting to entertain guests at least once a month, yet in reality this only happens once every two to three months (33%). When it does, staples like curry (17%) and pasta (16%) are the most popular shared dishes.
To encourage more people to cook and eat together, IKEA is launching The Dining Club – a fully immersive ‘Do-It-Yourself’ restaurant – which will open its doors from 10 - 25 September. Members of the public can book to host a brunch, lunch or dinner party for up to 20 friends and family. Supported by their very own sous chef and maître de, the host and their guests will orchestrate an intimate dining experience where cooking together is celebrated and eating together is inspirational.
Jordi Esquinas, Business Leader at IKEA, said: “At IKEA we feel that the joy of cooking and eating together is not just about making food, but about creating lasting memories, along with connecting and sharing with those you love. Our research has found that more of us want to host dinner parties but feel that they are unable to do so. With the launch of The Dining Club, we hope to create the perfect place to bring people together to enjoy a meal from beginning to end without the stress.”
Although a lack of time and space are resulting in us eating less together, IKEA has reported an increase in dining table sales (10% in July 2016 compared to July 2015), revealing there is a clear aspiration to do so. Despite this, the most popular occasion to gather around the table is for Christmas dinner (32%). Brits won’t have to wait until the festive season to get everyone together though, as The Dining Club aims to show that the dining table isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life, with slots still available for food fans to host their whole family this September.
To further inspire people to create wonderful food and memories together, IKEA has selected food that can be prepared, shared and eaten as a group at The Dining Club. These dishes include Scandinavian classics, such as Venison and wild mushrooms, as well as modern sharing dishes.
For more information on The Dining Club and to book your very own brunch, lunch or dinner party, please visit
ADDRESS: The Dining Club by IKEA, N&C Showrooms, 3 – 10 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG
GETTING THERE: A 3-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street overground station and 9-minute walk from Liverpool Street station OPENING TIMES: Open daily from 10am – 10pm from Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th September
PLEASE NOTE: *Due to high-levels of public demand to host a lunch or dinner party, spaces are limited and we will provide email confirmation of your allocated slot.
For further information, please contact: IKEA Press Office Media.Lounge.UK@IKEA.com 0845 225 7126 Notes to editorsResearch conducted by OnePoll who polled 2,000 members of the public in August 2016. *http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_GB/rooms_ideas/small_spaces/