As restaurant trends constantly evolve, it is never too soon to begin looking towards the next forecasted trend, to keep one step ahead.
The breakfast revolution
Breakfast made a comeback to menus in 2017, with bottomless brunches and avocado and eggs royale becoming big hits. Numbers rose again this year, with 31 per cent more spent on breakfasts.
In 2018, breakfast is predicted to make a big impact, with restaurants serving breakfast-inspired meals throughout the day.
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In January 2017, 60,000 people signed up to Veganuary, a movement to try veganism for the month of January. 2018 looks set to beat these figures, as veganism has increased by 360 per cent in Britain in the past decade.
Street food has been a restaurant trend for a few years, and as figures continue rising, this trend looks to be fundamental in 2018. Studies show approximately 2.5 million people consume street food daily in the UK, which gives chefs a platform to showcase their creations.
2018 will see additional growth in the form of events and food festivals which welcome street food vendors. Established festivals include the British Street Food Awards and The Big Festival.
The trend for consumer demand for local and fresh produce has seen steady growth recently. Consumers are increasingly aware and want to know how their food was made, where and by whom. Recent statistics show that over 60 per cent of us think about where our food comes from, with origin becoming as big a selling point as quality and price. Brexit will most likely influence this trend too, as exporting and importing ties remain uncertain.
Small businesses that embrace the local produce ethos are becoming increasingly successful, as they appeal to consumer demand for British drink and food.
The restaurant industry increasingly features in social media and photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram. Chefs and restaurants are under increasing pressure to peak diners’ interest, and are turning to the trend for unusually coloured meals to create interesting, striking and crowd-pleasing dishes.
Foods such as black breads and blue lattes have become big hits, with experts hinting that this is just the beginning of what to expect in 2018.