British pubs are more popular for their food offerings than booze for the first time, according to new figures from Mintel.

The research agency found that 72% of Britons visited their local for its food menu compared to the 63% who went to the pub for a drink. 

Pubs were enticing diners from restaurants because they offered a more relaxed dining atmosphere, said Helen Spicer, senior food analyst at Mintel. 

“Pub food has had to adapt and now bar snacks and menus have become more variable from value ranges to more upmarket offerings,” she said. “For some venues, catering has become more important than serving a pint.”