The city came in first place and scored 76.2% out of 100 in the list of 20 ‘best UK cities for independent restaurants’ compiled by business energy experts at Bionic.
Experts analyzed nearly 65,000 restaurants across the UK to create the ultimate index to discover which UK city leads the way in terms of number of independent restaurants.
To do this, they used data like the average amount each city spends on dining out, how much each city posts on social media about dining out, along with the percentage chain restaurants in each city.
What do experts say about Sunderland?
biology commented: “Sunderland topped as the best UK city for independent restaurants, scoring 76.2 out of 100.
“With a population of nearly 175,000, Sunderland has an impressive 1,344 independent restaurants per capita, offering a wide range of options.
“Sunderland residents spend an average of 3.89% of their disposable income on dining out and are the best city in the UK when it comes to independent dining, without a doubt, residents. Locals are making the most of the amazing family-run restaurants on their doorstep!
Newcastle and Middlesbrough named one of the UK’s best cities for independent restaurants
Other North East cities also made the top 20 when analyzing the UK’s best cities for independent restaurants.
Newcastle are in ninth place with a total score of 63.3%, while Middlesbrough is in nineteenth place with a total score of 55.1%.
UK’s top 20 cities for independent restaurants
- Sunderland – 76.2%
- Bradford – 75.1%
- Northampton – 72.8%
- Belfast – 68.6%
- Swansea – 66.2%
- Blackpool – 65.4%
- Leeds – 65 percent
- Cardiff – 64.1%
- Newcastle – 63.3%
- Wolverhampton – 63.2%
- York – 60.2%
- Brighton and Hove – 60.1%
- Bolton – 58.1%
- Telford – 57.6%
- Birmingham – 56.6%
- Glasgow – 56.4%
- Warrington – 55.5%
- Dundee – 55.4 percent
- Middlesbrough – 55.1%
- Stoke-on-Trent – 53.5 percent
If you want to support independent businesses, a city on the top 20 might be your next destination for a city break, where you can see what different restaurants are offering. Party level earn a lot of money.