When it comes to a quick catch-up over a drink, UK consumers prefer the coffee shop to the pub, according to new research.
In a survey of 1,000 consumers, by Opinion Matters for Costa Coffee, nearly three-quarters (72%) preferred to chat with mates in coffee shops rather than pubs.
Nearly half of those questioned (47%) believe coffee shops are now the perfect place for a first date.
A quarter (24%) think that coffee shops are the prime location for a rendezvous with a lover.
Jeffrey Young, managing director of consultancy Allegra, said: "Coffee shops are particularly female friendly environments which adds to their appeal and even during the credit crunch coffee is seen as an affordable treat that customers do not want to deprive themselves of."
By Chris Druce
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