Industry data: Top 20 restaurant groups in 2007

02 November 2007 by
Industry data: Top 20 restaurant groups in 2007

PizzaExpress, Ask and Zizzi owner Gondola has overtaken pub operator Mitchells & Butlers as the UK's largest restaurant group with 525 venues.

The new entrants this year are food-led pub group Laurel (thanks to its acquisition of the La Tasca Spanish tapas bar chain) and Paramount (formerly Groupe Chez Gerarde) which more than trebled its number of outlets when it bought Caffè Uno from The Restaurant Group.

These figures are reported in British Hospitality: Trends and Statistics 2007, published by the British Hospitality Association.

The full report (which is free to BHA members) can be bought for £195 (for the printed version) or £146.25 (for a PDF file).
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See the top quick-service restaurant groups for further listings >>
The top restaurant groups from the 2006 report can be viewed here >>

TOP 20 UK RESTAURANT GROUPS IN 2006-2007 (by number of outlets)

Owner2007 outlets2006 outletsSelected brands
1Gondola]( 525 505 [PizzaExpress](, [Ask](, [Zizzi](
2[Mitchells & Butlers]([]( 799 Harvester, Browns, Toby
3[Spirit Group]( 510 Chef & Brewer. Two for One, Miller's
4[The Restaurant Group]( 279 [Frankie & Benny's](, [Garfunkels](
5[Wimpy]( 250 Wimpy
6[Whitbread]( 237 157 Beefeater, Brewers Fayre
7People's Restaurant Group+230 235 [Little Chef](
8[Tragus]( 162 Café Rouge, Bella Italia, Strada, Belgo, Ma Potters
9[Greene King]( 132 [Hungry Horse](, [Loch Fyne](
10[Nando's]( 133 Nando's
11[Laurel]( 89 56 [La Tasca](
12[Out of Town Restaurant Group]( 87 Madisons, Bitz and Pizza, Bradwells
13[Prezzo]( 78 Prezzo, Ultimate Burger
14[Paramount]( 76 25 Groupe Chez Gerard, Livebait, Cafe Fish, Bertorelli's, Caffè Uno
15[Clapham House]([]( 57 [Tootsies](, [Bombay Bicycle Club](
16 [Orchid Pubs]( 66 76 Jim Thompson's, Country Carvery
17[Ponti's]( 48 Ponti's, Caffè Alba
18 [Wagamama]( 51 39 Wagamama
19[Caprice Holdings]( 45 45 Scotts
20[Regent Inns31 31 Old Orleans
+ Little Chef is now owned by private equity group RCapital after falling into administrative receivership in January 2007 Source: Horizons
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