UK inflation: Price rises at Nando’s, McDonald’s, Wetherspoon and Zizzi revealed
Diners at popular restaurants and pubs across Britain have endured price hikes of up to 20 per cent in recent months as bosses continue to feel pressure on costs.
Chains such as McDonald’s and Wetherspoon have both increased prices in recent months, while others including Zizzi and Nando’s have also risen since last year.
McDonald’s upped its mayo chicken burger by 20 per cent from 99p to £1.19 last month, while the bacon double cheeseburger rose 8 per cent from £2.49 to £2.69.
Meanwhile analysis of a Wetherspoon pub in Surrey found its ‘Ultimate Burger’ deal with an alcoholic drink went up from £9.85 to £10.59 last month, an 8 per cent rise.
At Nando’s, a quarter chicken with two sides has risen 14 per cent in a year from £8.75 to £9.95; while a half chicken with sides is up 8 per cent from £12.45 to £13.50.
In addition, a 330ml bottle of Freedom Pills beer at the chain has gone up 8 per cent from £3.95 to £4.25, and a bottomless Coke is now £3.60, up 3 per cent from £3.50.
And Italian chain Zizzi has also increased prices of its spaghetti chorizo carbonara and chicken and prosciutto salad by 5 and 3 per cent respectively, both to £14.95.
How restaurant chains are increasing prices
Mayo Chicken: 99p to £1.19 (up 20%) Bacon Mayo Chicken: £1.59 to £1.79 (up 13%) Bacon Double Cheeseburger: £2.49 to £2.69 (up 8%) Triple Cheeseburger: £2.69 to £2.89 (up 7%) Medium Fizzy Drink: £1.39 to £1.49 (up 7%)
Ultimate burger with alcoholic drink – from £9.85 to £10.59 (up 8%) Chicken Tikka Masala with alcoholic drink – from £9.70 to £10.43 (up 8%) Warm Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream – £3.85 to £4.55 (up 18 %) Tea and coffee – from £1.35 to £1.45 (up 7%) Guinness – from £2.99 to £3.21 (up 7%)
Quarter chicken with two sides – from £8.75 to £9.95 (up 14%) Half chicken with two sides – from £12.45 to £13.50 (up 8%) Ten chicken wings with two sides – from £15.45 to £16.75 (up 8%) %) Whole chicken – from £14.50 to £14.95 (up 3%) Full chicken platter (for delivery) – from £24.95 to £27.75 (up 11%)330ml bottle of Freedom Pills – from £3.95 to £4.25 (up 8%) %)330ml bottle of Sagres – from £3.95 to £4.25 (up 8%) Bottomless Coke Zero – from £3.50 to £3.60 (up 3%)
Spaghetti chorizo carbonara – from £14.25 to £14.95 (up 5%) Chicken and prosciutto salad – from £14.50 to £14.95 (up 3%) Sweet potato fries – from £4.25 to £4.45 (up 5%)
McDonald’s and Wetherspoon (Oxted Inn in Surrey) price rises recorded in February 2023; Nando’s prices in January 2023 are compared to January 2022; Zizzi prices in March 2023 are compared to November 2022
Official government data revealed today that the annual inflation rate for restaurants and cafes was 11.4 per cent in February 2023, up from 9.4 per cent in January – the highest since 1991.
The Office for National Statistics pointed to the rocketing cost of alcoholic drinks in pubs and restaurants as prices ticked up after discounts had been imposed in January – often a tough time of year to get people to go out after Christmas.
More broadly, the ONS said the annual inflation rate for restaurants and hotels was 12.1 per cent in February 2023, up from 10.8 per cent in January, and the highest rate since summer 1991.
As for McDonald’s, it also hiked prices last month on its bacon double cheeseburger from £2.49 to £2.69 (up 8 per cent); triple cheeseburger from £2.69 to £2.89 (up 7 per cent) and medium fizzy drink from £1.39 to £1.49 (up 7 per cent).
That comes after the fast food chain increased prices by 10p to 20p on many items last July – most notably with its single cheeseburger going up for the first time in 14 years, from 99p to £1.19.
Wetherspoon’s, which is known for its cheap prices at its pubs across Britain, has increased the cost of its chicken tikka masala meal with an alcoholic drink from £9.70 to £10.43 (up 8 per cent).
Meanwhile its warm chocolate brownie with ice cream went up from £3.85 to £4.55 (up 18 per cent), tea and coffee rose from £1.35 to £1.45 (up 7 per cent) and a pint of Guinness went up from £2.99 to £3.21 (up 7 per cent).
The figures were noted last month at its Oxted Inn branch in Surrey by The Sun, which also pointed out that prices vary at Wetherspoon pubs across Britain.
At Nando’s, prices noted by the Daily Mirror in January this year found that the cost of ten chicken wings with two sides had gone up 8 per cent from £15.45 to £16.75 compared to January 2022, while a whole chicken was up 3 per cent from £14.50 to £14.95. Meanwhile a full chicken platter for delivery had risen 11 per cent from £24.95 to £27.75.
A Nando’s spokesperson told MailOnline today: ‘As with many businesses we’re impacted by the rises in the cost of ingredients and in running our restaurants, meaning that while some prices have remained the same, some have had to change.
‘We continue to work hard to absorb costs wherever we can and are committed to delivering the best value possible for customers.’
And an investigation by The Observer in November 2022 found that prices of some of the most popular meals, snacks and drinks on the high street had risen by up to 26 per cent since 2020.
It looked at a Zizzi restaurant in Central London, and found a spaghetti chorizo carbonara meal had gone up 22 per cent from £11.70 to £14.25 over that period, while a chicken and prosciutto salad had risen 18 per cent from £12.25 to £14.50 .
Both prices have since increased even further, when the menus were checked by MailOnline today.
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The inflation rate in Britain has risen for the first time in four months – an increase that piles pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates tomorrow.
Analysts were left surprised this morning after the rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation went up to 10.4 per cent in February from 10.1 per cent in January.
The Office for National Statistics said this was mainly driven by rising alcohol prices in pubs and restaurants, while high energy prices continued to have an impact.
Most economists were expecting CPI to fall to 9.9 per cent in February, but the rise highlights the continued cost-of-living squeeze on household budgets in the UK.
Kathryn Turner: director of food development at Zizzi, told MailOnline: ‘At Zizzi we continually strive to offer our customers great value for money with our menu of classic dishes made with premium ingredients.
‘Over the past four years including the pandemic and throughout recent high cost inflation, Zizzi has held average prices across our menu below total inflation – with customers consistently rating Zizzi as great value for money.
‘To offer even better value, we have also recently welcomed the 250,000th member to our Zillionaires’ Club loyalty platform, which rewards customers each time they visit a Zizzi restaurant with exclusive perks including free food and drinks, and member only money off deals. ‘
MailOnline has also contacted McDonald’s and Wetherspoon for comment.
The hospitality sector has been upping prices in the face of soaring energy and wage bills as well as food costs.
And industry experts are now warning that Britons planning a UK holiday ‘could be in for a nasty surprise when they get the bill’.
Sarah Coles, head of personal finance at Hargreaves Lansdown, said today: ‘A 12.1 per cent price rise among hospitality businesses helped push inflation higher, with higher booze prices behind much of the move.
Hotels and restaurants are also wrestling with everything from rising food costs to higher energy prices, and wage rises, which have persuaded them that prices need to go up.
‘This will come as fairly miserable news for anyone planning to holiday close to home this year, who could be in for a nasty surprise when they get the bill.’
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: ‘The ONS stats released this morning show a clear correlation between the unexpected rise in inflation and inflated prices in the hospitality sector, where food and drink costs for businesses have risen by 24 per cent.
‘This, along with soaring energy costs, has resulted in prices for customers rising more than 12 per cent – the highest in 30 years.’
She also voiced her concerns over rising energy prices if and when government support falls away, saying this ‘will force operators to raise prices for consumers again, further driving inflation.’