Majority of Echo readers think Christmas Day lunch at restaurants and pubs is too expensive

The majority of readers who voted in our recent poll believe that restaurants and pubs charge too much for lunch on Christmas Day but most understand why.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 7:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 9:26 am
Readers have had their say on the price of Christmas lunch.
Photo: Subbotina Anna
Readers have had their say on the price of Christmas lunch. Photo: Subbotina Anna

Some choose to eat in while others choose to eat out on Christmas Day but most Echo readers think restaurants and pubs charge too much.

Many have called for eateries to be closed on Christmas Day so that the workers can enjoy time with their family and friends.

On Monday, December 9, in our daily Facebook poll, we asked you: “Do you think restaurants and pubs charge too much for lunch on Christmas Day?”

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Out of over 2,800 readers who voted, 76% said yes while only 24% disagreed.

Michael Potts said: “Money maker for pubs and restaurants.”

Gemma Louise Thompson said: “If more money is given to the staff for working Christmas then that's fine.”

Lindsey Todd said: “As if xmas didn’t cost enough! However, each to their own if people aren’t prepared to make dinner then be prepared to pay a higher price. No one likes to work xmas day so I wouldn’t be going to pubs so that people have to work that day!”

Elsa Joyce commented: “The staff give up their Christmas to put out three course meals. I worked catering for years. If people disagree, stay at home and make it yourselves. It is stressful working any time of year in the catering industry. Christmas is even worse. My two sons will be working Christmas day again missing out on their families.”

Derek Rose agreed: “Don’t forget they are cooking for you so you don’t have to. You don’t have to go out and pay their price just cook your own and compare how much it actually costs you. Then try adding extra for the time gas or electricity and the service and don’t forget they also have to clean everything afterwards.”

Lynn Emery added: “I think pubs should close Christmas Day. They should be able to celebrate too.”

Sharon Adams argued: “They're giving up their xmas day to serve and feed u. They should be paid more.”