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The strange Just Eat food preferences of people in different parts of North Wales

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 9, 2022

In Gwynedd people like Japanese food, in Conwy they prefer egg fried rice. Anglesey residents are fond of a BLT sandwich with a trifle for dessert.

Doner kebabs are what whets the appetite in Denbighshire, in Wrexham it’s roast chicken and pork pies. Flintshire diners wouldn’t say no to a fajita.

A study by Just Eat, the online delivery service, offers a fascinating (and sometimes bizarre) insight into the country’s food preferences. Who knew the people of Conwy had such a fondness for Toad In The Hole? This tofu and black pudding is what keeps people going in Gwynedd?

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For the study, set up to identify popular dishes and cuisines, Just Eat looked at more than 10 million restaurant reviews across the UK. Analyzing the positive and negative reviews, he put together a popularity rating out of 100 for 48 dishes. A similar “sentiment” score was also compiled for food genres, from British to Chinese and Indian.

The delivery company said it wanted to settle an “age-old debate” about different parts of the UK preferring different cuisines. In fact, it shows that preferences often differ significantly between neighboring counties, perhaps reflecting the quality of local restaurants and takeaways.

Just Eat hopes its study will help. “The decision-making process for ordering takeout is often divisive, with debates erupting almost daily as households fail to agree on which delicious treat they should indulge in. “, did he declare.

Do you recognize them as your favorites? Something missed? Share your opinion in the comments below.



Chinese dishes have been popular with foodies in Anglesey, especially Sweet and Sour

Anglesey

4,932 reviews of 94 restaurants.

Favorite food: Chinese (68.88)

Favourite dishes

  1. BLT Sandwich (98.9)
  2. Sweet and sour (94.4)
  3. Tacos (94.2)
  4. Chicken tikka (93.9)
  5. Roasted chicken (93.1)
  6. Black pudding (92.5)
  7. Doner kebab (83.6)
  8. Cornish Paste (83.6)
  9. Fried rice with eggs (76.4)
  10. Spaghetti Bolognese (73.3)

Least favorite: Nachos (9.4)

Favorite dessert: Trifle (98.6)



Gwynedd's apparent fondness for Japanese cuisine was reflected in excellent reviews for sushi and tofu
Gwynedd’s apparent fondness for Japanese cuisine was reflected in excellent reviews for sushi and tofu

Gwynedd

4,745 reviews of 123 restaurants.

Favorite food: Japanese (98.35)

Favourite dishes

  1. Tofu (99.2)
  2. Black pudding (98.10)
  3. Lasagna (98.10)
  4. Sushi (97.5)
  5. Chinese (95.60)
  6. Fajitas (94.7)
  7. Soup (91.90)
  8. Chicken tikka (90.30)
  9. Beef Wellington (88.6)

  10. Tokens (82.8)

Least liked: Spaghetti (18.9)

Favorite dessert: Trifle (87.2)



Apparently the people of Conwy love Mexican food - and so much more
Apparently the people of Conwy love Mexican food – and so much more

Conwy

10,513 reviews of 116 restaurants.

Favorite food: Mexican (79.73)

Favourite dishes

  1. Fried rice with eggs (100)
  2. Toad in the hole (99.7)
  3. Tokens (98.6)
  4. Fish and chips (97.2)
  5. Cornish Pulp (97.2)
  6. Lasagna (96.9)
  7. Nachos (96.9)
  8. Entrecote (95.8)
  9. Chinese (95.3)
  10. Pizza (92.2)

Least favorite: Pasta (17.2)

Favorite dessert: Apple crisp (99.7)



Judging by Just Eat's analysis, there aren't too many sweet-toothed people in Denbighshire.  Instead some good old fashioned British staples top the list
Judging by Just Eat’s analysis, there aren’t too many sweet-toothed people in Denbighshire. Instead some good old fashioned British staples top the list

Denbighshire

3,666 reviews of 623 restaurants.

Favorite food: Indian (61.40)

Favourite dishes

  1. Doner kebab (97.8)
  2. Wellington Beef (96.1)
  3. Toad in the hole (93.6)
  4. Bangers and mash (91.7)
  5. Lasagna (91.4)
  6. Sandwich BLT (88.6)
  7. Butter Chicken (87.2)
  8. Burgers (82.2)
  9. Pasta (82.8)
  10. Spaghetti Bolognese (81.1)

Least favorite: Pizza (5.8)

Favorite dessert: Apple crumble (10.3*)



Fajitas were a clear favorite in Flintshire, where people seem unhappy with their local pizzerias
Fajitas were a clear favorite in Flintshire, where people seem unhappy with their local pizzerias

Flintshire

3,434 reviews of 67 restaurants.

Favorite food: Mexican (54.45)

Favourite dishes

  1. Fajitas (96.9)
  2. Entrecote (91.7)
  3. Cornish Pulp (81.1)
  4. Biryanis (79.4)
  5. Cottage pie (77.5)
  6. Full English Breakfast (70.0)
  7. Tokens (69.2)
  8. Chinese (68.6)
  9. Chicken tikka (68.3)
  10. Bangers and mash (61.1)

Least favorite: Pizza (4.7)

Favorite dessert: Trifle (36.7)



Fewer restaurants have been sampled by Just Eat in Wrexham, whose residents appear to be more discerning about what is available
Fewer restaurants have been sampled by Just Eat in Wrexham, whose residents appear to be more discerning about what is available

Wrexham

1,448 reviews of 38 restaurants.

Favorite food: Japanese (40.0)

Favourite dishes

  1. Pork pie (85.3)
  2. Roasted chicken (83.9)
  3. Biryani (78.6)
  4. Pasta (78.1)
  5. Yorkshire pudding (74.7)
  6. Fish and chips (73.9)
  7. Korma (72.5)
  8. Hot Cross Buns (72.5)
  9. Sushi (66.7)
  10. Tokens (63.6)

Least favorite: Lasagna (2.8)

Favorite dessert: Trifle (90.6)

*The only dessert with reviews.

  • The data was collected between December 2021 and January 2022.

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