A high street in a town

High Streets are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance as rising numbers of consumers are choosing to dine out, drink at bars and generally enjoy the diverse range of restaurants and leisure activities on offer as they do their shopping.

Footfall across the country’s high streets increased by 0.1pc year-on-year in February. That compares with a 0.8pc annual decline in January and a 2.9pc slump in February last year, according to the data from the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) monthly Springboard monitor.

“Increasing uncertainty arising from the imminent triggering of Article 50 to leave the EU has certainly started to have an impact on purchasing behaviour, the types of destinations shoppers are visiting and how they spend their money,” explained Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard.

“High streets are clearly benefiting as the destination of choice for dining and leisure, while shopping centres continue to underperform as they struggle with a weak entertainment and leisure offer, coupled with increasing caution among consumers around retail spend.”

Restaurant Group, for example, owns eatery outlets Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito’s, which are generally located within retail parks and shopping malls. It made a…