To prefer eating in to going out for dinner/lunch?

(115 Posts)
Purplepansies Sat 12-Apr-14 15:48:02

I really do not enjoy going out to eat any more.I find it tedious waiting to be served,it is a gamble as to whether the food will be good/bad/mediocre,it costs a lot for a family of four and always makes me think what else we could have spent the money on, and yet its one of those things that everyone else seems to really enjoy.
I have two teens who really don't enjoy it either and there is endless faffing with things like "I'll have the beef but I don't want the gravy on it,I'll have the chicken but no sauce,I'll have the burger but plain with nothing on it".
Am I the only one who is like this?I far prefer cooking something myself at home ,eating it where and when I want and not handing over large amounts of cash for average food.
I have no problem getting a takeaway now and again its just the sitting down that drives me nuts.
I am being unreasonable aren't I?

elahrairahforprimeminister Sat 12-Apr-14 15:51:39

I totally agree.

The worst bit for me is when they ask "is everything okay with your food"?

The food was great. Then YOU interrupted both the meal and our conversation for a little ego boost..!


Am joking. I know they have to ask for no reason.

But yes, I'd rather be at home.

Canus Sat 12-Apr-14 15:53:08

I dislike eating out as a 'thing to do'.

If we are at the seaside, or going to the cinema etc. I'm happy to hit a reastaurant (or McDonalds!) to avoid the need to go home.

I do not like going out to a restaurant as a way of spending an evening in itself.

EverythingIsAwesome Sat 12-Apr-14 15:53:17

I can see why it is not enjoyable for fussy eaters.

Purplepansies Sat 12-Apr-14 15:56:03

That is exactly what I mean a thing to do!It seems like most people view it as a real treat for a special occasion,a way of celebrating a wedding anniversary,birthday whatever.I love going out to a pub for a few drinks to celebrate but a meal out-nah!

CoffeeTea103 Sat 12-Apr-14 16:14:11

Yabu, I think it's just that you sound too fussy that's why it is not enjoyable for you.

MrsSteptoe Sat 12-Apr-14 16:22:32

I LOVE eating out but we can't afford it, so the enjoyment of eating out is always spoiled by knowing that it's cost us the best part of our weekly food budget. If I could afford it, we'd eat at moderate restaurants three nights a week and a really good one once a month.

yourlittlesecret Sat 12-Apr-14 16:27:06

My DC love going out to eat at a restaurant. Mostly I don't unless we are on holiday.
I like the occasion, I like the sitting round and conversation, but the food is so often disappointing. I can almost always cook better myself.

I get a bit sick of wasting the best part of a tenner on bog standard pub grub, so try not to waste my money on that any more. However, there's a pub a few miles from me where the food is just so delicious (game, fish, all local produce) that I'd rather go infrequently and splash out when I'm there.
OTOH, I do love cooking - just got nobody to cook for!

squoosh Sat 12-Apr-14 16:30:32

The idea of only ever eating at home is grim.

HappyGirlNow Sat 12-Apr-14 16:35:05

YABU to hand over large amounts of cash for average food. Go to good restaurants/pubs..

PortofinoRevisited Sat 12-Apr-14 16:35:14

i really like it. Though I go less often to nicer places I think.

PollyIndia Sat 12-Apr-14 16:38:47

It isn't a gamble if you go to nice places. I guess I am lucky though as I live in east London where you can eat out really well in lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants, without spending a fortune.
I also like cooking though - it's nice being able to mix it up.

Rafflesway Sat 12-Apr-14 16:46:12

No OP YADNBU. I am exactly the same these days. Used to love eating out in the 80's but everything is so fussy nowadays and laced with everything I hate so would much rather buy a beautiful wing rib of beef or leg of lamb and some fantastic wine to eat and drink at home. (Don't have the added expense of taxis either as we both like a drink.)

thornrose Sat 12-Apr-14 16:48:00

I don't like eating "homely" food out that I could cook better myself at home, I don't see the point.

Great food that's a bit special, I love.

Preciousbane Sat 12-Apr-14 16:50:35

I used to eat out a lot and have lived in two large cities and got a few free dinners out in one of my old jobs. So I'm certainly less bothered, I also find the rise of chain restaurants quite depressing.

Latara Sat 12-Apr-14 16:54:44

I love going out to eat; in my town there's a wide selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from - tonight I'm going out for Thai.
I would get down if I had to eat in all the time.

expatinscotland Sat 12-Apr-14 16:56:27


sadsaddersaddest Sat 12-Apr-14 16:56:50

I want to see the ingredients that were used to make my meal. I cannot eat meat in a restaurant.
We only eat out if we are forced to (for instance if we were delayed on a day out and didn't pack a meal) and 95% of the time the food is awful compared to our homemade meals. And with 3 DCs, it costs about 1/3 of our weekly food bill.

Slapntickleothewenches Sat 12-Apr-14 17:00:25

I prefer to eat out if we are having foreign food. Otherwise I have absolutely no desire to eat out. I can almost always cook better and with better quality ingredients.
I begrudge handing over what can add upto vast amounts of money that could've been spent so many other ways.
I am quite happy to sit in a pub spending money on beer instead though grin

MammaTJ Sat 12-Apr-14 17:01:35

I quite like to go out for a carvery with my family. We go to a place that still has the normal menu, so fussy DS will be happy with his crap meal too.

I love going to our local, which is a pub with a massive play area, to eat. They do cheap cheesy chips, and the DC share a portion. It is a means to an end really, they stop moaning about being hungry and we get to stay there without spending too much.

I would love to go out for a meal with DP, because he is fussy but can generally find something on a menu to suit his bland tastes and I can usually find something nice to eat.

BUT, I am a way better cook than any in any of the places we eat, so YANBU!

I can see it from all sides. My DB came up from down sarf today and wanted to have lunch with us and Mum and Dad.

Neither Mum nor myself wanted to spend time in the kitchen, while DB was here so we went out and had a lovely pub meal.

The main problem in general is the ££££s though. Family of 4, and the DC eat adult sizes so it's just not cheap, and the price of soft drinks is robbery.

Sicaq Sat 12-Apr-14 17:03:57

Totally agree, especially when it comes to pub food - £10 for something I could have made better at home for £1.50? I cannot help but think what else I could have bought with the cash I just spent one one plate.

Mind you, I think the same when I see colleagues spending £8 a day buying hot lunches at work. Ouch ... their choice, but I would wince at doing that.

Sicaq Sat 12-Apr-14 17:04:54

Then again, I do quite like going to the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet places.

I do that Sicaq, when it's £6 for dessert, I always wonder what I could have bought dessert-wise in Asda for £6. blush

YANBU if you don't enjoy it, but it seems a shame to only eat your own cooking.

I'm an OK cook but I can't, for example, cook a steak as well as a chef can in a professional kitchen because you can't get the heat on a standard domestic stove. I can't make sashimi (knife skillz are seriously lacking) and I can't be arsed to make puddings generally.

The three of us had an amazing dinner in St Ives not so long ago for my birthday - three different seafood starters, three different seafood main courses and two different puddings between us. Trying each other's food is part of the pleasure and there is no way I'm cooking 8 different dishes at home grin

Re checking you're enjoying your food - waiters do this to give you the opportunity to tell them if something is wrong or missing - it has nothing to do with ego stroking hmm

If something was wrong though I would say Johnny, I don't get why they have to ask. Always when I have a mouthful of food too.....

WitchWay Sat 12-Apr-14 17:12:01

I like eating out but as a good cook I tend to eat things I wouldn't cook myself, otherwise I'm comparing flavours & wondering why we're spending the money. Often I choose things DH & DS don't like but I do. Risotto, for example.

loveandsmiles Sat 12-Apr-14 17:12:30

We have 5DCs and it costs approx £80-£100 for a meal out! We all enjoy eating out but I do think 'oh gosh, I could have spent that money more wisely'. However, if money was no option we would definitely eat out more often, although I do prefer to eat food that I wouldn't usually eat at home as I grudge paying for food that I think I can cook as well myselfsmile

yourlittlesecret Sat 12-Apr-14 17:14:22

When I choose from a menu I want to find something I can't do myself, so agree that foreign food is more appealing.
Steak is my absolute favourite and I can do it really well. I usually spend about £20 for fillet steak for 4 of us, and in a restaurant it would cost more than that per person for smaller portions.
I cannot do a good curry though.

Bunbaker Sat 12-Apr-14 17:20:18

"I quite like to go out for a carvery with my family."

I don't because, quite frankly, I can make a better job of a roast dinner at home, and I can enjoy a glass or two of wine because I don't have to drive home. I would far rather go out for a special meal or for a meal that I can't cook at home because I don't have the equipment or can't get the ingredients. IMO a carvery isn't special, and the vegetables are always overcooked.

We have a fantastic Indian restaurant and an excellent pub where the food is amazing, but not cheap so we don't eat out that often. I won't pay good money to eat a mediocre meal and, sadly, we do have one or two pubs that serve "ping" meals, so I avoid them like the plague.

We do like to eat out on holiday, as that is part of the holiday experience for us. No AI holidays for us as we prefer to try the local restaurants.

It saves you having to flag a waiter down though, Sparkling. I was a waitress for years and years and honestly, if you don't check many people sit there suffering in silence and cursing you for not bringing the side order they think (rightly or wrongly) they ordered, or wait to complain about the fish still having a head when it's too late to put things right.

Objection Sat 12-Apr-14 17:23:27

I love eating out, it's one of my favourite things to do.
The time spent nearly always ends up less than if I'd been cooking myself, it gives the opportunity to try new foods easily and is enjoyable at a social level.
Plus I'm rarely hungry after I've cooked for some reason.

YANBU to dislike it though, each to their own

Objection Sat 12-Apr-14 17:24:18

And no washing up!

The only cost that grates me is drinks.
bastarding £4 for a coke. pah.

Lilaclily Sat 12-Apr-14 17:25:38

Wine is so expensive when we eat out, £5 a glass in Zizzis, Ask etc & I like 3 grin

squoosh Sat 12-Apr-14 17:30:45

Restaurants without a drinks licence are good in that you bring your own wine and just get charged corkage. Big saving.

Bunbaker Sat 12-Apr-14 17:34:16

Yes, the mark up on drinks is criminal. We like the bring your own restaurants as well because you can bring a much better quality wine than you would drink if you had to pay restaurant prices.

WorraLiberty Sat 12-Apr-14 17:35:40

I like eating out every couple of months but no more than that really

Carveries have been spoiled for me because both me and DH cook a gorgeous roast dinner, so they never compare.

We've got a local turkish restaurant which is quite nice and we like the entertainment too.

FreakoidOrganisoid Sat 12-Apr-14 17:35:53

I love eating out but not to eat shit food. My boyfriend hates eating out so we compromise and go less often but to somewhere good.

Ritzandchocolate Sat 12-Apr-14 17:35:59

I can't cook so I love going out: it's the only time I get a decent meal grin

£6.50 I paid the other day in London for a half of lager and a bottle of sparkling water shock [provincial]

To be fair, it was a lovely setting.

whitewitchofnarnia Sat 12-Apr-14 17:38:37

I don't like eating out as I quite like siting at home comfy in pjs , but I like it if we are meeting up with friends

I'd eat out every day if I could be fucked to get out my pyjamas.

Any meal where I don't have to cook or clean up after is amazing.

After 12 years of cooking family meals and having to cunting tidy up I'm looking forward to eating crisps with dips every night. When dd grows up I am never cooking again.


LFC I hear you. grin Once the DC have left home I'm with you on the crisps and dips.

WhoAteAllTheCremeEggs Sat 12-Apr-14 17:49:10

I think the common feeling is the better you can cook the more you notice when the food is average out.
I used to love eating out until I had dc and made more effort in the kitchen for us, now I hate it I never think the food is as good as we have at home and I hate that dc only get the option of plain type things and convenience foods.
Also think anywhere that has a children's menu should have children's size forks you cant eat penne off a tea spoon ffs and adult ones are heavy.

Sicaq Sat 12-Apr-14 17:49:51

I can't help it Sparklingbrook ... I see colleagues with their mid-morning muffin costing £2.70 and do a mental calculation of how many Asda muffins that would buy.

(10, I think).

Can you imagine us two having a meal out Sicaq? we could squeeze all the joy out of it completely. grin

Creamycoolerwithcream Sat 12-Apr-14 17:51:04

I enjoy eating in and cooking Monday to Friday and eating out at the weekend. I wouldn't like to cook on holiday.

Bunbaker Sat 12-Apr-14 17:53:27

"I'd eat out every day if I could be f*****d to out my pyjamas."

Why can't you be bothered to get dressed?

Oh and while I am moaning, how can a foot long Subway cost £5.69? It's a sandwich FGS.

DS1 (14) thinks they are the best thing ever. hmm

Creamy we always go self catering but I never actually switch the oven on or cook anything. blush grin

ProfYaffle Sat 12-Apr-14 17:53:58

I love eating out. We're lucky enough to have a handful of really good restaurants/pubs within walking distance. It's nice to have a night off and a few drinks. But, yes, I agree, being presented with food that's not as good as your own is beyond annoying. Bog standard carveries are generally awful.

In my Lotto fantasies, in which I have small apartments just for me in various locations, I eat out pretty much every day [wistful]

Bunbaker Sat 12-Apr-14 17:55:28

"I think the common feeling is the better you can cook the more you notice when the food is average out."

I agree. When we were in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote several years ago everyone we talked to told us the food was really good everywhere. We thought it was pretty ordinary and came to the conclusion that they didn't eat very well at home.

Sicaq Sat 12-Apr-14 17:56:11

Sparklingbrook grin

Oh no Bun, with that logic and DS thinking a £5.69 sarnie is great, he must think my sandwich making skills are terrible...

Bunbaker Sat 12-Apr-14 17:59:47


squoosh Sat 12-Apr-14 18:01:55

Teenage boys are obsessed with Subway. It's one of the great mysteries.

MarshaBrady Sat 12-Apr-14 18:04:32

I like eating out at nice places. Feels indulgent, especially for lunch or breakfast.

Without the dc though. I prefer eating at home if I have the dc.

Samu2 Sat 12-Apr-14 18:04:43

I like Togo out once a week. I am a good cook but eating out is my favourite thing to do.

They really are squoosh. Whenever we suggest a takeaway DS1 always says 'Subway!' and I have to remind him that is a sandwich.
Our Subway is next door but one from the chip shop so Subway and Chips is what DS1 thinks is a meal.

Preciousbane Sat 12-Apr-14 18:06:22

They like subway because they can have 25 million ingredients. I make shitty sandwiches apparently as I make just normal ones like ham and salad whereas DH and DS build double decker ones and uses everything in the fridge.

I love cooking - it's more of a hobby than a chore, but I like to eat out once every couple of months or so. I think of it as research - if I find a dish I really like I analyse it to see how I could try to reproduce it at home. I try to only ever order things I don't know how to cook, so fast food, most pasta dishes, pizzas, roasts, and burgers are out - but I've had loads of inspiration from restaurant food - although I suppose nowadays I get most of my inspiration from recipes I find online, so we eat out less often, and in better quality restaurants (ie places where they have proper creative chefs) than we used to. I'm still dreaming of one day trying the tasting menu at The Fat Duck!

I do enjoy all the ritual stuff of eating in restaurants - I actually like it when wait staff ask me if everything's OK, and when they pour the wine for you to taste, and all that good stuff - and the best bit is walking away and leaving the detritus for someone else to clear and wash up!

Creamycoolerwithcream Sat 12-Apr-14 18:21:11

I banned Subway once DS2 and 3 started asking for foot long ones.

Indeed, Precious

You'd have to have at least eight million condiments, salad, meat and cheese options to recreate the Subway experience. And a selection of baps. In a way, �5+ is a bargain.

Shame they're rubbish, though grin

whatever5 Sat 12-Apr-14 18:31:11

I love eating out at restaurants as long as the food is good and interesting. I think I'm a good cook but would prefer it if someone else did the work and all the washing up.

I don't like ordering something I could cook myself and carveries are my idea of hell. I do like restaurants though but DH doesn't. We had a table booked in one of Michael Caine's restaurants tonight to celebrate my birthday but I cancelled the booking as DH had just list his job.
We were supposed to be going somewhere cheap and cheerful but have just had a row and he says he's not going anywhere. sad wine

hm32 Sat 12-Apr-14 18:38:57

I love eating things I couldn't get at home, but don't see the point in paying to eat what we could have made ourselves.

Coconutty Sat 12-Apr-14 18:39:25

I'm a mystery Shopper so eat out quite often but don't pay for it.

Lizzylou Sat 12-Apr-14 18:41:50

I love eating out if the food is worth the money, I hate coming away feeling ripped off, or that the food/service was crap.
Dh and I both love to cook, I do the bulk of it but it is nice to not have to clear away and to try something new.
We went out for a fab lunch today, visited a town about 30 miles away we'd never been to before, really good food, great children's menu, fab service.
If you live in Garstang, you are bloody lucky!

Where did you go Lizzylou?

Lizzylou Sat 12-Apr-14 18:44:48

Ooh, are you local to Garstang?
Pipers, the food was fab and for lunch just as cheap as a crappy pub chain but infinitely better. Really lovely, lucky you if you are local!

Mintyy Sat 12-Apr-14 18:45:41

Oh I love eating out! No shopping, no cooking, no clearing away. Love it, and wish we could do it more often.

Oh no sad wine


Bunbaker - doing DIY every day, spent my entire time is paint and mud spattered pyjamas - look dreadful most days.

Lizzylou Sat 12-Apr-14 18:50:14

Oh Sauv, have just seen your post, Happy Birthday, hope you get to go out thanks thanks thanks wine wine wine wine

peggyundercrackers Sat 12-Apr-14 18:50:43

We eat out quite a lot, twice a week?, but we have a few places which are regally nice not far away. We avoid carvery's and Chinese/Indian buffets as they are usually crap food which has just been reheated and don't eat mcds, KFC, subway etc. or any of these types of food places either, they just aren't appealing. If you are paying a lot for average food I would suggest you change where you are eating.

We generally eat food I couldn't cook at home, we both avoid steak when we are out, I'm told I make the best steak ever, tbh when I make it it just melts in your mouth and I make my own sauces to go with it. Venison is prob my favourite thing to have if we go out. What are also lucky in that dd will eat anything just now, if we have something she wants a bit of it and usually ends up eating half of it, I don't think there has been anything she hasn't turned down yet - this might change as she gets older though as I was really really fussy when I was little and my parents couldn't go out a lot because me and my brother were like that.

Bunbaker Sat 12-Apr-14 18:50:59

Laurie You have a legitimate excuse then. Can you get a takeaway instead?

MrsDonnaLyman Sat 12-Apr-14 18:53:27

God I LOVE eating out, but suppose I wouldn't if it was to carvery/wether spoons type places. Agree with always going for things I couldn't/wouldn't cook at home. I love entertaining too, but if I'm cooking 3 or 4 courses I never get to spend as much time with whoever I'm eating with as you do in a restaurant. It's great to get new ideas/inspiration as well.

yourlittlesecret Sat 12-Apr-14 18:55:50

My teenage DSs think carveries (yuk)are the best because they are greedy pigs.
If I take them to a hotel with a buffet they are the ones having roast beef with lasagne, fish,spaghetti and chicken chasseur all on one plate.

nastymrsvicar Sat 12-Apr-14 18:56:49

I generally love eating out but if with a big group I prefer eating at home because I always end up getting stiffed re having to pay for the gallons of wine everyone else has drunk while I've only had a glass.

Plus, my fiance is a brilliant chef so food at home is often nicer than out...

almapudden Sat 12-Apr-14 18:57:13

I love eating out. Both DP and I are good cooks, and I do enjoy cooking at the weekend or during the school holidays (I'm a teacher) when I've got time to follow a recipe properly and make something interesting.

But I like the ritual of eating out as much as the food itself, and I would quite happily eat out three or four times a week if money were no object. We usually eat out once a week, and I enjoy choosing where to go and what to have. We live in London, where there's a seemingly infinite range within easy reach.

I am too much of a snob ever to set foot in a carvery.

Lizzylou Sat 12-Apr-14 18:59:39

Peggy, we have an amazing Halal buffet nearby, soft drinks only and we are normally the only westerners. I am often the only woman there not in a Burkha. They have well known curry dishes, then a section of authentic dishes, like sheeps head, goat and things and we do try but sometimes it isn't to our taste.
We would go every week, but we would be humongous.

Thanks Lizzylou smile
I know Garstang very well but don't live there now. Pipers is excellent!

I think DH and I may get back on speaking terms tonight but can't imagine going out.

Turquoisetamborine Sat 12-Apr-14 19:06:47

I love eating out. Now our son is 6, it's our favourite thing to do as we would rather eat out as a family than go out as a couple.

We were supposed to go out tonight but I had risotto in Pret which was so filling I couldn't eat another meal so we got easy food from M&S to have later. We are very choosy about where we eat and rarely have a poor meal out.

Lizzylou Sat 12-Apr-14 19:10:36

Well, have some Sauv and a lovely evening smile
I was so impressed by Pipers, the whole town was lovely, very nice day.

hugoagogo Sat 12-Apr-14 19:39:05

I like eating out as a family as we all like different things and I am veggie.

Little known fact for you- I have never been to Garstang sober grin

Cuddlecouch Sat 12-Apr-14 19:44:40

We would love to eat out more. I don't mind paying for good food. But every time we go out it is substandard food, sub standard service, queues, loud music and soft drinks that cost more than alcohol. There's lots of variety near us but its all very poor food.

I love cooking but would love a night off. I refuse to pay £100 for us all to eat out when we come home wishing we had stayed home.

MistressDeeCee Sat 12-Apr-14 19:47:41

Im not that fussed about eating out, OH is into it more than me as a nice evening out at times. Your DCs have probably picked up your fussy attitude. Even if Im not so much in the mood I go, as Id rather have someone who wants a meal/evening out at time than one who wants to sit at home all the time. Its nice for us to both take a break from cooking and go for a wander

Lizzylou Sat 12-Apr-14 20:07:35

Hugo grin
I really liked it round there, lovely walk by canal and river and lovely lunch, lots of cheese. Fabulous,

I think you are potty but to each their own. I love cooking, love eating and also love going out for lovely lunches and dinners. confused

Nancy66 Sat 12-Apr-14 20:14:16

another one who loves eating out too. one of the best things about going on holiday is eating out every day

Laquitar Sat 12-Apr-14 21:09:36

I like eating out and we used to eat out a lot but we cantafford it in the past 2 years.
Some people can go on and on about the 'interesting' restaurant they have visited and the...'interesting' food they ate. Anyway if you mix with people from other countries you can eat more authentic food in their houses for free.
Imo eating out and holidays abroad are nice if you can afford them but you can live without them too.

CombineBananaFister Sat 12-Apr-14 21:22:46

I lurve eating out BUT my husband is a chef (not a stealth boast) so it really limits us. We are on a tight budget and My DH only really likes to eat out if it's something he can't eat at home (which isn't much sad)

I know I should be grateful but I really like the social aspect of eating out with him and DC but chains are a nightmare for him. Saying that, simple is good as long as it's quality so my nans egg and chips are fine smile

WooWooo Sat 12-Apr-14 21:24:52

I love sitting opposite someone that I like in a nice restaurant and chatting. I don't like doing it with complainers or people that I haven't chosen to be with.

Mintyy Sat 12-Apr-14 21:26:07

As I said earlier on the thread, I love to eat out, but would never waste money on a hideous Frankie & Benny's type experience. Would rather eat out once every three months than once a month at a place we didn't really like.

Laquitar Sat 12-Apr-14 21:33:49

I hate eating out with competitive types. You know the ones who go 'hmm the food is ok but the one we ate in...blah blah '.
But my family used to run hotels and touristry restaurants and i used to spent my school holidays in them so maybe thats why i dont see it as a big deal or the ultimate life experience. Competitive travelling and competitive eating out or trying 'ethnic food' does my head in.

squoosh Sat 12-Apr-14 21:36:47

One thing I've noticed in recent years is people taking a photo of their dinner before tucking in. Food bloggers everywhere!

Ugh yes, Frankie & Benny's Mintyy. Absolutely dire for the £££s it costs. never again.

We hardly ever eat out but we are not far from Garstang.....

TruffleOil Sat 12-Apr-14 21:53:12

I love dining out, it's the biggest line item in our family budget.

TruffleOil Sat 12-Apr-14 21:53:44

Probably because I am OCD in the kitchen, to be honest.

JapaneseMargaret Sat 12-Apr-14 21:59:27

I cook from scratch every night, and love food, but the idea of eating in every night just depresses me...!

We love eating out. There are so many amazing places to eat here, that you need never go back to the same one, unless you love it.

Yes, I can imagine that if you're fussy, and only have mediocre places to choose from, then it's probably not worth it.

But the thought of only ever staying in for the rest of my life, God no. Eating out is DH's and my thing, and we love the fact that the kids are now getting to age that we can do it with them, too.

I think it's great if you have fussy eaters (we do) as everyone can have a different meal which obviously isn't going to happen at home. I also like the change of scene, the lack of washing up, etc, etc. We had a really nice pub lunch on a roof terrace overlooking the sea yesterday, lovely.

Hate carveries though, we don't have roasts very often at home but they are so much better home cooked.

MusicalEndorphins Sun 13-Apr-14 00:19:48

I like eating in restaurants so I don't have to cook or clean. I do like cooking but it is harder to do these days.

WilsonFrickett Sun 13-Apr-14 00:37:57

I probably would have been a bit confused at this thread, had I not recently moved from a city to a tiny, yet very touristy, village. In the city the food is amazing, and we ate out weekly, cheaply. Here in tourist-ville, it's a minimum of £60 for two courses and two drinks and it's shit, because the tourists keep coming back.

Luckily we're still in easy reach of the city, but not so much that we can still drag DS out on, say, a Tuesday night just because I don't fancy cooking.

So yes. While I love eating out, I actually don't think you are being U.

Me2Me2 Sun 13-Apr-14 01:00:06

I love eating out because I don't have to do anything.

halfdrunktea Sun 13-Apr-14 07:27:08

I agree based on where I live now. The options for eating out are generally mediocre. Pub food can be OK but tends to be expensive. In my pre-children days, I enjoyed it more, and I enjoy it if I'm in a big city with more culinary options. With small children it's not much fun either! But I do enjoy not having to clear up after meals.

Marylou62 Sun 13-Apr-14 08:46:36

As a migraine sufferer, so many ingredients are off the menu for me...cheese, red wine, MSG. I get embarrassed asking if there is red wine in the gravy, cheese in the sauces etc. I don't really enjoy eating out that much as usually there is limited choice for me.(I know this is my fault as I have had some horrendous migraines...think 3 days in bed, crying in agony with Dr coming and giving me injections, so maybe a bit too fussy...but cant help it!!) When my parents come to my seaside village on holiday, we eat out 2-3 times and I always end up with the same thing. JP with tuna. Ask for no cheese and 50% of time I have to send it back! BUT love eating breakfast out! Just waiting for all the DCs to wake then we're off for a fry up! DS1 home after 4 months away! Yummie!

FourArms Sun 13-Apr-14 12:55:32

I like to go to Morrisons - less than £10 for 2 adult meals, 2 child meals and drinks.

Otherwise we probably eat out once a fortnight, but usually somewhere mediocre. Kids make it a fairly miserable experience unless we're somewhere like Pizza Hut or McDs as they're so picky.

On my low carb diet it's easier to spend a bit extra on a nice meal at home.

LaQueenOfTheSpring Sun 13-Apr-14 14:49:03

We love eating out as a family, and usually do it both days at the weekend and often 1-2 times in the week. It's so nice to be able to sit round the table together and relax and chat, knowing that someone else is doing all the hard work and will also clear it all away afterwards smile

If DH and I have a day off together we always have a long leisurely lunch somewhere nice.

I don't know as we see it as a treat, it's just something we've always done. Much of our social life with friends tends to include eating out, too.

Then again I don't enjoy cooking and I spend a lot on good quality convenience foods, so eating at home isn't necessarily any cheaper for us.

We only go to restaurants we really like, or ones that have been recommended to us, so we rarely have a bad experience.

Bunbaker Sun 13-Apr-14 15:04:42

"I like to go to Morrisons - less than £10 for 2 adult meals, 2 child meals and drinks."

But the food isn't great.

2rebecca Sun 13-Apr-14 15:18:50

When the kids were young eating out was something we only did when away from home as it was much more pleasant staying in. As teenagers I enjoy eating out with them but they're not fussy eaters. They're often now out round friends so my husband and I will go out for a meal together sometimes, but we more often get a take away. We don't generally go to posh places though, just walk to the nearest good pub and there the staff are too busy to hover and faff. If we've both been working its nice not to cook.
We avoid eating out at weekends as it's busy plus we have more time to cook.

FourArms Sun 13-Apr-14 19:05:19

Bunbaker - their fish & chips is my favourite anywhere! Esp since I only eat the fish and it's always big fresh pieces smile

thebody Sun 13-Apr-14 19:07:38

Depends whose cooking!

thebody Sun 13-Apr-14 19:07:45

Depends whose cooking!

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