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The doggy bag is back: Diners in Britain are increasingly taking their restaurant leftovers home

It was long shunned as a vulgar Americanism. But now increasing numbers of British diners are asking for doggy bags so they can take leftover food home.

The trend has even spread to high-end restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal’s renowned The Fat Duck.

Major chains such as Frankie & Benny’s, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Franco Manca and The Real Greek are all encouraging the use of doggy bags.

All of Heston’s restaurants, including his three-Michelin-starred The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, are happy to give customers doggy bags.

Bosses at the chef’s Perfec­tionists’ Cafe, based at Heathrow Airport, said: ‘We often see passengers running to boarding with our doggy bags. A popular takeaway dish of ours is pizza.’

A tenth of Britons now use doggy bags more than they did two years ago, a poll for The Mail on Sunday shows. 

Overall, more than half of Britons have asked for a doggy bag recently, the survey of 2,000 by Deltapoll found.

Most restaurants will provide doggy bags if they are requested, though very few publicise it.

Source of data and images: dailymail

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