Starting a Restaurant

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Traditionally, restaurants serve a range of at-table menus, have a licence to serve alcohol and are typically open for lunch and evening meals. Some restaurants specialise in a particular type of cuisine, such as American, Indian, Italian or Chinese food. However, the modern UK restaurant market encompasses a diverse range of restaurant types. These include 'fine dining' restaurants that employ professional chefs, have a qualified front-of-house team and offer an à la carte menu; 'casual dining' restaurants such as Nando's and Pizza Hut, which often provide a buffet service and are typically marketed as family friendly; and fast-food chains such as McDonald's, KFC and Burger King.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a restaurant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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