Narellan restaurants prove popular with users of booking app The Fork

Popular eatery: Narellan Hotel staff after welcoming diners back on Monday. Picture: Facebook/Narellan Hotel
Popular eatery: Narellan Hotel staff after welcoming diners back on Monday. Picture: Facebook/Narellan Hotel

Narellan restaurants have been inundated with bookings as lockdown ends, according to a leading booking app.

Restaurant-booking app The Fork released data this week that showed Narellan was in the top 10 suburbs for restaurant bookings in both NSW and Greater Sydney.

Narellan came in at number seven in NSW for most booked restaurants and number five in Greater Sydney, only behind Sydney, Paddington, Darlinghurst and Mosman.

The Narellan Hotel was the second most-booked restaurant in both NSW and Greater Sydney.

With NSW opening up again from October 11, the Fork released industry-wide data around how and where NSW residents were planning to eat out.

It found restaurant bookings were up 253 per cent since September 27, when NSW's roadmap to freedom was announced.

Group bookings were also up, with the average booking size now 5.2 people, although two-person bookings remain the most popular.

'Pub grub' is the most popular restaurant booking, in line with the reduced capacity of indoor venues.

People are also eating out earlier than before the pandemic, with 6pm making up 31 per cent of bookings, while lunchtime bookings now make up 23 per cent of all restaurant bookings, compared with 19 per cent pre-COVID.

Greater Sydney has even more lunchtime bookings, at 25 per cent of all bookings.

Saturday, October 16, was shaping up to be a big day for restaurants, with more bookings than any other day in the next fortnight.

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