Pubs are losing out as Britons throw posh Rugby World Cup dinner parties, says Asda

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Forget sessions in the pub, the Rugby World Cup is turning into a far posher affair, according to supermarket Asda.

The grocer said almost 50% of Britons are entertaining at home rather than heading to the local to watch the tournament’s matches.

And they are not sticking to traditional pub snacks either.

Nearly a third of the 1,000 adults they surveyed said they were shopping for gourmet party goods and canapés, while almost 15% are making sure their cheeseboards are replete with multiple varieties.

However, pizza and crisps remain among the staples for Rugby World Cup party hosts.

Prosecco and rosé wine are becoming more acceptable match tipples, the research suggest, with 15% of men opting to taste the two while watching the action on the pitch.

“Whilst we’ve seen the usual party foods such as pizza fly off the shelves for the Rugby World Cup season, it’s interesting to see a more gourmet trend for canapés, cheese boards, wine and prosecco for such an intense sporting tournament,” Asda said.

“Who says the rugby can’t be enjoyed over a nice glass of wine?”

England will face Australia on Saturday at Twickenham in a crunch encounter.

Check the Standard’s Rugby World Cup pages for all the build-up, plus latest news from the tournament.

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September 30, 2015 |
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