About Thyme: Newry ranks 2nd as UKs hottest city

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Just Eat, an online food delivery website, has analysed millions of takeaway orders across the country to crown the spiciest city in the UK.

Newry Mourne and Down in Northern Ireland came in second place for areas that like spicy food.



To bring the data to life, Just Eat has created an interactive heat map, data visualisation tool, that lets you compare cities all over the UK and drill down to see the spiciest location near you.

Play with the heat map here.

The top 10 destinations that can really handle the heat are:

  1. Mid Ulster, Northern Ireland
  2. Newry Mourne and Down, Northern Ireland
  3. Stockport, Greater Manchester
  4. Brentwood, Essex
  5. Redbridge, East London
  6. Haringey, North London
  7. Weymouth and Portland, Dorset
  8. Chiltern, Buckinghamshire
  9. Solihull, Warwickshire
  10. Aberdeen City, Scotland



The data was gathered by analysing over 30 million orders that contained at least one chilli symbol, the heat rating used by restaurants on Just Eat.

To adjust for population size, the data was then processed per capita to understand the true density of spicy dishes per location.

Capital cities, with some of the most diverse restaurant choices, show less than 20% of dishes ordered contained spice, with Cardiff missing out on a spot in the top 200.



The areas that order the least amount of spicy dishes are:

  1. South Lakeland
  2. West Somerset
  3. Eden
  4. Torridge
  5. Wrexham
  6. Copeland
  7. Mid Devon
  8. Allerdale
  9. North Devon
  10. Isle of Anglesey



Is your city one of the spiciest in the UK?

See the areas that order the spiciest dishes across the UK with Just Eat’s interactive map.


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