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The recipe for a perfect night in includes dinner at 6:48pm, two hours in front of the TV and bed by 10:45pm, according to research.

A poll of 2,000 adults revealed 78 per cent of Brits now opt to stay in the warm rather than going on a night out during this time of year.

It also emerged around half admit they have made up an excuse for not going out in order to don their pyjamas and have a cosy night in.

Watching I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! or a Great British Bake Off box set are among our favourite ways to spend a night on the sofa.

Meals most likely to accompany a night in front of the telly include homemade curry, steak and chips and pizza.

It also emerged 43 per cent cook meals at home instead of spending their money on nights out or ordering in a takeaway in the lead up to Christmas.

The research was carried out by meal kit provider Hello Fresh UK.

CEO Claire Davenport said: “A cosy night in is something to really look forward to and a great way to spend quality time with friends and family or relax by yourself.

“The survey shows Brits prefer cooking a meal at home to ordering a takeaway as they want something more nutritious.

“This study shows that creating great food and classic home entertainment is a winning formula.”

The study also found saving money for Christmas, not wanting to leave the house in the dark and enjoying home comforts when it’s cold outside are cited as some of the reasons Brits love a night in.

For a perfect night in Brits need to be in their sleepwear no later than 8pm for maximum cosiness and one in five opt for a long bubble bath.

Thirty-six per cent of adults enjoy a night in as an opportunity to spend quality time with their partner.

And a further tenth just love the opportunity to lie back and eat biscuit after biscuit, according to the research conducted via OnePoll.

When it comes a night-in activity, the majority of adults enjoy sitting in front of the TV all night – with 54 per cent settling in to watch a movie and 31 per cent getting stuck into a TV box set.

Other television programmes high on the watch list include Game of Thrones, Strictly Come Dancing and Coronation Street.

Researchers found half of Brits most want to spend a cosy night in with their partner, while 15 per cent like the idea of the whole family cuddling up together.

In order to get out of a night on the tiles instead of staying at home, 45 per cent of Brits have faked an illness.

And one in five have blamed their bosses making them work late as a reason to chill out at home rather than brave a night out.

The research also found Brits are likely to start preferring a cosy night in to a wild night out at the age of 36.

Davenport added: ”With HelloFresh you can create delicious meals from scratch in the warmth of your home.

“We deliver all the fresh ingredients straight to your door without having to brave the cold and go to the supermarket.”

“HelloFresh has lots of tried and tested recipes to choose from so you can be sure to discover new and delicious flavours every cosy meal in this winter.”

31 minutes cooking dinner
39 minutes of reading
59 minutes watching a box set
80 minutes watching soaps and other TV
85 minutes watching a film
39 minutes reading a book
17 minutes doing laundry
17 minutes reading a magazine
20 minutes playing a board game
34 minutes engaging in a hobby
21 minutes doing ‘life admin’
25 minutes having a bath
14 minutes changing the bed sheets

Dinner at 18:48
In pyjamas by 19:53
In bed by 22:38


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