Britain's Most Admired Companies 2013: Restaurants and pubs

The horse meat scandal might have affected some of the UK's restaurant chains - but these are the ones who said 'neigh'.

The horsemeat scandal dominated the restaurant sector this year, but having successfully dodged it, McDonald's has scooped the top spot, kicking rival Domino's Pizza into third place, down from first last year. Coming in at number two is ever-present students' favourite JD Wetherspoon, which in November posted first-quarter sales up 7.6% - it may be a pubco but it sells more Lavazza coffee than any other UK company. Greene King sticks in fourth position for the third year in a row, having put a strong performance over the summer down to 'British sporting success and the royal baby'. New entry Restaurant Group, owner of Garfunkel's and Frankie & Benny's, posted first-half revenues up 11.5% to £280m. It plans to open 30 new sites this year.

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