Lovebirds in Britain spend an average of £129 between them on a date, new research has found.

That is more than twice the amount spent by daters in other European countries such as France and Germany.

The figure is the total spent by both people and covers transport, entertainment, food and drink, clothes and cosmetics.

The biggest area of spending is entertainment and food and drink which accounted for 48% of the cost for UK couples.

Dating contributes £5.89bn to the UK economy every year, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), which compiled the research for dating website Match.

They surveyed more than 9,600 people in several countries, with 1,750 of those surveyed in the UK.

In France and Germany the average date costs £46, while in Italy it was £47 and in Sweden it was £41.

The typical spend was slightly higher in the Netherlands and Spain at £52 and £55 per date respectively.

The study suggests Britons spend more on transport than their European counterparts, with 9% of the UK average being spent on travel compared to 3% in the other countries surveyed.

Dating coach Rebecca Darkin said £129 was too much to spend on a single date, especially in the early stages of getting to know somebody.

“Going out for dinner is a very expensive first date, because it’s a numbers game,” she said.

“There’s nothing wrong with meeting, having a coffee and a slice of cake and just finding out if you really like somebody first before you go out and maybe take them on a little bit more of a dinner date.”

The research by Cebr showed a growing trend of UK daters opting for a night in rather than going out.

Across the UK they calculated the total spent on eating in during a date has increased by £153m over the last year.