Some would say life is too short to turn down a cheesecake - but a new report found seven in 10 women spend up to 20 minutes deliberating over whether to have a dessert in a restaurant.
Most will eventually give in but concerns about their waistline and impressing their partner give women pause for thought.
The poll of 3,000 diners by Crown Carveries also found heesecake topped the popularity stakes for both sexes closely followed by chocolate fudge cake in second.
After this there was a distinct difference between the tastes of men and women, with spotted dick, jam roly-poly and bread and butter pudding featuring high on the list of men’s favourites with women more likely to order contemporary dishes such as crème brûlée, waffles and tiramisu.
Chris Brewer, Senior Marketing Manager at Crown Carveries said: “We are sure this research will strike a chord with families at dinner tables all over the UK this week, as they deliberate over their choice of pudding.
”As a nation, over the past couple of years, we have become more adventurous with flavours, but with the results of this survey it was really interesting to see so many traditional puddings appearing high on the list of men’s favourites in particular.”