tedster - 1:05 pm on Apr 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hello Just_Cakes, and welcome to the forums. Yes, I have been noticing this trend for a while. It depends a lot on the actual search phrase, but Google is also continually testing to find what kind of SERP benefits from local results and what doesn't.
Things don't stay the same, unless there's a location name in the search. Then it's natural to expect local results.