You came back from work after a long, tiring day. You dream of the meal you will prepare to reward yourself because of your achievement at work. It’s almost 9 PM, you open the fridge and see that you have insufficient ingredients to prepare dinner. Going back to the street for grocery shopping doesn’t seem like an option. You take out your smartphone to order from your favourite restaurant using your food delivery app. Of course, this was before the pandemic.
After the Dawn of Pandemic Comes the Reign of Delivery Apps
Food delivery apps have always been a fantastic option if you have no time to go to groceries, cook, or just feel a little lazy to do neither. Even though the food delivery app market has been growing consistently since 2015, the correlation between the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in the users and revenue in the market can’t be deniable. According to businessofapps.com’s data, the users of food delivery apps increase between 1 million to 2 million on average, but from 2019 to 2020, this number went up to almost 5 million in the UK.
The UK’s residents benefited from the services of these apps, thanks to the devoted couriers and creative entrepreneurs.
Without further ado, let’s get to our list of the best food delivery apps in the UK.
Just Eat was one of the favourite delivery apps of Londoners since 2008. The veteran delivery app Just Eat was originally founded in Denmark, 2001 by Jesper Buch, Laurens Groenendijk, Marc Wesselink, Martijn Rozendaal, and Per Meldgaard. Now, the company operates in four continents and has almost 40,000 restaurants in its network. More than 12,000 of them are in the UK.
Just Eat became one of the UK’s unicorn companies after it moved its headquarter to London in 2008; raised more than £70M in funding rounds since its foundation. The most significant fund was around £35M ($50M), invested by iFood in June 2015 at a Series E funding round.
Another UK unicorn, Deliveroo raised about £1.2M of funds at various funding rounds. Greg Orlowski and William Shu founded the company in 2013, and it managed to achieve an average of 650% growth each year since its foundation. Deliveroo’s growth didn’t benefit only itself, the revenue of partner restaurants also increased up to %30 while creating thousands of jobs for locals.
We can say that thinking of Deliveroo as just a delivery app is a little narrow-sighted. It’s a technology company that runs an algorithm called “Frank” that helped cutting delivery time by 20% which allowed couriers to earn more, restaurants to increase their sales, and -obviously- customers to get their foods faster.
Foodhub is a UK only food delivery startup from Stoke-On-Trent and founded by Adi Mula and Mohammed Shakil. It partners mostly with local restaurants. So, if you want to support your local small businesses Foodhub can help you with that.
Co-founder Adi Mula started his first business when he was in his second year at college. Then he “decided to focus specifically on continuing to grow the business” and left college. The risk eventually paid off and now he and Mohammed Shakil’s business have more than 15,000 partner restaurant across the UK in their networks.
Uber Eats is one of the largest food delivery apps around the globe, serving customers in 45 countries and more than 6,000 cities. It has over 600,000 partners. Uber Eats was founded in 2014 as a sub-company of the rideshare app Uber, and it expanded to the UK in 2016. Residents in more than 60 towns across the country enjoy Uber Eats’ delivery service.
According to data by YouGov, Uber Eats is the 91st most popular digital service in Great Britain, of which 51% of Millenials and 41% of women have a positive opinion.
Leeds-based One Delivery operates in 65 cities in the UK. Although it’s not widely known and operational in London, you can order from your favourite restaurants and franchises such as KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King in some major cities. Craig Pollock founded One Delivery in March 2013 with the vision of becoming one of the major food delivery competitors in the UK. Maybe it didn’t become as big as Just Eat or Deliveroo; it certainly is a niché alternative to the larger businesses.
Daniel Jones and Michael Brown, Founders of Scoffable, won Most Visionary Young Business in Scotland at the BT Scotland Young Entrepreneurs Awards in 2012. It depends on where you live to use the services Scoffable provide. They only operate and are very popular in Scotland, so you cannot find any restaurants around you that partnered with Scoffable if you live in other parts of the UK.
Even though Scoffable focuses mostly on Scotland, it can’t stop you from enjoying their Scottish style of humour on their social media channels. Check this YouTube video for which they partnered with Scottish comedians Gary Faulds, Pretty Blunt, and Darren Dowling (a.k.a. Daza).
SUPPER London is probably the most niché delivery app in the UK. As the name suggests, it is only operational and partners with restaurants in London. It is a classy alternative to the likes of Uber Eats, Just Eat, and Deliveroo if you live in areas SUPPER London serves.
Another feature that makes SUPPER London interesting is their partnership with innovative GPS startup what3words.