MILLIONS of Brits now have a weekly takeaway – as they try to make their evenings and weekends more exciting.
Since the first lockdown began in March 2020, 42% of adults have increased the number of takeaways they have been ordering, according to new research of 2,000 people by Compare the Market.
Over the past year, more than a quarter (28%) have been enjoying a takeaway once a week – amounting to a total spend of £1,248 a year.
While more than one in 10 indulged in two or more a week.
More than half (52%) admitted it gives them something to look forward to, with three in 10 ordering in to make their weekends feel more special than the rest of the week.
Almost half (45%) of all adults have also celebrated a life milestone with a takeaway over the last year.
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Compare the Market commissioned the research following the expansion of its takeaway and delivery customer reward.
Julie Daniels, its head of rewards, said: “During the past year, with so many activities restricted, getting a takeaway has been a high point for many of us – and we are spending more than ever on them as a result.
“Our results clearly show that takeaways are all about comfort and familiarity.
“They can offer something to look forward to and add some variety to the week.
“Whether that is playing it safe with a tried and tested favourite, or trying out something new, Meerkat Meals aims to bring extra joy to mealtimes for our customers.’’
Before the pandemic, the average adult would order an average of 24 takeaways a year – around once every two weeks – spending more than £550 in total.
Brits’ top 20 takeaway choices
THE below takeaways are said to be Brits’ top choices.
- Fish and chips
- Chow mein
- Chicken tikka masala
- Sweet and sour chicken/pork
- Chicken korma
- Beef burger
- Chicken balls
- Doner kebab
- Chicken burger
- Shredded crispy chilli beef/pork
- Rogan Josh
- Butter chicken
- Chicken in black bean sauce
- Chicken madras
- Lemon chicken
- Thai green curry
- Steak and chips
- Peking roasted duck
- Pad Thai
The study also found Chinese (25%) was the most popular takeaway, followed by Indian (20%) and pizza (18%).
But nearly eight in 10 admitted they stay within their comfort zones and stick to their "usual" dishes when they’re deciding on their order.
With 52% ordering Indian dishes, chicken tikka masala was rated as the safest meal to order, while fish and chips was seen as the least risky of all takeaways.
Three in 10 don’t want to risk spending money on something they might not like – while 21% are simply "afraid of change".
More than a tenth feel "crushed" when they do branch out from their usual order with negative results, while 14% get genuinely upset by it.
For another one in 10, if they regretted their dinner decision, they’d put it right the very next day by ordering a different one.
It also emerged three quarters of those polled are also takeaway-loyal – ordering from the same restaurant time after time.
Julie Daniels added: “To meet the nation’s demand for great takeaway food, we at comparethemarket.com have expanded our Meerkat Meals reward to give our customers even more choice.
“In addition to 50% off pizzas at Papa John's and Pizza Hut delivery, we’ve added over 1,000 local takeaways to our Meerkat app.
“Customers can now enjoy a minimum 10% discount, or more, off all delivery and collection orders, seven days a week.’’
Takeaways from your favourite restaurants are still open for orders during the coronavirus lockdown – we explain all you need to know.
Outdoor drinking and eating will be back on the cards in restaurants from April 12 if the vaccine rollout continues to go as planned.
While, eating and drinking inside at pubs and restaurants will be off the menu until May 17 at the earliest.
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