It’s been a very long time since we were able to dine somewhere other than in our homes. Luckily, we’ve had more options for takeaway food than ever before during lockdown. But new research has found the huge variety of cuisine at our fingertips hasn’t stopped Brits from ordering the most popular takeaway over and over again during the pandemic.
If you’ve been having more takeouts than usual over the past year, you’re not alone. Research from comparethemarket.com found that out of 2,000 adults, 42 per cent of them have increased their takeaway consumption since the first lockdown.
Just over half of respondents admitted ordering a takeaway gives them something to look forward to, especially at the weekend. And with nothing much else to do, 45 per cent of adults said they had celebrated a life milestone with a takeaway.
More than a quarter of us now enjoy a takeaway once a week, which means our food habits result in a total spend of around £1,250 a year. Before the pandemic, the average adult ordered around 24 takeaways a year, which meant we were spending slightly more than £550 a year.
So what exactly are we ordering in?
The study found Chinese was the most popular takeaway in the UK, followed by Indian and then pizza. But it was the British classic – fish and chips – that was deemed the least risky option of all takeaways.
Choosing a satisfactory meal can come with a lot of pressure. 1 in 10 said if they regretted a dinner decision, they would order a different one the next day. It’s clear to see why we keep going back for more of what we know. Who needs that disappointment in their lives?
Julie Daniels, the head of rewards at comparethemarket.com, 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.’
These are the most popular takeaways in the UK:
- 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
If you do fancy trying something different to usual, there are plenty of restaurants delivering meal kits nationwide too.