UK demand for Chinese takeaway almost quadruples as lockdown continues

Orders of Chinese takeaways have nearly quadrupled in the UK over the last four weeks, according to Flipdish, the online ordering system for restaurants and takeaways.

Demand has increased by 272%, only beaten by Indian food which has surged 294% in the last month with Pakora being the most popular dish. Italian favourite, pizza, has seen a modest increase in orders since the UK’s lockdown, rising 82%. In contrast, fish and chip shops and Thai restaurants have experienced a surge of 130% and 48%, respectively.

With schools in lockdown and parents desperate for children, the platform has noticed the country’s ordering habits shifting to earlier in the day with 15% of orders swinging from evening to between 15:00-18:00.

Flipdish has continued to experience a surge in demand with a 60% increase in new sign-ups from February to March as it keeps supporting more of the UK’s restaurants.

The data shows that those restaurants that have transformed have more than doubled sales (150%) since lockdown.

Conor McCarthy, CEO of Flipdish, said: “After an initial dip in demand when the virus started to spread across the world, orders of Chinese food are bouncing back with rigour. The accolade of most popular UK cuisine still rests with Indian food but for how long?”

“The crisis has been a sweet and sour experience for the hospitality industry. Those restaurants, pubs, hotels and cafés that created an online presence during the coronavirus crisis are now facing surging demand as Brits stay at home to protect themselves and the NHS. With lockdown due to continue, there is still time to transform and keep serving customers.”

He added: “By ordering takeaway food, the public is helping to keep independent restaurants alive. Everyone who can, should support their local establishments. Otherwise, when we emerge from lockdown, the UK’s amazing food scene will be unrecognisable.”

“The options of food available online are broadening. We’ve been supporting high-end hotels, and even our first Michelin-starred restaurant, transform into takeaways to keep those in lockdown enjoying their favourite dishes.”

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