Christmas is known for its food but more and more people are trading turkey for a takeaway instead.
Many people are opting for tasty takeouts over Christmas, rather than all the fuss of cooking a big bird for hours and preparing all the trimmings. And that’s without factoring in all that washing up.
Those who are on their own, working through the festive period, or whose culture or faith means they don’t take part in the usual Christmas traditions are especially likely to order in a meal instead.
And the rest of us might well be tempted to order in a takeaway as an evening snack after stuffing ourselves with turkey, Christmas pudding and mince pies. After all, who can face going back into the kitchen on Christmas Day night?
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But which takeaways are available to order from on December 25? Here’s a guide to where to get a Christmas Day food delivery near you.
This popular pizza chain will be available to take your orders in its branches and online over the Christmas period, with Domino’s confirming to Birmingham Live that branches will be open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Check here for details of your local branch. You can also link Dominos to your Amazon Echo and order using Alexa.
Selected branches of Papa John’s are open on Christmas Day. This includes those at Bristol Road, Birmingham, and Stratford Road, Shirley.
Orders can also be placed at Papa John’s for pizzas on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.
For details of a local branch see here
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With more than 20,000 restaurant menus offering pizza, Chinese, Indian, Thai and more, Just Eat is available on Christmas Day for those wanting a change from turkey.
Just Eat told Birmingham Live that hundreds of restaurants to be open in Birmingham on Christmas Day and at least 5,000 restaurants across the UK .
Customers can check on Christmas Day which restaurants are delivering in their area by entering their postcode on the Just Eat website or app.
A Just Eat spokesman said: ” It’s an exceptionally busy period for many of our restaurant partners across the country, who will be working through the festivities to deliver takeaways to those who want to take a break from cooking.
“With thousands of takeaways predicted to be open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, customers can order in a bite for lunch or a delicious spread for dinner using the Just Eat app, so they have more time to relax and spend with loved ones.”
Just Eat data shows a growing number of Brits are opting for a takeaway on Christmas Day, with chicken burgers being the top food of choice in Birmingham.
Birmingham’s top five best-selling dishes on Christmas Day via Just Eat are:
- Chicken Burger
- Margherita Pizza
- Chicken Strips
Just Eat says over 5,000 takeaway restaurants are open on Christmas Day and around 20,000 on New Year’s Day.
It estimates that by midnight on New Year’s Day, 165,000 Chinese dishes, 134,000 Indian meals and 169,000 pizzas will have been ordered on its website and mobile app.
The top five best-selling dishes on New Year’s Day in Birmingham via Just Eat are:
- Chicken Chow Mein
- Chicken Burger
- Chicken Strips
- Chicken Curry
The Deliveroo service is available every day from morning until late at night – including Christmas Day.
It will be opening late on New Year’s Eve too.
Deliveroo has around 15,000 restaurants in its UK network.
Check which food outlets are available in your postcode area
The online meal ordering and delivery platform launched by Uber in 2014 is open 7am until 2am seven days a week.
There are typically around 200 different restaurant chains across the country online on Christmas Day, so there should be plenty of choice.
Check out the app or website for which takeaways are open in your postcode area for Uber Eats orders
The biggest order over the Christmas party season so far was a whopping £254.25 which included 15 Aioli Chicken Wraps, 15 Grilled Halloumi Wraps and 15 Fish Finger Wraps.
There are more than 18,000 takeaway and restaurant partners featured online at www.foodhub.co.uk and through the apps for iOS and Android.
A spokesman said: “With the average household spending up to £75 on their festive feast, Foodhub are here to bring the cost of eating way down.
“Unlike our competitors, we don’t charge takeaway/restaurants commission fees, which makes it cheaper for them and for you, as they can offer better prices than the likes of Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo.”
Research published by the online takeaway platform claims that one in four Brits are bored of traditional Christmas dinner – and almost half plan to order a takeaway on Christmas Day instead.
Four in 10 claim this will save preparation time and 35 per cent say it will save time on the washing up.
When it comes to the UK’s favourite takeaway food ordered on Christmas Day, Foodhub says Indian cuisine is ranked top (42 per cent) followed narrowly by Chinese (39 per cent) and then pizza (28 per cent).
Foodhub also says it sees a whopping 66 per cent more orders on Christmas Eve than an average day as Brits look for a stress-free solution on the night before Christmas Day. The top choice is pizza.
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Takeaway orders increase even more on New Year’s Eve, with Foodhub taking 88 per cent more orders on December 31 compared to the days prior to the new year celebrations. Chinese food is then the most popular purchase.
Ardian Mula, Foodhub spokesperson, said: “Here at Foodhub, we are honoured to play such a big role in customer’s festive plans every year and it’s amazing to see how much of an increase in orders there are on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
“So our customers aren’t waiting for their food to arrive, we have introduced pre-ordering to our app – meaning foodie fans can be even more prepared and order their food for the exact time they want to eat.
“This will mean they can avoid the busy rush and ensure their food arrives just in time for a Christmas movie or for the arrival of guests over the festive period.”
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