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By the end of the winter term, I always find everyone’s pretty exhausted! The excitement for Christmas coupled with concerts, carols and parties with cold weather and short days has taken its toll and we’re all just ready to collapse in front of the telly for a day. The first full day of the holidays for the children was a Friday and we didn’t have anything special planned; by midday, I’d finished up a few last-minute jobs and hubs had reported he’d on his way home soon too. As I began to plan what we might have for dinner, I wandered into the living room to find all four children snuggled on the sofa together watching a film – this is nothing short of a Christmas miracle! Immediately I lost all motivation to cook at all, I just wanted to settle in alongside them and make the most of this rare sight. At about the same time hubs arrived home with a tray of doughnuts, I decided to take this as a sign that tonight was a treat night, scrap the cooking and order a takeaway!
I logged into Deliveroo or some inspiration; in case you’re not familiar with it Deliveroo is a website and App offering a delivery service from takeaways and restaurants local to you and for this reason, everyone’s selection will vary slightly. We’re spoilt for choice here and can pick from some big-name chains like KFC and Pizza Express, family favourite Wagamamas and lots of local gems including an award-winning pizzeria. You can search the site by food type, dietary requirements, offers and each restaurant has a rating based on reviews from other customers and other interesting information like the restaurant’s food hygiene rating.
On this occasion, I chose Nandos because they do a nice jumbo platter which feeds the whole gang and is a real crowd-pleaser. Before ordering, you get an estimate of how long the food will take to arrive and after ordering you can track your delivery in real-time via the app. Deliveroo charge a delivery fee which also varies but on this occasion, ours was £3.99 which I think is perfectly reasonable, you’re also given the option to tip your rider as you check out. All we had to do was press a few buttons and lay the table and knowing exactly how long the food would be meant I could enjoy the last bit of the film with the children while we waited.
Our food arrived piping hot and really well packaged it still felt like restaurant quality on the table. Deliveroo has just won the Mumsnet Rated badge with 89% of 130 Mumsnet testers saying they’d recommend the service to friends and family. We regularly use Deliveroo, it’s a service I’m really fond of and I have always been more than satisfied with, I’d probably not just recommend but rave about. A couple of years ago we got rid of our car for both financial and environmental reasons. Not being able to nip out and collect our own takeaway makes me really appreciate this service and not having the expense of this car more than covers the cost of someone delivering to us. On top of this the majority of our Deliveroo riders come on bikes so are both environmentally friendly and able to beat the London traffic so our food arrives fast and fresh from the kitchen.
As a large family and busy family, an occasional takeaway can feel like giving ourselves the night off and on this particular night, it allowed both us parents to relax and treasure a very special moment with our children. Now January looms ahead, it’s long, cold and dark but I know we’ll brighten another of our evenings in a similar way – it’s simple but it works a treat!