Takeaways: friend or foe, and the Labs top 3
by Harris MacLeod in Shopping Lab
Wed July 25, 9:16 a.m. BST
Takeaways have a special place in the culinary heart of the UK, and many of us have enjoyed occasionally reaching for the phone to order dinner in rather than slaving over a hot stove. Domino’s Pizza recently reported a spike in sales that it attributed in part to the recent spate of wet weather, and the tendency of cash-strapped consumers to stay home and order pizza rather than spending money out (and getting rained on in the process!).
In YouGov’s ShoppingLab, we invited you to tell us:
Firstly, the extent to which you like, or are less than fond of takeaways.
And secondly, we got takeaway lovers to imagine they are arguing over which cuisines to order in for a night in with a friend or relative – what is it about your takeaway of choice that makes it enough of a winner to want to takeout?
While those who took part in the discussion tended to be self-declared fans of takeaways, a small proportion said they disliked takeaways because they considered them ‘unhealthy’, ‘overpriced’ and ‘artificial’.
However, the three most popular among ShoppingLab's takeaway buffs were:
- Indian: participants praised its variety, flavour, value for money, and range of vegetarian options.
- Fish & Chips: many of you expressed enthusiasm for it satisfying flavour, and its ‘quintessential Britishness’
- And Chinese: with its range of flavours, relative nutritional value, and inexpensiveness.
What’s your favourite takeaway?
Is there any food you wish was more available as a takeaway?