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Live in Oxford? Order Deliveroo!

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Have you heard of Deliveroo? If you live in Oxford you’re going to be praising me to the skies for this little nugget of info. It’s a brilliant take away service that deliverers food to your couch from some of Oxford’s loveliest restaurants – so if one of you feels like a Thai curry and the other wants tapas, you can both be happy, knowing that you’re eating really top nosh.

Sounds simple like most brilliant ideas. But when you think about it, it really is genius.I can’t tell you the number of times that Mr Muddy trumps me on the takeaway decision – his predilection for Chinese always beats Indian, and my preference for Thai barely gets a look in. GRRRRRRR.

Anyway I tried Deliveroo the other night when I was at BBC Radio Oxford. It’s some kind of miracle that I haven’t been sacked from doing my little stint on the Wednesday drivetime (what do you mean, they must be desperate?) but anyway I’m still hanging on my stiletto ankle straps if you want to hear me prattle on about the best things to do in Oxfordshire on the David Prever show.

Andy the producer, trying to make sense of my blatherings on radio

Look, the glamour of radio. Say hello to Andy the producer

I’d bombed over to the studio from sorting out the kids at home, and was going straight out afterwards to see a play and I knew I’d be starving, so I gave Deliveroo a go. And looky what I ordered – only flippin’ Carluccio’s, delivered to the studios by a very sweet guy on his pedal bike! (well it is Oxford). They do have mopeds too but the idea is that the food comes from places local enough to where it’s being delivered that it’s like going from kitchen to table and the food doesn’t suffer, and we all know that bikes zip around Oxford a lot faster than engines.

What, don't you like to eat in front of a printer?

The BBC is not known for its high end furnishings and crockery, so you’ll have to forgive the presentation but I had the most incredible clam and fish stew, ravioli and tomato and mozzarella salad, even though I was eating next to the printer and Andy swiped my camera and took this horrific photo.

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Deliveroo works by offering you various restaurants near-ish to where you want it delivered as they have a maximum 30 minute delivery (tick number one). So depending where you are you can have Maison Blanc, Branca, GBK, Rusty Bicycle, Carluccio’s, The Real Greek, La Cucina etc delivered for a flat fee of £2.50 (tick number two), and cuisines run from Italian and Nepalese to Lebanese and American (tick number three). They also deliver for office lunches if you’re under the kosh and some decent sustenance (tick number.. alright, I’ve had enough of that game). The website is incredibly easy to navigate too, they’ve obviously invested quite a bit of dosh in making it user friendly.

Hankies at the ready if you’re not a city dweller, as Deliveroo is only  available in big cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Dublin and now Oxford, but it’s one of those concepts that will no doubt roll out like a red carpet around the country in due course, so as and when Deliveroo gets out to other Muddy towns and cities you’ll be the first to know. In the meantime if you live in Oxford or are visiting friends there, give it a whirl, and as ever, let me know how that takeaway goes for you!

deliveroo.co.uk

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