Once upon a time there was a very rich man known as the Earl of Sandwich. He was a reckless young Earl, who liked women, fast horses and gambling. One (long) night at the poker table, the Earl was in freefall and losing money. He told his friends that none of them could leave the table – not even to eat – until he’d won back everything he’d lost. He ordered his servants to bring them something they could snack on as they played, so they brought slices of meat between two bits of bread. And lo and behold – the humble sandwich – along with a gastronomic distribution concept – was born.
Except that was not the end.
250 years on and the food delivery service has evolved beyond recognition (the sandwich – slightly less so).
Whatever you desire for your office lunch, you can get it delivered straight to your desk on the 3rd floor with an app and a tap.
Uber Eats and Deliveroo are on hand to pick up your favourite high street ‘chicken burger with extra avocado, pickle and a side of courgette fries’.
Without you having to move a muscle.
But (and this is the sad part) did you know that the average British worker nowadays takes just 34 minutes for their lunch break?
It’s called a lunch HOUR for a reason people.
Getting a proper lunch break (like moving away from your desk and consuming something nutritious like a vegetable hot pot and a fruit salad) is in everyone’s best interests. A healthy meal sets up your workforce for the day, as well as helping line their stomachs for the after-hours drink-a-thon.
Good food is good for office morale, good for brains and therefore great for business.
And nowadays a varied office lunch is easy to supply (by the aforementioned people on two wheels dressed in lycra) – which is why the 40% of people who say they’re jealous of colleagues who have a more adventurous lunch, just don’t need to be.
But what if you work in an office with more than 3 floors and many more personnel?
Just imagine the fleet of bikes needed to Deliver(oo) the 70 pizzas they’re after.
It would look like something out of the Tour de France at lunch o’clock every day.
And we know that companies sometimes grow up eventually needing ‘traditional’ office caterers, but a full-blown staff canteen (or restaurant as they like to call it) is still a few hundred employees away.
If you’ve got between 50-250 hungry mouths to feed – then it appears you’re stuffed.
There is another way to get fresh, nutritious, on-demand food for your office lunch. A kind of happy marriage between canteen and delivery, with a menu to match and a magic ingredient called variety.
Think breakfasts of fruit and yogurt pots or bacon butties and lunch menus of teriyaki salmon, BBQ chicken, Thai beef, gluten free wraps, chicken couscous, pasta salads and mixed food platters.
And everything arrives with a super-healthy-veggie salad (only so you get all the good stuff to feed your brain so you’ll be the brilliant person you said you were in your interview).
Heck, we bet even fusspot Irene from accounts will find something she likes.
So take that Pizza Express!
On your bike Byron Burger!
On site kitchens aren’t needed – neither are Tour de France – scale pedals.
The food is freshly made and delivered directly to the office desk with love and a great big smile (and you can always ask us for a free hug if you’re having a bad day).
We are seeing more companies offering an alternative solution to what has always been the norm. Food can be varied, it doesn’t have to take up too much office space with a mahoosive kitchen, and can give employees the fuel they need to be freakin awesome.
These types of companies would have surely been the Earl of Sandwich’s BFF 250 years ago.