hungryhouse.co.uk is more than just a simple restaurant directory; this is an easy one-stop shop, bridging the gap between hungry customers and their favourite food. Users can enter a postcode to browse high-quality local takeaways, search and discover new cuisine types, read reviews, order and even pay for food online, without ever leaving the sofa.
Founders: Shane Lake and Tony Charles
Way back at the beginning of the world wide web, technologically-minded foodies Shane Lake and Tony Charles met at the University of Technology in Sydney while studying Computer Science. By 2003 both budding entrepreneurs found themselves working in well-paid IT jobs in London, with a burning ambition to be running their own business.
Late night brainstorming sessions brought all kinds of ideas to the table, some more weird than wonderful, but the one that stood out from the rest was online food ordering. Months of research and number-crunching convinced the pair that the idea had massive potential and hungryhouse.co.uk was founded.
How do you start a fire in a dragon?
In 2006 the site was launched, with 9 restaurant partners in London. Shane and Tony were simultaneously at the helm, manning the oars, and desperately seeking finance to grow the business. The big break came in 2007, when the pair got their moment in the TV studio spotlight, being grilled by the Dragon’s Den investors.
The infamous Dragons were clearly impressed with the well-rehearsed pitch and investment was secured. However, starting-up is never smooth and negotiations fell through, but in the end it turned out that, after being on TV, there were plenty of better offers just around the corner!
The pot came to the boil
Once investment was secured things began to move fast, and by 2008 the site was nationwide, with over 500 takeaway restaurant partners.
By May 2012 almost 5,000 restaurants were listed, the site had received hundreds of thousands of customer reviews and was processing over 100,000 orders per month.
In late 2012 the cake was iced as hungryhouse.co.uk merged with global food-ordering giant Delivery Hero. The partnership brought the UK site into Delivery Hero’s network of over 33,000 restaurants across 12 countries, sharing technological innovation and delivering world class service.
Fast-forward to today and hungryhouse.co.uk has over 10,000 UK restaurant partners. From Pizza to Chinese, Indian to Thai, there is a cuisine to suit all takeaway tastes and, having added convenient apps for iPhone and Android, ordering food online has never been easier!
As part of the worldwide Delivery Hero group, hungryhouse.co.uk is partnered with over 10,000 takeaway restaurants in the UK. Whether you want Chinese or Chilli, we promise to help you find the easiest way to your favourite food.