A family-run Whaplode food business is giving its customers a healthy alternative to traditional takeaway fare such as chips, chow mein and curries.
The English Takeaway in High Road, run by Kym, Kelly and Daryl Moore, delivers home-made meals to families, the elderly and busy, working people within a 20-mile radius between Long Sutton and Pinchbeck.
Kym and her family started the business at the end of November as a new venture to run alongside their existing business providing training services to the haulage and logistics industry.
Kelly said: “Our training business was quiet at the end of 2014 so we asked ourselves what we could do to stay busy, instead of having a break and waiting for the training side of things to pick up.
“The idea came up to run a meals on wheels service so that old aged pensioners could have a nice, warm, cooked meal on a daily basis.
“But we also wanted to run it as a traditional takeaway service for people who like to get home after a busy day and have someone to cook for them.
“There are businesses that do this in South Yorkshire, where I’m from originally, but I’m not sure whether it’s been done before in South Holland.”
Customers have a choice of meals they can order, from an all-day breakfast or liver, sausage and onions through to cottage pie, spaghetti bolognese and home-made lasagne.
There are also desserts, including cheesecake, apple pie and chocolate concrete, as well as soft drinks and fruit juices.
Kym said: “We started out just with Sunday roasts, but then the demand for home-made quality hot meals went through the roof and so we had to come up with a solution for senior citizens who wanted a better choice of meals.
“The meals on wheels service was launched for our main target market of elderly people who preferred having hot, home-made meals delivered daily to them over the frozen meals they had been receiving from other organisations.
“We’ve found that The English Takeaway has helped numerous people who previously weren’t benefiting from regular meals or even eating cooked meals at all.”
The success of the business has extended far beyond South Holland with enquiries from Boston, Peterborough, Northampton, Nottingham and Coventry.
This could be partly due to The English Takeaway achieving a four-star food hygiene rating from South Holland District Council last month.
Kym said: “All of our food is purchased locally and collected by us on a weekly basis in order for it to be cooked fresh to order. “Reports from our regular customers have been fantastic and they tell us that we have given them freedom and improved their diet substantially.
“South Holland District Council has given us guidance on how to achieve a five-star rating and after implementing their suggestions, we’re confident about getting it after their next visit.”