These are the food brands we've been missing the most in lockdown
The shutdown of restaurants and takeaways plus months of lockdown has meant many of us have become reacquainted with our kitchens.
While it’s been lovely to embrace the simple pleasures of baking a sourdough and whipping coffee into a Dalgona, we’ve definitely missed our usual food go-tos.
Now that lockdown measures are easing and pubs, restaurants, and shops are allowed to reopen, there are certain establishments we reckon will be flooded with eager customers.
Fresh Student Living’s research tracking daily searches for reopening dates and menu details between 23 March and 23 June reveals the brands whose returns we’ve been most eagerly anticipated in lockdown – perhaps indicating which restaurants will be rammed with bookings the moment they’re an option again.
Purely in terms of types of food, we’ve been searching for our usual favourites of burgers, pizza, and chicken nuggets.
But what about the brands we’ve been craving?
The food brands and restaurants we’ve been searching for in lockdown:
While McDonald’s it only at number 12 for general searches, it tops the list for the desperate ‘are you open’ searches specifically, followed by KFC, Burger King, Domino’s, and then Subway.
In terms of the recipes we’ve been trying to recreate at home, it’s bits from Greggs, KFC, Wagamama, Nando’s and Ikea we’ve been trying – although we’ve also been despondently searching for how we can recreate Big Macs, McMuffins, and McNuggets, too.
The good news is that most of the restaurants we’ve been longing for are now open once again – although the majority are only offering takeaway or delivery.
McDonald’s has opened up its restaurants for takeaway, delivery, and drive-thru, same as KFC, Burger King, and Subway.
Domino’s and Pizza Hut have mostly remained open throughout lockdown for takeaway and social distanced takeaways, while Krispy Kreme is open for click and collect and doughnut delivery.
Pizza Express opened 13 restaurants in London in late May and plans to open more.
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