We’ve all been there, the cravings of waffles, ice cream or Italian but no food provider nearby to deliver the food that we hold most dearly to us. Step forward Deliveroo.

Deliveroo, an on-demand delivery service for local restaurant meals and snacks has launched in Southend. Founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski, Deliveroo currently operates in 84 cities across 12 countries across the world – Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The venture to bring the premium delivery service to Southend is said to bring more than 30 jobs to the area over the course of the first year – most of these being delivery riders (yes, riders – not drivers!). The riders, avid bike enthusiasts, aim to bring food to the doorstep of locals in Southend within 30 minutes from the moment you press “Order” on their app or website.

Deliveroo states that more than 15 local restaurants have already signed up to the service, including town favourites such as Rossi’s Ice Cream, Creams Cafe, PizzaExpress, Bella Italia & Istanbul, amongst others.

Speaking from Deliveroo, the general manager Jeremy Rawlinson said:

“We’re extremely excited to be launching in Southend and we’re looking forward to bringing some of the town’s delicious dishes straight from the hands of local chefs to customers’ doors.

“Our new riders in Southend are now kitted out in their new hyper-reflective kit and locals can order from the fantastic variety of restaurants in Southend, whatever they want, whenever they want, all from the comfort of their own home, office desk or wherever else hunger strikes.

“We already have a number of great partners across the town and we are excited to expand and widen the variety of restaurants on offer to our customers in Southend over the course of the next year.”

You can try out the service yourself or delve into what they offer by visiting their website, or by downloading their mobile and tablet application which can be found on both the Apple and Android store.

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