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When it comes to lunchtime meetings, the sandwich board is almost as ubiquitous as an agenda. However, with the rise of food delivery apps like UberEats and Deliveroo, as well as the introduction of specific office catering options, the choices are now endless.
PAs, imagine your executive’s surprise when they’re greeted with a bowl of fresh poke, Cajun-spiced halloumi with vegetables, spiced rice and cinnamon carrots, or a butter chicken rice bowl. Office catering has had a makeover…and it’s time for all of us to get on board. Here are just four of the best office catering companies in London.
1. City Pantry
One of early adopters of office-specific catering, City Pantry was established in 2013 with the aim of improving catering options for businesses across London. In the five years since, they’ve established an ever-growing marketplace that connects local food businesses to companies looking for a lunch fix that isn’t a ploughman’s sandwich. The availability of meals depends on your location, but ranges from a hot smoked salmon, pea and beetroot wrap at Crussh and chipotle lime chicken meal boxes at Power of Wellness to a crispy fried chicken burger from Absurd Bird. PAs, EAs or office managers can order one-off meals or recurring deliveries on their website, via email, by phone or via chat. Whatever the method, you’ll have an account manager that looks after logistics, dietary requirements and any other requirements. Best of all, the first five orders are free delivery!
2. Grazing Food
If it’s a communal meal you’re after, Grazing Food might be the way to go. The City of London-based start-up delivers feasts for entire teams, as well as sandwiches, finger and fork food for working lunches. Off-site chefs whip up dishes such as smoked haddock with spinach mac and cheese, piri piri salmon with avocado salsa, and rare roasted beef with baby spinach, mustard mayo and pickles for the whole team, or can deliver per person servings for smaller groups. Breakfast meetings can be conquered with a Full Monty option, a range of butties and assorted pastries. All dietary requirements can also be catered for – there’s a whole menu dedicated to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, meaning no-one need go hungry.
From a humble storefront on a backstreet of Soho, the team at Pilau are revolutionising Londoners’ ideas of Indian food with their office catering arm. The street-food restaurant offers a comprehensive office menu, where the likes of butter chicken wraps and paneer ricebowls sit by lamb and bone marrow salad bowls and vanilla bean rice puddings. If it’s an office event you need grub for, the Pilau team can also come to you, setting up a pop-up in the office where employees can build their own lunch. For the purposes of keeping everything piping hot, they are servicing mainly Central London, but with any luck, their fantastic flavours will be spreading that little further in the near future.
If you’re looking after the lunch requirements of 50 or more people, it’s time for a feast. Or Feastly, to be more exact. The Farringdon-based start-up has made its name servicing other start-ups, with the likes of Improbable, Buzzfeed and Quantcast indulging in their delicious buffet-style dishes, delivered ready to serve on a weekly or monthly basis. With an emphasis on the idea of that healthy staff equal productive staff, the daily changing menus are designed with brainfood in mind and are designed around a particular theme. Past inspiration has come from the likes of Santorini, Seoul, Venice and Texas, resulting in dishes like crunchy Korean lettuce salad with kimchi, peppers, cucumber and spring onions; slow roast leg of lamb with mint and caper relish, and smoky vegetarian chilli con carne. A Feastly rep also ensures that your service is top-notch and your office is left just as the team found it.
Looking for other foods to boost your productivity at work? Check out our blog here. Prefer lunch outside of the office? Check out our restaurant reviews, perfect for your principal’s next business meal.