There was a muted sigh of relief from the hospitality industry yesterday when the latest lockdown restrictions were announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish Parliament.

Rumours had been swirling that collection for food was to be restricted with only delivery available. Delivery apps, while convenient and accessible, can take up to 30% of the transaction from restaurants while also charging customers to bring to their door. Being able to take orders direct mitigates that to a certain extent.

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The rules now state: “Customers will no longer be permitted to go inside to collect takeaway food or coffee. Any outlet wishing to offer takeaway will have to do so from a serving hatch or doorway.“ Several places have already moved to this kind of system and I can imagine most places that are currently open will be able to adapt and be compliant almost immediately.

Mini Grill on Bath Street are among the restaurants keeping things going in January with a contactless home delivery and collection service seven days a week. Highlights include their Sunday roast menu that now includes a 72-hour braised steak pie served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.