HAVING a takeaway or delivery service was vital during the national lockdown.

It was how food businesses endured the toughest coronavirus restrictions.

And it is still a big part of their continued survival today with people limiting their social interactions to curb the spread of the virus.

In that spirit, a website, which helps people find the best eateries in their area, has named a Penketh pizzeria as the best for food delivery in Warrington. The Restaurant Guru accolade went to the family-run Delgados in Honiton Way shopping precinct in recognition of their hard work to adapt in uncertain times.

Julie Nunney, who runs Delgados with her partner and head chef Rob, said: “It means so much to us to receive recognition for the service we provide at Delgados. We have always tried to match people’s experiences whether in-house or at home. Although we offered a takeaway service before lockdown it was a collection service only.

Warrington Guardian:

“We are now offering a delivery service to our community in Penketh and Great Sankey but due to demand we are planning to increase our delivery area.

“We believe it’s important to employ our delivery drivers directly to keep that continued customer service and familiarity but, most of all, safety for our guests and team.”

When the lockdown was eased in July, Julie and Rob decided not to open straight away so they had time to adjust.

Now they believe they have found the right balance between Covid-19 precautions, including limiting the number of tables, and maintaining the cosy atmosphere visitors come for.

Julie added: “We are both hands-on and run the restaurant as a lifestyle choice. Our guests become friends and it’s amazing to have been a part of so many different family special occasions throughout the years.

“Although we have faced many adversities, including Covid, we have got through them with the support and help of the community, friends and family. It’s lovely to know that there are people out there who genuinely care about the restaurant.”

Delgados will also be marking its 20th anniversary next year.

Julie said: “It still makes us smile when we see people bringing their children to make their own pizza that used to do it themselves. We’d love to thank everyone who has been part of Delgados whether a team member or guest to get us this far. Here’s to the next 20 years.”