Ordering apps for pubs and restaurants

Preparing for a new way of taking orders and payments post lockdown

Pubs and restaurants are preparing to open up their premises again to the public after the government’s announcement on Tuesday that the hospitality sector is allowed to reopen on Saturday 4th of July. Whilst we are all excited to visit our favourite local again, it is fair to say that not everything will be the same as they were before lockdown. In this article we take a look at how taking orders and payments for your business will change and which Apps are out there to get you up and running.

Why use an app when you reopen to the public?

Asking your customers to use an app to take their order or payment might seem strange, especially in a traditional pub where technology does not seem a natural fit. However, in a post COVID-19 world, necessity is bringing technology into the on-trade. Some business owners might not be keen on the idea of using new technology but will need to adjust to provide a sense of security to both their customers and working staff.

Table apps could also have a positive effect for time management of your orders and will minimise cash payments. Apps have been used in national chains such as Wetherspoons and Greene King with great success and there is no reason this can’t be the same for your independent pub or restaurant.

Below, we round up the different apps that are available on the market today and how they could potentially be suited to your business. There will most likely be more operators creating their own table ordering apps over the next coming months so it will be worth keeping an eye on this page as we will update accordingly.


Number one on our list is Hungrrr, they have been around since 1999 and are known for their exceptional service. They have created ecommerce and ordering systems for the likes of Hilton Worldwide, Brewdog and Tesco. What we like most about Hungrrr is that you will pay no commission on your revenue, your orders are your profits, which is of great importance as businesses seek to recover their revenue and profits. Instead Hungrrr will charge a low monthly fee for your business to use their service.

Fast and easy to setup, The Hungrrr table ordering app allows bar, restaurant and pub customers with an iPhone or Android phone to order food and drinks directly to their table without having to leave their seat. Additionaly, with Hungrrr you can create your own website from which customers can order for takeaway services.

At Hungrrr they believe that the more control you have of your own business the better, and that is why they created an easy to manage interface for you to manage everything yourself, making it possible to update your menu whenever you want.

– Full training will be provided on setup and on request anytime.
– You can add / edit / delete any item on your menu at the touch of a button yourself.
– You can update delivery costs and opening times if you want to offer takeaway.
– Full support from the Hungrrr team is on hand if ever you wish.

Sign up your business today: https://www.hungrrr.co.uk/

Sort it

The Sort It App allows your customers to order food & drinks from the comfort of their own table. Customers will also be able to pay via the App or using your existing till and card terminals. Sort It only requires WIFI or mobile data to be used and your customers will not have to download a seperate app. Instead, all they have to do is scan a QR code and Sort It opens up a secure table that no one can charge to without permission.

Their app also offers much flexibility so that you can change your menu based on time of the day or adding additional options such as mixers, specific requests, etc. Your chefs will also be able to add any information about allergens in dishes and have customers agree to them before placing an order.

As with Hungrrr, Sort It charges no commission on any orders and instead charges a flat monthly fee with packages starting from £25+VAT/month. Be prepared for reopening and start a free trial today to set up your business, for more information visit – https://sort-it.co.uk/


A smart solution in hospitality for the smartphone era. Today, everyone does everything through their smartphones and it should be no surprise that 69% of consumers have already placed a food order on their smartphone. According to Zonal, 44% of millennials would rather use their mobile to order and pay for items.

Zonal UK

Order and Pay is Zonal’s integrated mobile ordering technology solution, which allows your customers to order and pay for their food and/or drink exactly as they want to: at their own convenience, and via their mobile.

Zonal will also provide you with a dedicated account manager who will be your first point of contact throughout their partnership with them. To find out more about pricing and their product, visit: https://www.zonal.co.uk/


Seatd are offering an in-venue food and drink table ordering service without the need to download an app. With no set-up fees or subscriptions for independents, and a rock bottom 1% commission, this is a strong option for those looking to get some social distancing friendly tech in prior to reopening.

Suitable for restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, customers can simply scan a QR code on their table with their phone and it’ll link them straight to the venue’s personalised menu. The menu is completely customisable, giving the venue to have dynamic pricing, dietary filters, set menus or special offers.


The tech has been developed by the team behind the award-winning Viper nightlife app, and ticks a lot of the Covid-secure government regulations – with track and trace tech also included.

The cherry on the cake for seatd is it offers the customer the option to donate to charity at the end of their transaction. 

You can check out seatd, here: http://beseatd.com



Ordery is UK based company that have worked with businesses in the hospitality industry for many years. They are well prepared to help their partners in the post corona era:

“Your customer’s dine-in experience will be different POST-Corona. When the Government lifts the ban and allow cafes and restaurants to re-open, there will be measures in place to protect your customers from COVID-19.eg Digital Menu, Mobile Ordering, Touchless Payments.”

Their system allows you to create your own beautiful and bespoke menus very easily. Ordery also offer to create this for you to save your time at a one off fee of £199/venue. Ordery has different price packages starting from £20/month – £30/month (Bronze and Silver Packages) to a bespoke Gold package if you have more than one venue. Their website shows the App in action and we recommend checking it out to compare with other App providers: https://www.orderyapp.com/


App2table offers social distancing solutions for hospitality businesses. In this new world, where social distancing is becoming the new norm, hospitality businesses must adapt to survive. Through app2table, your business can provide a safe, convenient service and reach new customers.

App2Table offer a white label digital menu and smartphone ordering app for cafes, bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs. With the App2Table software you can offer table ordering, delivery and click & collect solutions if you also want to offer takeaway. This is a great choice for businesses that want their very own branded app in the app store.

Register on the generic app for as little as £95+VAT, or have your own branded app in the app store. For more information, visit: https://app2table.co.uk/



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