Sunday 13 June 2021 4:40 pm

Meal kits firm Dishpatch rustles up £10m in funding round

A meal kits provider that offers dishes from top London restaurants including Ottolenghi has raised £10m in a fresh funding round.

Dishpatch, which was founded during lockdown last year, secured the backing from Andreessen Horowitz and Local Globe.

Entrepreneurs including Bloom & Wild boss Aron Gelbard, Trouva’s Mandeep Singh and Songkick co-founder Ian Hogarth also took part in the round.

Set up by Peter Butler and James Terry, Dishpatch describes itself as the “antithesis of Deliveroo”.

The startup fulfils orders for finish-at-home meal kits that can be ordered online for weekly delivery. It has partnered with 25 restaurants and so far delivered more than 75,000 meals.

Customers can choose from a range of menus from restaurants including Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano, Ottolenghi and Michelin-starred Lima.

The London firm is one of a number of companies that have cashed in on booming demand for food delivery kits during the pandemic.

Recipe box firm Gousto has announced plans to double its workforce after a year of bumper sales, while over-60s rival Parsley Box listed on London’s Aim market in March.

Dishpatch will use the funding to add a further 20 restaurants to its platform by the end of the year and expand its headcount across marketing, tech, distribution and customer service. 

“Dining at home should be flavourful, meaningful, and exciting, a departure from the everyday and generic takeaway,” said chief executive and c-founder Peter Butler.

“Dishpatch creates an entirely new and profitable revenue stream for restaurants, while enabling access to high quality menus no matter where you live. We’re giving the best chefs bigger tables, hand selecting both award-winners and hidden gems yet to be discovered.”