Wednesday, 29 January 2020

More-detailed Food Hygiene Ratings!

Want to see more details about a restaurant’s Food Hygiene Rating? Well, now you can!

To see this for ANY restaurant listed on The Menu Pile website, simply click the ‘More Info’ button.

The information is provided by the Food Standards Agency website, and we refresh this data at least once a week, when we get check the Ratings for each and every one of the 130,000+ places on our website.

Of course, even more information about the Food Hygiene Ratings can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.

Monday, 23 December 2019

Christmas Takeaway Time!

What better way for the final few days ahead of Christmas 2019, than to have a cheeky takeaway delivered??

Sit there, feet up and wait, whilst your favourite takeaway delivers a steaming hot meal, right to your door!

Whether your meal of choice is a Chinese or an Indian, Kebab or Fish & Chips, we know you’ll enjoy it.

And when you need the menu, it’s on The Menu Pile.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Guess what?! We’re BACK!

Yes, that’s right, The Menu Pile is back on the interweb-airwaves after a really long and boring twelve months of being offline!

The Menu Pile website has been redesigned and remade from the ground up, cutting out the fodder to bring your local takeaway menus, on any device.

The web address is still the same:

And check out our Facebook Page, at:

It’s good to be back!

Friday, 27 July 2018



It's with regret that I'm closing down The Menu Pile website.

Whilst it's been a real blast in making and growing the website to handle the large volume of users, I need to make a sensible grown-up decision to power-down the servers and turn off the lights.

At our peak over the past 3 or 4 years, the site has had over 11,000 users per month, which is absolutely amazing, considering that the vast majority of the traffic is focused into the evening hours when you'd normally order a takeaway.

The reality of the situation is that even though The Menu Pile is a great idea as evident by the large number of comments and messages I've received, the website wasn't created to be a business. It was created accidentally and turned into a 4 year hobby, for which I've loved, and you've all appreciated.

I've tried, but the server hosting folks won't accept love and appreciation to settle web-server costs, and I've run out of shirt buttons to pay for it. Highly scalable cloud-based websites, with large cloud-based databases and everything else that makes it work... doesn't come cheap.

So - as of the 31st July 2018, The Menu Pile website will be offline. Gone out for it's own takeaway. Eating some pizza in HTML heaven. As I said, it's been a blast.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

More Mobile-Friendly Changes!

iphonexI recently posted on LinkedIn about The Menu Pile as I was trying to spread the word to get more people interested, and someone happened to mention that it might be a good idea to put the distances of the restaurants away from the search post code.

Good idea, right?

It is – and it’s something that has been there for a LONG time… except when I made the changes previously to the mobile/tablet version of the website, I appear to have hidden it and hadn’t actually noticed that I had done so!

Anyway, long story short, the distances are not only back, but they now reflect the actual distances (by road), whereas previously, they were ‘as the crow flies’, which of course worked in Desktop mode and was correct, but I wanted to improve them for mobile users.

Turns out, these mobile devices are already the ‘norm’ in terms of browsing the internet, which might not come as a shock or surprise, but it’s an interesting concept for people like me, who have always pretty much focused on Desktop/Laptop browsers, and mobile was always an afterthought, simply because the mobile devices from even say 5 years ago, weren’t what they are now, and struggled to display web pages.  If they could, mobile coverage in the UK was ok, but still patchy and fragmented.  Nowadays, it’s all about the mobile, and a surprise when we see people using the website on a traditional computer.

I’ve made lots of other mobile-based changes to the website overall, too, as niggly little areas would always irk me, and must therefore irk others.  Lots fixed, but too much to mention without boring you massively!!

My point about this blog post was, though, that it took someone to comment to make me actually see some of the little problems – I think, irrespective of what you’re making, you get a little tunnel-vision'ed, and sometimes miss the details.  A simple comment has made all of the difference, and hopefully makes it better for everyone. So, just let me know if there’s something that doesn’t look brilliant, that could be better!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Menu Pile Android App!

Completely free, and with NO ADS, the brand-spankingly-new app for The Menu Pile is now available on the Google Play Store!

It’s taken us a little while to get up there, but it’s the very first version! 

We have lots more features and functionality that we’re wanting to pile onto it, but for now, this first version is basic but operational.

Find me!

It’s ok when you’re at home wanting to find out what takeaways are near you, but when you’re away, or at a friend’s house, not knowing the post code can be a minor problem. Well, not any more, as the ‘Find Me!’ button uses your GPS in your phone to work out where you are, and then to find the nearest UK-based post code! Simples.


Need to get over to your takeaway restaurant to collect your food? Well, the ‘Directions’ button hooks into the Google Directions on your phone to show you where it is and how to get there, turn-by-turn! Or pavement-by-pavement, if you want to walk!

Calling the takeaway

No more faffing around dialling the number once you’ve got your list of dishes to order! Simply click the ‘Call’ button, and the app helps you to make a phone call right away.

This app is our very first version, and we’ll be adding more and more features to it over time. If there’s something that’s not quite right, or maybe you have a suggestion, why not drop us an email and tell us?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Where are you on our new Top 20 scoreboard of Top Pilers?

We’ve added some funky new pieces to The Menu Pile website recently, namely that of encouraging you to collect Pile Points for helping us out on the site.

The more you interact, the more Pile Points you receive. 

If you:

  • Send us a Menu – we’ll give you (at least) 50 points for each
  • Leave Feedback – we’ll give you 10 points
  • Recommend a friend – we’ll give you 50 points for each

- Earn as many Pile Points as you like!  -

Check out the Scoreboard page to see if you’re in the Top 20 or go to the Pile Points page to see what they’re all about.

Some features need you to be logged in – if you need to create an account, go to the Sign Up page now to get started.