UberEats has said its UK business grew faster than its global average over the past year, as it expanded its coverage across the country to cover 90% of the population.

The company said its global delivery business grew 150% year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, with growth in the UK and the rest of Europe exceeding that level.

The company said it had added more than 25,000 new restaurants across the UK since the start of the pandemic.

UberEats said it was now available to as many people as have fibre optic broadband in the UK with plans to expand to further by the end of the year.

Sunjiv Shah, general manager of UberEats, UK and Ireland said: “Last year was a year like no other, and we’ve seen substantial change in the hospitality and grocery industries as a result.

This was a difficult time for restaurants so it was important for us to play our part in helping thousands of restaurants access new customers and adapt their businesses. As the nation comes out of lockdown, we’ll continue to ensure people can order their favourite restaurant meals at home and help them with their essential shopping no matter where they live.”