Food delivery services available during lockdown
With supermarket delivery slots still unavailable for at least three weeks in many places, here’s a list of independent suppliers that you can turn to instead.
We’re all about supporting local suppliers and businesses, so if you’re a butcher offering home deliveries or have a restaurant that needs our support right now, get in touch and we’ll add you to this list. Stay safe, stay home, eat well.
Meat: Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild, who have previously fed the likes of David Beckham, have moved their much loved in-restaurant butcher counter online. Continuing to provide the finest Scottish meat, game and their very own venison haggis, Mac & Wild are delivering their produce direct from the Highlands to customers’ front doors across the UK. Each cut of meat and game is sourced from small independent, family-run producers the team trust. Meat lovers can enjoy the likes of Ayrshire middle bacon, beef sausages, a leg of Highland Hill lamb and free-range Highland chicken. All produce comes with Mac & Wild’s own cooking recommendations and details on storage and freezing. For those looking to stock up for the next few months, there’s also a Meat Survival Box.
Fish: Secret Smokehouse
East London Secret Smokehouse founder Max is known for supplying some of the best in the business including Michelin-starred chefs. Putting his training at London’s Billingsgate Seafood Training School to use he produces handcrafted, oak-smoked fish in London to the highest possible quality. For all your fishy needs, there’s same-day delivery for a small number of central London postcodes and 24-48-hour nationwide delivery. Secret Smokehouse also offers a wide range of products from whole-smoked salmon to ‘the best fish pie mix you can buy’ and smoked salmon paté that freezes extremely well.
Fruit and veg: New Covent Garden Market
London’s biggest wholesale market has switched it up and a number of its top-quality independent producers are supplying fruit and veg directly to customers through online orders and deliveries. Each one is offering reasonably priced boxes stocked with whatever’s good that week, as well as those essentials you’ve been struggling to get in the supermarkets – bread, eggs and dairy (some offer vegan substitutions, too). There’s free delivery to some London postcodes, same-day delivery in London and delivery available to the Home Counties and Brighton. Check out the long list of suppliers here.
Dairy: Fen Farm Dairy
Suffolk-based Fen Farm Dairy have been farming the land for three generations. Thanks to their herd of happy grass-fed Montbeliarde and Friesian cows, their range includes the highly regarded Bungay raw cultured butter and creamy, white bloomy-rind Baron Bigod cheese. The only Brie-de-Meaux-style cheese made in the UK, it’s available in a whole large 3kg wheel or eight individual wedges that are ideal for freezing during lockdown. Nationwide delivery is also available.
Drinks: The Umbrella Project
The award-winning bar teams at London’s The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company are selling bottled cocktails, beer, cider and spirits online for customers to enjoy at home. The team have bottled three cocktails – an Old Fashioned, Negroni and Boulevardier, with each bottle containing four serves, ready to be stirred and enjoyed. Alongside cocktails, ‘Lucky Dip’ boxes of eight craft beers, chosen at random by Umbrella Brewing’s Head Brewer Matt Armitage, are also available. A free bag of ice will be supplied with every London-based order, and same-day delivery is free within a three-mile radius of Bethnal Green’s The Sun Tavern. You can also get next-day nationwide delivery via UPS. All proceeds will go towards sustaining the business and supporting staff through current hardships, as a result of Covid-19.
About The Green Apron
You’ll find The Green Apron cooking school in Coggeshall, Essex. We’re focused on creating simple and seasonal dishes that are as natural as they are delicious, so our cooking classes are fun and hands-on and feature no hard-to-get ingredients or complicated equipment. If you’re interested in joining our Thai, Indian and Italian cooking courses in the future, please get in touch.