How and where we choose to spend our money is a reflection of the kind of economy that we want to live in. In this time, when so many small businesses are facing possible closure, this is truer than ever. Over the next few weeks, we will be using our platform to shine a light on small businesses that are continuing to operate (safely and responsibly) during the lockdown. If you are (or know of) a small business that could do with some love right now, please get in touch with us through Instagram!
UK Food Delivery Services
Rather than waiting in a long queue at your high street supermarket or spending hours trying to check into Ocado, why not support independent food and beverage companies who are delivering delicious produce and even ready-prepared meals right to your door?
Here are a few of our favourite UK-based companies who are offering this service during the lockdown.
Delivers restaurant-quality produce boxes (including meat, fish, fruit and veg) to London postcodes within the M25 as well as Essex and Hertfordshire. For every box purchased, Box Food donates produce to City Harvest, a London-based organisation providing food to the vulnerable and hungry.
Specialists in local UK produce, Forman and Field deliver gourmet produce and meals to homes across the UK. They are famed for their smoked salmon but also offer a range of pies, cheeses, fishcakes and even macaroni cheese.
Focused on sustainably sourced fruit and vegetables, Natoora deliver produce boxes to households across the UK. They are also operating in other countries so if you are not based in the UK, check out their website to see if they operate in your area.
Delivering within the London area, Nature’s Choice delivers a range of different sized produce boxes including fruit and vegetables, as well as their essentials box.
A family-run master butchers offering free-range premium quality meats, Godfreys delivers carefully sourced produce to households in London and across the nation (see their website for some restrictions).
For all of your cheesy needs, The Cheese Shed delivers unique and delicious cheeses from around the world to your door. They offer contact-free delivery to postcodes across the UK.
Founded by Smith & Brock, suppliers of top-quality produce to restaurants, hotels and event venues, Knock Knock delivers fresh and prepared fruit and vegetable to households across the country. They are in the process of expanding their delivery area but for now, can cater to select postcodes. Click here to see if they deliver to you.
*Last week, Smith & Brock delivered hundreds of boxes of fresh produce to Guys & St Thomas’ hospitals for NHS staff to take home. Nice work!
Based in east London, Hill & Szrok are a locally run butchers on Broadway market. They specialise in local produce and currently deliver to the following postcodes in London: N1, N5, N16, E9, E8, E5, E2
If you’re craving some delicious, homemade kimchi during the lockdown, look no further than The Korean Pantry who are delivering jars of the spicy goodness across London.
We love Old Spike Roastery. Not only because of their amazing coffee but also their mission to help vulnerable people by employing and training the homeless. Old Spike’s online store is still open and taking delivery orders to keep you caffeinated through quarantine.
A wine merchant that usually supplies restaurants across the UK with incredible wines, Uncharted Wines have expanded their selection for purchase online in response to the pandemic. Check out their online store for their unique selection available for delivery across the UK.