Looking for the best food delivery services to use during this period of lockdown? Whether you’re looking for healthy pre-prepared meals or ingredients for meals to make yourself, there are a wide range to choose from. Here are some of the best. The Best Food Delivery Services
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Set across 300 acres of parkland with its own apple orchard and cider mill, The Newt in Somerset is a haven for seasonal homegrown produce. So, when lockdown was announced, hotel staff decided to turn all attention towards creating a home delivery service to make the most of the estate’s bountiful fresh produce. This includes vegetables from the gardens, freshly baked goods from the bakery, high-welfare meat from the family-run farm of The Newt’s butcher, cheeses from the cheesery, and a selection of small-batch, artisan ciders.
Free next day delivery, minimum order £35. Order by 3pm for next day delivery. shopthenewtinsomserset.com
Sibling trio and restauranteurs
The Gladwin Brothers have launched an online shop, selling produce sourced directly from their family farm in Sussex. Get your vegetable fix with the Farm-Fresh Veggie Box (£25), stock up on herbs with the Herb Box (£8.50), or choose from a selection of cuts of high-quality meat. You can also order bottles of wine from their Nutbourne vineyard. Delivery includes postcodes across North, South and West London and any postcode within a 10 mile radius of the Nutbourne Vineyards.
Restaurant delivery meets Mindful Chef with this new service from the team behind Riding House Fitzrovia and Rail House Café, which offers restaurant quality DIY dishes. The online shop is stocked with pre-cooked dishes which you can order to your home, complete with instructions on how to prepare or heat them up. You’ll recognise some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes on the menu, including a chicken, wild mushroom and truffle pie, buttermilk pancakes and a smoked Applewood cheeseburger, alongside cookie dough which you can transform into cookies.
Available Wednesday-Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-5pm.
Hame – the Scottish word for home – is the new food delivery service from zero-waste chef
Adam Handling. The menu offers some of the best loved dishes from Adam’s restaurants, including The Frog Hoxton, Frog by Adam Handling and Adam Handling Chelsea – but rather than providing hot dishes, food arrives ready for cooking, complete with step-by-step video instructions. This one’s all about indulgence: cheese doughnuts, fried chicken, whole lobster and beef wellington all feature. Available Thursdays to Sundays, orders must be given 48 hours ahead of preferred delivery/collection date.
The renowned London
bakery famous for their mouth-watering doughnuts has launched an online delivery service, full of baking essentials and tasty treats. Available for London residents, the service includes a selection of different kits including The Essentials Box: a bread lover’s dream containing sourdough loaves, brioche rolls, croissants and a pack of flour. Only have eyes for sourdough? Opt for the Sourdough Selection, which features a whole five fresh sourdough loaves. If you fancy baking your own bread, meanwhile, The Baker’s Kit will set you in good stead, with three different types of flour and fresh yeast.
When The Ethical Butcher launched its e-commerce site earlier this year, coronavirus wasn’t yet on the UK’s radar. Fast forward two months and the business is seeing a level of demand that it had predicted might land in year three. As a response to this increased need, the ethical meat website has launched a new range of meat boxes, including a basics box filled with a selection of their best products for day to day dining, such as lamb mince, beef steaks and beef burgers. All meat comes from farmers who honour natural systems – many have measured a net loss of carbon as a result of their methods, which works to improve soil health and help combat climate change.
Boxes from £50.
Before the coronavirus crisis hit, Tuck Food would deliver freshly cooked meals for Londoners to heat up at home or at work. Their offering has now changed slightly to Frozen Tuck Boxes: they’ll deliver a delicious frozen main course, which you can cook with your own carbohydrate such as rice, pasta or potatoes. Dishes on the menu span many cuisines: curries, chillies, lasagnas and pies have all featured in recent weeks, with vegan and vegetarian options available each day.
6 boxes for £30.
In 2010, farmers James Flower and James Mansfield set out to change the way we eat meat by launching field&flower, a service which delivers grass-fed beef direct to people’s homes. Ten years on, the brand’s core values surrounding animal welfare and sustainability are more important than ever. All meat is sourced by founder and fifth-generation farmer James Flower, hand-butchered and packed by the field&flower team. Alongside their meat boxes, you can order fish, cheese, and products from the deli. Alternatively, re-create the restaurant experience from home by ordering from their new range, Sous-Vide, which includes meats that are pre-cooked by expert Somerset chefs using high quality free-range meat, from crispy pork belly to lamb rump with rosemary and garlic.
Meat boxes from £41.46, dishes from the Sous-Vide range from £7.48.
Since its launch in 2015, Mindful Chef has become a market leader in
healthy meal delivery. Each week there are 16 recipes to choose from, with meat, fish and plant-based options – everything being free from gluten, dairy and refined carbs. All ingredients are delivered to your door, along with an easy to follow recipe: perfect for those who want to make life a bit easier, but still enjoy cooking. You can choose between one, two and four person bundles, and as everything is measured out precisely there’s no waste. Portions are generous too, particularly the meat and fish, which are sourced sustainably. The company recently launched a next day delivery service for its Mindful Chef Care Box, which contains three meals for two people. A great way of expanding your culinary repertoire while keeping a balanced and healthy diet, without having to make the schlep to the supermarket. One person portions from £8 per portion, two people from £5.50 per portion, four people from £5 per portion. Care Box from £34 plus £3.95 delivery.
The focus at Potage is on eating fresh and well, rather than dieting. A selection of high quality hot pots, salads, sharing boards and snacks are available to order for same-day delivery (lunch orders before 10am and evening orders before 4pm), regularly or spontaneously, online, by phone or via an app. Everything is handmade in small batches for that home-cooked taste and feel, and with weekly changing menus it’s impossible to get bored.
Salads from £9.
You’ll never have to brave the early-morning fresh fruit & veg markets again thanks to Abel & Cole, the organic food delivery service that takes its contents seriously – only delivering
seasonal, ethical and organic items that they have carefully sourced from hard-working small producers. Delivered straight to your door in recyclable and returnable packaging, you can choose from the classic fruit and veg boxes, organic meat and sustainable fish, or recipe boxes which cover all bases with the options ‘simple’, ‘foodie’, ‘veggie’ or ‘light’. With a maximum prep time of 20 minutes, each box comes with everything you need to prepare a large variety of exciting dishes (with nothing going to waste) such as Afghani lamb and rhubarb korma, or spring asparagus, fennel and sun-dried tomato stew. Always seasonal, always healthy, always delicious – and the honest ethos just makes it all that much better. Recipe boxes from £6.50 per plate.
Freedown Food certainly knows what it’s talking about when it comes to meat, having spent 20 years importing and distributing specialist cuts to some of the world’s most highly respected chefs. And now consumers can get involved too, thanks to the launch of their newest offering, Meat Me At Home. A wide range of cuts are available, including those that are often forgotten: rump cap, for instance, and wagyu neck, as well as a BBQ range.
The art of the party platter is no laughing matter. Aptly-named
Platter London specialises in tailor-made food platters for every occasion, both sweet and savoury. Each is so beautifully assembled that it becomes the centrepiece for feasting at all manner of events, and can even be personalised for an extra special touch. The team have a penchant for artistic flair and use only the highest quality ingredients, making each order a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The cheese board looks like something from an Ancient Roman banquet and is scarily moreish, while the canapé board may just be the coolest thing at your party. Mini platter from £100.
By Ruby is a frozen food delivery service that uses 100 per cent natural produce, with no additives or preservatives. It’s honest food, made from scratch using carefully sourced ingredients that won’t break the bank – quite incredible as it means you’re getting something a fine restaurant would be proud to serve, except from your freezer. Firm favourites include Black Bean Chilli, Keralan Vegetable Curry, Macaroni & Cheese and a comforting Fish Pie. Pro tip: Defrost the Gnocchi with Ricotta & Pesto before your guests arrive and pretend you’ve just made it. is And all in sustainable packaging, to boot!
From £4 per meal.
Being a parent is stressful enough without having to worry about feeding your child nourishing and tasty meals every day. Luckily, a new start-up called
Wild Child Kitchen will take care of that for you, with its farm-to-table children’s food delivery service. All of their dishes are suitable for ages 1+, using ingredients which are organic wherever possible that are seasonal and sustainably sourced. There’s no refined sugar or added salt which will help to instil healthy habits from early on, everything is made without gluten, dairy and nuts, and all packaging is biodegradable, too. Choose from frozen or fresh to cater for every occasion – because you can’t put a price on extra me-time. Subscription bundles from £18.
Beautiful food that tastes great is at the heart of
Spring Green London‘s philosophy, a food delivery service which aims to challenge perceptions of healthy eating by creating dishes that people want rather than feel they should have. Both their 3 and 5-day programmes have a strong focus on botanical superfoods and make the most of naturally-occurring nutrients to help nourish body, skin and mind. Choose between vegan, light protein and active protein plans and let the food do the talking. Spring Green is lean, clean and perfect for getting you excited about healthy eating again. From £36 per day. start the slideshow