Looking for the best food delivery services? 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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Made In Oldstead
Behind Made In Oldstead is Tommy Banks, the chef and Yorkshireman of the Michelin-starred, much-lauded Black Swan and York’s celebrated restaurant Roots. At the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown the Great British Menu judge decided to launch a new range of food delivery hampers, packed with the very best of his kitchen. Ingredients are sourced locally, from Tommy’s family farm and from The Black Swan’s two-acre garden.
The result is a delicious box of restaurant-quality food, delivered to your doorstep every Friday – just in time for the weekend. Choose from a selection of three-course menus each week, designed for two people. Or, alternatively, go for the Weekend Box, featuring two three-course meals, or the Signature Box, with a special five-course menu and a bottle of wine.
The line-up changes every week, but my box came full of roasted tomatoes with goat’s curd, lamb shank with minestrone and a delicious lemon and pine mousse, all simple to heat up and serve in a non-professional kitchen. Unless you’re friends with Tommy, this really is the closest you can get to eating Michelin-starred food in the comfort of your own home.
From £40 a box. tommybanks.co.uk
There’s much more to Mexican food than burritos and quesadillas, which is why Katya Torres de la Rocha set up authentic food retailer MexGrocer. Used by chefs and restaurants across the UK including Annabel’s, Wahaca and Santo Remedio, MexGrocer exclusively sources quality food and drink from independent farmers and producers across Mexico. ‘Our mission is simple: the product you receive and enjoy helps support every person that put it into your hands,’ says Katya. ‘From the small-scale farmer who gets a fair price for his corn, to the company that mill and package it. We believe this sustainable model will ensure the continuation of our ancient practices of Mexican gastronomy, ensuring our culture is not lost and giving the person purchasing our product a true example of what Mexico has to offer.’
To make it all easier to navigate, the retailer has launched Best of MexGrocer kits for delivery. Inside you’ll find a selection of key ingredients such as chickpea flours, maize, hot sauce, and tajin lime and chilli seasoning – plus easy to follow recipes online.
Dine like Ottolenghi with new food delivery service Ottolenghi Ready. Available to order online for delivery or by collection from the Notting Hill and Islington stores, the offering includes a selection of wholesome, vegetable-heavy meals which simply need to be heated up in a saucepan. Think spicy confit tandoori chickpeas, braised spinach and herbs with paneer, and shakshuka with red peppers and tomatoes. Not only are they delicious and healthy, the meals have been produced using a special type of packaging which extends the shelf life of foods naturally – meaning they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 10 days. bbot.menu
Modern British restaurant Townsend (which we reviewed glowingly
here) had only been only open five weeks when lockdown struck. But that wasn’t going to stop the restaurant’s passionate team, lead by chef Joe Fox and restaurateur Nick Gilkinson. Instead, it’s launched Town-Send, a delivery service that takes its delicious menu of contemporary British dishes and serves it up in the comfort of your own home.
You can order individual items, or its incredibly good value set menu for two with wine, where you have a choice between three or four dishes for each course. I sampled its potato dumplings with brown shrimp and butter (indistinguishable from the dish I ate in the Whitechapel restaurant) and the slow cooked lamb shoulder with white beans, datterini tomatoes and green sauce, rounded off with the Eton Mess with delicious in-season strawberries.
All the produce is carefully sourced from local British farms, and packaged up alongside straightforward recipes that even the most oven-shy person can follow. What’s more, Town-Send also has an online shop for all its incredible ingredients, so you can take a leaf out of the restaurant’s book and create your own dishes from scratch.
It’s the ideal choice if you’re looking for a
date-night meal to share, without all the stress of going out. Set menu for two with red wine, £40. townsendrestaurant.co.uk
A fresh pasta dish you can prepare in under five minutes? Yes please. Nonna Tonda’s delivery boxes include everything you need to create a sumptuous Italian-inspired dinner: fresh pasta made from St Ewe eggs from Cornwall, sauce, parmesan and garnish. Boxes can be ordered for two, four or six people, with recent dishes including a fusilli with rocket pesto, green beans and Cornish new potatoes, and a beef shin ravioli.
From £6.25 for two people. nonnatonda.co.uk
Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll Kits
Dishoom’s bacon naan roll is legendary – and now you can recreate it in your own kitchen, thanks to their new at-home cookery kits. Available to order nationwide, the kit contains everything you need to make the delicious dish: smoked streaky bacon, naan doughballs, tomato-chilli jam, fresh coriander and cream cheese. Cooking instructions are supplied – along with a handy video for first-timers – alongside loose-leaf Darjeeling tea, chai spices and fresh ginger slices for brewing Chef Naved’s much-loved Masala Chai.
£16 for two. dishoom.com
For a healthy alternative to a curry takeaway try one of SpiceBox’s new make-at-home vegan curry kits, now available to order nationwide. Inside you’ll find all the ingredients needed to make either a spicy Tikka Masala or a creamy Coconut Korma – both fully plant-based – alongside a recipe card with step-by-step instructions. Each box feeds four people, and comes with a selection of tasty sides such as bhajis and dahl.
£45 per box. eatspicebox.co.uk
Firmdale Food at Home
Whether you’re looking to organise an
at-home afternoon tea, a virtual dinner party or a weekend brunch, Firmdale has got you covered with their new delivery service, which features partially prepared dishes for recipients to complete at their leisure. Choose from a selection of set menus, such as The Afternoon Tea: a selection of finger sandwiches and sweet treats, including chorizo sausage rolls, homemade scones with clotted cream, chocolate tiffin and pistachio macaron, alongside Mythical Creatures loose leaf tea. There’s also The Dinner Party, which features a lobster cocktail and Côte de boeuf, and The Sharing Board, containing a selection of charcuterie meats and cheeses. All boxes come with a step-by-step guide to cooking, ensuring precise ingredients for zero food waste. From £45 for two people. Available for most London postcodes. firmdalehotels.com
Tart at Home
Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones’ Wild By Tart is centred around local, seasonal produce, which you can now enjoy at home through their newly launched delivery service. The online store offers everything from groceries to wine to pre-cooked dishes, such as slow cooked pork ragu, tomato and harissa tart, and a range of dips and sauces.
Available for delivery within 10 miles of the restaurant, or collection. wildbytart.vmos
The Grocery List
Launched in April this year, The Grocery List is a community platform designed to bring recognition to quality local producers affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Founders Jessica Latimer and Amelia Hobson work with neighbourhood suppliers, shops and cottage industries to pull together a curated list of producers, from bakers who are trying to subsidise lost income through a kitchen table enterprise to fishermen who have lost their route to market. It’s a great way to discover and support local businesses during this difficult period.
The Mobile Newt
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
The Cheese Geek
Cheese goes hi-tech with this modern subscription service, which offers hand-picked, top quality dairy direct to your doorstep. Download the app to explore the many different boxes on offer – and join their cheese loyalty scheme, which sees users being rewarded for their purchases: a cheese lover’s dream.
Gladwin Brothers Online Store
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. gladwinbrothers.com
Riding House At Home
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. ridinghouse.cafe
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. adamhandling.co.uk
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. breadahead.com
The Ethical Butcher
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. ethicalbutcher.co.uk
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. tuckfood.com
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. fieldandflower.co.uk
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. mindfulchef.com
Abel & Cole
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. abelandcole.co.uk
Meat Me At Home
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.
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. byruby.co.uk
Wild Child Kitchen
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. wildchildkitchen.co.uk start the slideshow