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Weathering the storm: Restaurants offering takeaway and delivery

Fish and chips at St Tudy Inn, Image: theheadthetail.com

In these uncertain times, many restaurants are pivoting to offer takeaway dishes for home delivery or collection. Here’s our round-up of GFG entries that are diversifying in order to keep the nation fed and - we hope - their businesses afloat

 

BERKSHIRE

The Beehive, White Waltham
This hugely popular country pub is offering ‘call and collect’ and local delivery on ready-made dishes to enjoy at home. 

The Blackbird, Bagnor
For the takeaway menu at his agreeable 17th-century inn, chef Dom Robinson has kept things beautifully simple. With only three choices for each course, you’ll still have a tough time deciding between, say, braised beef cheek with mashed potatoes or fresh pasta with wild mushrooms and truffle for mains. Sundays bring roasts - perhaps pork belly with all the trimmings. Call to place an order for local delivery or collection from noon to 7pm daily.  

 

BRISTOL

The Cauldron, Bristol
This lively fire-fuelled neighbourhood restaurant has launched an online store providing ‘provision boxespacked with meat, charcoal, veg and other goodies. It’s teamed up with a local taxi firm to offer contactless delivery.  

Wilsons, Bristol
You’ll have to be quick if you want to nab one of the interactive ingredient boxes available for collection each Friday from this hyper-seasonal modern bistro. Jan Ostle & Mary Wilson create a weekly menu using ingredients from their best suppliers as well as from their own farm. Customers receive an easy to follow recipe as well as access to a video cookery class led by Jan. The first boxes included beetroot plucked from the ground that morning to be served alongside duck and pommes Anna. Order by Thursday for collection between noon and 6pm the next day.

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Vanderlyle, Cambridge
This largely plant-based newcomer is offering meal boxes for delivery. Using the fabulous produce from its local supply base, typical contents might include smoked yellow pea houmous with sourdough focaccia, vegetable lasagne and a lime and basil tart. Order via Tock.   

 

CORNWALL

St Tudy Inn, St Tudy
From 8 April, the Old Bar at this ‘lovely pub’ is turning into a supply store offering provisions, oven-to-table dishes, cakes, puddings and much else. Friday evenings mean fish and chips, which is just as well as the St Tudy version has been described as ‘a cut above the norm’. View the menu and place an order here.

 

CUMBRIA

Rogan & Co, Cartmel
Simon Rogan’s ambitious restaurant has turned its attention to preparing home meals for the surrounding Cartmel community. Not only will £5 buy you the likes of game ragout with pearl barley or a butterbean cassoulet, but a proportion of proceeds goes to providing meals for vulnerable locals. 

 

DEVON

The Elephant, Torquay
Chef proprietor Simon Hulstone is offering a takeaway service three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from his high-end seaside venue. Recent dishes have included wild garlic chicken kiev with spring vegetable slaw and fillet of Brixham hake with hand-rolled gnocchi. It’s great value at £17 for two courses. Order in advance and collect on the day between 1pm and 3pm.  

 

DORSET

Brassica, Beaminster
It doesn’t get more comforting than spicy dhal soup, beef shin with polenta or vanilla rice pudding. This 2020 Best Local Restaurant regional winner is offering local Saturday delivery on a range of classic dishes. Order by midnight on Wednesday. 

Roots, Bournemouth
Jan Bretschneider has adapted his high-end modern restaurant to create Grocery Roots  selling veg boxes plus a few essential ingredients. Check Facebook for details and to arrange a staggered collection. 

 

GREATER MANCHESTER

Lily’s Vegetarian Indian Cuisine, Ashton-under-Lyne
The vibrant flavours of this hugely popular plant-based canteen can now be enjoyed for home delivery. What’s more, NHS staff can get a 20% discount on collection orders over £15. 

 

HAMPSHIRE & THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Elderflower, Lymington
Andrew du Bourg may have shut up shop temporarily, but you can still order from the takeaway menu menu to eat at home. Think fish soup followed by herb-crusted rack of lamb or classic fish and chips. If the sun is shining, order barbecue favourites including harissa tiger prawns or a rack of sticky ribs.  

The Little Gloster, Gurnard, Isle of Wight
Our Best Local Restaurant overall winner has launched its ‘At Home’ service bringing everything from Mormor’s SOS chicken soup (a recipe handed down by co-owner Ben Cooke’s Danish granny) to slow-roasted Isle of Wight venison ragu cannelloni. Free local delivery with a minimum spend of £30. 

Thompson’s, Newport, Isle of Wight
Chef and owner Robert Thompson has always made the most of the local larder and his three takeaway menus are no different: whether you’re after the three-course Weekend Treat, two-course Easter Sunday Session, or the laidback RT Midweek for two, you can expect dishes that showcase island produce including asparagus, tomatoes and wild garlic. Menus are released on Sunday; order by 6pm on Tuesday at 6pm for Saturday or Sunday delivery. You’ll even find online videos to show you how to finish off and serve the dishes so you can pass them off as your own. 

The Wellington Arms, Baughurst
'The Welli Deli' at this whitewashed country inn is open for takeaway meals and other goodies. Think twice-baked Cheddar soufflés with homegrown spinach and Parmesan or  Moroccan spiced chicken with chickpeas and butternut squash or classic cottage pie. You may even be lucky enough to pick up a bag of the pub’s homegrown salad leaves or freshly baked sourdough. Check Instagram for updates. 

 

HERTFORDSHIRE

The Cricketers, Weston
This 19th-century village pub has fired up its pizza ovens once more to bring grateful locals a taste of Napoli to take away from Wednesday to Sunday. The ‘Big Night In’ includes any pizza, two sides and a bottle of wine. Add in some some pork belly ribs made at sister venue Hermitage Road to make it a feast to remember. Advance phone orders only.

 

KENT

Chapter One, Locksbottom
Missing your Saturday night dinner date? Andrew McLeish’s well-established restaurant has got you covered. Order online by 3pm on Friday and you could be tucking into the likes of treacle-cured salmon, beef wellington and chocolate marquise the following evening. Chapter One’s famed Sunday roasts are also available to take away (order by 3pm on Friday for Saturday collection) and you can add in ready-to-heat meals for the freezer.

The Goods Shed, Canterbury
This renowned restaurant, based in the farmer’s market of the same name, is offering ready-to-eat meals to reheat or freeze from its kitchens in a former railway shed next to Canterbury West station. Check its Twitter feed @The_Goods_Shed for an up-to-date order form which might include the likes of seafood chowder or braised shoulder of lamb. 

The Small Holding, Kilndown
Will Devlin, our current ‘Chef to Watch’ isn’t resting on his laurels during lockdown. Lucky locals from Tunbridge Wells and surrounding postcodes can order veg boxes, hampers and more from the talented owner of this fiercely seasonal restaurant. Treat yourself to the likes of Will’s handmade wild garlic pesto, pickled eggs, sourdough bread and butter. The BBQ boxes offer a veritable feast for two and you can throw in some local ales while you’re at it. Order by Wednesday at 5pm for delivery on Friday or Saturday. 

 

LONDON 

24 The Oval, Oval SW9
This handy neighbourhood restaurant has launched a ‘Call & Collect’ service (Weds to Sat) for some of its classic dishes. How about ox cheek croquettes with fermented wild garlic mayonnaise or vault mushroom and coolea wellington? Collection times are staggered and there’s also a community shop selling local produce and Oval Brewery beer with distancing measures in place. 

Artusi, Peckham SW15 & Marcella, Deptford SE8
This Bellenden ‘village’ favourite and its younger Deptford offshoot have joined forces to bring Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday home delivery to anyone living between the South Circular and the Thames. There’s fresh pasta and sauces - choose from classic pomodoro, puttanesca or beef shin ragu - plus rosemary foccacia and even tiramisu to round things off. See Instagram for details. 

Babur, Forest Hill SE23
This welcoming neighbourhood Indian is offering its flavour-packed dishes via Babur to Go. They’ll even coordinate multi-address delivery so if you have friends who live locally, you can use your favourite video calling app and dine together from the comfort of your respective homes.  

Benares, Mayfair W1
This contemporary Indian restaurant on Berkeley Square has teamed up with the Supper app and website to bring its accomplished cooking to your home. Order from a selection of street food dishes, including aloo tikki chaat, as well as curries and biryanis. Fellow Mayfair restaurants Hakkasan and Hide are also on the Supper app. 

Bistro Union, Clapham SW4
Adam Byatt’s popular Abbeville ‘village’ restaurant has converted to a community shop selling freshly cooked meals alongside dried goods and essentials. There’s free and contactless delivery for the elderly and vulnerable. 

Coal Office, King’s Cross N1
‘Tomorrow’ is a fresh food hub bringing produce from farms in Dorset, Kent and Cornwall to north Londoners. Either pick up ingredients and follow the daily recipes, or pre-order the cooked version. Alongside Coal Office’s freshly baked bread, you’ll find daily changing soups, stews and salads plus fresh fruit and veg, all with 50% off for NHS staff. Order today for pickup - you guessed it - tomorrow.  

Darby’s, Battersea SW11
The on-site bakery at Robin Gill’s vast restaurant in the shadows of the American Embassy is still producing its Insta-worthy sourdough. While you’re there, pick up the likes of Dexter beef pie or cacio e pepe pasta sauce to cook at home. Don’t miss the malted barley and Kahlua parfait for afters. Check Instagram for the day’s menu. 

Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden WC2
Can’t wait to get your fix of those cheese doughnuts – the ones  worthy of their own Insta account? Well now you don’t have to as Scottish chef Adam Handling has launched Hame, a home delivery and collection service from his Southampton Street restaurant. With 48 hours’ notice (Thur to Sun) you can tuck into beef wellington or pheasant pot pie for four, served with clotted cream mash and veg. Delivery within 10 miles. 

Hill & Szrok, Hackney E8
This top-end butcher’s shop is offering a delivery or collection service on its quality, small herd meats as well as select pre-prepared dishes. Look out for the likes of confit duck or rib-sticking porchetta as well as fresh pasta from one of its restaurant neighbours, Ombra. See Instagram for the latest releases.

La Fromagerie, Marylebone W1 
While the doors of this cheese shop par excellence may be closed, you can still place an email order for its fresh soups, oven dishes, pasta sauces and, bien sûr, its fromages. Order by 9am for at-the-door collection from its Marylebone or Highbury sites, or check the website to see if their vans deliver to your area. 

Lupins, Borough SE1
This modern European restaurant in Flat Iron Square has launched its ‘Women on Wheels’ delivery service, using mopeds to get its ‘sunshine food’ around the capital. How about a salad of roast beetroot, feta and quinoa with housemade pitta or beef meatballs in arrabiata sauce? Check the website for the menu then call or email to order.   

The Oystermen, Covent Garden, WC2
Rob Hampton and Matt Lowell, aka The Oystermen, are using their fabulous supply base to deliver fresh fish, free range meat, fruit and veg all over London and slightly beyond if you happen to live in Matt’s corner of the world, Beaconsfield. Check their produce list here then call or email to place an order. 

Parlour, Kensal Green NW10
This foodie pub has transformed into Parlour’s Market Place, open daily from 10am to 4pm offering a selection of frozen meals, fresh produce and baked goods for collection. Budding home bakers can pick up a pot of sourdough starter and there’s cookie dough for the kids.  Sundays may bring roasts to eat at home, such as slow-cooked shoulder of lamb and gravy.

Sorella, Clapham SW4
Robin Gill’s easy-going neighbourhood Italian is now serving up a range of dishes to be heated up at home. Available to collect each day from Wednesday to Saturday, the menu includes the likes of rotolo with fresh ricotta and spring greens or cacio e pepe sauce. There’s even fresh sourdough if you’re quick enough. Check Instagram for the latest dishes.

Pidgin, Hackney
You can still expect top-notch seasonal ingredients from ‘Homing Pidgin’, the takeaway service from this London Fields favourite. There’s a weekly changing menu for £25 for three courses. Typical dishes might include cold-smoked mackerel with charred asparagus and a yuzu kosho buttermilk dressing or crispy fried cauliflower with a tom yum emulsion. 

 

GREATER LONDON

Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond 
The famed garden centre ‘café’ has launched an online grocery service offering produce from varied suppliers as well as from its own organic farm in Devon. Don’t miss the chance to have freshly harvested British asparagus, bacon and beef delivered straight to your door (west and south-west London postcodes). 

 

MERSEYSIDE

Delifonseca Dockside, Liverpool
Though its restaurant may be shut, you can still order for delivery to central and south Liverpool from this dockside food hall. Order online to get deli goodies, fresh fruit and veg direct to your home within 48 hours. They’ve even put together an ‘isolation bundle’ containing five frozen meals. Choose from mutton and spinach curry or an aubergine and lentil moussaka, among others.  

 

NORFOLK

The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe
Crisp-edged stone-baked pizzas are back on the menu at this roadside spot, this time to take away. From Wednesday to Sunday, you can pre-order the likes of the Meaty Farmer (ham, pepperoni, chorizo and peppers) or The Jolly Goat (goat’s cheese, red onion marmalade, olives and rocket). Throw in a side of prawn toast and a bottle of ale from the local Brancaster Brewery and you’re all set. 

 

 

OXFORDSHIRE

The Eagle Tavern, Little Coxwell
Regulars of this late Victorian boozer will be delighted to know they can now get the must-have starter, Oxford Blue, to take away. This cross between a panna cotta and a savoury brûlée involving the namesake cheese is one of a small selection of dishes available to order online. Follow it with shoulder of lamb or mi goreng and finish with strudel. Pick up by 7pm.  

Orwells, Shiplake
Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman have turned their high-end modern restaurant near Henley-on-Thames into Orwells Community Shop selling ready meals, freshly baked bread and fresh produce for next day delivery or collection. Visit the website for more details and to place an order. 

The Star Inn, Sparsholt
This comfortable country inn is making the most of its fabulous local suppliers by offering a call and collect takeaway service. Try the market fish of the day with cauliflower and lentil saag aloo or go classic with beef stew and mash. There’s even fresh bread straight from the oven. 

 

SUFFOLK

The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
Locals needn’t miss out on Chris Lee’s robustly classic cooking as the chef is stocking the Bildeston Village stores with decadent dauphinoise potatoes, homely steak pies and delicious curries. On Saturday, there’s fresh pasta with traditional ragu. Check Instagram for updates.

 

WARWICKSHIRE

The Woodsman, Stratford upon Avon
If you’re lucky enough to live near the GFG’s Best New Entry UK, you can take advantage of The Woodsman at Home, a menu of delicious fully finished meals available for delivery within three miles of its Stratford base. There’s muntjac ragu with pappardelle and aged Parmesan, Norfolk chicken kiev and The Woodsman’s famous ‘dirty mash’. View the menu here then call 01789 331535 to place an order.   

 

WILTSHIRE

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, West Hatch
This delightful Local Gem is offering fresh produce and pre-cooked meals to heat at home or pop in the freezer. How about wild garlic and bay lasagne or sausage and butterbean cassoulet? You can even order one of their popular Pytfire Suppers every Friday during lockdown. They offer home delivery to the Shaftesbury and Tisbury areas or pick up from their ‘safe shop’ (distancing measures are in place) from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday.  

 

YORKSHIRE

Host, Ilkley
A new entry to the GFG this year, this delightful restaurant is offering delicious ready meals  and freshly baked sourdough to take away with delivery via the Pronto Ilkley app. Check Instagram for the latest menus.

The Moorcock Inn, Sowerby Bridge
A former Best New Entry, this rural pub will continue to make the most of its two-acre garden and exceptional local produce by offering wood-fired pizzas, salads, crispy smoked potatoes and cartons of house-made ice cream for delivery within a four-mile radius or collection from Wednesday 25 March. In addition, there will be a range of ready meals to reheat at home. Find out more here.   

 

SCOTLAND 

MID-SCOTLAND & FIFE

The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry
This convivial family-run restaurant beneath the Forth Bridge is running a ‘wee delivery service’. Try its French-inflected dishes made using prime Scottish produce by calling in your order. Phone lines open on Monday for Wednesday delivery or contactless pickup; or Thursday for Saturday morning delivery. See the full menu and order details here.

 

WALES

Hare & Hounds, Aberthin
Our 2019 Best Local Restaurant regional winner has launched an evening takeaway menu which might feature Torgelly Farm massaman curry or HPA beer-battered fish and triple-cooked chips. Delivery is free for orders over £30 with a four-mile radius with 50% off for NHS staff and 25% off for the over-70s. Check Twitter for details. 

 

We're constantly updating this list, so if you know of any GFG restaurants offering takeaway for delivery or collection that we've not mentioned yet, tweet us @GoodFoodGuideUK