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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

 

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.  

 

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.   

 

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. 

 

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 Simple Pleasures menu to eat at home. Think fish soup followed by crispy confit duck leg or classic fish and chips. 

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. 

 

KENT

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. 

 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

 

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.  

 

 

OXFORDSHIRE

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. 

 

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