1. ORDER A DELIVERY
Many restaurants have turned their kitchens into takeaway and delivery outfits and plenty of bars are selling beer, bottles of wine and ready-to-pour cocktails via apps. We’ll be publishing a more extensive selection of London hotspots offering delivery soon, but in the meantime, here are few initiatives we like the sound of.
Hide is offering delivery for the first time ever, allowing diners to sample Ollie Dabbous’ Michelin-starred food at home. A special menu has been created featuring dishes that travel well including roast scallop with Jerusalem artichoke and black truffle; and burrata with confit tamarillo, basil and olive oil.
Cocotte has two farm-to-table rotisseries in Notting Hill and Shoreditch and serves healthy, delicious homemade dishes using fresh, farm-grown ingredients. The team is currently offering click-and-collect Deliveroo services and has just launched e-gift vouchers.
Mac & Wild’s hearty Scottish fare is now being delivered. Available at 50% off, dishes include the ‘Veni-Moo’ burger. The restaurant is also selling a range of pre-bottled cocktails.
Coal Rooms in Peckham has launched takeaway Sunday roasts. Available to pick up or deliver within a three-mile radius, customers will be able to enjoy 40-day aged belted Galloway rumps, whole Cotswold chicken and Welsh lamb saddle, all served with beef dripping, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, leeks and Yorkshire puddings.
Hakkasan has launched Hakkasan at Home and Yauatcha Delivery, giving Londoners the option to enjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine from Hakkasan and dim sum from Yauatcha in their own homes. A selection of signature dishes and set menus from both restaurants are available to order on Supper.
Beanberry Coffee is offering fast delivery of its quality, organic coffee via its website, so customers can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at home without having to venture out. Customers can order up to 500g of fresh coffee, which will be roasted on demand and shipped straight to your door.
2. BUY A GIFT VOUCHER
If you’re looking for a birthday present, this could be something to look forward to. Many establishments are now offering vouchers with added benefits, too, such as an extra 25% off or doubling its worth. While we suggest giving your locals a helping hand, here are some of the most interesting deals in the capital.
The Little Blue Door and The Little Yellow Door have a deal on, so that vouchers purchased until the end of 25th March will be doubled in price – so if you buy £100, it will be worth £200 when the bars reopen.
Mr Fogg's has launched a variety of gift vouchers for guests looking to give a fun, alternative gift. We like the sound of the ‘Flights of Fancy’, where guests will journey through five continents and sample the finest spirits from each region with cocktails inspired by their corresponding continents.
Cub – the ingredient-led spot informed by sustainable supply and waste reduction – is now selling gift vouchers. The best deal comprises a set menu of food and drinks for two guests, which includes also an extra round of drinks and a complimentary cheese course.
Patty & Bun is giving customers the chance to buy £30 or £50 gift vouchers. In return, the team will throw in a ‘Black Card’, which entitles the owner to 10% off the total bill for life.
3. PURCHASE SOME MERCH
Smaller businesses are doing all they can to keep afloat while their kitchens are closed. Here are some fun items – from Bella Freud tea pots to witty tote bags – to show your support…
4. BUY THEIR PRODUCE
While some restaurants have switched to delivery only, others have transformed into take-out operations and makeshift delis to keep their neighbourhoods eating well. If you’re lucky enough to live locally, here are some of the best that have already launched. If you’re further away, check out their online offerings.
Social Pantry has been working around the clock to create care packages for delivery. Based in Wandsworth, anyone living within a six-mile radius will be able to purchase one. The team will be delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner supplies including eggs, fresh fruit and veg, homemade granola and a complimentary loo roll.
Bistro Union’s Adam Byatt has turned his Clapham restaurant into a community store offering free local delivery to those in isolation and discounts for the elderly. The new store is open from 8am, offering a wide range of everyday items, from dry and tinned goods as well as pulses. Fruit and fresh produce are also be available, along with a selection of wine and cleaning products.
Brat, the Michelin-starred restaurant from Tomos Parry, has transformed his site into Brat Farm, Grill & Wine Shop to support the restaurant’s staff and producers through the current crisis. Tomos and the team serves a daily-changing line-up of dishes to go, as well as stocking shelves with produce from their key suppliers for guests to purchase and cook at home.
Honey & Smoke’s Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are firing up the ovens to cook fresh and seasonal food, which they will be boxing up and hand delivering to doorsteps across London over the upcoming weeks. Those staying at home will be able to choose from a seasonal menu, with all food delivered ready to serve. The duo’s online shop, Honey & Spice, is the place to head for Middle Eastern essentials.
Wild By Tart is now selling four different hampers – and each comes with complimentary loo roll. The hampers span ‘essentials’, ‘breakfast’, ‘snacks’ and ‘survival’ and all are stocked with goodies to keep you and your family happy at home.
The Cheese Truck is hitting the road to sell DIY fondue kits and cheese and charcuterie boards. Parking up throughout the week in varying areas of London (locations and timings will be communicated via social channels beforehand), the trucks will be filled with pre-ordered kits for collection for those who want a slice of The Cheese Bar at home.
5. GET STUCK INTO A COOKBOOK
You can also make a difference by buying cookbooks. From Indian cuisine to light vegetarian dishes, here are some of the most useful, easy-to-use cookbooks out there by the chefs behind some of London’s best indie restaurants…