Times are tough for eating out – but luckily, Britain’s hospitality industry truly delivers when it comes to dining, and drinking, at home.
Talented chefs, cocktail makers and wine experts up and down the country have adapted to the lockdown and made their offerings available to be enjoyed at home, through doorstep deliveries and click-and-collect schemes. And here we showcase some of the very best, from DIY meal kits from two-Michelin-star chefs to bottled cocktails from world-renowned bars.
This guide has four sections – general food, Christmas, afternoon teas and drinks. Scroll down to see what you fancy your taste buds being tickled by… in the comfort of your own home.
FOOD – GENERAL
Two-Michelin-star Le Gavroche (pictured) offers ‘at home’ boxes for delivery nationwide via Lake District Farmers
An example of a takeaway from Le Gavroche
Top chefs Michel Roux Jr, head chef at the two-Michelin-star Le Gavroche in London, and Jason Atherton, whose Pollen Street Social restaurant in the capital has one Michelin Star, offer super-tasty ‘At Home’ boxes for home delivery, via their meat supplier, Lake District Farmers.
The boxes, which start at £130, contain everything needed to serve a seriously mouthwatering three-course meal for two people at home, with bread and petit fours. The boxes contain part-prepared dishes created in the chefs’ Michelin-starred kitchens using top-grade meat from Lake District Farmers.
The hard work has been done in advance, and the boxes arrive cleverly packed with all meal components and instructions on creating the finished dishes. Available nationwide from www.lakedistrictfarmers.co.uk/boxes, with menus changing weekly.
Revered London restaurant The Wolseley offers iconic ‘at home’ experiences through its ‘home dining’ service of refrigerated restaurant meals ready to heat up – think wiener schnitzel and coq au Riesling – and its ‘home entertainment’ menu, offering ‘large celebratory dishes made for spectacular dinner party dining’, such as whole beef wellington and salmon coulibiac. Home dining is available nationwide and home entertainment options within eight miles of SW1W 8AX. Visit www.thewolseley.com/home-delivery for more. There is a minimum order of £40.
Venerated Mayfair stalwart Sketch sells four DIY meal kits, including an a la carte menu (from £13). Available to order for collection from Sketch at 9 Conduit Street, Monday to Sunday. Or you could have it couriered from the restaurant’s preferred service – Prestige Cars & Couriers (email@example.com). Visit shop.sketch.london/.
Super-swanky Knightsbridge hotel The Berkeley has pedalled its way into the home delivery market in delightful style, offering breakfasts delivered by bicycle, with bottles of Champagne an option. The menus cost £15 or £24 per person and are available for delivery in the SW1X area and collection from the hotel – Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL – seven days a week, from 8–11am. The service will run until January 2021. To place an order, visit www.the-berkeley.co.uk/whats-new/breakfast-in-bed-by-the-berkeley or call The Berkeley on 020 7201 1653.
Revered London restaurant The Wolseley, pictured, offers iconic ‘at home’ experiences through its ‘home dining’ service
Super-swanky Knightsbridge hotel The Berkeley has pedalled its way into the home delivery market
Neighbourhood Peckham restaurant Levan, pictured, delivers wonderfully delicious takeaways
A fan of legendary chef Joel Robuchon? Le Comptoir Robuchon, the Mayfair restaurant endorsing the legacy of Mr Robuchon with ‘modern, innovative and seasonal recipes’, has launched home delivery for the first time through platforms Supper London and Deliveroo. Visit www.robuchonlondon.co.uk/le-comptoir.
The author can also recommend the home-delivered food rustled up by acclaimed neighbourhood Peckham restaurant Levan. It’s wonderfully delicious. A beef bourguignon sharing menu for two costs £59, with tasty extras also available, such as chicken liver parfait (£7.90), caramelised onion brioche (£4.90) and crushed potatoes with tarragon dressing (£4.90). Visit www.levanlondon.co.uk for more or call 020 7732 2256.
Caravan is another London eatery with a well-deserved reputation for great food – and now the whole nation can enjoy it thanks to a cunning nationwide delivery service. Discerning Britons are currently riding the Korean culture wave, eating more Kimchi than ever before (exports from Korea to the UK are up 23 per cent) – and Caravan has caught on, offering a Kimchi pancake brunch box (£39) alongside a baked eggs version (£36), available through greatfood2u.co.uk/restaurant/caravan. And there’s more from Caravan available through Deliveroo.
Burger lovers need look no further than home delivery DIY kits from renowned London restaurant Honest, which supplies kits nationwide for £16.00, plus £6 for delivery. Visit shop.honestburgers.co.uk/products/honest-at-home. And through Plateaway you can order a Shakeshack burger kit. Who knew?
An example of Levan’s home delivery meal for two. Visit www.levanlondon.co.uk for more or call 020 7732 2256
Burger lovers need look no further than home delivery DIY kits from renowned London restaurant Honest
For continental cuisine, you’re well and truly covered.
Flour & Grape, based in the Bermondsey area of London and famous for its indulgent and authentic pasta, has launched Flour & Grape At Home. Deluxe pasta dishes to cook up at home in less than 10 minutes are available to collect from the restaurant, or those lucky enough to live within a five-mile radius of the famous pasta powerhouse can have it delivered it straight to their door. MailOnline Travel’s verdict? Ten out ten. Visit www.flourandgrape.com.
For nationwide pasta kit deliveries, Pasta Evangelists is a superb choice. Visit pastaevangelists.com.
Flour & Grape, based in the Bermondsey area of London and famous for its indulgent and authentic pasta, has launched Flour & Grape At Home
Chinese fan? Restaurant-quality authentic Chinese meals can be delivered to doorsteps nationwide courtesy of Liverpool’s Lu Ban Restaurant
Lucky Londoners, meanwhile, can order perfect pizzas and lush lasagnas from Napoli Gang, run by the team that brought the capital hit restaurants Gloria and Circolo. Visit napoligang.co.uk for more.
MailOnline Travel has sampled Iberica’s offering, available nationwide and created by top chef Nacho Manzano, and was very impressed. Our box included Juan Pedro Domecq Iberico bellota ham, Cecina de Leon air-cured beef, Iberico ham croquettes and pitu chicken rice. Yum.
MailOnline Travel has sampled Iberica’s offering, available nationwide and created by top chef Nacho Manzano, and was very impressed
Lucky Londoners can order perfect pizzas and lush lasagnas from Napoli Gang, run by the team that brought the capital hit restaurants Gloria and Circolo
For Greek food try www.therealgreek.com. Its DIY Souvlaki Kits are available nationwide and come with a set of easy instructions and all the ingredients needed, from homemade tzatziki to the restaurant’s original wrapping paper.
A hat tip, too, for the Ottolenghi Ready operation, which delivers the restaurant’s Mediterranean cuisine to homes across London. Visit ottolenghiready.slerp.com/order.
Aficionados of Asian cuisine pay attention, because chef Masaki Sugisaki’s lauded Chelsea Japanese spot Dinings SW3 delivers DIY courses to within a three-mile radius and offers click-and-collect. Visit www.diningssw3.co.uk. Glamorous Knightsbridge restaurant Sumosan Twiga also does home delivery. Visit supper.london/restaurants/sumosantwiga.
For epic Sunday roasts try West London pub The Tommy Tucker, pictured
And Rosa’s Thai Café, which has 21 restaurants in London, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester, has launched Pad Thai DIY kits, which include everything you need to master the Pad Thai at home – Rosa’s Thai Cafe’s most popular dish. It has sold 1.4million of them. Visit greatfood2u.co.uk/restaurant/rosas-thai-cafe/.
Chinese fan? Restaurant-quality authentic Chinese meals can be delivered to doorsteps nationwide courtesy of Liverpool’s Lu Ban Restaurant and executive head chef Dave Critchley. Dishes on the ‘Heat at Home’ menu start from £10. Visit lubanrestaurant.co.uk/home-delivery for more.
Fancy settling down at home and feasting on fantastic Indian food? Former River Cafe chef Avinash Shashidhara now runs Fitzrovia restaurant Pali Hill, which has recently launched a home delivery service for the London area. The author of this article can personally vouch for Avinash’s skills in the kitchen. You won’t be disappointed. Visit palihill.co.uk for more information.
Top Indian cuisine is also available for home delivery from Kahani in Belgravia. The chef, Peter Joseph, was previously head chef at Tamarind in Mayfair, one of the world’s first Michelin-starred Indian restaurants. Visit www.kahanilondon.com. Delivery is within the M25 area.
The Dishoom team have launched a brand-new Vegan Sausage Naan Roll Kit, which is now available on the Dishoom Store for UK-wide home delivery. The plant-based kit contains everything required to enjoy two ‘first-class’ Vegan Sausage Naan Rolls with Masala Chai at home. The price is £16 excluding delivery. Visit store.dishoom.com/vegan-sausage-naan-roll-kit.
For Greek food try www.therealgreek.com. Its DIY Souvlaki Kits are available nationwide
Former River Cafe chef Avinash Shashidhara now runs Fitzrovia restaurant Pali Hill, restaurant and food pictured above, which has recently launched a home delivery service
Chic High Wycombe eaterie Lata Lata, pictured, does an ‘eat at home’ pick-up service
Do Middle Eastern flavours make your mouth water more?
Restaurant Arabica, which can be found in Borough Market and Kings Cross, can send DIY falafel kits, mezze, ready-to-bake Borek and store cupboard essentials across the country via www.arabicalondon.com.
Let’s now pivot fully away from London and explore eat-at-home options offered by businesses elsewhere.
If you’re local to the opulent Lucknam Park Hotel in Wiltshire you can collect Saturday night takeaways and spoiling Sunday roasts. To place their order, locals will need to call 01225 742777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hand Picked Hotels group has swanky properties up and down the country, from Kent to Edinburgh via the West Midlands, and offers a click and collect service of autumnal and winter treats from as little as £8.50pp.
Chic High Wycombe eaterie Lata Lata – which launched two years ago after a crowdfunding campaign – also does an ‘eat at home’ pick-up service. Owner Aimee Hunt told Mailonline Travel that ‘pivoting’ to this ‘has been a complete ballache’, but she’s confident ‘it breaks the mould a little’. She added: ‘Our customers seem to like it and it’s been truly cockle-warming to see their continued support in a pretty tumultuous time.’ Visit www.latalata.co.uk.
Residents of Greater Manchester can enjoy an at-home Sunday lunch kit created by the five-star Lowry Hotel’s award-winning Executive Head Chef, Dave Ashton. It costs £40 for two and is available via pick-up or delivery. Orders can be placed via the hotel’s website.
In the North East, Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne offers click-and-collect ‘hearty dishes using fresh local produce’ from £21. Visit www.blackfriarsathome.co.uk. And the city’s Michelin-starred House of Tides has introduced ‘@Home food boxes’. There is a weekly changing menu and all food boxes can be kept in the fridge for up to two days before using. Delivery is available to NE1, NE15, NE20 and NE34 postcodes only for a flat rate of £12. Visit www.houseoftides.co.uk/shop.
If you’re local to the opulent Lucknam Park hotel in Wiltshire you can collect Saturday night takeaways and spoiling Sunday roasts
Residents of Greater Manchester can enjoy an at-home Sunday lunch kit created by the five-star Lowry Hotel’s award-winning Executive Head Chef, Dave Ashton. Pictured is how the hotel presents it…
Newcastle’s Michelin-starred House of Tides has introduced ‘@Home food boxes’
The Hand Picked Hotels group has swanky properties up and down the country, from Kent to Edinburgh via the West Midlands, and offers a click-and-collect service. Pictured is the chain’s Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon
Caravan offers a Kimchi pancake brunch box (£39), pictured left, alongside a baked eggs version (£36), pictured right. They are available nationwide
Superstar chef Simon Rogan, who runs the two-Michelin-star L’Enclume and one-star Rogan & Co in the Cumbrian village of Cartmel, now delivers three-course classics nationwide (pictured)
Over in the Lake District, The Yan, famed for its exceptional comfort food, with everything made from scratch, right down to the ketchup, now offers The Yan Untethered – a nationwide delivery service taking comfort food like shepherd’s pie and bread and butter pudding to the doorsteps of people all over the country. Visit shop.theyan.co.uk.
And superstar chef Simon Rogan, who runs the two-Michelin-star L’Enclume and one-star Rogan & Co in the Cumbrian village of Cartmel, now delivers three-course classics nationwide. Visit simonroganathome.co.uk.
In Scotland allow us to draw your attention to the excellent Cairn café in Kilmacolm, just west of Glasgow, a very popular neighbourhood restaurant that’s beginning to get national recognition. MailOnline Travel stopped by during a Scottish road trip this year and we were blown away.
Owner David Armour said: ‘Our aim was always to create that “Daily Spot”, where the coffee, the service, the flavours were always on point. One of our longest-serving menu items is a perfect example of this. Affectionately known in-house as “The Black Pudding Stack”, we take a crispy morning roll, smother it top and bottom with our house-made chorizo jam and layer in North Ayrshire Black Pudding topped with a fried egg. It’s a flavour bomb – and the troops love it!’ Visit cairn-kilma.com. Click-and-collect only.
The excellent Cairn café in Kilmacolm, just west of Glasgow, is a very popular neighbourhood restaurant that’s beginning to get national recognition
You’ve had a hard year. So this Christmas put your feet up and let the nation’s chefs sort out the festive feast.
Hilton is ‘making it easy for you to have the perfect festive family dinner’ with its ‘Christmas Unhampered’ package – a chilled box that includes a turkey wellington and all the trimmings. The £150 box can feed a family of six and just needs to be cooked at home. Five pounds from every sale will be donated to Hospitality Action. Collect the meal from your local Hilton – 22 Hilton hotels are participating across the UK. Contact email@example.com or 01226 337 506 to order. Place your order between now and December 15 and collect between December 23 and 24. To find out more follow @tasteofhilton.
In Yorkshire, the talented team at The Black Bull, in Sedbergh, is offering click-and-collect and nationwide delivery for Christmas meals. Click here for more.
Ho ho ho my word: The Black Bull in Sedbergh is offering click-and-collect and nationwide delivery for Christmas meals
Wedgwood the Restaurant in Edinburgh, meanwhile, is one of the few independent restaurants in Scotland to offer UK-wide delivery of its festive five-course menu throughout December. The menu, which has been designed to finish at home (video tutorial is included), will feature locally sourced grouse ham, smoked halibut and pheasant breast and is priced at £125 for two. Visit www.wedgwoodtherestaurant.co.uk.
Other ‘at home’ chef-prepared Christmas meals are available from The Kimpton hotel in Edinburgh (Edinburgh deliveries only); The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh, owned by the BBC’s Great British Menu finalist, Roberta Hall-McCarron and husband Shaun McCarron (Edinburgh postcodes only, EH1 – EH16); Cail Bruich in Glasgow (delivery to all G postcodes within Glasgow); and Shoryu Ramen, which delivers Japanese cuisine around England, Wales and parts of Scotland.
The Rockpool, a beachside restaurant beautifully positioned between the dunes of Gwithian and Godrevy in Cornwall, is offering Christmas dinner, freshly prepared, pre-cooked and boxed in sustainable packaging, ready to reheat on the big day. Single courses are priced at £18pp or £32pp for a decadent three-course feast. Meals can be collected or delivered up to 20 miles away. Visit therockpoolbar.co.uk/food.
Noilly Prat, the original French vermouth, has partnered with MasterChef UK finalist Yann Florio to create an exclusive festive French fine dining experience that can be delivered straight to your door this December. The meal delivery kit ‘comes with everything you need to create a French-inspired five-course festive feast’. It’s priced at £75 per head (minimum two people) and available nationwide. Visit www.bonnefranquette.co.uk.
Several of the hotels, restaurants and partnerships mentioned further up also offer Christmas meals, from Jason Atherton and the Lake District Farmers to Hand Picked Hotels and Côte at Home.
Noilly Prat French vermouth has partnered with MasterChef UK finalist Yann Florio to create an exclusive festive French fine dining experience that can be delivered straight to your door this December. Yann is pictured here with the spread
No need to sleigh-ve over a hot stove at Christmas: Côte at Home does festive fodder (pictured)
Wedgwood the Restaurant in Edinburgh is one of the few independent restaurants in Scotland to offer UK-wide delivery of its festive five-course menu (pictured)
London’s Gentlemen Baristas coffee house can deliver an expertly crafted afternoon tea for two – nationwide
An at-home afternoon tea experience has been created by the world’s best pastry chef, Albert Adria and his first UK restaurant, Cakes & Bubbles in London’s Hotel Café Royal. Adria, of El Bulli fame, has masterminded a parade of ‘exceptional’ desserts and pastries, including his incredible ‘Cheese Cake’ invention, made with Baron Bigod cheese, hazelnut and white chocolate. The tea is accompanied by a bottle of Sophie Baron Grand Reserve Champagne. It costs £100pp and is available for delivery via Slerp and Supper to those that live within an eight-mile radius of the hotel’s Regent Street location. Visit www.hotelcaferoyal.com/afternoontea.
London’s Gentlemen Baristas coffee house offers a ‘very special expertly crafted afternoon tea for two’ for £30 that’s available for delivery nationwide, which includes some of its most-popular cakes, coffees and slices, and ‘scrumptious sandwiches made from the finest locally-sourced ingredients’. See the full menu here.
The Chesterfield Mayfair Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea is now available for collection or delivery. It includes a selection of ‘delicious finger sandwiches’ and sweet treats such as Apple Jelly Snowballs, Gingerbread Man Cupcakes and Chocolate Yule Logs. Alongside these treats you can sip on warming teas, including a Chesterfield Chocolate tea. The tea costs from £40 for the traditional tea or £21.50 for the Children’s Afternoon Tea. Delivery is available from £10 to W1, SW1 and SW3 London postcodes only. More at www.chesterfieldmayfair.com/afternoon-tea.
London’s historic Waldorf Hilton hotel is brewing up, too. Its afternoon tea comes complete with a selection of sandwiches and savouries including smoked salmon, honey roast ham, mint crème fraiche and mature cheddar. It also includes The Waldorf Hilton’s Fairtrade Hope and Glory tea, handpicked from Sri Lanka. Those with a sweet tooth can look forward to an array of treats including classic and raisin scones with clotted cream and jam, all served alongside a bottle of POP Pommery Champagne. Bookings for Waldorf’s Afternoon Tea delivery are available to book via the Supper app, priced at £50 for two people. It’s available to be delivered within a three-mile radius of the hotel’s Aldwych location. Visit supper.london/restaurants/waldorfhilton.
London’s historic Waldorf Hilton delivers an afternoon tea that comes complete with a selection of sandwiches and savouries
One of London’s finest and most innovative wine bars – Vagabond (pictured) – now delivers nationwide
We know that for many of you, this is the business end of the feature.
And you’ll be extremely pleased to hear that some of Britain’s most talented cocktail makers and wine experts are distributing top-end beverages.
Let’s start with one of London’s finest and most innovative wine bars – Vagabond.
MailOnline Travel has long been a fan of its bars, where you can try up to 100 wines, grouped by style, by the glass. Now it has an online shop where you can buy ‘crisp whites’, ‘aromatic whites’, ‘elegant’ reds and more, by the bottle.
It even has its own resident ‘wine genius’, Colin. You can message him on the site’s ‘Ask Colin’ microsite for a more tailored quaffing service. Vagabond’s delivery radius is nationwide.
Another personal wine service available nationwide can be found via Oranj, a natural wine, art and music platform.
It has teamed up with Dominic Smith, sommelier from Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant Clove Club, to curate a ‘December Sommelier Box’, which contains five hard-to-find natural wines from small producers, which are delivered with a specially commissioned piece of art, inspired by the wines, and a DJ set to listen to whilst drinking. Visit oranj.co.uk.
Also delivering nationwide is superb London wine bar/shop/restaurant outfit Salon. It started as a pop-up cheese shop in Brixton’s Market Row, then became a fully functioning restaurant, with a wine bar installed in 2016.
In 2017 it installed a wine shop next door, specialising in low-intervention, organic and biodynamic wines. MailOnline Travel ordered its £120 ‘strictly bangers’ box of six bottles and our socks were knocked off. Delivery is to within two miles of the restaurant.
Oranj, a natural wine, art and music platform, has teamed up with Dominic Smith (pictured), sommelier from Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant Clove Club. His delivery comes with a playlist of ideal tracks to quaff to
Superb wine bar/shop/restaurant outfit Salon delivers amazing wines to within two miles of its Brixton home. Pictured is the Salon restaurant
So far, so world-class.
And the standards stay that way with Shop Cuvee, an extraordinary one-stop-shop for food and drink established during lockdown around the corner in Highbury, London, from the restaurant mothership, Top Cuvee.
It offers amazing bottled cocktails courtesy of renowned cocktail maestro and co-owner Max Venning, who is also the co-founder of legendary bar Three Sheets, currently ranked the world’s 34th best bar.
Shop Cuvee (pictured) is an extraordinary one-stop-shop for food and drink established during lockdown around the corner in Highbury, London, from the restaurant mothership, Top Cuvee. It delivers exquisite wine and cocktails nationwide
But there’s more.
Max has used his contacts in the bar world to make Shop Cuvee a portal for bottled cocktails not just from Three Sheets, but from other top bars – Mr Lyan, Scout, Tayēr + Elementary (the world’s fifth-best bar, which also sells serves through thewhiskyexchange.com), Empirical and more.
Impressed? We are too.
But there’s more still.
Shop Cuvee’s wine offering also hits the mark in a big way, with bottles like Tillingham’s zippy Col ’19 white and Chin Chin Vinho Verde from northern Portugal.
Visit www.shopcuvee.com, which delivers nationwide for the next day, and within the hour in London.
Other establishments with astonishingly good drinks for delivery?
Lyaness bar at Sea Containers hotel on South Bank has an ‘at home’ bottled cocktail delivery service and so does East London’s lauded Coupette. Treat yourself to a classic Old Fashioned from there via Deliveroo for £10 per bottle.
Lyaness bar at Sea Containers hotel on South Bank has an ‘at home’ bottled cocktail delivery service
Pictured left is the Lyaness bar at Sea Containers. On the right is the £190 1950s negroni you can order from Experimental Group
Hawksmoor, which has restaurant-bars in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, can also send you an Old Fashioned in a bottle – a Fuller Fat Old Fashioned to be precise.
It says: ‘This irresistible cocktail combines the tastes and smells of Woodford Reserve, washed with brown butter and sweetened with tonka bean and chocolate to create the ultimate rich and indulgent digestif.’
Soho-based cocktail bar Swift has launched its own bottled cocktail delivery service through its online webshop, Speakeasy At Home, and The Gibson Bar – an ‘Edwardian Time Machine’ in Old Street, London – can deliver a luxury martini cocktail starring a pickled onion garnish. To order visit www.thegibsonbar.london.
Wahaca’s bottled Classic Margarita – made with 100 per cent agave tequila, lime juice and agave nectar and ready to shake up and pour to enjoy at home – is also worth mentioning. It’s priced at £8.75 and is available via Deliveroo.
Let’s also raise a glass to Crockers Henley restaurant and its home-batched cocktails from Manhattans to Margaritas mixed by their ex-Fat Duck mixologist, Ryan Osnowski. You’ll find the full selection of cocktails here. Available nationwide.
And last but not least, is the incredible delivery offering from hip hoteliers Experimental Group, which includes a £190 1950s negroni. Visit www.cvssevendials.com/vintage-cocktails-menu.
Wahaca’s bottled Classic Margarita, priced at £8.75 and available via Deliveroo
Hawksmoor, which has restaurant-bars in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, can send you an Old Fashioned in a bottle (left). Pictured right is a bottled home delivery cocktail from highly regarded London cocktail bar Coupette
The Gibson Bar – an ‘Edwardian Time Machine’ in Old Street, London – can deliver a luxury martini cocktail starring a pickled onion garnish (pictured)