Remember when food was eaten in establishments, elbow-to-elbow with other people? Us neither. And who isn’t dreaming of a big plate of silky spaghetti, a whopping sirloin or even a steaming bowl of mussels? While there are plenty of London restaurants delivering meals, there’s also a few that have pivoted and - in keeping with the times - are seeking to supply the city with fresh fruit, veg and essentials. So before you get in the queue for your local supermarket, think about supporting these London restaurants which are now either delivering groceries or supplying them in their 'shops'.
The Parlour in Kensal
Once a cute coffee shop and cheerful little restaurant, The Parlour has done a 180 to land on its feet as a neighbourhood shop. If you’re in the Kensal Town area, wander over to the space (which is open 10am - 4pm) to see what they’ve got in stock. It changes daily, but if you’re in luck, there’s freshly baked hot cross buns, oat milk, yeast, and plenty of meat. Keep an eye on their Facebook for updates.
You most probably know Jaguar Shoes Collective thanks to their mix of quirky, art-filled bars, but now the East London gang are turning their hand to groceries. The team have created a food ‘n’ drink box that can be delivered the next day to certain postcodes (full list on their site) or collected from The Victoria in Dalston. And along with the usual flour, eggs and vegetables, you can also add beers, wines, and some very cool t-shirts onto your order.
The Quality Chop House
Admittedly, this London institution already had a shop, but now that you can’t visit The Quality Chop House, there’s all the more reason to check out their produce. Ensuring social distancing and safety measures, the shop is open Wednesday - Sunday (9am - 4pm) with deliveries taking place on Thursdays. There’s a minimum £60 spend for deliveries, but with goodies such as the restaurant’s famous pies, wine boxes and servings of kale, chickpea and potato curry, that shouldn’t be too hard to meet.
Formerly known as Top Cuvée, this Highbury hangout has had a facelift to become Shop Cuvée. If your usual shopping order is missing a bit of zest, this is the London restaurant supermarket for you, with bottled cocktails from some of the city’s best bars, sticky toffee puddings, and packages for birthdays. There’s delivery options, as well as a physical shop, the latter of which is open 1pm - 7pm.
The crafty guys behind one of London’s best burgers (The Veni-Moo if you’re bookmarking for a later date), are giving the country a taste of Mac & Wild during the Covid-19 lock-down. While the Fitzrovia and Liverpool Street restaurants are shut, you can grab their Highlands produce online, with plenty of Scottish meat, bottled cocktails and whisky to go round.
We’ll be the first bouncing up to this Shoreditch hotel’s rooftop once everything is over, but while we wait? We can still stock up during the Coronavirus crisis. Head over to Deliveroo if you’re in parts of East and North London to find Boundary’s list of supplies. If you’re early enough, there’s daily baked pastries from on-site Albion, alongside essentials such as pasta, rice, eggs, and boujee tins of biscuits.
If you’re self-isolating in Richmond and nearby, Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries has turned its hand to delivery and collection. Sourcing from the family farm in Devon, the company is selling organic meat, fresh fruit and veg, and craft beers. From further afield, there’s a choice of Italian charcuterie and cheese, pasta, olive oil and wines.
Better known for their delicious gyros, The Athenian has done a switcheroo to Deliveroo groceries of the Greek variety. Delivering across London, including in White City, Battersea, and Canary Wharf, the team has got high quality Greek goods on offer, including hummus, pita bread, and olives.
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