June 11, 2020
Missing going out to eat? Then check out how some of the best restaurants in the UK are bringing their top quality cooking directly to your door
Bright – Hackney, London
The Hackney restaurant has collated its wine list with its sister ventures Noble Fine Liquor and Peg and made the extensive offer available to everyone. There’s also have a range of food provisions available including tinned anchovy fillets, Belted Galloway sirloin steaks, salted Marcona almonds and 21-month aged Comte. The food and wines are available to purchase both online at noblefineliquor.co.uk and from the restaurant, with shipping nationwide.
The Quality Chop House – Farringdon, London
Quality Chop House at Home, as the name suggests, sees restaurant dishes delivered to your door, including its black pudding and pork and chestnut terrine starters, bell heather honey cheesecake and even a whole Brixham brill. There’s also ingredient boxes on offer, such as the ‘steak night’, where QCH butcher Ritchie puts together a meaty meal for two – options include two bavette steaks or a hulking bone-in sirloin – accompanied by a portion of its dangerously delicious confit potatoes and a bottle of red wine. A snip at £30.
Address: 88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London, EC1R 3EA
The Laughing Heart – Hackney, London
You can get a taste of what this restaurant is all about either through its limited range of deli items, meal kits or weekly changing takeaway menu. Owners Charlie and Tom have been teaming up with chefs for its takeaway offer, with recent collaborations with food stylist and cook book author Olia Hercules and Nuno Mendes sharing their recipes. Every week there’s something completely different on offer – it has also done a US style buttermilk and waffle meal, a Greek-inspired feast and a Malaysian banquet – so there’s plenty for all tastes. Hot food delivery is available from Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 11pm and 2pm to 10pm on Sunday.
Address: 277 Hackney Road London, E2 8N
The less formal, nimbler sibling of Trullo now does cook-at-home pasta kits for delivery within parts of London. Choose from two of its most popular dishes: pappardelle beef shin ragu; and tagliarini tomato sauce, which can be cooked at home in less than 5 minutes.
Address: 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ
40 Maltby Street – Bermondsey, London
The restaurant-wine bar is doing a line is veg boxes, with a selection of seasonal organic vegetables from suppliers Sarah Green and Langridge Organic available to buy from its archway address on online (delivery restrictions apply). Chef Steve Williams has also made a pantry of good available to buy, including sweet and flaky pastry, brown butter cake and cheese straws.
Address: 40 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3PA
ASAP Pizza – London Bridge, London
The duo behind Lyle’s are operating New York-inspired ASAP Pizza from the ground floor of their Borough Market wine bar and bakery Flor. ASAP Pizza is the duo’s take on sourdough pizzas made with heritage British wheat with a menu that features both red and white based pizzas, with options including a take on a ‘Hawaiian’ (pickled scotch bonnet, red onion, grilled pineapple, cured pig’s cheek), a ‘Prosciutto’ featuring a homemade prosciutto cotto from Gothelney Farm down in Cornwall and the London-centric ‘On and On’ made with green onions, new season garlic, wild garlic, wild marjoram. There is also a tight range of small plate dishes including burrata, asparagus and preserved lemon; plus desserts like a classic tiramisu and ice cream sandwiches from east London’s Happy Endings.
Address: 1 Bedale St, SE1 9AL London
The Hinds Head
The Fat Duck’s more casual neighbour in Bray is running a Hinds Head at Home service, offering three-course meat or fish menus (£80 for two including a bottle of wine). Wines from The Fat Duck cellar are also available if you fancied something posher with which to wash your meal down. Also available are winter truffles, a number of its spice rubs and coffee served at The Fat Duck.
Address: High St, Bray SL6 2AB
The Harwood Arms – Fulham, London
The Harwood Arms is well known for its stellar Sunday roast, and now you can get all its elements delivered to your door on Saturday (if you order the Wednesday). The Harwood Arms Roast Box is available for home delivery across London and includes a ready to cook 500g piece of sirloin, the exact cut and size which is roasted to order when you eat at the Fulham pub. To accompany it, head chef Sally Abe and team are cooking sides such as their bone marrow and braised beef gravy; part-cooked potatoes which come with beef fat to be roasted at home; carrots baked in hay; and Yorkshire puddings. All come in their own containers ready to put into the oven with one box serving two people (£70) although a larger box for four is also available. But hold your horsess: it’s available from 20 June 20 onwards.
Address: Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW6 1QP
Hide – Mayfair, London
Mayfair restaurant Hide has created what must be one of the most comprehensive delivery services, with a regularly changing weekend set menu, weekend brunch and working lunch menu as well as a children’s menu and a large range of grazing, starters, mains and desserts to also choose from. The range on offer is impressive, from various charcuetrie and soft-shell crab tempura with Thai basil and green peppercorns; to fresh egg pasta with Cornish crab, garlic and parsley; roast Iberico pork with black pudding, mango chutney and fennel slaw; and baked aubergines with olive oil, tomato, smoked mozzarella and parmesan. Dishes range from £4, bread; olives, to £36 for its roast seven year dry-aged beef sirloin, crispy potato cake and red wine gravy.
Address: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NB
Frog by Adam Handling – Covent Garden, London
Chef Adam Handling is doing ‘Hame’ delivery providing dishes that would usually be served at the chef’s London restaurants The Frog Hoxton, Frog by Adam Handling, and Adam Handling Chelsea. Named after the Scottish word for home, Hame’s offer includes the likes of The Frog’s legendary cheese doughnuts; Nanny Sophie’s fried chicken; and whole lobster with carrot and lemongrass; and a sharing plate of beef wellington served with clotted cream mash, spring greens, and roast carrots, with the majority of dishes ranging from £20 to £40 and larger sharing meals £75 to £150. It’s all very slick: dishes come chilled and fully prepared, with customers scanning a QR code on the recipe card to see a video of Handling demonstrating how to cook all the prepared components.
Address: 34-35 Southampton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7HG
Brigadiers – The City, London
Brigadiers is bringing its Indian BBQ classic dishes to homes across London. The menu features kathi rolls and paos and also dishes from the tandoor, but we recommend the best bet is to go for one of its feasts. There are four to choose from, including its Classic Indian Thali Feast for one (£20) featuring Punjabi rarra gosht, butter chicken, Ssaag paneer served with rice, naan bread, kachumber salad and raita; and a vegetarian option. Meals are available via Deliveroo and the delivery radius includes Covent Garden, Clerkenwell, Hoxton, the City, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, and Bethnal Green.
Address: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, The City, London, EC4N 8AR
Bibendum – Chelsea, London
OK, so the two-star first floor restaurant isn’t doing delivery (chef-patron Claude Bosi’s elaborate creations are really designed to travel) but the fare at his oyster bar downstairs certainly is. Bosi is offering a new set menu every day for collection (Thursday to Sunday) with previous dishes including Cornish lobster with cocktail sauce; Brittany rabbit with mustard sauce; smoked salmon quiche, chives and horseradish cream fraiche; and Challand duck pie, with peas à la Française and ‘sauce à l’orange’. If you fancy a tipple while you’re there then its offering wine from its cellar, including a bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée 166th Edition, yours for only £295.
Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 6RD
Darby’s – Battersea, London
The team behind The Diary has transformed the hatch at their sister restaurant Darby’s into a deli, butchers and bakery featuring the best fresh produce from its favourite suppliers. There’s also a great selection of signature Darby’s dishes on offer that can be heated at home, such as salmon and smoked haddock fish pie; Dexter beer, wild garlic and confit potato pie; and pork and nduja ragu pasta sauce as well as its sourdough loaves and pastries. The hatch is open Wednesday to Saturday for collection and there is also a delivery option for people within selected SW and SE postcodes.
Address: 3 Viaduct Gardens Nine Elms, London, Sw11 7AY
Cornerstone – Hackney, London
You’ll have to wait until next month at the very earliest to get a more comprehensive taste of Tom Browns cooking, but if you can’t wait that long then the chef is giving small tasters of what Cornerstone serves, including fish charcuterie such as his treacle cured hake ‘ham’; mackerel pate with cider jelly and treacle bread; and trout gravadlax. You can also get your hands on Cornerstone’s signature raw oysters with seaweed hot sauce.
Address: 3 Prince Edward Road Hackney Wick, E9 5LX
Elystan Street – Chelsea, London
Trialled over the past few weeks and now about to go fully live, E-Street @ Your Street sees three course meals of Howard’s refined modern French food delivered across the capital Thursday through to Saturday. The food arrives prepped and neatly arranged in eco-friendly packaging. Home cooks must channel their inner sous chef and cook and plate it themselves, but detailed instructions with pictures of how the food should look are included. The dishes themselves are a little more homely than that offered in the restaurant itself, such as pea and ham soup with little ham hock wraps; roast breast of chicken with parmesan gnocchi and a sauté of new season girolles; and ravioli of scallops, langoustines and salmon with asparagus. Food is delivered by the restaurant staff themselves in postcodes close to Elystan Street and its sister restaurants Kitchen W8 in Kensington and Church Road in Barnes. Alternatively you can pick up from the restaurant.
Address: 43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT
L’Enclume – Cartmel, Cumbria
You’ll need to be a local to take advantage of L’Enclume’s food delivery service – i.e live in or around Cartmel, Grange, Allithwaite, Lindale, Cark or Flookburgh – buy if you are then you can get simple, seasonal dishes dropped at your door. Chef-patron Simon Rogan isn’t doing food in the L’Enclume mould but more of its staff meals – so expect filling, hearty dishes rather than a procession of small plates as in the restaurant. Previous dishes ave include a red wine venison stew served with roasted carrot, celeriac and leeks; a spicy chorizo and butter bean slow-cooked casserole; and cauliflower ad chickpea curry. Dishes come frozen with reheating instructions provided.
Address: Cavendish Street, Grange-over-Sands, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ
Ynyshir, Machynlleth, Powys
Having remained closed for much of lockdown, Ynyshir has suddenly burst into life one Sunday with chef Gareth Ward firing up the rotisserie and smashing out welsh lamb kebabs, thick cut chips and yuzu slushies. The first round was collection only and its unclear whether he’ll be doing any more Sunday sessions, but he has made his terikayi and hoisin sauces and katsu and shiitake ketchups available for designation delivery for those that can’t make it to the Welsh coast.
Address: Eglwys Fach Machynlleth SY20 8TA
The Elephant, Torquay
Chef-patron Simon Hulstone has not been idle during lockdown and has set up a takeaway service offering a range of two-course meals. He says they are not restaurant quality, but with recent menus featuring assiette of Iberico Pork with roasted apple, crispy potato terrine and cashew coleslaw, with a steamed lemon curd sponge pudding and Devon strawberry coulis; and new season lamb and rosemary steamed pudding served with pease pudding, glazed carrots and crispy sage and a dessert of elderflower and lemon trifle, pistachio custard and raspberry gel they are not far off. Hulstone prepares the dishes on the day which are then available for pick up from the restaurant.
Address: 3-4 Beacon Hill, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH
The Black Swan at Oldstead, Yorkshire
Tommy Banks’ rural restaurant is boxing up its brilliance with its Made in Oldteas food boxes. Each food box contains two different three-course meals with each meal serving two people, with comprehensive instructions for reheating. While it doesn’t compensate for not eating in one of the UK’s best restaurants, the carefully put together menus have an unmistakable Black Swan feel to them, with dishes such as asparagus soup with buttermilk and herb oil; and damson bakewell tart with damson liqueur and mascarpone. The boxes are available for delivery in three different areas: Harrogate and north Leeds; the Oldstead Area (Thirsk, Easingwold, Helmsley and Sheriff Hutton post codes); and York.
Address: Oldstead, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BL
Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
The two Michelin-starred restaurant has turned – temporarily – to street food with the opening of its Paradise Carriage, a graffiti-covered street food truck that sits somewhat incongruously within the manicured grounds of north Cotswolds hotel. The menu leans more towards Whatley Manor’s more casual Grey’s Brasserie rather than its flagship restaurant The Dining Room, with dishes such as Cornish turbot on brioche, lemon and gherkin mayonnaise, watercress and spring onion; ajoblanca (chilled almond and garlic soup), fresh grapes and croûtons; and the WM cheese steak with grilled onions and bell peppers, fries and toasted bun. There’s no delivery, so just turn up and tuck in.
Address: Easton Grey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0RB
The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh
This bijou Edinburgh restaurant was quick out of the blocks with a delivery and takeaway service but took a break from it after being overwhelmed with the demand. But owners Roberta and Shaun have regrouped and its has now made a return serving a three-course set menu paired with a bottle of wine for £65. The menu will change weekly – previous meals have included cured salmon, cucumber, and apple to start; a main of braised beef cheeks, ragout of wild mushrooms, asparagus, pink fir apple potatoes, peas, and broad beans; and a Lemon panna cotta and strawberries to finish – and comes with instructions to reheat at home. The menu is released on Thursdays at 9am for the following week with the restaurant delivering within EH1 – EH16 postcodes only.
Address: 30 Albert Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH7 5HN
The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds
Michael O’Hare has gone all out with his Home Cook Along with The Man Behind the Curtain that allows people to prepare his restaurant’s highly creative dishes in the comfort of their own kitchens. You’ll need to be focused as this often requires the cooking of three quite complicated dishes such as veal sweetbread slider in XO sauce; char sui octopus hotdog; and whole roast squab pigeon in rhubarb hoi sin with pancakes, but the restaurant does most the leg work for you. You’ll often need lots of pans and you’ll struggle to find anything that comes close to the eye-catching crockery used by the restaurant in your kitchen cupboards, but the results can still be spectacular.
Address: 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7JH
Carters of Moseley, Birmingham
The Birmingham restaurant is putting together food and wine hampers that contain a cooked meal as well as some raw ingredients for you to cook a dish at home, with some preparation tips thrown into the bargain. Designed for two people, options include a meat hamper with half a smoked organic chicken, beef and garlic morteau, a tub of its wild garlic mayonnaise and some of its Hot Hot Hot Sauce; and a fish hamper that includes a ready-made cuttlefish stew as well as asparagus, plaice and oysters. If you really want to push out the barrel, however, then go for its £140 special hamper that features the numerous cuts of lamb for a Carters style feast for four people alongside many other ingredients. Hampers are available for local and national delivery.
Address: 2c St Mary’s Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 9EZ
The seafood specialist has launched Ondine at Home where customers can order three course dinner that requires minimum effort to serve (easy to follow instructions are provided) plus a bottle of wine. Previous seafood-led menus have included BBQ Isle of Mull scallops with XO sauce; monkfish satay skewer; Vietnamese squid salad with Asian slaw; and coconut and mango pannacotta. The restaurant takes orders by phone on Mondays and Tuesdays between 12 and 5pm for local delivery on Friday and Saturday or you can collect them between 12 and 2pm on Friday and Saturday afternoons – but be warned, there are only limited meals available for each weekend.
Address: 2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1AD
Yugo’s Collect and Create offer involves a little bit of cooking at home, but with just one saucepan of oil and one of water and you’ll be cracking out crisp dumplings and tempura tofu in no time – although there is also the option to pre order some of its dishes hot to take home. Menu items include sushi – which is made last thing every day – as well a bao buns with either meat or vegan fillings and a number of dishes to stir fry. The service runs from Thursday to Sunday with pick up between 4pm and 7pm and delivery is within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.
Address: 3 Wellington St, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 6HT
Le Cochon Aveugle, York
You can get a three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine for £45 at Le Cochon Aveugle with each meal fully cooked, prepared and chilled ready to be reheated – but you’ll need to hurry, its Father’s Day menu on 20 June will be it last. It’s going out with a bang though, that meal (which is £50 for three courses and wine) includes ham hock and parsley terrine with sourdough; roasted pork belly with all the trimmings; and a chocolate pot de creme with sea salt, pepper and olive for dessert. Orders are available for delivery and collection via its website.
Address: 37 Walmgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9TX
The Angel at Hetton, Skipton, Yorkshire
Michael Wignall is another chef going all out during lockdown with his restaurant putting together a five-course The Angel to Go tasting menu. As you’d expect from the two-star chef, the menus read beautifully – aged duck, has brown of confit leg, pok choi and toasted sesame and sunflower; trout, pickled cucumber, soy and yuzu roe and asparagus – which is why they all been a sell out so far. Keep your eyes on it website and if you like what you see, be quick!
Address: Back Lane, Hetton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6LT
Wine and Brine, Moira, Craigavon
Owners Chris and Davina have got Moira locals covered on the weekends with three-course meals available to pick up on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Meals typically start with its homemade tomato and red onion bread served with caramel butter and then something meaty to follow, whether its pressed ham knuckle and chicken or its sausage rolls to start or a main of 28-day dry-aged beef sirloin. Orders are only accepted by phone.
Address: 59 Main St, Craigavon, Northern Ireland, BT67 0LQ
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall
The two-start chef has recently launched Outlaws to Go serving freshly prepared seafood dishes for collection from his Port Isaac restaurant. Available from Thursday to Saturday the menu includes classics such as smoked mackerel pate with cucumber chutney and treacle bread; breaded fresh catch of the day served with herb mayonnaise; as well as Big ‘O’s – glazed and filled sticky buns with fillings that include rhubarb and custard; passionfruit curd; and chocolate and passionfruit. Dishes can be ordered separately or as part of a To Go box for two (£36 or £50 with a bottle of wine).
Address: 6 New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3SB