London’s restaurants and bars have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. Many have turned to delivery and takeout only, in an attempt to minimise unemployment among food and beverage workers. With no rent breaks in place for local small businesses, the shutdown is likely to decimate the industry. There are a few ways we can help support these local businesses while getting a taste of their wonderfulness at home. Here’s how we can make sure our favorite restaurants are still standing when all of this is over.
London’s takeaway options are pretty extensive. Many London restaurants already work with major delivery services like Deliveroo, UberEats and JustEat and these are offering no-contact deliveries. Lots of small businesses are introducing new takeaway services and home deliveries too.
Artusi and Marcella have joined forces to bring Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday home delivery to anyone living between the South Circular and the Thames River. There’s fresh pasta and sauces - choose from classic pomodoro or puttanesca - plus rosemary focaccia and even tiramisu to round things off. Order forms released 3 times a week on Instagram.
On a mission to make us eat ‘better, healthier, and happier’, The Good Life Eatery cooks up inventive breakfasts whose flavour is only matched by its healthiness. For a guilt-free indulgence, check out the Paleo Chestnut and Almond Waffles. They’re now taking online orders for home delivery via Deliveroo.
Plates have become our secret source of vegan inspiration during the lockdown. They deliver hamper boxes full of handcrafted plant-based treats packed with innovation and nutrition to brighten up your stay home days. They are sharing more recipes and cookalongs on their social media channels too.
A hotspot for West London’s trendy veggies and vegans, Farmacy’s entire menu reads like your nutritionist’s wishlist, and now you can order Farmacy classics straight to your door! Choose from a selection of their most popular dishes and desserts to enjoy from the comfort of your home. All of the healthy and seasonal food is made to order, cooked from their London kitchen.
A pioneer of London’s health-conscious brunch scene, Melbourne-inspired Farm Girl is now taking home delivery orders both via UberEats and Deliveroo. They value fresh, nutritious and honest food that never comprises taste. You’ll be sure to find high-quality and sustainable ingredients in all of the delicious dishes, from their sourdough bread to the vegan mayo they use in their signature Tacos.
Trendy Japanese restaurant Nanban is now on Deliveroo. They have also just launched a new delivery-only side project called Little Nanban, also available on Deliveroo with a menu that’s a bit cheaper, a bit faster, and designed for delivery, centred on delicious new rice bowls.
And if you’d rather place an order to collect yourself, that’s fine, too – just give them a call on 0207 346 0098. They sell drinks to take away – their premium Japanese sake, spirits and liqueurs if you’re bored of the usual wine or beer, and they make great gifts!
During the Covid-19 pandemic, co-owner and chef Assaf Granit and designer Tom Dixon’s Coal Office are supporting the local community by providing a fresh food hub called TOMORROW.
‘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 (fresh produce from Natoora), all with 50% off for NHS staff. Order today for pickup - you guessed it - tomorrow.
Pidgin is now running their new Homing Pidgin service. A frequently changing 3-course meal is available for collection Wednesdays to Sunday. Home reheating instructions is provided. For those unable to leave the house, a limited delivery service can be provided to locals if arranged in advance. Their wine list is also available on their website.
Daylesford is restocked daily with organic eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, direct from the Bamford farm in the Cotswolds. There is a home delivery service available. You can however order hot and cold dishes via Deliveroo, including full vegan breakfasts, fresh smoothies, and warm salads.
Gift vouchers are a great way to ensure businesses stay afloat while also giving yourself (or a friend) a treat to look forward to post-quarantine. They also help financially support employees.
A confident, unfussy Italian, Trullo is a British take on Italian cooking. Their voucher can be put towards a meal with them at Trullo. Minimum amount is £30 and is valid for 12 months after purchase.
Barrafina is everything we love about the Mediterenean food. Now you can treat a special person to authentic Spanish tapas at Barrafina. Available in denominations of £25, the vouchers can be used in any of the Barrafina restaurants. The voucher is valid for 12 months after purchase.
If you’re in love with Mexican food then we’re sure you know El Pastor, Casa Pastor, Tortilleria EP, and Plaza Pastor. Support them by buying their gift vouchers to treat yourself or someone you love to tacos, quesadillas, mezcal and more. Available in denominations of £25, these vouchers can be used in El Pastor, Tortilleria EP, Casa Pastor or Plaza Pastor. This voucher is valid for 12 months after purchase.
Award-winning Japanese restaurant Roka temporarily closed some locations as all other restaurants did in London. They are now offering a variety of gift vouchers from monetary vouchers to seasonal tasting menus. They all make a perfect gift for you and your loved one. Available in denominations of £25 and is valid 48 hours after purchase, for 12 months.
London is teeming with restaurants whose brand identity is just as valuable as its food. Support your favorites by buying T-shirts that are perfect for lounging around in. If you’re in need of some recipe inspiration, check out the cookbooks. From tote bags to hot sauce to T-shirts, London’s restaurants and bars have some pretty great merchandise.
Written by Joel & Aiste, founders of the revered Wild Food Café, Wild is a beautiful collection of delicious, nourishing plant-based recipes as well as the natural, seasonal philosophy that underpins them.
The Mayan Salad. The Raw Chocolate Tart. The Forgotten Ecstasy Smoothie. These delicious and creative offerings from London’s revered Wild Food Café have become classics for a new generation. Now their creators are ready to share them with the world – as well as the natural, seasonal philosophy that underpins them.
Redemption has put together some of their best drinks ideas into this book so that you can create something truly magical with no toxins and temptations. On top of that, they’ve given you a taster of their favourite canapés so you can create some scrumptious and sophisticated nibbles to serve alongside the drinks.
Mildreds is probably the best and one of the oldest vegan restaurants in London set up by proprietors Diane Thomas and Jane Muir in 1988. And its newer three siblings maintain the standard of food, service, and that informal ‘home away from home’ feeling. To support them you can buy their cookbooks and get one free tote bag.
Printed on earth positive tees and manufactured by Continental Clothing, this might just be the ultimate ethical t-shirt from Temple of Seitan. It’s organic, climate neutral, and signals to everyone around you that you’re the kind of plant-based person.