Food delivery services: these food, beer and wine providers are still serving
Get great food and drink delivered during lockdown.
With the world in lockdown (again), you might be finding it difficult to get the food you want without leaving the house. We know from experience that getting an online grocery shop right now is harder than a ticket to Glastonbury, before it was cancelled.
But there is another way. There’s a whole host of online delivery services that are still allowing new customers in.
The following are still taking orders from newbies and many have fantastic initial prices to take advantage of.
And we recommend looking to see what’s available in your local area, too. Folks like Crosstown Doughnuts and Ladies and Gentlemen are doing a brilliant job of serving Londoners sweet treats and cocktails. And The Craft Beer Hour has a brilliant list of local breweries that are delivering.
Top food delivery services
1. Mindful Chef
Mindful Chef is a great recipe box service that offers a weekly box containing 2 to 5 healthy recipes. There are currently 16 recipes to choose from and each one is packed with fresh ingredients. You can cancel at anytime and they will send a school meal to a child in poverty with every box sold. Prices from £4.50 per recipe and you can have up to 5 in a box.
HelloFresh prides itself on delivering meals from just £3.44 per person. As the name suggests, each recipe uses fresh ingredients and those ingredients have all been measured out for you, so there shouldn’t be any waste. You can also include a variety extras such as sides, desserts and wine, and there’s an app that goes with it so you have lots of control over the kind of food delivered.
This is another recipe box but it has an Indian twist. Each recipe is a classic take on an Indian dish and, if we’re honest, all the recipes look fantastic. You do need to get the core ingredients, though - what Tyga does is send out the spice kits and the recipe cards. You can get a trial box for just £3.
4. Craft Gin Club
Gin! On tap! Well, kind of. The Craft Gin Club is a box that costs around £70 (although there is £30 off your first box). In that box you get a full-size bottle of craft gin, paired mixers for delicious cocktails, snacks, and their 56-page club magazine. The great thing about this one is that you can choose to get it monthly, bi-monthly or every three months.
This is one of the biggest online beer sellers and while there is a slight delay on some deliveries, Beer52 still offers up their boxes of beers every month. This is actually one we use: each box comes with Ferment magazine (a great read), eight beers and a beer snack. There is always a promo for new customers but usual price is £24 for an eight pack of beer.
6. Balance Box
We tried out Balance Box last year and were happy with the service. It’s a meal box that’s designed for those who want to lose a bit of weight and eat healthy. This one can get pricey, though, as this service offers up all of your meals - so you are looking at paying around £22 a day. But it should mean you won’t have to shop while you are trying it.
7. 200 Degrees Coffee
Coffee delivered straight to your door? We can’t think of anything better right now to be honest. 200 Degrees can’t currently guarantee next-day delivery but you should get your boxes pretty soon after you order them. There's a subscription service where you choose the type of bean and how coarse you want it - that’s £8 a bag. You can also choose how often you get a bag, too - once a week or every other week.
8. Lost and Grounded
Lost and Grounded is a fantastic Bristol-based beer merchant that delivers nationwide. If you are in Bristol, though, you can go and pick up your boxes from them personally (keep your social distance, mind). If you want a 12 pack of the same beer, then it’s around £30 - a little more if you want a mixed case. Their beer is brilliant so well worth a try.
9. M&S Wine Shop
Marks & Spencer’s recently opened its own wine shop! There is big demand at the moment, but it is offering a limited selection of wines. You can get red, white, sparkling and each wine is sold in a case of six. It’s around £50 a case right now. You can buy some single bottles but these seem to be restricted to champagne and whisky. It’s great to see M&S get in the booze delivery game!
10. Noble Fine Liquor
This one isn’t cheap but you do get a cracking selection of wines. Noble Fine Liquor is London-based but delivers nationwide and offers “authentic wines from the greatest small winemakers”. There’s a £10 flat rate delivery fee but if you manage to push your basket over £150 delivery is free. The quality on show in the online shop is really impressive.