With online shopping slots like gold dust, restaurants, suppliers and food stockists have quite literally saved our bacon! During these challenging times a host of hospitality heroes have swooped in to show their resourcefulness and have pulled together food essential boxes to help feed families across the country. We’ve pulled together ten of our favourites and a selection of free-from delivery boxes to keep your fridges full and families fed…
THE CROSSTOWN COLLECTIVE
Purveyors of doughnut perfection, Crosstown Doughnuts havebanded together with a host of independent food operators to create The Crosstown Collective. Alongside The Estate Diary, Millers Bakers and Crosstown’s fruit and veg supplies, you can get your hands on four fab essentials boxes delivered across London seven days a week.The Vegan Collective box is an excellent compilation of goodies including a plentiful selection of fruit & veg, Oatly barista oat milk, Happy Happy Soy Boy soy milk, white farmhouse bread, round rosemary focaccia, campailou, half ciabattas and of course, 6 Crosstown Doughnuts.
LEON’S FEED BRITAIN
Upping the feel-good ante, LEON are one of the shining lights keeping Britain fed right now. From the NHS to families across London and the Home Counties, LEON are bringing their sunshine food to thousands. Family meals, meats from The Ginger Pig, veggies, cheese and even baked potatoes (an ode to Matt Lucas!) – LEON’s essential boxes are affordable and plentiful. Their Daily Essentials box has everything you need to get started and stay sorted! Plus, every day when they pack their essentials boxes, they add in a LEON cookbook for one lucky customer! Will it be you?
From restaurants to the general public, Natoora, for the first time are opening up their app so households across the South East can get hold of their seasonal fruit and vegetables, sustainably-produced dairy, charcuterie as well as exceptional store cupboard essentials and natural wines. They deliver daily to Zones 1 – 4 in London, Teddington, Kingston Upon Thames, and Twickenham. Twice a week, they deliver to Cambridge (CB1 – CB5) and Oxford (OX1 – OX4). We love Natoora’s no waste policy, ensuring hungry and vulnerable people have access to good and nutritious food that would otherwise be left for surplus thanks to help of London charity The Felix Project.
MELROSE & MORGAN
Now operating a local home delivery service across NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, NW10, NW11, N6 and W9, you can scale up from daily delivery boxes to weekly, plump for the cheese and charcuterie box or go for Melrose and Morgan faves with their self-titled essentials box. Wanna go weekly? Expect a package primed with Melrose and Morgan English Honey, Mancini Pastificio Penne and Spaghetti Pasta, Arborio Rice, Organic Passata, Pimhill Porridge Oats and Jar of Brindisa Chickpeas. Team with a veg, fruit and salas box from Chegworth Valley Farm.
PALE GREEN DOT
Famed for supplying a host of the UK’s finest restaurants with exceptional fresh, local, seasonal produce, Pale Green Dot have paused growing produce for restaurants and instead delivering fresh food to UK homes. Their Veg and Staples Box (part of their weekly subscription) contains Sussex sourced fruit and veg alongside milk, eggs and bread. Whether jewel hued beetroots and potatoes to iron rich leaves and greens, this weekly box is just £20. Alongside fruit and veg, Pale Green Dot offer delicious dairy and cheese board boxes and there’s even a cheeky craft beer box for Dad!
We’re firm fans of their meal plans but did you know Detox Kitchen can now deliver veg and essentials to your door? Choose between their Veg & Essentials Box and Veg, Essentials & Brunch Box. Created in partnership with Detox Kitchen’s fruit & veg supplier, 2-Serve, their veg boxes contain a variety of the highest quality, seasonal produce. Coming in at under £50 the Veg, Essentials & Brunch Box is an ideal family-friendly pick combining fresh fruit and veg with grains, pulses, coconut milk and Detox Kitchen’s granola and Bread Bread rye bread.
Since 1944, it has been Panzer’s mission to curate and create the most delicious epicurean treats for cooking, eating and entertaining and even throughout these challenging times they’re still going strong. With over 1000 products to browse online, you can pull together a family shop and there’s even a host of Kosher and specialist products to pick from. Stuck for shampoo, hand cream and the like? Panzer’s household picks are vast and will have you covered. Delivering to a myriad of postcodes across London or click and collect if you’re safe to do so.
LOCAL SAUCE FOOD
From bespoke events to food baskets, Local Sauce are keeping us fed with a whole myriad of food delights. Whether it be fresh essentials baskets which are overflowing with a variety of fruit and veg to last 5 days, as recommended by their amazing veg supplier Ted, milk or oat milk by MiNOR FIGURES, 6 eggs and half a loaf of Pavilion Bakery’s famous sourdough. Plus they’re cooked meals are ideal for a fast family mealtime fix – choose from meat or veggie.
Mercato Metropolitano is London’s first sustainable community food market focused on revitalising neighbourhoods and protecting the environment. Whilst the Elephant & Castle and Mayfair food markets are temporarily closed and you can’t get down to their delis, MM are delivering groceries to those residing in London (across zones 1-3). Alongside eggs, flour, veg and the like, there’s also a super range of artisan goodies including gelato boxes, an array of pasta and countless condiments to pep up mealtimes.
They may be best known for their bijoux restaurants across West London, but whilst the doors at Chuc’s remain closed they’re rolling out a rather impressive provisions box. You can order the the very same produce they use across all of their restaurants & cafes. Gnocchi and Greek yoghurt, sweetcorn to sausages, soya milk to salami. Order by 12:00 Monday for Wednesday delivery, or 12:00 Wednesday for Friday delivery.
FOOD BANK DONATION
CUTTER & SQUIDGE
They may be best known for their sweet treats, but Cutter & Squidge know how important it is right now that our larders are stocked and families are fed. Their Food Bank Donation box lends a helping hand to those who need it most. Each box contains fresh free range eggs and whole milk, to cheddar cheese and their marvellously moorish hand-made ciabatta in the Cutter & Squidge kitchen. Just £12.50, you could be making a difference to thousands of families in need of a meal during this difficult times.
PLANT BASED ESSENTIALS
The UK’s number one plant-based grocery store, Press London have come up trumps when we’ve found it tough to secure a supermarket slot. Alongside fresh and store cupboard staples, their array of vegan and plant-based groceries is vast and expanding weekly. Spoon and Bear cereals, Grind coffee, Holy Moly Guacamole, Pip & Nut spreads, Tiba Tempah and The Meatless Farm co. and our pals – Onist, sit alongside Press’ incredible fridge filler meals and super-fresh soups and juices. UK wide delivery – over by midday for next day doorstep delights.
Seeking out dairy-free essentials for your family? Give Kinda Co a whirl. Making nine varieties of dairy free cheese, Ellie and the Kinda Co team have flourished since starting up back in 2017 from their tiny flat in Angel. The Kinda Co Care Package is a dream featuring best-selling cheeses, along with a handpicked selection of Single Variety Co jams and Fix8 Kombucha – all produced by female-founded food businesses!
If you’re finding it a struggle to get hold of gluten-free goods for your family right now, why not take a look at Freee by Doves Farm Gluten Free Food Box. Created for those who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance and are struggling to find gluten free foods in their normal supermarket, the box contains a useful selection across their gluten free offering, from flours to oat bars, breakfast cereals and pasta. £25 per box and with delivery across the UK – please note, maximum order quantity one box per household per week due to high demand.