Even with COVID-19 restrictions easing, much of the country may continue to order food deliveries instead of heading to their local supermarkets.
After all, who wouldn't want the convenience of being able to access healthy, wholesome and balanced meals for the whole family without leaving the house?
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From vegan dishes to delicious desserts, there's an option for everyone. Take a look at our pick of the best meal delivery kits and boxes to get you started...
Family-friendly meal delivery services
With a variety of different options for different needs - think the Family Box to create fuss-free dinners or the Rapid Box for meals that take under 20 minutes - HelloFresh is one of the UK’s leading meal delivery services and is currently serving all of the UK.
Prices start from £3.44 per meal, visit hellofresh.co.uk.
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Grab a bargain on Wowcher, which is currently offering up to 53 per cent off. It includes a two-week subscription offering three dishes each week for two people for £28, a four-week subscription for two people for £59, or a four-week subscription receiving four dishes each week for four people for £119.
For more information, visit wowcher.co.uk
This top-rated service uses only 100 per cent free-range, ethically sourced British meat and sustainably caught fish to deliver fresh, nutritionist-designed recipes to your doorstep wherever you're based in the UK. They bring out 40 new recipes every week so you won't be short of inspiration. And if you're doing Veganuary, they have a range of plant-based dishes to try, from West Indian curried dahl with quinoa, to red pesto jackfruit and chickpea stuffed peppers. There's also a veggie shepherd's pie made with chestnuts. Inventive, it certainly is.
Prices start from £4.50 per meal, visit mindfulchef.com.
The Gousto menu offers over 50 recipes to choose from on a weekly basis, including some of Joe Wicks' Lean In 15 recipes. And it can cost as little as £2.98 per serving! The newest addition to the line-up at Gousto? Cookstarter boxes. These are designed to champion Britain's diverse food culture by supporting five independent restaurants from across the UK.
After a phenomenal 15,000 nominations from the public, five independent restaurants were selected to receive a collective £10k of funding each, a year-long business mentorship and the opportunity to create a limited-edition recipe box in partnership with Gousto.
From Cardiff’s La Pantera - Authentic Mexican Chorizo, Feta & Parmentier Potato Tacos
Prices start at £2.98 per meal, visit gousto.co.uk. Find out more about Cookstarter and meet the winning restaurants.
If you're looking to expand your culinary skills by trying global cuisines, then a Simply Cook box provides four recipe kits and step-by-step instructions to help you recreate some of your favourite dishes in 20 minutes. Add 4-6 items from your fridge or cupboard to the spices, herbs and sauces that come in the box to create everything from Thai red prawn curry to jambalaya and grilled halloumi salad. After a £3 trial, each box costs £9.99 with free delivery.
Prices start at £9.99 per box, visit simplycook.com.
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Abel and Cole
As well as offering weekly organic essentials such as milk and eggs and pantry must-haves, Abel and Cole also allow customers to order specific fruit and vegetable boxes. Simply pick what ratio of fruits to veggies you want and the fresh seasonal produce will be delivered to your door. To minimise carbon emissions, they only visit an area once a week so cannot offer delivery time slots.
Prices start from £16, visit foodonthetable.abelandcole.co.uk.
From a seasonal fresh fruit and veg box to lasagne or chocolate cake, Potage offers an array of different meals or ingredients that can be ordered in advance or on the same day. The handmade dishes are delivered chilled in either individual pots or large sharing platters, and they can be frozen and eaten at a later date. Not only can you order everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks, but Potage also gives you the opportunity to make a donation to NHS Charities Together with the promise of a box of its best-selling brownies as a thank you for your contribution.
Prices start at £9 per meal, visit potage.co.uk.
The Wine List
The Wine List offers a unique subscription service where you can opt to receive two, six or twelve bottles of wine delivered to your door each month (dreamy!). Accompanied with your wine will be handy tasting cards with recommended food pairings, access to the ‘Wine Roots’ learning course and members only tastings.
Prices start at £39 per month & HELLO! users can get a special three-month discount, visit thewinelist.net.
Roast chicken is a guaranteed family favourite, but if you want to spice things up a bit, then check out Lara Lee's Indonesian Roast Box, which is available to order on Feast Box. Lara, who is the author of Coconut & Sambal, has certainly put a twist on the traditional roast chicken with her chilli coconut flavoured dish. The whole chicken is stuffed with lime, ginger and lemongrass and rubbed with rujak, a Javanese chilli paste that is easily made from scratch. Her roast potatoes are also splashed with a vinegar and soy dressing, plus fried spring onions, garlic and ginger. Trust us, this recipe will manage to convert the purest of potato purists. Feast Box's instructions are very easy to follow and the whole cooking time is less than 2 hours – much less time spent in the kitchen compared to preparing a traditional British roast with all the trimmings. The delivery service specialises in tasty world food menus, from Indian to Korean, using restaurant-quality produce.
Indonesian Roast Box for four people is priced at £40
Now, this isn't strictly a meal delivery service, but it is one very fast way of ordering groceries on the go. Beelivery means you can have snacks, drinks, essentials and more delivered to your door within 45 to 90 minutes of pressing 'order' - how speedy is that? Plus, it's is available to use 24 hours of the day, whether you fancy a midnight snack or can't be bothered to pop out to the shops on a Sunday morning.
To place an order, simply register for an account on Beelivery.com or download the Beelivery App from the App Store or Google Play.
There is a minimum order value of £12, and delivery starts from £1.99. Visit beelivery.com.
Gousto's Korean range
Gousto has launched an incredible new range of recipes, called Seoul Train. Inspired by bold punchy Korean flavours, the new recipes have been expertly created to take customers on a journey to experience Korea's exciting food scene. From steaming bowls of kimchi stew and flavour-filled bibimbap to deliciously addictive crispy fried chicken smothered in red-hot honey glaze, there's so much on offer! The recipes will be available from 30 March.
Prices start from £2.98 per meal including free delivery 7 days a week. For more information, visit gousto.co.uk.
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Fruit and vegetable meal delivery services
London's first and only food-waste-fighting fruit and vegetable subscription box is super popular. You can choose from either a fruit box, a vegetable box or a perfect family-sized combination box, which contains nine varieties of seasonal and local veg and four types of fruit. It's the ideal quantity for four or five people. You can arrange a weekly or fortnightly delivery.
Prices start at £9.45 per meal, visit oddbox.co.uk.
Smith & Brock
Top restaurant supplier Smith & Brock have launched Knock Knock, a new grocery box home delivery service, providing Londoners with chef-quality seasonal produce. Packed full of delicious fresh fruit and veg, artisan bread, sausages, fresh eggs, milk and more, Smith & Brock’s produce is often used by award-winning chefs to create Michelin star menus at top London restaurants.
Prices start from £18.50, visit knock-knock-groceries.com.
Riverford is known for delivering fresh, seasonal, organic veg straight to your door, but you can also choose fruit boxes and organic meat boxes. If it’s a meal kit you’re after, you can get recipe boxes, including the exact ingredients needed for exciting, seasonal meals. It is available nationwide.
Prices start from £9.45, visit riverford.co.uk.
Healthy meal delivery services
Launched during the pandemic, Oro Sushi's mission is to deliver restaurant-quality dishes to your door. A giveaway from its name, the menu is centred on sushi and other pescatarian meals made from sustainable fish. Classics like salmon sashimi, salmon and avocado maki, and bluefin tuna nigiri are all available, as well as sides such as prawn tempura, and prawn and ginger gyoza. Bigger, signature dishes include nori crumbed lemon sole and Dorset crab soba noodles, while there's also a big focus on plant-based options, such as the spicy tofu donburi and the kimchi fried rice. So if you want fresh, healthy, flavoursome sushi and sashimi at reasonable prices for a high-end home experience, check out Oro Sushi's menu stat. The business is currently only delivering to Wimbledon and the surrounding SW18 areas but has plans to expand delivery to other parts of London soon.
To see the menu visit oro-sushi.square.site
Designed to refuel your body and mind, Balance Meals offer six different five-day food plans based on your individual needs, activity level, and schedule. Keeping your meals fresh, the brand will split your order into two weekly, contactless deliveries nationwide using premium courier services. Want to try before you buy? Good news, Balance Meals offer a two-day taster trial for £49 with options for meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
For more information visit balancemeals.co.uk.
Green Chef has launched a keto recipe box, as well as its lower carb, vegan, vegetarian and balanced recipes. Choose from one of five diet plans and get chef-created, nutritionist-approved recipes that change every week, such as exotic mushroom couscous and sesame ginger steak. And what's particularly handy is the flexible subscriptions, which mean you can skip a delivery if you have other plans!
Prices start at £4.70 per serving. For more information visit www.greenchef.co.uk
On the hunt for quick and easy meals that aren't laden with calories? Diet Chef offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that are all calorie and portion-controlled. Choose from 85 meals that are ready to eat in just three minutes, from chicken and tomato curry to paella and macaroni cheese.
A core plan costs £245 for four weeks. For more information visit dietchef.co.uk.
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Wowcher is selling a one-month Diet Chef plan hamper with weekends off for £69, or £99 including weekends.
For more information, visit wowcher.co.uk.
Fresh Fitness Food
Particularly good for any gym bunnies who want to keep count of their macros, Fresh Fitness Food delivers meal designed by nutritionists, prepared by chefs and tailored exactly to your unique nutritional requirements. It is now available for those outside the M25.
Prices start from £23 per day, visit freshfitnessfood.com.
No. 1 Food Prep
The nationwide delivery service offers consumers, fresh, clean and consciously curated meals with convenience packed full of nutrients and probiotics to help support immunity. There are 3 size options to choose from: The Lite (small), The Balance (medium) and The Max (large). What's more, the brand currently has an amazing initiative - for each order placed they will be delivering a freshly cooked meal to an elderly person in the area, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Prices are approx. £16 per day, enter code 'Safe15' at checkout for 15 per cent off, visit no1foodprep.com.
After entering your details, Fit Kitchen will suggest bespoke, healthy meals perfectly matched and balance to your profile and lifestyle - a great option for those with specific goals in mind.
Prices start at £4 per meal, visit fitkitchen.uk.com.
The nationwide healthy meal prep delivery service has introduced the 'KBK Just Prep' plan for those in self-isolation or unable to make regular trips to the supermarket. The plan includes meals that contain ingredients known to help boost the immune system and is jam-packed with fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Customers can order on a one-off basis, where you purchase two-week plans every week, for as long as needed. The plans are currently available at a discounted rate with 15% off each week’s prep plan, bringing the cost to £85 per week. Each week-long package contains six days’ worth of healthy, well-balanced meals with three meals per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Prices start at £4.72 per meal, visit kbk.co.uk.
Whether your goal is to boost immunity or build muscle, Tweakd delivers pre-prepared frozen meals designed to suit each person. Founded by leading elite sports chef Omar Meziane and top sports nutritionist Mike Naylor, Tweakd boxes include your choice of 3-5 meals and cold-pressed juices such as massaman duck, vegan lasagne and roasted cod. And the best part? They can be cooked from frozen in as little as 10 minutes.
Prices start at £32.50, visit tweakd.uk/
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No-cook meal delivery services
Pick your perfect portion size in one of four different menu plans - Classic, Vegetarian, Pescatarian and Free-From - designed by expert chefs and nutritionists. Your daily box will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks, making mealtimes a breeze.
From £22.99 per day, visit balancebox.com.
Instead of spending hours in the kitchen, Tastily delivers healthy pre-made meals that can be ready in just three minutes in the microwave. Each week, customers can pick between 4-12 meals from a rotating menu of 16 dishes – all of which contain at least three servings of veggies. From Mexican Beef Barbacoa to Red Thai Fish Curry, the menu features cuisines from around the world, designed by a Michelin-starred trained chef.
For more information visit tastily.co.uk
Created by head chef, Michal Snela, who previously worked in Michelin starred restaurants alongside Marcus Wareing, these are the crème de la crème of meal delivery boxes. The company delivers daily: that's five meals in a box, breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two snacks. There's no cooking required – just microwave the meals to heat them up.
The nutritious dishes use seasonal ingredients containing no processed meats, additives or preservatives. The company has strict hygiene procedures in place and uses sterile, airtight containers.
The Love Yourself Meal Box is available to buy online from £21 daily at LoveYourself.
Protein cleanse, vegan cleanse, green cleanse – Detox Kitchen has them all. Each box contains healthy, ready-to-eat meals that are free from refined sugar, wheat and dairy. The protein cleanse, for example, includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, pudding, plus one juice, one ginger shot, one snack and one teabag that total about 1500 calories – we're talking spiced Ceasar salad, king prawn ramen, goji granola and more.
Prices start at £31.45 per day, visit detoxkitchen.co.uk
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Restaurant meal delivery kits
This fab meal delivery service literally does what it says on the tin! The website has a whole bunch of restaurants to choose from that offer delicious eat-at-home kits, including cult favourites Pizza Pilgrims, Mac & Wild, Dirty Bones, The Cheese Bar and Shoryu Ramen.
We sampled the Venimoo Burger Kit for two from Mac & Wild, which takes away all the fuss of sides and focuses on just the whopper of a burger - a beef patty and venison patty stacked on top of each other. The instructions on how to cook and assemble the burgers were straightforward and within a few minutes, our burgers were ready to chomp on. With American cheese, Bernaise sauce, Red Jon sauce and caramelised onions, these dirty burgers were just perfection and ideal for a messy date night.
Venimoo Burger Kit for two costs £19.90, visit Restaurant Kits.
Indian-inspired restaurant Kricket is also available on Restaurant Kits, and we guarantee you, you won't be able to have a curry from your local ever again. Before lockdown, meals at Kricket were always unparalleled and we're glad to say their food delivery service lives up to the restaurant's reputation. On offer is their tandoori free-range butter chicken, which you simply have to grill in the oven before dunking and simmering in a rich makhani sauce. Pair the chicken with easy-to-cook ghee pilau rice and burnt garlic dahl. The meal is so easy to put together and with the mouthwatering aroma of the spices and herbs filling your kitchen, you'll feel just like you're dining at Kricket again.
Butter chicken curry kit for two, £38, visit Restaurant Kits.
Six by Nico
You may have heard of Six by Nico, the trendy restaurant chain by chef Nico Simeone that currently has branches in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The menu changes every six weeks and has been themed around everything from childhood meals to the circus. But for those who haven't made it into a restaurant yet, fear not as Home by Nico means you can whip up the delicious meals from the comfort of your own kitchen. This month's menu is Cooking Mexico, which means you can expect to start with flavoursome chicken tostadas before moving onto mouthwatering flat iron steak served with refried beans and corn on the cob. For dessert, you'll tuck into a tequila-laced and dulce de leche-flavoured rice pudding.
For more information visit sixbynico.co.uk
Ibérica and Estrella Galicia
Ibérica has partnered together with premium Spanish beers Estrella Galicia to bring you a very special Spanish picnic hamper to be enjoyed with friends and family now we can all meet up again in the park. Packed full of traditional regional food carefully curated by Michelin starred Nacho Manzano of Ibérica, the picnic celebrates the very best of Spain. Inside, picnickers can indulge in multi-award winning Jamon Domecq, 5 carefully selected cheeses, a trio of Chorizos, Reganas (wafer bread), Spinaler crisps and four bottles of Estrella Galicia World Lager. Priced from £40
For more information visit ibericarestaurants.com
Plateaway is an online meal delivery service that has a whole roster of restaurants to choose from, including Patty&Bun, The Little Pasta Company, Bancone and Dirty Bones. Or if you're just looking for a little sweet treat to finish your meal at home, they have dessert-focused options too. The concept is simple and stress-free. Choose your favourite meal kit from a restaurant, wait for it to be delivered to your door (some venues only deliver on certain days of the week), and then follow the few step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and plate up your food.
We sampled The Little Pasta Company's date night meal box for two, consisting of mouthwatering pappardelle with beef and red wine ragu. Fresh pasta makes all the difference, and accompanied with burrata, a rocket and pine salad and a selection of cured meats, it really did feel like we were tucking into a restaurant-quality dish. There was limited cooking and washing up and the whole meal was ready in five minutes (and devoured in the same amount of time!)
Prices start at £4.60 per meal, visit plateaway.com
Whether you're a seasoned chef or a total novice, Ceru (Eastern Mediterranean in South Kensington and Soho) offers the most beautiful cookery boxes that can be prepared in under half an hour. You can choose from vegan, lamb, beef fillet, or chicken, and each option comes wrapped in stunning, sustainable, packaging (so it's like a gift to yourself!), as you can reuse the silk cloth as a tablecloth or scarf. The range focuses on local products and is a scrummy way to sample Levantine cuisine - it's just hard to decide which one!
From £40 for a box for two, visit cerurestaurants.com/cook-at-home-kits
Gaylord at Home
You can't beat a takeaway curry, but trust us, Gaylord at Home really is an elevated Indian dining experience. The delivery menu, which is available now in London but will launch nationwide at the end of April, is based on the original Gaylord restaurant that opened in the sixties in the West End. Famed for its signature chicken tikka masala, you can't not order the Murg Malai Tikka to start your Indian feast. The mild chicken tikkas are tandoor roasted and marinated, and beautifully succulent that you'll wish you'll have ordered more. Everybody's favourite go-to, the Butter Chicken and the Dal Bukhara (black lentil dal that's cooked overnight on charcoal), are just some other exemplary dishes we can recommend, while the Palak Paneer flavoured with ginger and cumin is a winning vegetarian option. Every dish was a real delight and cliché as it sounds, a feast for the senses. We couldn't fault a single dish, so it's safe to say whatever you order will be a winner. Prepare for your kitchen to be filled with the rich fragrances of spice and tandoor-cooked meats as you tuck into your restaurant-quality fare.
For more information visit gaylordathome.co.uk
For those who may have used up their monthly takeaway quota but are still craving that PERi-PERi fix, turn to Nando's who have announced the latest addition to its mouth-watering home-cooking lineup, with the arrival of PERi-PERi Wrap Kits.
The kits are now available to purchase from Morrisons, Co-Op, and Iceland priced at £3.20.
One of the largest Japanese stores in Europe, Japan Centre has announced the launch of its easy to make DIY at-home kits, perfect for those wanting to replicate Japanese cuisine in the comfort of their own home. The DIY kits available include DIY Sushi Rolls, Poke Bowls, the UK's first authentic Sakura Cherry Blossom & Matcha Cookies and Sake Flight.
The DIY Sushi Roll Kit is £32, Japan Centre
Ormer at Home
Want to eat restaurant-quality food but don't feel like going out? Mayfair-based Ormer at Home has started delivering to addresses in London (zones one to three), made by the restaurant's executive chef and Great British Menu finalist 2020, Kerth Gumbs.
One menu highlight is the cote de boeuf, perfect for two to share, which is accompanied by truffled wild mushrooms, caramelised shallots and triple cooked chips. The fresh yellowtail ceviche is another must-try, while the Ormer Mayfair apple crumble is perhaps the prettiest dessert you'll ever eat in the comfort of your home. The signature dish, as featured on MasterChef 2017, comes with a mixed spice sauce. Simply heat it up, pour it over the deconstructed apple crumble and watch the white chocolate melt. Delivery is available through Supper or Deliveroo, from Wednesday to Saturday 12pm – 9pm and Sundays from 12pm – 7pm.
For more information visit flemings-mayfair.co.uk
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Japanese noodle restaurant, Shoryu Ramen, is releasing DIY kits so you can make their signature Ganso Ramen at home. The kit, which serves two people, includes 12-hour tonkotsu soup, original ramen noodles, char siu BBQ pork belly, beni shoga red ginger, and spring onion and kikurage mushroom garnish, while there is also a vegan option available. Delivery is either on a Wednesday or Friday and can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance.
Meal kits cost £20 each, visit japancentre.com
Winner winner, chicken dinner. If good old-fashioned wings are what you're craving at the end of a working week, then check out WingShack Co's meal delivery kit. Each kit, which is good for four people, comes with 1.5kg of marinated raw chicken wings that you simply have to pop in the oven, then drizzle with buffalo or honey and sesame sauce and serve with chives or chillies. Put your oversized WingShack bib on and you're ready to get stuck in! Deliveries take place every Friday.
To order a kit visit greatfood2u.co.uk
This delivery kit requires a little more time, effort and preparation, but it's definitely one way to kill time in lockdown - plus you end up with a very special, authentic Spanish feast at home. The London-based restaurant is renowned for its traditional wood-fired paellas created by Michelin-starred chef Quiqui Dacosta. With their at-home paella kits, you can recreate Quiqui's masterpiece at home. The delivery comes with a 40cm premium paella pan, Arros QD paella spoon, 1kg traditional bomba rice and 2.5L of vegetarian stock, which is enough to produce three paellas, each of which will feed two people. You'll just need to buy your ingredients to recreate this month's vegetarian paella (listed in the instructions), or pick toppings of your own.
Kits are £76 and feed two to three people, visit arrosqd.com/online-shop
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Drake & Morgan
Fancy a boozy brunch at home? Featuring classic brunch dishes, music and games, Drake & Morgan's kits are available to order within the M25. Choose from three menus, from smashed avocado on sourdough through to the Full Works, washed down with cocktails including Bloody Marys and Aperol Spritz. We loved the super speedy cooking time, simple instructions and the fact the eggs come par-boiled to help you achieve the perfect poached egg in just one minute!
The Merry Weekender Brunch Kit starts at £35 for two. Find out more at drakeandmorgan.co.uk
Farmison & Co.
When you go to a restaurant, do you usually lick your lips over the steak menu? Now you can learn to cook your own steak dinner at home with the help of Farmison & Co. With plenty of boxes on offer, you're in for a treat - plus there's sausage roll kits, Kentucky fried chicken and more...
Boxes start at £14.95, visit farmison.com
Vegan meal delivery services
Vegan? This meal delivery service is for you. Allplants delivers plant-based, healthy frozen meals that are ready in minutes. Choose six meals from 22 different options such as a BBQ burrito bowl or spiced aubergine tagine, select your delivery day, and voila! Available nationwide.
Prices start from £4.99 per meal, visit allplants.com. £10 off first orders with code WFH10 + free weekday delivery.
Possibly one of the most versatile pho delivery kits on the market, Phomo lets you pick exactly how you'd like your bowl of pho. Long gone are the days when you're worrying it'll be too spicy or garnished with too much coriander. Phomo gives you all the ingredients to make a healthy, beautiful Vietnamese bowl of goodness to your taste. The vegan pho is delicious and comes with vegan broth and tofu, although there are also beef, chicken and king prawn options. It takes about five minutes to assemble the vegan soup – simply heat up the ingredients and add as much or as little of the garnishing as you like. Prices start from £19.95 for two people. Order by 12pm on a Wednesday for a Friday delivery.
For more information visit phomouk.com
Looking for plant-based meals? Planty customers simply build their own box with either 6, 8, or 10 plant-based meals which can be delivered to your door on your chosen delivery date. All meals are fresh-frozen, so all you need is an oven or microwave to reheat it and dinner is served! Choose from dishes such as Mac ‘no’ Cheese, BBQ Banana Blossom Burrito and Wild Mushroom & Truffle Rigatoni. For a one-off purchase, prices start from £43.20 for six meals.
For more information visit planty.uk
These tasty meals can be prepared in just eight minutes! Your box consists of six meals, with options including Malaysian dumplings in a lemongrass sauce and Persian Hotbox made up of falafels and spiced cauliflower. There are no lock-in subscriptions and the company only needs one day's notice to deliver.
Meals cost £6 (or £36 per box). For more information visit vibrantvegan.co.uk
Meal delivery for one
Cooking for one or want to send someone a delicious dinner? With HelloFresh's single person meal delivery, you can choose from a rapid box with fresh meals that are ready in 20 minutes, such as speedy sausage pasta, or a veggie box where you can whip up delicious vegetarian dishes.
The company is currently offering 60 per cent off your first order and 20 per cent off the next three. Visit hellofresh.co.uk
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Luxury meal delivery services
A Cook's Tour
Luxury London caterer Rocket has launched 'A Cook's Tour', offering you the chance to go around the world on a virtual culinary adventure. Tune in to live fortnightly cookalongs with top chefs, creating a restaurant-worthy meal for two with the ingredients delivered to your door for just £60. The Tour has so far been to countries including Norway, Italy and Vietnam, with chefs including Thomasina Miers and James French from Nonna Tonda – and Ottolenghi's Executive Chef, Calvin Von Niebel is coming up soon!
For more information, visit acookstour.co.uk/pages/how-it-works.
Champagne Lanson has teamed up with the Postbox Bakery to create an exquisite limited-edition Gourmet Meal Box for the whole family to enjoy. The three-course cook-at-home experience begins with a delicious starter of Wye Valley asparagus with truffle dressing. This is followed with a succulent shoulder of Herdwick lamb that has been slow-cooked for 12 hours and served with Koffman's roast potatoes, wild Garlic puree, baby heirloom carrots and glazed roscoff onions. To finish, an Apple Tarte Tatin with créme fraíche - paired with a bottle of Lanson Le Rosé.
Orders must be received by Tuesday 9 March for guaranteed delivery on Saturday 13 March.
For more information, visit postboxbakery.com
This new Notting Hill restaurant is offering click & collect and local delivery until restrictions are lifted. The bijou 'at home' menu is shaped by the seasons and offers guests a choice of four boxes. We love the SUMI Box (£45), which features sashimi and sushi alongside robata grilled salmon, tuna two ways, bara chirashi – a selection of premium fresh and cured fish – lean Akami tuna, fatty Toro tuna, Japanese Hamachi yellowtail, Scottish scallops, sea bream and unagi eel.
For more information, visit sushisumi.com
Finish & Feast
Fancy a Michelin-starred worthy meal? Finish & Feast offers meal kits from a number of celebrated chefs and restaurants, such as this one by Hervé Deville, who made his name as the executive chef of trendy London hotspot, sketch. One for the seafood lovers, this indulgent kit begins with a Dorset crab meat and Bergamot dressing starter, followed by a truly showstopping half lobster thermidor. Beautifully rich and succulent, it's served alongside seaweed mashed potato and broccoli. Finish off with a vanilla cheesecake tart drizzled with raspberry coulis and passion fruit caramel. The big plus with these kits is there's minimal cooking required - you simply have to heat up and plate up. It's as easy as one, two, three.
To order, visit finishandfeast.com
One Fine Dine
Got a special occasion to celebrate? Then One Fine Dine is your answer. The online catering company specialises in delivering Michelin-star quality food straight to your door with no fuss. Dishes are pre-cooked and only require warming up in the oven or microwave. The fun bit is channelling your inner Masterchef and presenting all the ingredients like a pro. The pictorial flashcards give clear instructions on how to plate your food so there really is no way of getting it wrong! And as you would expect from Michelin-style food, dishes are extremely rich, creative and full of flavour. This is a home-making kit for a truly special occasion. One Fine Dine is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and now delivers nationwide.
For more information on packages visit onefinedine.com
London-based M Restaurants have launched their 'at home' boxes which means capital dwellers can indulge in their mouthwatering steaks at home. Each box comes with instructions on how to cook your dishes to perfection and plate up your meal like a pro.
M Food & Wine Home Delivery, from £70 for two people, visit mrestaurants.co.uk
Missing quality restaurant food? Then order one of celebrated chef Rick Stein's meal kits, Stein's at Home, which has launched its new vegetarian box this month. Serving two, the kit starts off with pau bhaji, a delicious chopped vegetable curry to be mopped up with Cornish warm, buttery bread rolls. The mains, cashew nut curry and chickpea curry, are wonderfully fragrant, rich in flavour and are enjoyed alongside pilau rice, a tomato and red onion salad and mango chutney. And for dessert, you can't beat the wickedly indulgent sticky toffee pudding that comes with Cornish clotted cream from Trewithen Dairy. This is a truly indulgent veggie meal at home and you'll be more than satisfied by the end of it. And with minimal preparation, there really is little fuss in the kitchen beforehand.
Stein's at Home kit for two, £40, visit rickstein.com
Burger meal delivery services
Patty&Bun DIY Kit
Patty&Bun launched a home DIY kit during lockdown and it's absolutely divine! The set includes all the ingredients that they use in their shops to make the burgers, all you need to provide is the lettuce and tomato! The beef is free-range, the buns are made to a bespoke recipe, and everything in between is lovingly produced in their Hackney-based kitchen.
The DIY Kit is priced at £25, visit pattyandbun.co.uk.
Around the Cluck X Jose Cuervo Cinco de Mayo
Award-winning chef, James Cochran, and the original tequila, Jose Cuervo, are celebrating Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo by launching the Around the Cluck X Jose Cuervo Cinco de Mayo at home kit this month. Priced at £50 for two and available for up to 6, the kit – fully prepped and ready to be finished off in the oven - features two Cinco de Mayo burgers, Fiesta Wings to share and two matched margaritas.
Priced at £50, order here 1251.co.uk
Shake Shack DIY
If you're based in London or Cardiff, you're in luck. You can now create your own Shake Shack burger at home. For the first time ever, UK Shack fans can order ready-to-cook kits so they can recreate the classic ShackBurger within the comfort of their own homes. The best part? Shake Shack will donate a portion of sales from every kit to Action Against Hunger to benefit the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Coronavirus Appeal.
Priced at £25, each Shake Shack DIY ShackBurger Kit features ingredients to make 4 signature ShackBurgers. Available on shakeshack or Deliveroo.
If you're a big fan of dirty burgers and haven't checked out Warwickshire-based company Libertine yet, you need to do so stat. The National Burger Award winner deliver their make-your-own- kits nationwide, offering four delicious burgers for the very reasonable price of £25. The kits are extremely easy to use, with all ingredients individually packed and the streaky bacon already pre-cooked. The only amount of cooking you'll have to do is flipping the beef patties on your grill for four minutes on each side. Then stack each burger with American cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard. The dirty burgers are some of the best you'll try at home, plus when they're served on a Libertine graffiti greaseproof sheet of paper, you really will feel like you're dining in a burger eatery.
For more information visit libertine-burger.myshopify.com
Italian meal delivery services
La Tua Pasta
La Tua Pasta supplies many of the country’s best-known restaurants with delicious fresh pasta. After branching out into home delivery at the start of the first UK lockdown, it's now a permanent offering! Choose from filled pasta, fresh pasta sauces, antipasti, desserts (Chocolate Tortellini anyone?), and easy meal kits – including vegan-friendly options too – all delivered nationwide.
Prices start at just £3.00 for a 250g bag of fresh pasta and go up to £63.50 for 12-portion family meal kits. Find out more at Latuapasta.com
Who doesn't love a good pasta dish? Pasta Evangelists offers a weekly menu of ten recipes to choose from, which take as little as five minutes to prepare. Choose from dishes such as gnocchi with lamb ragu or wild mushroom triangoli, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Homes across the UK can have the chilled recipes delivered not only to their door but even through the letterbox!
Prices start at £6.75, visit pastaevangelists.com.
Dodo Pub Co
Independent pub group Dodo Pub Co. has launched a brand new Homebake Pizza service. The pizzas are made using a classic Neapolitan recipe and the handmade dough is risen for 48 hours, blasted 'almost-cooked' in wood-fired ovens and then rapidly cooled for ultimate freshness. Once delivered all diners need to do is pop them in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes and enjoy a piping hot, delicious, restaurant quality pizza!
Dodo Pub Co offers a national 48-hour delivery service as well as local Oxford delivery. For more information, visit dodopubs.com/homebake-pizza/
You'll immediately feel like you've been transported to Sicily with Norma's vegan at-home feasting box. Complete with a bottle of Puglian wine, the spread kicks off with homemade focaccia, olives and chickpea panelle (fritter-style street food that's a staple in Sicily), plus roasted beetoots and heritage carrots. For your first plate, you'll tuck into homemade spaghetti with a winter tomato sauce (fresh pasta really is such a nice change to store-bought dried pasta!), followed by braised aubergines served with cous cous and pumpkin. Dessert is spiced poached quince with pistachio and honeycomb. The whole feast is so easy to make and requires a little heating or frying – minimal effort for maximum gains! Delivery takes place every Friday.
Kits are priced at £75 for two, visit normalondon.com
Passo To Go
Fans of Italian cuisine need to try Passo to go, which allows customers to choose pasta or pizza kits that are delivered to the doorstep, ready to cook. Tasty options include three-cheese margarita pizza, pork shoulder and nduja ragu or simply the chef's picks.
Meals start at £10.50, for more information visit passotogo.com
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Cheese meal delivery services
Cheese lovers need to get their hands on one of Homage2Fromage's delivery boxes. Eat kit comprises six generous portions of cheese (British, French or Mediterranean depending on what you're after), posh crackers and either chutney, honey or olives. But you don't just eat the cheese - you play a 'guess the cheese' game too and the winner gets a prize!
Prices include free delivery and start from £40 for two people. Visit homage2fromage.co.uk
Want to support smaller and independent businesses? Online platform Barbury Hill celebrates the best of British and champions local producers selling all sorts of delicious food and drink, from English sparkling wines to small batch cheeses to organic charcuterie and home baked treats. There's something for everyone and you'll feel extra good checking out online from a smaller business.
For more information visit barburyhill.com
Trying to find ways to lift your spirits? Provisions have the answer – their make-at-home fondue kit. Simply melt Provisions' house fondue mix with the small bottle of white wine provided, then dunk in your chunks of bread into the cheesy goodness. You don't need any special equipment to make the fondue, a simple pot or pan will work, and it takes just minutes to prepare. You'll feel like you've been whisked away to the French Alps as the smell of cheese fills your kitchen. This is perfect for date night, a special occasion, or if you simply want to treat yourself just because! Oh, and did we mention you can add on a bottle of Altesse by Yves Duport in Bugey in the Rhône-Alpes? Sold!
Kit starts from £45 for two, visit provisionslondon.co.uk
Dessert delivery services
Those who like to eat little and often should take a look at dedicated snack delivery service Graze. After you've told them your snack preferences, Graze will personalise your box and deliver it either twice a week, weekly or fortnightly. From cinnamon pretzels to lemon flapjacks, there are plenty of different options available. Boxes cost £4.49 but it's currently offering the first box for half price!
Prices start at £4.49 per box, visit graze.com.
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Pan-n-Ice DIY Ice Roll Kits
The Pan-n-Ice DIY Ice Roll Kits are the perfect way to fight the lockdown blues, providing customers with all the tools they need to recreate this mouth-watering experience from their own homes. The bestseller named the Ultimate Pack (£79.95), which is as tempting as it sounds includes vanilla ice cream ready to combine with Nutella, Biscoff, Reese’s and Kinder Bueno, just to name a few. Also included are toppings for every sweet tooth's dream – chocolate sauce, sprinkles, Ferrero Rocher, popping candy, Mikado Sticks and rainbow drops.
Available at pan-n-ice.co.uk.
If you're looking to finish off your meal with something sweet, how about Creme London - one of the capital's highly sought after artisan cookie businesses. The cookie connoisseurs have launched a new nationwide ‘deliver-to-your-door’ service for the mouth-watering, gooey and chocolate-studded giant cookies the brand is famed for. The packaging has been specially designed to help the cookies retain their freshness and signature gooey texture, and there are four flavours to mix and match from to fill your bespoke box.
Available at creme.london.
Now this is one for the children! Piglets Pantry, based in West Sussex, deliver handmade sausage rolls, cakes and biscuits to addresses in mainland UK, but they've also just launched their kid-friendly packages for the smallest members of your household. Each £10 box is filled with yummy treats, including mini sausage rolls, a scone with clotted cream and jam, and an adorable piglet cupcake. Also included are a gingerbread piglet and shortbread piglet, plus sprinkles, chocolate drops and marshmallows for the little ones to decorate.
Find out more at pigletspantry.co.uk
Fancy making the perfect Tarte au Citron? Mon Dessert is the perfect place to go for dessert making kits and with video tutorials on their website, you really can become a baking sensation! Alongside their stand-alone kits they offer gift-subscriptions and personal-subscriptions too! It’s sure to delight your tastebuds.
Prices start from £19.95 a month, visit www.mondessert.co.uk
Lewis & Baker
If it's pudding you're after, checking out Lewis & Baker, who make a selection of mouthwatering sweet treats including brownies, flapjacks, shortbread and traybakes. This large caramel shortbread traybake, pictured above and priced at £19.99, comes in one big slab so just divvy up the slices yourself. They come in a variety of sizes, and if you're looking for a gift, they do a 12 pack cake selection box. All of their products are our idea of heaven!
Find out more at LewisandBaker.co.uk
Pudding specialists The Proof are an East London bakery and pudding house, who specialise in all sorts of yumminess, from their very own 'Proofiteroles' to baked New York cheesecake, triple chocolate brownies and apple and blackberry crumble. We sampled the delectable sticky toffee pudding, which was laced and dripping with extra rich toffee sauce and served with Hackney gelato. Heaven in a box! The bakery also does a vegan version.
Find out more information at The-Proof.com
Drink delivery services
Have you ever found yourself tempted to open a bottle of wine, but you haven't got any at home? Or it's Friday night and you can't be bothered to pop to the shops, but you'd really like a cheeky glass? Then you'll want to download Wineapp stat. The app is incredibly user-friendly and offers a whole range of wine (over 550 kinds to be precise) from all over the world. A Malbec from Argentina, a Montepulciano from Italy or a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - the app has it. If you can't choose which bottle to settle on, you can always take the wine quiz to help you decide, or filter by country, flavour and body intensity. The app also suggests food pairings.
The best thing for London dwellers is that your order will arrive within 30 minutes of pressing pay, or the following day if you're based elsewhere in the UK. It really is that simple and convenient to use. As for prices, they aren't outrageously overmarked as you'd expect given the fast turnaround; prices start from £9 but you can always purchase premium bottles. You can also take advantage of their bundles for discounts.
And for those who aren't vino aficionados, the app also offers specialised spirits, craft beers, artisan foods and selected groceries.
Download the app here, wineapp.com.
The Bottle Club
Looking for more of a liquid lunch? Try The Bottle Club - a premium wine, spirits, beers and minerals website offering the finest beverages in the UK. Whether you're after wine, champagne, whiskey or all of the above, The Bottle Club is where it's at.
What to expect: At the time of going to press, there was an epic discount on the Palm Rosé by Whispering Angel. Crafted with grapes from Provence, the world-renowned rosé-producing region in the South of France, The Palm has all the hallmarks of a quality Provençal rosé: dry, light and crisp with a signature ballet slipper-pink hue. Priced at £12.99 instead of £17.99. Bargain!
Get involved at thebottleclub.com.
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