Food & Drink: Get it delivered by Paloma Lacy

There can’t be a person in the country who hasn’t felt their anxiety levels rising at the new norm of supermarket shopping today, which now sees a one-in-one-out policy to maintain social distancing, keeping shoppers and staff safe.

Time was we could rely on online grocery orders and not even venture out but there seem few of these spots left now, other than, and quite rightly for those reserved for society’s most vulnerable.

But fear not, there are lots of smaller companies offering delivery services, giving reassurances that there is more than enough food to go round. Here are two of our favourites this week.

Oddbox is a social enterprise and London’s first and only fruit and veg box that helps save our planet by rescuing surplus and imperfect produce directly from farms.

With a medium Fruit & Veg Oddbox you’ll be saving an average of 7kgs of veg from going to waste, 6kg of CO2 emissions and 1,328 litres of water.

A medium Oddbox includes eight varieties of seasonal and local veg and four types of fruit, ideal for a family of four.

Each box contains a carefully-curated selection of seasonal British staples like carrots, potatoes, onions, apples, pears and other seasonal out of specs, trial varieties and surplus produce depending on availability— as well as a selection of international produce that have been imported but were then graded in the UK.


With a clear message that businesses have had to adapt to survive, Deli Cat & Songs café and bar has transformed into a takeaway and delivery hub offering essential groceries, meals, as well as cocktails. So if you can’t get an online grocery slot, there are alternatives.

Recently launched all-day deli offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, decent coffee and killer cocktails is located in Locke at Broken Wharf for collection and delivers across South London.

The grocery delivery or collect service essential items including fruit, vegetables, pasta, bread, cheese, wine, beer and more.

A selection of cocktails including Pornstar Martini, Espresso Martini and Kaffir Margarita can be delivered to the homes in isolation as well as wine and spirits.
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Deliveries from Deli Cat & Sons menu are being made by Deliveroo. £1 from every order goes to a food bank called The Initiative, established to help those in the hospitality industry who have been left unemployed as a result of current crisis.

Registrations for food survival kits can be made at

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