So we’re finally in partial lockdown and the Government is clear in its message that we shouldn’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary. All restaurants were ordered to close their doors to in-dining customers last weekend, but let’s not forget that many are still operating, reverting to, or in some cases offering a new delivery service to support those in self-isolation and partial lockdown.
It’s important that we support them in return.
We took for granted the range and variety of food available to us before this crisis, and if we want to ensure that choice is there, once life returns to normal, we’d better support our South London restaurants through this difficult time.
Let’s face it, online shopping deliveries are pretty hit and miss at the moment, with so many orders missing items so why not to treat ourselves to the odd takeaway delivery?
Here’s how a few local restaurants are helping keep up spirits and fill tummies through these dark days:
Following the success of Good Neighbour Camberwell, a new Tooting High Street restaurant opened just a month ago. Founder Paul Williamson (ex Soho House Group) brought his love of artisan wines, cocktails and small plates, serving a delicious range of exciting vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat dishes.
He quickly decided that if diners couldn’t come into the restaurant, he’d bring food to them.
Deliveries are available from one of the big-name firms and there’s a comforting number of dishes to see anyone through such solitary times. Perhaps hot artichoke and Parmesan dip with sourdough or crispy bites of spiced pork belly or tofu, with baby gem and pickles for starters?
Cheese and charcuterie – £4 per dish or three for £10.50 – includes Cornish Yarg and Bleu des Basques, as well as Coppa and Bresaola.
Around three to four small plates to share between two is the suggestion and our top picks – fried halloumi bites with lemon and honey, wild mushroom and arancini, and prawn croquettes with black garlic and tarragon aioli.
All are priced around £6.
Looking for guaranteed tipple that isn’t reliant on a fraught trip to the supermarket or a long-awaited delivery that may not come up trumps, it could be time to enlist the assistance of a specialist.
Here are two wine suppliers that promise to have you enjoying a glass in super quick time.
Hugely popular local restaurant, Peckham Cellars, has launched an online wine shop. Order Wednesday to Saturday before 4pm for same-day delivery after 6pm. Available to the following postcodes: SE4, SE5, SE8, SE14, SE15, SE17, SE21, SE22, SE23 and SE24.
Streatham Winehouse is promising to bring date night to you.
It’s joined forces with the Pickled Fork to offer a dinner and wine package, starting from £25 for two people, including contact-free delivery.
Dishes are cooked from scratch, using seasonal ingredients, and catering for all dietary requirements. Weekly menus are available at: www.thepickledfork.com/supper-clubs/.
Orders can be placed for one day, one week or one month. Kids’ meals are also available. All meals can be reheated and paper-free cooking instructions will be emailed upon receipt of payment.
Last week’s menu included spicy chicken and prawn pho with Asian greens, rice noodles, lime & fresh Chilli, and Sri Lankan vegetable curry with steamed brown rice and coconut sambal.
Orders can be placed seven days a week before 10 pm for the next day, via email email@example.com or by calling
0752 3110 860.
Payments via BACS or RevolutDelivery is between 4pm – 6pm Monday – Sunday.
Dinner for two – includes one main course and two sides per person – £25. Dinner for four – includes one main course and two sides per person- £40. Add on – starters and desserts £5 each.
Get fruit and veg straight from market
Let’s support the boys and girls of New Covent Garden Market.
With restaurants and cafes closed to in-dining customers, wholesalers which normally supply London restaurants with top-notch fruit and veg have decided to offer delivery and collection to every day customers, like me and you.
Whether it’s your basic fruit and veg and essentials (bread, milk and eggs) or more exotic hard-to-find produce, these guys have it covered, offering to deliver the freshest and best quality produce direct to homes across London.
Buying a veg box from one of the wholesalers at New Covent Garden Market isn’t just a great solution to get hold of fresh produce for you and your family. It’s also a brilliant way to support what are typically family-owned London businesses in the capital, as well as British growers who provide a huge amount of the produce included in each box.
I’m assured that the following will deliver to South London postcodes: Nature’s Choice, LinkClass, IA Harris and Oui Chef.
HOW TO ORDER:
- Nature’s Choice: Mixed fruit and Veg boxes for home delivery to London-based addresses. Details can be found on the website – www.natureschoice.london
- LinkClass: Delivering 125 miles around London. Check online www.linkclass.com and call 020 7498 5200, 020 7498 9007 or 07876 514 991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
- IA Harris: Mixed orders of fruit, veg and groceries including bread, milk, pasta and vegan items. Order via firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 0207 622 7176
- Oui Chef: Delivering to all London postcodes. Call 0207 622 6805 or email email@example.com. £30 per box and 20% discount for NHS staff with NHS pass shown on delivery.
For more information on the market, go to https://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/find-a-wholesaler
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