Food: How to keep cupboards stocked and spirits up
As the country embarks on a three-week lockdown, indies across our area are mobilising to keep our cupboards stocked and spirits up. Here’s a list of who’s doing what:
Afternoon Tease, Cambridge
Jo, whose Afternoon Tease cafe on King Street was much mourned when it closed, has come out of retirement to boost the city’s morale with her cakes. A £15 selection box, including her signature chocolate Guinness sponge and cheese scones, is available for delivery (please note: the boxes are no longer available for collection from Vanderlyle).#
Katie - who shares her delicious recipes in Velvet every month - has set up an online shop for her sourdough loaves. Delivering across Cambridge, Tuesday to Saturday, she’s offering white, wholemeal, spelt, dark rye and baguettes.
Biscotti di Debora, Dry Drayton
If you need a sweet treat, Debora is still taking orders for her signature bakes, including pasticcini, cupcakes and large cakes. A designated collection station has been set up in the doorway of her bakery kitchen and payment is remote.
The Cambridge taproom has closed, but you can still order BrewBoard’s ales, pale ales, lagers and stouts in the brand’s webshop, for home delivery.
Cambridge Fruit Company
Cambridge Fruit Company is currently offering two direct-delivery grocery boxes: the Essentials box, a selection of seasonal fruit and veg for two, and the Family box, a larger range of vegetables, salads and fruits. To streamline their service in this time of high demand, only standard, not tailored, boxes are available.
Cambridge Juice Company
With delivery free in and around both Royston and Cambridge, the juice company is currently offering an ‘isolation box’, containing 19 items, for £15.
Cambridge Organic Food Company
To keep pace with rising demand, COFCO is consolidating its veg box offering: as of March 30, customers can choose between a Choice box and Dig In/Dig In Plus (a temporary rebrand of the Original and Favourites ranges) only. Each will have small, medium, large and giant sizes, plus a choice of veg only, or fruit and veg. Focused on supporting fellow local indies, optional add-ons will include coffee and tea from Hot Numbers roastery, and hot-cross buns and Chelsea buns from Fitzbillies.
Cheese+, Papworth Everard
In response to the coronavirus crisis, Cheese+ has set up a pop-up grocery store in its Papworth Everard warehouse, selling a wide range of essentials, including pasta, eggs, butter, meat and, of course, cheese. Call or email your order through - (01480) firstname.lastname@example.org - and a member of the team will pick and pack it for you, ready for collection, 9am to 6pm.
The Country Kitchen, Haslingfield
The Country Kitchen is running a personal shopping service, 9am to 3pm. A counter has been set up in the doorway; customers remain outside while the staff gather your shopping for you.
George’s Bakery, St Ives
George is working on a postal order service, so his famous rocky roads - among other bakes - can be delivered right to your door. He’ll be making an announcement soon, so keep an eye on social media.
The Gog Farm Shop, Cambridge
With click-and-collect and a delivery service being set up asap, The Gog remains open, with shoppers required to comply with social distancing rules.
Harry Specters, Ely & Cambridge
The chocolate brand has closed its store in The Grafton but continues to run its online store, offering Easter eggs and a full range of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge
Its three cafes are closed, but you can still get your Hot Numbers Coffee fix: six varieties are available to order in the webshop, either whole bean or ground. The team are planning live webcasts, to show shoppers how to recreate Hot Numbers Coffee at home. You can order Kandula tea in the webshop, too.
The Larder, Burwash Manor, Barton
The Larder is open 9.30am to 5pm. A list of available essentials, from bread, milk and eggs to fresh fruit and veg, meat, canned goods, coffee and tea, is posted on its Facebook page every morning, so shoppers can call in their order - on (01223) 264600 - then collect from the shop doorstep. Some delivery is also available, within the immediate area.
The Italian deli on Cambridge’s Mill Road is offering both store-cupboard staples and readymade meals, including its famed lasagne and pizza, for home delivery.
Malloy’s Craft Butchery, Cambridge
As well as taking phone orders, Malloy’s is giving customers the chance to select their shopping via FaceTime. Payment is made online and the goods - beef, pork, lamb, sausages, gammons, cheeses, milk, bread, butter and veg - are delivered on two Cambridge rounds, 3pm and 6pm.
Radmore Farm Shop, Cambridge
Radmore is scaling up its veg box delivery service - and, indeed, is recruiting staff to help.
The Refill Shop, St Neots
Offering everything from vegan cakes and raw brownies to coffee, tea, cereals, flour, nuts, seeds and pulses, the shop remains open. Only one shopper/family group is allowed into the store at any one time, to ensure social distancing, and customers should continue to bring their own containers.
Stir Bakery, Cambridge
Though the next-door cafe is closed, Stir Bakery is open for both delivery and collection of essential supplies; if you’re collecting, you’ll pick up from outside following strict social distancing rules.
Pizza will be available in the evenings from the bakery, for delivery only - no collections - to all houses in CB4. Deliveries will be made between 5pm and 7pm and last orders are at 6pm. Vegan cheese is available.
Over the coming days, Stir will start to take orders via online shop, retailing coffee, bread, flour and more, for delivery across Cambridge.
- Information correct as of March 24. Please check company websites and social media for updates.
- If there are any other food and drink businesses offering click-and-collect or direct delivery which we’ve not included, please let us know: email email@example.com
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