Food: Here's your indie A to Z
We’ve updated our A to Z of local indies supplying food and drink via click-and-collect and direct delivery. From basics like bread and veg to sourdough pizza, home-baked brownies and sparkling wine, it’s all available
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.
Auntie Pam’s, Bury St Edmunds
The sweet store has opened an online shop, making doorstep drops at homes from Woolpit through to Newmarket.
Beautiful Beers, Bury St Edmunds
Beautiful Beers has lowered the free delivery threshold for orders in its online shop to £30. If you live within 10 miles of the shop, the free delivery threshold is £15. If you’re over 65, they will deliver any amount to you for free.
Biscotti di Debora, Dry Drayton
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.
Brownbread, Ely Markets
Ely Markets regulars Brownbread will be offering home deliveries from March 30 onwards, offering Essentials, Family, Vegan and even Easter Treats boxes.
Bury Lane Farm Shop, Melbourn
With strict social distancing rules in place, and shoppers asked to pay contactless/by card, the farm shop remains open for people to access essentials. A limited delivery service is available, with elderly and vulnerable customers given precedence.
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) email@example.com - 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.
Cozzi & Boffa, Burwash Manor, Barton
Though they’ve closed the wine shop at Burwash, Cozzi & Boffa is still taking orders via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The speciality food store on Mill Road, Cambridge, has opened an online shop, stocked with 466 products and counting, from bread, butter and biscuits to antipasti. Delivering daily in CB1-5, same-day delivery is available if you order before noon.
Fountain Fresh, Wisbech
Fountain Fresh can normally be found selling fresh fruit and vegetables on Ely Markets. With the markets are closed for the moment, the company has launched a box delivery service - call 01945 898488 or email email@example.com.
Offering local free-range eggs and loaves, as well as their fresh fish and home-made ready meals, such as fish pie, Fish is taking orders on 01638 664560, for social-distancing pick-up from the store or home delivery.
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.
Kale & Damson, Papworth
Kale & Damson usually supplies fresh fruit and vegetables wholesale to the catering industry but, in light of the current situation, the team are extending their direct-delivery service to the local community. As well as fruit and veg, they’re offering salad, eggs, bread and milk. A fully-fledged online shop is in progress, but meantime you can call in an order on 01223 632111; spend £30 or more and delivery is free.
La Hogue Farm Shop, Chippenham
The Chippenham farm shop is offering a contactless collection service. Call through your order on (01638) 751128 and within 48 hours the team will pick, pack and call you to let you when your groceries are ready to collect. They will either put it straight into your boot or leave it in a designated pick-up spot on site, away from the shop and other people.
Lucy’s Restaurant, Fornham All Saints
Lucy’s is running a takeaway service for its sourdough pizzas, Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 9pm, with a special 10% discount (20% for NHS workers). Orders must be made by 4.30pm on 01284 834001 and picked up from the restaurant, from its new contact-free collection area. Lucy’s is also offering direct delivery via Deliveroo.
The Honeyshed Bakery, Newmarket
You can get Honeyshed’s brownies through the post. Currently available at a special price - £18 for a box of six - you can choose between classic, orange, mint, caramel, strawberry or blondies.
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.
Manor Farm Eggs, Worlington
Alan Marshall, Ely Markets’ egg man, is selling eggs via social-distancing pick-up from his farm and via home delivery, free of charge, to locals who are self-isolating - call 01638 713665.
Maurizio Dining, Cambridge
The Italian restaurant on Cambridge’s Mill Road is running a free pizza delivery service, Monday to Saturday, noon till 2pm and 5pm till 9pm. As well as a full menu of classic Neapolitan pizzas, lasagne, puddings and drinks are available - there’s a full list on the homepage. Call 07957 735844 to order.
The famous Newmarket butchery is running a home-delivery service: order nine packs of their signature Newmarket Pig sausages for £31.95 and they’ll deliver them free. The service is available on Wednesdays and Fridays and orders should be placed by 12pm the day before.
The Indian restaurant on Mill Road, Cambridge, is taking online takeaway orders and, a little treat in these challenging times, there’s currently 10% off every web order with the code PRANA10.
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.
Saffron Grange, Saffron Walden
Saffron Grange, the vineyard just outside Saffron Walden, is selling its sparkling wines - Rose, Classic Cuvee and Seyval Blanc Reserve - online. For the duration of the coronavirus crisis, delivery to a CB postcode is free.
The Sea Tree, Cambridge
The Mill Road fish and chip shop in Cambridge is offering both no-contact collection from a designated pick-up point outside the store and a doorstep delivery service. Call 01223 414349.
Silver Oak Coffee, Little Downham
If you’re a fan of Silver Oak, the coffee company whose vans are a fixture at many local markets, including Newmarket and Ely, good news: you can order their home-roasted beans online, for postal delivery, or they can grind them for you, to suit your brewing method.
Stem + Glory, Cambridge
The vegan restaurant has joined Deliveroo, so you can order its signature dishes - including the VLT: smoky tempeh ‘bacon’, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes and creamy garlic mayo sandwiched between two soft slices of fresh artisan sourdough - direct to the door.
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Cambridge
The Japanese/Danish restaurant has created a new Unity Menu for home delivery, offering classic sharing dishes at best-ever prices. Order online at https://sticksnsushi.com/
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.
Thirsty, the city’s beloved bottle shop, has launched an online store, stocked with craft beer, natural wine, fizz and cider. You order and pay online, with 10% off if you buy six or more items (enter the code SIXPLUS at checkout). Delivery is free within a six-mile radius of the company’s Chesterton Road premises and a £30 spend. The team will contact you with a delivery day and time, leaving your bottles on the doorstep. The hope is to offer food products too, in due course.
Thomas Ridley, Rougham
Produce wholesaler Thomas Ridley has opened its online direct-delivery shop to anyone needing to buy groceries - from breads and pastries to frozen foods - and is also offering locals a click-and-collect service at its Rougham warehouse.
Vine & Cork, Cambridge
Vine & Cork, which usually sells its wares on Ely Markets, is selling its full cellar of wines online for home delivery.
The Willow Tree, Bourn
The Willow Tree has launched a gourmet takeaway service, Willow at Home. Offering wood-fired pizzas, burgers, starters, sides, sweets and drinks, it’s available every evening and all weekend, via non-contact collection or delivery - call 01954 719775.
Wright’s, Bury St Edmunds
The Bury cafe is selling its famous toasties on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm, for pick-up from a collection point outside the shop or, if you live in the town centre, free home delivery. Toasties must be pre-ordered on 01284 489325.
Information correct as of March 27. Please check company websites and social media for updates.
If there are any other food and drink businesses offering direct delivery which we’ve not included, please let us know: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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