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Food: Ordering in has never tasted so good

As we all adjust to the ‘new normal’, more of Velvet’s favourite indies are adapting so we can still enjoy great food (and drink)

Jo Kruczynska of Afternoon Tease is now taking cake orders for collection (from Ely). Flavours change each week, but will include signatures such as chocolate Guinness with cream cheese frosting and orange with dark chocolate ganache. Serving 12 generously, each cake is £30. To find out more and place an order, email info@afternoontease.co.uk

The Wandering Yak, Cambridge’s award-winning Middle Eastern street food van, has launched a pair of pre-order boxes: a Mezze Picnic (£18 for two portions, ready to eat), and a DIY Hot Box (£15 for two, which just needs some reheating/toasting). Order on hello@wanderingyak.co.uk by Wednesday evening for collection on Friday or Saturday from either Thirsty, Chesterton Road, or Waterbeach Green.

Fitzbillies, Cambridge’s 100-year-old cake shop and cafe, has started baking its iconic Chelsea buns again. Deemed “peerless” by Stephen Fry, you can order a box for postal delivery, priced from £9.20 for four, at fitzbillies.com

You can now create a Steak & Honour burger at home. Containing four 180g pasture-fed Norfolk beef patties, four Grain Culture milk buns, smoked streaky bacon, American cheese and house burger sauce, the Ella Kit, £35, can be delivered to the doorstep within the following postcodes: CB1-CB7, CB10, CB11, CB21-CB25. You can add a tub of Jack’s Gelato and Thirsty beers, too. See steakandhonour.co.uk

Jin Yee Chung - better known as The Baking Jin, the coder who won Cambridge Bake Off with his feather light pandan chiffon sponge - has launched a Lockdown Dessert Box. Containing at least four portions of his Oriental-inspired cakes and Southeast Asian kuih for £12, the direct delivery box is different each week. Order by emailing thebakingjin@gmail.com

The One Bull in Bury St Edmunds has just reopened - as a wine shop. Having won awards for its wine list in the past, the pub is selling 140 varieties and growing, all grouped by flavour profile (so, if you like a crisp, dry white, you can head straight for that section). For opening hours and the full list, visit theonebull.co.uk/vino-gusto-wine/

Espresso Library, on Cambridge’s East Road, is now open for take-out coffee and cake. Safe queuing distances have been mapped out on the pavement outside and orders taken at the door, so there’s no need to go inside at all. You can enjoy the service seven days a week, 8am to 2pm. Follow @espressolibrary for updates.

Whittlesford’s Provenance Brix + Mortar, famed for its strongly seasonal modern British style, is now offering a Thursday to Sunday three-course takeaway (delivery only) and a two-course version on Sundays (collection only). Along with the food, you can order Cambridge Juice Company and Breckland Orchard drinks - see provenancekitchen.com

The Pantry, the deli/cafe/bistro in Newmarket’s Guineas, is running a takeaway service, so some of the kitchen’s most popular dishes - from Welsh rarebit to beer battered fish and chips to sticky toffee pud with clotted cream - can be enjoyed at home. Customers can also buy freshly baked breads, cakes and scones, as well as coffee, and are encouraged to order in advance to reduce wait times: email pantrynewmarket@gmail.com or call (01638) 661181. The shop is open for collections 9am to 2pm on a Wednesday and 6pm to 9pm Friday and Saturday, and a delivery service is also available.

You can order a takeaway from Lalbagh, Bourn’s award-winning Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant, for either contactless collection or doorstep delivery, 5.30pm to 10pm, seven days a week. The menu includes all the classics (bhuna, rogan, madras) along with sides, sundries and house specials (butternut beef, shakooti lamb). Order at lalbaghrestaurant.com

Aromi, the Italian eaterie with branches across Cambridge, has lifted the shutter on its Peas Hill gelateria. Staff are scooping for socially distanced queues from noon till 6pm on weekdays, 7pm at weekends. Take-out coffee’s available too. Follow @AromiCambridge for more.

Honest to Goodness, the Balsham cake company, is selling its gluten-free bakes to order, delivered for free within a 10-mile radius of the village on Fridays. Flavour options include carrot and courgette, mixed berry lemon polenta, peanut butter brownie and rocky road. Dairy free and fully vegan can be catered for, each cake serves 10 and costs £20. Order by Wednesday noon by emailing jenny.maley@btinternet.com

In collaboration with Guerrilla Kitchen, Cambridge’s Boxed Events is supplying all-bells-and-whistles Sunday roasts to order via non-contact delivery, along with its own restaurant-quality week-day meals, which include both veggie and vegan choices. The weekday options are delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays within an eight-mile radius of Histon, with a minimum order of four meals at £8 each. For the latest menu and to order go to boxedevents.co.uk

Read more: From freshly baked sourdough and store-cupboard staples to chocolate and champagne, you can order it all to your door courtesy of our local indies. Alice Ryan goes shopping. . .

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