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Food: Ordering in is the new eating out

Ordering in is the new eating out, thanks to these indies delivering swift, simple and scrumptious make-your-own kits to the door

Waffle & Co

Scroll through Waffle & Co’s Insta feed and we defy you to avoid salivation: you can practically smell the crispy-shelled, squidgy-middled squares, layered with everything from bacon, berries and maple syrup to banoffee and biscoff.

Tori May and Ana Hayter usually serve from their Waffle & Co horsebox hatch but, while it’s off the road in light of lockdown, they’re now offering home delivery kits instead. Coming in both sweet and savoury flavours, which vary each week, each kit includes a recipe card, ready-to-toast waffles and all the relevant toppings - take the Mars Cheesecake Dessert Waffle, with homemade Mars cheesecake whip, salted caramel sauce, milk chocolate and crushed biscuit (£12.50 to feed two).

Waffle & Co grew out of Tori and Ana’s Waffle & Women supper club which, launched in summer 2018, was designed to “bring together local women through a love of wine, conversation and good food - waffles!” It proved such a hit, the friends decided to broaden their scope a year later, investing in their converted horsebox last June.

Known for championing local and in-season ingredients, Tori and Ana top their artisan waffles with ever-changing and eclectic combinations; when southern fried buttermilk chicken with whipped chive butter and maple syrup appears on the menu, it’s sure to sell out.

Delivered on Saturdays within Waffle & Co’s hometown of Saffron Walden and the wider Cambridgeshire and Essex area, you can add two extra waffles to any DIY kit for £5.99, a pick and mix of extra toppings for £3, and a pack of either San Pellegrino soft drinks (£5 for four cans) or Wylde Sky beer (£15 for six).

* For a full list of delivery destinations, the latest menu and order go to waffleand.co


Famous for their flam-kuche - the Alsatian ‘skinny pizza’ which has won plaudits in both The Telegraph and Waitrose Good Food Guide - father and son Regis and Alex Crepy have launched a delicious home delivery service from their Grafton HQ.

As well as supplying ready-to-reheat food to doorsteps in Cambridge, via the sustainable, zero-waste enterprise foodstuff.co.uk, they’ve devised a flatpack flam-kuche kit which can be sent out across both Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk.

Containing all you need to recreate the signature dish at home (four small bases, equivalent to two large; lardons; onions; creme fraiche; gruyere and full instructions), the DIY kits are priced £16.95 eac and delivery is free.

* Orders should be placed a day in advance. Visit amelierestaurants.co.uk for further details.


Known for its classic smoked, pulled, brined and seasoned barbecue food, Cambridge mini-chain SmokeWorks is selling a range of cook-at-home rib, wing and bun kits, complete with signature sauces and sides, including corn cobs and slaw.

With two restaurants and a bar within the city, the team are offering weekly collection from their Free School Lane premises and fortnightly pick-ups at a selection of their sister Cambscuisine pubs, including The Cock at Hemingford Grey and The Tickell Arms, Whittlesford.

* A Simply Wings Combo kit for four is £35. For the latest menu and price details, visit smokeworks.co.uk

Steak & Honour

Steak & Honour, Cambridge’s best-loved burger joint, has launched a second DIY home delivery kit: as well as being able to recreate the bestselling Ella burger in your own kitchen (four pasture-fed Norfolk beef patties, Grain Culture milk buns, smoked streaky bacon, American cheese and house burger sauce), you can tuck into a Sid Vicious (patties, buns, blue cheese, house buffalo sauce, fill mayo). Both kits, each priced £35, contain four portions and are delivered via contactless doorstep drop on Saturdays to CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB6, CB7, CB8, CB9, CB10, CB11, CB21, CB22, CB23, CB24, CB25. An added bonus? You can add a pint of Jack’s Gelato for £8.50.

* Order at steakandhonour.co.uk/onlineshop

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