Food: Your ultimate indie shopping guide
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 food (and drink) shopping
Adilia's Norfolk Street Bakery, Cambridge
Famous for its pasteis de nata, Adilia’s is now baking its signature custard tarts for either pick-up or delivery - along with a wide range of other cakes and bakes, fresh breads and store-cupboard groceries, including pasta, eggs and tinned goods. Call 07778 231285 to find out more and to order.
Katie - who shares her delicious recipes in Velvet every other 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, the bottle shop on Bury's St John's Street, has lowered the free delivery threshold for orders in its online store 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.
BrewBoard’s ales, pale ales, lagers and stouts, usually found in the Cambridge taproom, are all available in the brand’s webshop for home delivery.
Brownbread, Ely Markets
Ely Markets regulars Brownbread are now doing home deliveries, offering Essentials, Family, Vegan and even 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.
Cafe Tikkatonic, Bury St Edmunds
A fixture on Bury market since 2012, Tikkatonic also sells its classic Indian street food from a bricks-and-mortar cafe at its Lamdin Road kitchen. You can order a takeaway from the cafe, either for contactless collection or delivery within a 12-mile radius. Minimum order value is £15 and delivery costs £5 within five miles, £8 within five to eight and £12 within eight to 12. Delivery is free for orders over £50. Call (01284) 724298.
Cambridge Champagne Company
Offering free delivery within the city, Cambridge Champagne Company has created a special-offer Easy Isolation Selection. Containing five bottles - two whites (Waipapa Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Paterson's Grove Sauvignon Blanc), a red (Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo) and two Champagnes (Dominique Boulard Brut Reserve and Dominique Boulard Rose) - the offer price is £67.15, normal price £91.65.
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: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 Chelsea buns from Fitzbillies.
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, a same-day service is available if you order before noon.
Fired Up, Cambridge
The mobile pizzeria is now offering Fired Up At Home - a make-your-own pizza kit, complete with fresh dough, sauce and toppings. Available in Cambridge and surrounding villages, including Cambourne, the kits are delivered to the doorstep with prices from £5 for a single margherita (minimum order two). Order before Tuesday at 9pm for delivery in the Cambourne area on Thursdays and before Thursday at 9pm for delivery in the Cambridge area on Saturdays. The kits come with full instructions and a ‘how to’ video will be up soon. Email email@example.com to order.
Fountain Fresh, Wisbech
Fountain Fresh can normally be found selling fresh fruit and vegetables on Ely Markets. The company has now launched a box delivery service - call (01945) 898488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Gog has launched a contactless drive-through. There’s no need to order in advance: simply park in the designated spot and one of the team will come and take your order, from a safe distance, then pick and pack your groceries for you, putting them straight in your boot. Card payments are taken via a two-metre pole and the card reader is sterilised after every use.
If you live in Cottenham, Histon, Impington, Rampton, Landbeach or Willingham, you can now order a box of finest French patisserie for delivery on a Saturday morning, courtesy of Corinne at Gourmandises, whose bakes can usually be found on-counter at The Geographer, Histon. Containing four treats, fresh from Corinne’s kitchen - a tarte au citron, an apple frangipane tart, a slice of custard flan patissier and a chocolate eclair - the boxes are priced £12, to include delivery, and extra slices can be added for £3 each. Orders have to be placed by Wednesday noon each week, either via email (email@example.com) or text (07724 005523). Payment is contactless via Paypal.
Grain Culture, Ely
You can order Grain Culture’s speciality loaves (granary, multiseed, focaccia. . .) and sweet bakes (kanelbullar, croissants. . .) for collection from the Ely bakery or, if you’re isolating, for home delivery in Ely, Littleport, Soham, Witchford, Sutton, Haddenham, Stretham, Little Downham and the rural areas in between. A veg box, eggs and other staples have also been added to the webshop.
Guerrilla Kitchen, Cambridge
Guerrilla Kitchen’s famous bao buns are now available to cook at home. The team has developed a direct-delivery Steam at Home kit, containing six buns and your choice of fillings, sauces and toppings, which arrives frozen, so you can either stash it in the freezer or defrost it in the fridge overnight, ready to eat next day. Priced £19.99 each, to include delivery within three miles of central Cambridge, the menu includes Classic (pork), Fat Hen (chicken) and Vegan (mushroom) buns and you can add a reusable bamboo steamer for £4.
Harry Specters, Ely & Cambridge
The chocolate brand has closed its shop in The Grafton but continues to run its online store, offering a full range of filled chocolates and bars, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.
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.
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 also giving live webcasts, to show shoppers how to recreate Hot Numbers Coffee at home. You can order Kandula tea in the webshop, too.
Joi Joi Bakehouse, Cambridge
Joi Joi is offering four direct-delivery food boxes: the Plant-based Meal (which changes weekly, an example menu includes sweet potato and chickpea tagine with herbed couscous, house-made beetroot hummus and flatbread and aubergine chermoula mezze, all in ready-to-freeze pots, £15 per person); the At Home Picnic (falafels, flatbreads, two types of hummus, two salads, chermoula and baba ganoush, £30 to serve two); the Happiness Box (lemon and coconut shortbread (vv), chocolate chip cookie (gf), chocolate brownie (gf) and two mini loaf cakes, lemon with almond icing (gf) and marble sesame (vv), £10.50 per person); and the Vegan Happiness Box (switching the non-vegan bakes for a vegan salted caramel cookie, fudge brownie and chocolate loaf cake with chocolate ganache, also £10.50 per person). Deliveries cost £2.50 and orders are being taken via Tock.
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.
Lo’s Cheesecake Emporium, Cambridge
Famous for its build-your-own cheesecakes, available as whole cakes or in single-portion tubs, Lo’s in The Grafton has launched a home-delivery service. You can tailor your base (eg Digestive, Biscoff, Oreo), filling (eg Vanilla Bean, Millionaire’s, Key Lime) and topping (eg Cadbury, Kinder, Reese’s). DM Lo’s for details, prices and to place an order.
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 (01284834001 and picked up from the restaurant, from its new contact-free collection area. Lucy’s is also offering direct delivery via Deliveroo.
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.
Maison Clement, Cambridge
From artisan baguettes, sourdoughs and rye loaves to a wide selection of viennoiserie - almond croissant, pain au chocolat, raspberry fondant, chausson aux pommes - Maison Clement is running a delivery service from its city central bakery. Deliveries are made daily within CB1, 2 and 3, and on Wednesdays and Fridays in CB4 and 5, between 8am and 11am. Orders should be made by 7pm the day before at bit.ly/maisonclement.
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.
Meadows, the speciality food store, has opened an online store. Stocked with local produce - just-baked Allotment sourdough loaves; fresh veg from Flourish Produce, Linton’s horse-powered farm; Meadows’ own homemade cakes (chocolate brownies, vegan fruit pie) - it also supplies eggs, milk and a delicious selection of fine cheeses. Delivery costs £5 to postcodes CB1-4, where it’s free for orders over £25, and £8 CB5 and 22-25, where it’s free for orders over £60.
If you’ve been missing your Old Delhi Butter Chicken or Vegan Veg Bhuna, good news: Montaz, Newmarket’s award-winning Indian restaurant, has reopened to offer a new takeaway service. Offering doorstep delivery within a three-mile radius, the team is also running a social distancing collection service with a 15% discount - customers call from outside on arrival. The kitchen will be open 5-9pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Order either online at montaz.co.uk/newmarket or by calling (01638) 665888 from 5.30pm.
The Phoenix, Histon
The Phoenix is offering takeaways three days a week: fish and chips on a Friday, cheeseburger and chips on a Saturday and a full roast dinner on Sundays - choose between beef, chicken and veggie. Delivery within Histon and Impington is £3 and to Cottenham is £5. All orders should be placed by calling (01223) 491174.
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.
Signorelli’s Deli, Cambridge
The Italian deli has joined both Deliveroo and Just Eat, which means you can order everything from store-cupboard essentials, such as pasta and coffee, through to Signorelli’s signature deli-platter meats and cheeses and home-baked sourdough loaves, direct to the door.
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.
Sophie’s Cakes, Ely
Sophie’s Cakes is known for selling home-bakes on Ely Markets and running an at-home afternoon tea service, too. While the markets are closed, Sophie is offering direct delivery: brownie tray (any flavour), £20; millionaire’s shortbread tray, £20; mixed treat box, £12.50; takeaway afternoon tea box, £10. For more details and to order, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07872 601965.
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.
Stir is also taking 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.
Vanderlyle’s chefs are back in the kitchen, creating a daily family meal box for direct delivery. Like the menu in the restaurant, dishes are made from locally sourced, in-season produce, so will change regularly, but each box will always include freshly baked bread, a main course, a starter/side dish and a dessert. Priced £15 per person, everything is vegetarian and ordered via Tock. Delivered to the doorstep within a three-mile radius of the Mill Road restaurant from 2-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, the meals require some reheating but full instructions are included.
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. Salad boxes are in the pipeline and Wright’s is also offering a veg box service.
Please note: all information was correct at time of publication,but please check sites and social channels for latest updates.
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