Photograph by Halen Môn
For many people, local food & drink is now becoming their bread and butter, quite literally. Local bakeries are inundated with orders of all baked goods, local butchers are ordering more; more lambs, more limbs, cheesemakers are becoming direct shops for the first time in their long histories, and restaurant suppliers are adapting to home deliveries. Read the following, where British artisans, makers and suppliers are now delivering their edible delights straight to your door.
TIDE by Halen Môn
Right on the shores of Anglesey, Tide is Halen Môn's cafe run by the talented chef, Sam Lomas. In a time when all non-essential shops and retailers are closed, Tide is now offering orders for collection and local deliveries to the South of Anglesey. "We are doing boxes of fresh, carefully-made Tide staples, as well as Halen Môn store cupboard essentials." You can order Tide's usual delightful delicacies, from Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies and Toasted Sesame & Sea Salt Flapjack, to essentials like bread, coffee, organic veg and salad.
Collection orders should be in by 15:00 the day before for collection the next day between 13:00 and 17:00. Collect from the beach hut at the end of the drive at Halen Môn. Local Deliveries are on Thursdays, where they offer delivery to South Anglesey e.g. Newborough, Llangefni, Menai Bridge and Llanfair PG for a delivery charge of £1.50.
You can order for collection or delivery here: tidellanw.square.site
Photograph by Pump Street Bakery
PUMP STREET BAKERY & CHOCOLATE
From the delightful setting of Orford, the bakers and chocolate makers of Pump Street are offering new boxes of their breads and their famous Eccles cakes for delivery. Alongside selling their chocolate, the bakery are currently offering two boxes: Bread Box (6 x signature sourdough loaves; 3 x large white sourdough and 3 x large brown sourdough) and Bread & Eccles Box (4 x signature sourdough loaves and 6 x Eccles cakes).
They also have their Combo Boxes available that will include a combination of both chocolate and bread products. Here is an idea for what will be included: Sourdough & Sea Salt Box (2 x Sourdough & Sea Salt Chocolate Bars and 2 x large white sourdough loaves), Eccles Box
(2 x Eccles bars and one box of 6 x Eccles cakes), and a Combo Box (all of the above).
For more info on cost and delivery: https://pumpstreetchocolate.com
Photograph by Harry Darby
NEAL'S YARD DAIRY
There are a few ways to purchase British farmhouse cheeses; many cheesemakers are doing sales direct from their farms or creameries, the cheesemongers Neal's Yard Dairy are currently selling the cheeses via Cheese Boxes, their new 'Dairy Box' or selling through Natoora alongside other artisan essentials. The way to order cheese from Neal's Yard Dairy is to visit their website (nealsyarddairy.co.uk), and go through the links. The 'Dairy Box' is a winner; included in it was a handmade butter, a large sourdough loaf, organic eggs, milk, yogurt, and selected cheeses - I received Lincolnshire Poacher & Colston Bassett Stilton.
Order farmhouse cheeses or 'Dairy Box' here: nealsyarddairy.co.uk
The independent wine bar, shop & deli Spry Wines in Edinburgh is doing deliveries of their hand-selected wines. They encourage all customers to send in a message to them, so they can tailor a selection to their needs. They offer natural wines and deli items, such as, farmhouse cheeses, meats, and homemade pickles and preserves. Customers can order by messaging them here, email or phone, and delivery is made the same day as long as the order is in by 4pm.
Order your wines here: Spry Wines or 07885 475874
Photograph by Natoora
In a matter of three days, Natoora have been able to turn their industry-only app to sell direct to the public, which means that for the first time in their history, they are doing home deliveries of their expertly selected array of fresh produce, dry goods, dairy and charcuterie that would normally be bought by chefs and restaurants. By doing this, they will support both the consumers at home and Natoora’s network of independent growers and producers, whose livelihoods are at risk.
"Starting in Zones 1-4 in London, the company hopes to be able to extend the service as demand grows. Natoora have linked up with a few independent suppliers in London to provide a complete range of produce, wine from Ancestrel Wines, cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, beer from Kernel Brewery and bread from Little Bread Pedlar."
For those unable to make a home delivery, Natoora’s produce can also be found in a number of restaurants turned shops throughout London; Wild By Tart, Petersham Nurseries, Camberwell Arms, Townsend Restaurant, Ombra, Top Cuvee and The Coal Office in association with Tom Dixon.
For those looking to register for the app, please share the link and access will be given in the next few days: https://linktr.ee/natoora
Photograph by The Estate Dairy
THE ESTATE DAIRY
"The Estate Dairy is a collective of young passionate individuals dedicated to producing and bottling the highest quality milk and cream. We source the richest milk from the Chew Valley, which is located right in the heart of the Bristol countryside. Our milk and cream is produced from our Guernsey cows which gives our milk a unique golden colour and a beautiful rich flavour."
Headed by Shaun & Rebecca, The Estate Dairy is now offering a home delivery service of their products and other similar artisan products throughout London. You can order a delivery box from them via Slerp, the initiative that is helping producers and restaurants adapt to delivering their goods as a takeaway: https://theestatedairy.slerp.com/order
Photograph by Wright's Food
WRIGHT'S FOOD EMPORIUM
Wright's Food Emporium is based in Carmarthen that offers some of the best local produce. By supporting them you are supporting the local producers in Wales. They have a limited number of delivery slots for people who are shielded or self-isolating during the pandemic. The deliveries are for those within 20 miles with a minimum order £50. The standard delivery charge £10.
"We are offering NHS staff a 10% discount. We do update the website according to new information and stock quantities during the week, and we will also be uploading home bake pies and ready made quiches onto the website this week along with some of our chutneys etc." Order: email@example.com
Photograph by Gilt & Flint
GILT & FLINT
Gilt & Flint is an organic brewery based at Haye Farm in East Devon - a 65-acre organic mixed use farm run by Harry Boglione and Emily Perry. The brewery is headed by Dan Fitzpatrick and Jason Slade, producing organic new world beers using 100% UK grown organic malt and finely selected hops.
"During these very challenging past few weeks we have adapted and pushed on and been able to offer our products through local and national delivery via our website www.giltandflint.com. We’ve just launched www.pubinabox.bar where we aim to bring the experience of a great pub to your door. The future will also see us putting on live quiz nights and streamed gigs to our customers by keeping the pub spirit alive during lock down."
Photograph by Padstow Kitchen Garden
PADSTOW KITCHEN GARDEN
Padstow Kitchen Garden grows a wonderful variety of vegetables for some of the country's top restaurants. It has been run by the Geach family for over 150 years, and is now headed by Ross Geach. Ross is now adapting in the current climate to delivering his seasonal produce in boxes to the local community. "We run a local veg box delivery scheme, delivering every Thursday and Friday. We have a strict policy of only using our own produce, which is grown using traditional methods and is also spray free. Due to COVID-19, we have set up our veg boxes early and have temporarily changed our policy and buying veg that is grown by other local producers and farmers - to help support these growers who would usually sell to restaurants during the closure of the hospitality industry, and also help to get fresh produce to those isolating or who can't get it from supermarkets due to panic buying. The April veg box contains the following or similar for £18: Cauliflower, potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, swede, carrots, spring greens, red cabbage, fennel, mixed salad, beetroot and onions."
You can order via the Padstow Kitchen Garden website under the 'Farm Shop' tab - https://www.padstowkitchengarden.co.uk/farm-shop/
Photograph by The Free Company
THE FREE COMPANY
The Free Company is a rural restaurant on the outskirts of Edinburgh, which supports a farm and an amazing community of people that live and work there. "Now, our hope is to reverse these roles and create a way for the farm to support the restaurant and you at home. We will open an online shop to give you the opportunity to buy and collect fresh fruit, vegetables and pork grown and raised here on the farm using a non-contact system, and gift vouchers which can be redeemed at a future dinner series."
The rural restaurant has sadly had to cancel it's upcoming supper dates, however, you can get more information on delivery boxes and vouchers here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograph by Caws Teifi
CAWS TEIFI CHEESE & DA MHILE DISTILLERY
If you’re in Wales and fancy some delicious local products, Caws Teifi Cheese and Da Mhile are doing 5 different varieties of ‘Care Packages’, all made up of the best Welsh produce, such as, Caws Teifi cheeses, Cradoc’s Crackers, local honey, chutneys and chocolate. The boxes are available on both – www.damhile.co.uk/shop & www.teificheese.co.uk/shop - with postage included in the price that ranges from £25-150. Packages include; Alcohol-Free, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large Packages.
The British Artisans Deliver
Words by Angus D. Birditt | @ourisles