Given the appreciation for Aktar’s monster curry box, I thought I’d start a wiki of foodboxes that I’ve spotted in lockdown. This is obviously heavily influenced by where I am in the country and/or what I’ve spotted online. We haven’t ordered from all of these (due to price, availability, preference, or a combination), but it’s been good to have something to look forward to this year - we’ve ordered one or two boxes per month.
Is this the way forward for restaurants? Quite possibly. In fact, this list was prompted by an email from Aktar’s GM this morning saying that selling the ‘at home’ boxes has enabled them to pay staff and avoid redundancies, which for independents is a great result. I also appreciate the chance to eat food from restaurants that - even in normal times - are too far away to easily visit. It does create waste, and the ‘fine dining’ options in particular do seem to use a lot of plastic. We’ve made a deliberate choice to steer away from restaurants that don’t supply in eco-friendly packaging, but often it’s difficult to know what will arrive.
Please add to this list - it would be great to see it tripled in size!
Simon Rogan (one of the few places offering single-person options)
Adam Reid (seems to be on hold temporarily)
Zaap Thai (NB ready meals rather than foodboxes)
Bubble Shop (bubble dogs) (also grower Champagne!)
Ottolenghi (London only, some options nationwide)
Simply Oysters (NB arrives raw, i.e. food supply rather than foodboxes, but I figure with oysters that’s close to the same thing anyway)
https://www.ethicalshellfishcompany.co.uk/ - Hand dived scallops, creel caught lobster, langos, and crab, decent oysters. Supplier to some excellent restaurants across the UK but now doing home deliveries in Edinburgh & Glasgow. Not cheap but the best seafood never is.
Local to Leeds/York area (i.e. collect only)
Peel’s On Wheels (Peel’s At Hampton Manor) - Quite limited to Birmingham City surrounding areas I believe
There are also several more on the Dishpatch directory, although these do all seem to be London-based (and therefore London-priced): https://dishpatch.co.uk/directory For some reason, ordering via this route feels less helpful to the restaurants - like ordering books on Amazon - but that impression might be completely misguided.