London’s restaurant industry is responding creatively to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown – so there’s never been a better time to order a takeaway.
There are few things Londoners love more than going out to eat. From the latest restaurant launches to the best street food pop-ups, the capital can always be relied upon to tempt our tastebuds with its classic and eclectic foodie hotspots.
However, as lockdown sets in across London, our favourite eateries have temporarily closed to stop the spread of coronavirus. But although they have shut their doors to customers, the restaurant industry is still ensuring we can access the world-renowned food London has to offer – with a wave of new delivery services popping up across the city.
So instead of ordering from the same old places on Deliveroo, why not try something a little different? From seafood to traditional Sunday roasts, you’ll find all the food you could wish for in our round-up of London’s best new restaurant delivery options – and you can tuck in knowing you’ve helped support a small business through these trying times.
Best Italian restaurants offering delivery in London
Inspired by a Venetian bacaro and well-known for serving the greatest hits of Italy (pasta, cheese and wine), Hackney canalside restaurant Ombra has created a takeaway menu of pasta, sauces and fresh produce.
Pasta kits are available for delivery within a 1 mile radius from the restaurant, and wine will also be available at a discounted rate too. Place your orders from Tuesday to Sunday, 12-6.30pm, from their website.
Yard Sale Pizza
Much-loved pizza chain Yard Sale Pizza, which already has popular branches in Finsbury Park, Clapton, Walthamstow, Leyton and Hackney Road, has rolled out a new delivery service.
Not only will you be able order all your favourite pizzas, including the ‘Holy Pepperoni’, ‘Herb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘New Porker’, but the restaurant will also be offering 50% off to NHS workers for collection and 25% for delivery, as well as running free regular pizza deliveries to local hospital Whipps, Homerton, and Royal London.
Best Chinese restaurant deliveries in London
Lucky and Joy
As of today, East London restaurant Lucky and Joy on Lower Clapton Road are launching a takeaway delivery service of their Chinese-influenced cooking for people living within a 2-mile radius. There are discounts and free delivery for NHS workers and people over the age of 55 too. Order from the website here.
Best burger deliveries in London
Been missing the Dirty Bones Mac Daddy burger? Well, don’t panic. You can make it in your own home thanks to the new Dirty Bones DIY kit. Stacked with 2 beef burgers, brisket and mac & cheese, it will make your filthiest food fantasies come true. Feeds four… apparently.
Burger & Beyond
The Burger & Beyond team are delivering everything you need to recreate the Bacon Butter Burgers for 4, priced at £25 - using all the same ingredients and suppliers they use at their Shoreditch restaurant.
Each box contains four demi brioche buns, signature dry-aged minced beef, 8 slices of pancetta bacon, 8 slices of American cheese and must-have toppings - burnt butter mayo and pickled onion. PLUS a full how-to guide on creating your own BBB.
Four Legs – an Islington restaurant residency at The Compton Arms – is known as a go-to burger destination. Now, it’s bringing its fabled beefburgers, cheeseburgers, and newly launched veggie burger (the aubergine parm sandwich) to our doors.
You can order takeaway burgers for delivery in the Islington area if you’re close enough – all they ask is that you DM on Instagram to order before 4pm for delivery that night.
If you’re going a little stir-crazy being stuck at home, then bespoke burger joint Patty&Bun have a creative solution to brighten up long days of isolation: The Lockdown DIY Patty Kit.
From the start of April, Patty&Bun will be delivering boxes with all the ingredients they use in store to create their epic ‘Ari Gold’ cheeseburger and ‘Smokey Robinson’ burgers, which includes their signature HG Walter beef patties, brioche buns, a mini bottle of Smokey P&B Mayo, cheese slices, and homemade pickled and smokey onions.
And for non-meat eaters: there is a £25 plant-based kit that includes everything needed to recreate two delicious Vegan ‘Ari Golds’ and two ‘Smokey Robinson’ burgers without leaving home. All that is missing is the lettuce and tomatoes!
Inside the box of vegan joy will be four plant-based patties, rashers of ‘THIS Isn’t’ Bacon, a squeezy bottle of Smokey P&B Mayo, plus Pickled Onions, Caramelised Onions, Vegan Cheese Slices, buns and a step-by-step how-to guide on how to assemble the burgers. Kits available now!
Orders can be placed now, and delivery is available anywhere in London within the M25. And if you’re in need of inspiration, Patty&Bun will also be posting burger and cocktail tutorials on their Instagram and releasing weekly ‘Lockdown Bangers’ Spotify playlists, so you can recreate the restaurant’s vibes from the comfort of your living room.
Best seafood deliveries in London
Brat Farm, Grill and Wine Shop
Tomos Parry and the team at Michelin-starred Brat on Redchurch Street have just launched Brat Farm, Grill and Wine Shop, filled with all the same delicious produce from their network of small farmers, growers and fisherman. While the shop is temporarily closed, you’ll still be able to order grilled whole crabs, fish and smoking potatoes for delivery from the website.
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Christobel Hastings is a London-based journalist covering pop culture, feminism, LGBTQ and lore.