As the Coronavirus pandemic has escalated in the last few weeks, the majority of bakeries, cafes, pubs and restaurants in London have closed their doors. During these uncertain times, it's important to continue to support local businesses, so if you run out of food at home, try to order something from an independent eatery instead. Many are still operating takeout or delivery services so that customers can enjoy their favourite food without risking their health.
Residents in Belgravia can order pastries, sandwiches and gift hampers, while NHS workers will be able to enjoy 50% off their order in return for all their hard work. Also, Dominique Ansel Bakery has partnered with Magic Breakfast charity to offer a free lunchbox to kids who are entitled to free school meals.
While canalside Venetian bacaro Ombra's doors will be shut to the public for a while, the restaurant has started offering DIY pasta takeaway kits with a variety of sauces. Choose from a range of pasta such as rigatoni, paccheri, trofie, tagliatelle, fusilli or ravioli, and delicious sauces like slow-roasted tomato, wild garlic pesto or beef ragu. This is available for collection and delivery for anyone who lives within a one-mile radius of the restaurant.
Vegan fast-food brand By Chloe is supporting NHS staff during Covid-19 by offering them a 50% discount. By Chloe has also partnered with Deliveroo and has an extensive takeaway menu comprising of dishes that contain locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include burgers, salads, pasta and soup, as well as vegan fish and chips.
Patty & Bun is another London restaurant that will be available for delivery service via Deliveroo. The James Street, Goodge Street and Old Compton Street branches will be closed, but at the time of writing this article, the Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Richmond Road and Pembridge Road restaurants remain open.
Due to Coronavirus, doughnut chain Doughnut Time, which has stores all over London in places such as Soho, Holborn, Borough High Street, Shoreditch and Notting Hill, has started offering DIY home-kits. You can also order mouth-watering doughnuts straight to your front door – no matter where in the UK you are based.
If you tend to go out for your weekly Sunday roast, you can now order one from the comfort of your home. The Farmer's Mistress, an independent restaurant in Battersea, is delivering roast dinners to diners in SW11. The menu includes of either dry-aged beef rump with gravy or vegetarian roasted onion, pepper and nut roast, which are both served with herb roasted potatoes, braised red cabbage, carrots, maple-glazed parsnips, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire pudding.
Lina Stores have recently closed their shops and restaurants in an attempt to keep their customers and staff safe, but they will soon be launching an online grocery service. Keep an eye out for any updates on the website and Instagram page. Meanwhile, why not support hospitality staff and people who are at risk by donating some money on the Gofundme page?
Violet Bakery in Hackney is a bespoke cake company will only be operating online for the foreseeable future. Run by Claire Ptak, who made Harry and Meghan's wedding cake, Violet Bakery sells a range of brownies, cupcakes and other tasty treats that are baked with organic and low intervention ingredients.
You can still get your weekly brunch fix from Eggbreak, which has made its menu available on Deliveroo. Choose from a selection of heart breakfast food, such as Sweet Potato Rosti (served with a poached egg and goat's cheese), EggBreak Breakfast (poached eggs on a toasted bagel with brown butter hollandaise sauce), avocado toast, Eggbreaky Melt (potato bun, roasted red pepper jam, American sliced cheddar and scrambled eggs), Nutella French Toast or Coconut and Banana Bread.