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With many supermarkets only offering delivery slots two weeks away, it's time to look at other food options if you're currenly self-isolating, or unable to buy food at your local supermarket.
Who knew trying to order food online would become reminiscent to securing Glastonbury tickets?
Many big supermarkets have been inundated with orders and Waitrose, along with Sainsbury’s, have stopped taking new orders. Waitrose did confirm that those who already have placed grocery delivery orders will still receive them. Asda and Tesco are still accepting orders, but wait times are currently 2-3 weeks.
So, if you’re unable to secure a delivery slot to order food online, it might be time to check out the smaller delivery services…
Order food online today: the best smaller delivery services
Delivering across the UK in as little as 30-90 minutes using local, crowd-sourced drivers, Beelivery’s site is still accepting new customers. Predominantly a snack-orientated site, they have plenty to offer if you’re looking to keep those cravings at bay. They also offer essentials like bread, eggs and olive oil, as well as meal options to feed a family, from frozen pizzas to whole chickens – they even have pet food.
Wait time for delivery: 30-90 minutes
Shop now: Beelivery
If you’re all stocked up on groceries but struggling with the lack of alcohol in your cupboards, look no further than Laithwaite’s. A case of their red wines comes in at only £7.49 per bottle, which is similar to what you might spend on a bottle in store.
Wait time for delivery: within 7 working days
Shop now: Laithwaite’s
3. The London Restaurant Co-Operative
We can’t rave enough about this brand new co-operative, which offers an affordable, top quality take-away option – all while giving back to the community. This new initiative from the culinary mastermind behind Soho’s Le Bab, Stephen Tozer, is bringing together some of London’s finest chefs to offer delicious, restaurant-standard food for those who are struggling to order online. There’ll be two different meal options daily (one vegan and one non-vegan), with the menu being advertised online and on Instagram.
Each meal costs just £7 and, in addition to feeding your household, you’ll also have the option to donate meals to the vulnerable on top. By adding a £4 tip on the order will cover a delivery of a meal to UCL hospital for staff or to The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields homeless shelter. You can order via their website, but these guys also accept orders by email on email@example.com (please note, deliveries are London only). Keep up with the daily meals on offer @londonrestaurantcollective.
Wait time for delivery: same day delivery if you order by 12.30. Order any time for next day delivery.
Shop now: London Restaurant Co-Operative
4. Fourpure Brewing Company
Weekends during lockdown call for trying out new things, and if you’ve not tried Fourpure’s delicious beers, they could be the perfect thing for a Friday night to unwind after a long week WFH. And, the brewery is currently offering a great discount for all those keeping us all safe by staying at home. After closing the doors of its taproom, the Bermondsey brewery is offering customers a 20% discount on all beer and merchandise via its web shop. Delivery available nationwide.
Wait time for delivery: 3 working days
Shop now: Fourpure Brewery
4. Eversfield Organic
Eversfield Organic deliver organic produce right to your door. While their boxes of fruit and vegetables are out of stock at the moment, you can still pick up boxes of fresh meat and fish.
Although their produce changes month by month to keep variety and to ensure a top-quality section, their Family Meat Box looks like the best option to us. For ten different types of meat including a whole chicken, sausages, pork, bacon and mince meat, it’s just under £100. They also have a larder section with some items like fresh bread still available.
Wait time for delivery: depending on availability
Shop now: Eversfield Organic
5. The Cooperative
You’ve seen them start to appear on every street-corner in the last few years, but the Cooperative isn’t just for nipping into when you’ve forgotten a pint of milk.
Their online grocery delivery service still has some slots available, in some areas with free delivery as soon as 2 hours after ordering and in others, from Monday. Or you have the option to order your groceries online and pick them up in store.You’ll have to check that the service is available in your area though.
Wait time for delivery: from 2 hours, according to what time slots are available
Shop now: The Cooperative
6. Forman & Field
If you’ve a taste for the finer things in life, Forman & Field are offering next day delivery, with slots still available. Forman & Field have a wide selection of the very best meat, charcuterie, cheese, patisserie and the finest English wine, all locally sourced. You can choose from individual products or ready-made meals that look mouthwateringly good.
Wait time for delivery: 24 hours
Shop now: Forman & Field
7. Good Sixty
Good Sixty are mainly based in Bath, Bristol and around Borough Market in London as they deliver fresh, quality products from local independent farms and shops.
However, they also have options available for grocery delivery by post. You can even pre-order flowers, just in time for Mother’s Day or to brighten up your living room while working from home. Be aware, a lot of the services are currently only available for click and collect.
Wait time for deliver: up to a week, but most are only currently offering click and collect options
Shop now: Good Sixty
Slurp’s ever-changing wine list means there is no need to settle for what you’re used to. In these changing times, why not try something new?
From Slurp’s online store, you can buy a range of wines from around the world as well as various spirits and other gifts. Their everyday case is currently on sale and contains 12 bottles of a mixture of red and white wines, hand chosen for £77.95 – working out to £6.50 per bottle.
Wait time for delivery: up to 72 hours
Shop now: Slurp
Farmdrop is a locally sourced, online grocery delivery service with strong focus on farm-to-table foods for those in London. It also specialises in ethically-sourced baby foods, along with deli and other household products.
At the moment, Farmdrop has a queuing system set up to deal with the surplus traffic to the website. If you’re looking for a quick-fix order, this might not be the one for you but if you can sit in the queue (over 1 hour waiting time at peak hours) they still have product available, if you’re willing to wait it out.
Waiting time for food: over 1 hour queue to enter the site, delivery times vary
Shop now: Farmdrop
Iceland are currently saving delivery slots for people over the national pension age (65+) and you don’t have to be an existing customer.
Wait time for food: Within the next few days
Shop now: Iceland
10. M&S are teaming up with deliveroo
M&S are offering customers essentials via deliveroo. There’s not a huge amount of choice, but you can get some basics if you’re struggling to order online. Available to order are things like ready meals, milk, bread and even alcohol, as well as snacks like crisps and chocolates.
Delivery for this service is free, but if your order is below £10, you will be charged a ‘small order’ fee.
Wait time for food: Within the next few days
Shop now: Deliveroo
Stay safe and happy shopping!