With many supermarkets delivery slots seemingly getting booked up very quickly once again, it's time to look at other food options if are unable to order a food shop for a few days...
Who knew trying to order food and drink online would become reminiscent to securing Glastonbury tickets?
When the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, first hit, manybig supermarkets were inundated with orders and Waitrose, along with Sainsbury's, even stopped taking new orders. Many of us were self-isolating, while others were hesitant to venture out to the local supermarket, when the virus was at its height.
And now, there are whispers once again that supermarket delivery slots are booking up much faster than normal, as the UK experiences a rise in Covid-19 cases, again. In fact, Ocado have no slots available for the next week.
So, if you’re unable to secure a delivery slot to order food and drink online, check out one of these delivery options instead...
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Simply Cook is a brilliant way to use up odds and ends in your cupboards (like that leftover half packet of rice, or lentils that never seem to get used) and any fresh veg you might have in the fridge. You get everything you need to make a delicious meal - including spices, pastes and a recipe - all you need to do is add fresh ingredients. In times when popping to the shop isn't as easy as before, this is a great option as the recipes offer ingredient options - and will still work well if you sub in similar fresh ingredients that you already have in.
Wait time for delivery: Weekly
Shop now: Simply Cook
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
This healthy eating brand is brilliant for fresh, tasty meals that are easy to pull together. They offer recipe boxes with recipe cards and all the ingredients you need to create meals for the whole family.
Wait time for delivery: various delivery slots, usually within 4-6 days
Shop now: Mindful Chef
Fruit for the Office (And Home)
Fruit for the Office has recently transformed to offer home deliveries to customers. They operate within the M25, across London and the surrounding areas, offering ready-made fruit boxes, packed with popular fruit combinations for as little as £20 (serves 10 people). You also have the option to make your own, choosing from a great range of salads and vegetables as well as fruits.
Need more than one delivery a week? No problem. Fruit for the Office's allows you to book more than one delivery per week in one go, meaning you can have fresh fruit all week long.
Wait time for delivery: 7 days
Shop now: Fruit for the Office (And Home)
Delivering across the UK in as little as 30-90 minutes using local, crowd-sourced drivers, Beelivery’s site is still accepting new customers if you want to order food online. 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: 30-60 minutes
Shop now: Beelivery
Waitrose have introduced a new service that promises to deliver foods in just two hours, with a minimum spend of just £10. Choose up to 25 of your favourite Waitrose & Partners items and they will deliver them to you fast.
Wait time for delivery: Just 2 hours
Shop now: Waitrose
The Bottle Club
The Bottle Club offers every spirit, wine or beer under the sun - and they're still delivering. Team a bottle of something special with a sweet treat for a thoughtful gift, or stock up on a discounted case of wine and beer to see you through lockdown.
Wait time for delivery: 1-3 days
Shop now: The Bottle Club
The UK's favourite market place, Amazon has a grocery delivery service. Amazon Fresh will delivery groceries to your door from some of the local shops and markets, as well as big name suppliers like Morrisons. They also stock basic health and beauty essentials to keep you going in lockdown.
To purchase items sourced locally, you'll need to order by 8am to receive same-day delivery between 2pm and 11pm, or order by 5pm for next day delivery. While you can order before 2.30am on all other products to receive next day delivery for the morning, or order before 10am and you'll be able to get same-day delivery between 2pm and 11pm.
Due to high demand and social distancing measures, delivery slot availability is currently limited, however new windows are released throughout the day so you're likely to get a slot at some point.
Wait time for delivery: same-day, or 24-hrs depending on postcode and availability
Shop now: Amazon Fresh
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
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
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
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 for when you want to order food and drinks online, 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
Forman & Field
If you've a taste for the finer things in life, Forman & Field are offering next day delivery, with slots still available to order food and drink online. 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
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
M&S have teamed 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 delivery: Within the next few days
Shop now: Deliveroo
A Saturday night G&T is one way to celebrate the weekend and Warner Gin have a wide selection of exciting flavours - and are still delivering to your door within 48 hours. These all-natural flavoured gins are straight from the rolling hills of Northamptonshire. We love the lemon balm gin, which is a blend of lemon balm, lemon thyme and lemon verbena, or the fruity Rhubarb flavour, which has us dreaming of summer.
Wait time for delivery: within 48 hours on all orders placed before midnight
Shop now:Warner's Distillery
Iceland have now lifted their restrictions and are offering delivery to all shoppers, with customers over the state pension age (65+), self-isolating and vulnerable people like the disabled prioritised. According to the supermarket, it will be releasing delivery slots during the day. They're also offering free next day delivery for orders over £35.
If you're self-isolating, Iceland offer 'contact-free' delivery to ensure your safety.
Wait time for delivery: Within the next few days
Good luck trying to order food and drink online. Stay safe and happy shopping!