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Entrepreneurs responded to the growing popularity of burgers in the city
One of the founders poses with Chosen Bun's patented packaging.
Pete Sharman and Andy Shovel took note of the growing popularity of burger culture in London, and decided to make it a whole lot easier for Brits to get their fix.
According to the Telegraph, the pair started London’s first gourmet burger delivery service, entitled Chosen Bun, using bikes and special packaging to bring the higher-end food to your doorstep.
After an effort to start a junk food bar failed, the two travelled around the world to find a recipe that would fit with their concept.
They patented their custom packaging, and were ready for business. According to the pair, the order of the ingredients is just as important. They told the Telegraph “We coat the bottom bun in chutney to stop it sagging with juice and we protect the top bun from sauce with lettuce.”
The business will deliver their original Scottish beef burgers and a number of sides to anywhere within two miles of their flagship on Fulham road.
Diners can choose from a variety of burgers, such as the Patty, which includes a beef patty, caramelized red onion, and garlic chutney, or the Slim-Jim Chicken, which is lime and coriander marinated chicken breast, garlic and avocado mayo, sliced mozzarella and chilli jam.
Best meal delivery services: from Mindful chef to allplants, you’ll find something you like
MEAL boxes and kits are a great option if you want to try out different recipes and want everything delivered straight to your door.
And there are plenty of healthy meals you can choose from too, so we've scoured the web to find the best meal delivery services available now.
Meal delivery services are very popular and for good reason: they are a great way to try out different recipes, carefully selected by experienced chefs.
And you don't have to search for specific ingredients around different shops, because that's already taken care of, and it all comes nicely packed in a box.
It's also a great option if you usually have to carry all your groceries home: you can choose your delivery when it's convenient for you.
So we've searched the web to find the best meal delivery services you can order now.
London gets first gourmet burger delivery service Chosen Bun
Greasy, low-quality takeaways and subsequent self-loathing are set to become a thing of the past for Londoners thanks to Chosen Bun, a new company aiming to bike gourmet burgers to your door.
The city’s obsession with burger restaurants shows no signs of diminishing, but neither do the queues.
Chosen Bun however will be dispatching American-style burgers and sides such as mac n’ cheese bites, triple-cooked chips and onion rings to any address within two miles of its Fulham Road location – with a view to opening more London sites in the future.
Founders Pete Sharman and Andy Shovel perfected what they believe to be the perfect burger after spending a year tasting patties and buns the world over, before working out how to deploy it to your living room at restaurant-quality.
‘Our patented cylindrical packaging keeps the burgers upright and preserves their heat,’ Shovel told me.
‘We tested them out by tossing them to each other across a street for a good 15 minutes, so if the burgers can survive that they can certainly survive a quick trip on the back of a moped.’
10 types of lettuce leaf, 12 gherkins, 50 chip recipes and over 1000 beef patties were taste-tested before the pair settled on their ‘Chosen Bun’, while an ingenious layer of caramelised red onion chutney stops the bread from becoming saturated with juices from the meat during its journey.
The menu consists of five burgers containing prime Scottish beef with Welsh Wagyu fat, chicken or a vegetable-based patty, with shakes and alcoholic drinks also available
6 food delivery services to upgrade any occasion during lockdown
Anyone who has celebrated a birthday, anniversary or hen party during lockdown will tell you that there are lots of ways to make the occasion feel special &mdash even though it might not be quite what we would have planned ourselves.
Everyone knows that a big part of any celebration is the food and drink, so get that right, and the rest of the day will slot into place.
Lockdown has meant that lots of catering companies and artisan food gifting services have sprung up and you can now enjoy a cornucopia of savoury delicacies, sweet treats and Insta-worthy cocktails from your home.
So, whether you're sending something to a loved one to help them party in style or ordering for yourself, here's our pick of the best food delivery services out there for special occasions.
First gourmet burger delivery service for London
New London service Chosen Bun promises to bike high-quality burgers to your door.
A pair of entrepreneurs have capitalised on London’s growing burger scene by opening the city's first gourmet burger delivery service.
Chosen Bun bikes prime Scottish beef burgers and a range of sides to any address less than two miles from its Fulham Road store within 30 minutes of an order being placed.
Founders Pete Sharman and Andy Shovel, who both studied at Nottingham University, originally wanted to open a junk food bar but realized that the start-up money required was out of their reach.
“A friend of mine flippantly mentioned that I might look to deliver to save on overheads,” said Mr Shovel. “Then, it slowly dawned on me that no one has ever taken the problem of delivering burgers by the horns, and nailed it. So that's what we've done.”
The pair travelled the world to research burgers for a year, sampling over 1000 different meats and endless buns before settling on the recipe for a burger which could survive a bumpy bike journey through London’s busy streets.
Founders Pete Sharman and Andy Shovel
“We've designed and patented custom packaging that keeps the burger upright, aerated and stationary in transit,” Mr Shovel said. “We used to test our packaging prototypes by throwing them across the street to one another for 15 mins - we only stopped when we found a design that stood up to this!
“The order of ingredients is also crucial - we coat the bottom bun in chutney to stop it sagging with juice and we protect the top bun from sauce with lettuce.”
The pair say they are aiming “seriously high” and hope to eventually own over 100 stores across London, if the concept catches on.
A number of gourmet burger restaurants have opened in London over the past few years, including the MeatLiquor chain, Patty & Bun in Marylebone and Honest Burgers, which has branches in Brixton, Soho and Camden.
Chancellor George Osborne was ridiculed last month when he tweeted a picture of himself eating a burger from upmarket chain Byron while at work on the Spending Review, which saw £11.5 billion worth of cuts.
Daylesford, South Kensington / Notting Hill / Pimlico / Marylebone
Lady Carole Bamford's glossy London farm shops are restocked daily with organic eggs, fresh meat and vegetables, direct from the Bamford farm in the Cotswolds. In addition to a home delivery service, you can order hot and cold dishes via Deliveroo, including full vegan breakfasts, fresh smoothies, warm salads and comforting spiced chicken tagine or lamb casserole.
Sumosan Twiga, Knightsbridge
Sloane Street's Sumosan Twiga is the east-meets-west gourmet-party venue from hospitality powerhouse Flavio Briatore. A mashup of menus from Japanese favourite Sumosan (by Janina Wolkow) and Briatore&rsquos nightclub-restaurant Twiga, the restaurant serves upmarket sushi and sashimi alongside traditional Italian dishes. Designed for two to share, both a Taste of Sumosan and a Taste of Twiga (both £100) showcase signature dishes from the restaurant&rsquos two types of world cuisine. Alternatively, for £130, there&rsquos the Sumosan & Twiga Ultimate Classics, which including Tuna Tartare and the Grilled Angus Tenderloin with Sweet Chilli Sauce. If you can&rsquot go to the party, let the party come to you.
Farmacy, Notting Hill
Farmacy, Notting Hill's popular plant-based restaurant, has launched a home delivery menu, available to Londoners in zones 1-3. Select from a menu of 15 dishes, including the signature Got No Beef Burger and vegan 'mac n cheese', as well as chocolate chip cookies and cakes. In addition to the delivery service, the Farmacy Market is open daily, serving fresh vegetables, warming soups and nutrient-packed juices.
The Farm Shop is open daily 12-8pm on weekends (11am-8pm Mon-Fri) minimum delivery order of £30, farmacylondon.com
While it may not come with the usual side of people watching for which the restaurant is renowned, Bluebird Chelsea is currently operating a takeaway and delivery menu, as well as festive at-home dining kits. Tuck into whole rotisserie chickens, battered cod with chips, signature Bluebird burgers and tuna poke bowls, layered with avocado, edamame beans and wakame.
Available from Bluebird Chelsea and Bluebird White City, 12pm - 9pm, bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
Romulo Café, Kensington
Founded by Rowena Romulo, the granddaughter of the late General Carlos P Romulo, this Filipino gem in West London serves dishes include kare-kare &ndash a Filipino favourite prepared with British top brisket and oxtail with aubergine, bok choy and green beans stewed in annatto, drizzled with peanut sauce served with sautéed shrimp paste on the side. The restaurant delivers across Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith and limited areas in Westminster.
San Pietro, Kensington
For Italian seafood done properly look no further than San Pietro, located in a quiet neighbourhood area off High Street Kensington. A rotating menu reflects the fresh produce that is flown in direct from Italy, and the restaurant has even opened up a picturesque seafood stall during the quarantine. Alongside classic seafood staples like risotto nero di Seppia and spaghetti gamberi e calamari, they also do pizza for a quick bite. Get in line for buckets full of prawns and oven-baked bass.
Potage delivers fresh, sustainable and delicious meals to your door. In these current times, they have expanded their pantry section so you can now add eggs, seasonal fresh veg, granola, oats and spaghetti to your order. Then there are proper meals from £6 per serving, like beef goulash, chicken curry or lasagne that you can either eat straight away or freeze, plus brightening fresh salads and sharing platters.
Lina Stores pasta kits
If you can&rsquot get to Italy, and you can&rsquot get out, this is the next best thing. Central London&rsquos best pasta pit-stop has created cook-at-home kits, available nationwide. Lina Stores&rsquo aubergine polpette and ravioli verde are melty mouthfuls of cheesy, truffley heaven &ndash hop straight on that Deliveroo app and add antipasti, panini and dolci to your basket between midday and 3pm and 5pm-10pm daily.
Stein at Home delivery boxes
Mac & Wild online butcher
Scottish sensation Mac & Wild has moved its much loved in-restaurant Butcher counter online. Order hulking slabs of Scottish meat, game and their very own venison haggis, for a slice of the Scottish Highlands at home. You can also shop whisky, spirits and pre-mixed cocktails, or sign up for one of Mac & Wild's virtual cook alongs.
Burger delivery service Homeburger comes to North London
If you're in North London (like us) and really fancy a burger, but just don't fancy heading outside "in this weather" then new burger take-away and delivery service Homeburger could be just what you need.
It's in the final stages of opening on the Holloway Road, so we caught up with Homeburger's Dave Corbineau to find out more.
What can you tell us about Homeburger?
Homeburger is a high quality burger delivery concept. Although there is a massive amount of demand for burgers in the UK, there are very few places where you can get a great quality burger delivered to your door. To provide a solution, we've spent over a year putting together the perfect packaging and cooking processes to make sure our gourmet burgers (and fries!) arrive perfectly to the door of all our customers.
Are you just delivery?
It's just takeaway and delivery - this is our major focus, although we do have three semi-comfortable chairs in store if you really want to eat in! No tables though.
And where are you delivering to?
We'll start by delivering only to a few invited local people just to perfect the food and service. After this, we will have a small delivery area that will include Holloway, Highbury, Islington, Archway, Kentish Town and a few other places.
And the food and drink?
The manu is still in an early stage as there is still a lot of testing to do but we've got a great selection of burgers with a few other surprises. Our chilli cheese waffle fries and sweet pie selection is particularly exciting. We will be doing drinks, starting with shakes and a few home made soft drinks. Once we get our alcohol license, we'll do a few beers as well. Some of the burgers that could make it to the final menu are:
- Homeburger with cheese - Beef patty, fried onion relish, pickles, tomato, lettuce, home sauce, toasted bun, cheddar and american cheese.
- Fried chicken shack - Buttermilk fried chicken, homeslaw, avocado, tomato, chipotle mayo, toasted bun
- BBQ Beach Hut - Slow cooked BBQ beef brisket, homeslaw, pickled red onion, BBQ sauce, toasted bun
- Greenhouse - BBQ mushrooms, cheddar cheese, American Cheese, fried onions, tomato, lettuce, BBQ sauce, toasted bun
- Plus sides including waffle cheese fries (Waffles topped with homefries and covered in melted cheese), home fries and Mac, schack and cheese (Twice baked macaroni cheese)
- And desserts are pies which include Mint choc chip pie (Mint Choc chip mousse, Oreo crust) and Burnt Marshmallow and chocolate pie (Chocolate mousse, burnt marshmallow top, oreo crust)
When do you open?
We're not in a rush, we want to perfect the food and service first. We'll probably start with a soft launch in 2 weeks or so.
Homeburger is now open at 169 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX. To book, either head around or call on 020 7700 6008 or 020 7607 8401. For the latest information, follow them on Twitter @Homeburger.
We tried out Homeburger during their trial and would definitely recommend - the buttermilk chicken burger and the onion shards being a particular high point. See the gallery below:
Fully-Stacked And Dispatched: Best Burger Deliveries In London
When it comes to food deliveries in the city, you’ll find just about everything. Brunch to your door? Sorted. Vegan dishes? You bet. And as for the humble burger? We’ve scoured the depths of Deliveroo and beyond to bring you the cream of the crop. From fancy fine dining takes on classics to plant-based fillings that’ll leave your mouth watering, these are the restaurants delivering burgers in London. Your lockdown lunch never looked so good.
The best burger delivery in London? We've found them all.
12:51: Since launching dedicated delivery service Around The Cluck, James Cochran’s 12:51 has been dishing out the likes of buttermilk jerk chicken burgers, smacked cucumber and even a radish salad.
Fatburger: From Camden to Wembley, Fatburger is the LA brand that’s bringing a taste of California to London. We’re talking Reese’s shakes, chilli cheese dogs, triple patty specials and discounted family bundles.
Twisted London: This King's Cross spot is delivering an epic selection think brisket and chuck beef patty with panko-crumbed Emmental cheese or vegan chicken with chilli Buffalo sauce and slaw.
PartyLab: Bringing you not one, not two but a selection of three mini burgers, this Kentish Town kitchen has something for all tastes. Wash it down with cocktails like negronis and bloody marys.
The London Burger Co: Looking for online burger delivery in North London? This Muswell Hill pick has beef, chicken and veggie options alongside ice cream and milkshakes.
MEATLiquor is back and tastier than ever.
Yen Burger: From wagyu beef burgers packed with shiso and pickles to a surf n turf special that pairs Aberdeen beef with king prawns, this Southwark favourite is satisfying those hunger pangs. Did we mention they’re halal and vegan-friendly?
by CHLOE.: If you’re after a vegan burger delivery in London, look no further than the Chicky Parm Parm or Guac Burger from by CHLOE.
MEATLiquor: The comfort food maestros are back, opening for delivery from their East Dulwich restaurant. Expect Dead Hippies, craft beers and even bottled cocktails.
Morley's: A South London classic, Morley’s is bringing you affordable lunch boxes, fish fillet burger meals and quarter pounders just to name a few.
Bite Me Burger: Still operating from Battersea, Bite Me Burger is delivering buns, meal deals and fried gherkins washed down with chocolate bar milkshakes. Get your hands on the Boredom-Busting Burger Box that includes 12 or 24 mini burgers and a game to keep you entertained during lockdown.
Fancy feasting on all this? Well, now you can.
Burger & Beyond: Not only has Burger & Beyond pivoted to DIY kits during lockdown, but the Shoreditch restaurant is delivering all their classics. Think 45-day-aged beef patties and the signature burnt butter mayo.
Coqfighter: Serving hungry Londoners from kitchens in Shoreditch and Hackney Wick, Coqfighter is on hand to bring you their signature buns loaded with quality chicken and premium ingredients. Keep an eye out on Uber Eats for their new project Goodburger.
WTF!: Dispatching meaty, vegan and vegetarian burgers across East London, WTF! is upgrading your self-isolated dinner with a tasty range of burgers.
The Posh Burger Co.: Whether it’s The Ritzy Americano or The Flame Boyant, this Old Street spot is delivering pimped up classics with ice cream and sorbet for dessert. Ooh la la.
Bleecker: One of London's best burger spots, Bleecker is delivering its iconic angry fries, loaded buns and cremy shakes to our homes.
Vurger Co: After vegan burger deliveries in London? The plant-based gods have answered your prayers.
Le Bun: Between triple burgers and truffle-topped fries, Le Bun's burger delivery options are making lockdown that bit better.
From LA to London, it's time you got a taste of Fatburger.
Beats Burgers: Along with chicken wings and grilled halloumi, this Wembley favourite is delivering gourmet beef, vegetarian and peri peri chicken burgers.
O! Burger: Based out of Acton, this burger specialist is cooking up grass-fed British beef, fresh toppings and vegan patties in soft brioche buns.
Honest Burgers: Opening up venues from Hammersmith to Spitalfields, Honest Burgers are back in a handful of London locations. Get ready to tuck into some of the city's most enticing patties, alongside those all-important rosemary salted chips.
Milk Beach: This Queens Park favourite has launched a delivery menu of burgers and pies think crumbed koji marinated chicken breast and even an Aussie-inspired bun.
Twisted is delivering all across London.
Absurd Bird: Just because you can’t dine in right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t tuck into Absurd Bird’s finger-lickin’ selection of buttermilk wings, burgers and drool-worthy waffles.
Burger & Lobster: Chow down on Burger & Lobster’s namesake dishes as the original burger, lobster roll and 1.25lb lobster with fries are all available for delivery from the Mayfair site.
Neat Burger: Lewis Hamilton’s plant-based joint is delivering the meat-free goods with a selection of burgers, hot dogs, tater tots and ice cream cookie sandwiches.
BrewDog: From Clerkenwell to Soho, BrewDog has got your beer and burger cravings covered. There’s even wine and prosecco if you’re not into the hoppy stuff.
Shake Shack: Shroom burgers, ale-marinated shallots, special sauce and crinkle-cut fries are all on the menu as Shake Shack dispatches to homes across the city.
Truffle London: Just because you can't get to this Seven Dials Market trader, doesn't mean that you can't dig into epic stacked burgers from the comfort of your lounge.
Patty + Bun: From the Ari Gold to the Smokey Robinson, Patty + Bun are delivering their iconic buns all across London.
Dirty Bones: The home of NYC-style food is now offering a DIY version of their most famous buns. Grab yourself a kit to enjoy creamy mac and cheese, juicy burgers and fiery jalapenos in the comfort of your own digs.
Still hungry? This list of DIY meal kits should do the trick.
17 best fresh food boxes delivered in London: eat well at home
By Ally Head
Published: Wednesday 13th January 2021
If you're Googling 'fresh food boxes delivered in London', chances are, you're probably thinking about getting your weekly veg shop dropped direct to your front door for a number of reasons. Perhaps you've seen the posters on the Tube, have a deep-rooted urge to recreate that unreal veg-packed rice dish you had at the Thai you can't remember the name of in Brixton (let our guide to the best Thais in London help), or you simply don't have time in your day-to-day life to make that delicious looking Alexandra Dudley recipe you saw on Foodism.
Maybe you're keen to try something new in the kitchen, be that vegetables, recipes or entire meals, and have found yourself bored of the current porridge/sandwich/pasta routine your diet currently consists of or feel unduly inspired by the rise of the many organic restaurants in London to increase the ratio of organic produce in your home.
Whatever your motive, food boxes have surged in popularity over the last few years: according to stats, HelloFresh is worth around £2 billion and delivers nine million dinners across nine countries a month while Gousto sells a hefty 400,000 meals a month, some costing as little as £2.98 per portion.
So, without further ado, read Foodism's pick of the best fresh food boxes delivered in London – from ingredients rough and ready for you to prep, to dinners that only need 10 minutes in the oven, to full meals ready to be eaten. There's a dish for everyone.
Food delivery boxes for making your own creations
From £9.45 a box, including six to seven varieties of seasonal vegetables
Oddbox offers the cheapest variety box on the market, plus delivers fruit and veg that would otherwise have ended up as food waste.
One of the original fruit and veg delivery boxes to make waves on the London food scene, the ethos of Oddbox is simple – to save wonky produce deemed 'not uniform enough' for supermarket shelves from becoming food waste. Co-founders Deepak Ravindran and Emilie Vanpoperinghe launched the business in 2016 after discovering that a third of food produced globally is wasted, which amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Choose from weekly veg, fruit or fruit and veg boxes, from just £9.45. Plus, fun fact: one large delivery box saves 8 kgs of CO2e and 1,803 litres of water.
From £11.75 a box, including seven varieties of seasonal veg and staples (potatoes plus carrots or onions)
Longest-standing organic box, first launched in 1987. Plus founder Guy Singh-Watson has his own BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs episode
Age-old organic veg suppliers Riverford first set up shop in 1987 and have since somewhat paved the way for sustainable businesses and fruit and the veg delivery industry (read our guide to London's sustainable restaurants for more organic-centric eateries). Not only do they grow and sow all of their own produce on their family-run farm in Devon but they deliver it to your door, too. Many moons ago, their first order dropped off a mere 30 boxes to family and friends now they deliver 45,000 boxes a week. They have a wide variety of products on offer, but their veg box is the star of the show, available from £11.75. Ready, set… veg.
3. Organic Delivery Company
From £11.95 a box, including seven different types of seasonal vegetables
Bear with us – sure, there are lots of fresh food boxes delivered in London, but each and every one has something that makes it unique. Take the Organic Delivery Company, for example, who have been supporting local farms and growers since 1999. Buy a box and not only will you be doing your bit for lowering carbon emissions, reducing your plastic wastage and eating sustainably, but you'll be saving money on delivery, too – win, win. That's if you live in Greater London or Surrey. Oh, go on then.
4. Abel & Cole
From £11.50, including five seasonal vegetables and two types of fruits
Abel & Cole tell you in advance exactly what will actually be arriving in your delivery, plus provide the information on where your fruit and veg came from. Neat.
Another well known success story, starting around the same time as Riverford, is Abel & Cole, which started out dropping off potatoes fresh from the farm in an old postman's van in 1988. Alongside their extensive range of boxes – at current, they have 18 for you to choose from – you can select various combinations of fruit, vegetables and salads. These range in price from £6.50 for a farmers' choice vegetable bag, to £23 for a large mixed box of fruit and vegetables.
5. Pipers Farm
From £35, including four steak burgers, 250g grass fed beef, two chicken thighs, 250g chicken stir fry, six pork sausages, 250g diced pork, two duck legs and 250g duck
Ethical, farm reared meat that takes no more than 19 hours to get from the farm to your door
What's that? You don't fancy a veg box but still like the idea of a subscription box with weekly goodies turning up at your door? Well, meat eaters, you’re in luck: Pipers Farm is a – yep, you guessed it right – farm set on a 50-acre site in Cullompton. There, they raise pigs and poultry on the nutrient-rich red Devon soil, among 400-year-old hedgerows. It's very small scale farming, not a cage, barn or GMO-cereal in sight. All Pipers Farm produce is antibiotic, hormone and preservative-free, not to mention ethical. If you're wondering where to get your hands on said meat, it's as simple as placing an order and making sure you're in for your delivery slot. Transportation from farmer to your front door takes no more than 19 hours.
6. Planet Organic
From £5.99 for 500g beetroot, 1kg carrots, 500g oranges, 150g ginger and 1kg apples
As they're an online shop with thousands of products for sale, you can do the rest of your weekly food shop while ordering your delivery box, too
You've likely found yourself in a Planet Organic before ogling at the kombucha, lentil crisps and gluten free cookies with a mix of awe and confusion, but did you know they deliver organic veg boxes similar to the likes of Riverford and Oddbox? They have a wide range, from specific select fruit boxes for juicing, to organic salad boxes, to seasonal root veg deliveries. Basically, there's something for everyone, and it's as simple as ordering online or while you're in store. Result.
7. Local Greens
From £8.25 for a selection of six varieties of seasonal produce, stereotypically including 500g potatoes, 300g carrots or onions, one to two leafy green vegetables like spinach, chard or savoy cabbage and one to two other seasonal vegetables such as courgettes, tomatoes, broccoli, beans or cucumber
They're not-for-profit, independent and local, partnering with local venues and businesses across SE London as collection points for their weekly bag drops.
The clue is in the name, really – for lovingly grown and reared local produce, this not-for-profit organisation is a great option. Not only do they source fresh veg from small UK, organic and spray-free farms weekly, they also pack it all up for you. While they won't collect direct to your door as with the larger companies - their ethos is rooted in low food miles and a low carbon foot print - they offer a handy pick up service from local collection points around South East London. Support independent businesses and all.
8. Eversfield Organic
From £10.95 including at least seven seasonal varieties per box
You can get ethically reared native Aberdeen Angus cattle, fed on a 100% pasture diet, delivered with your veg. You never need to step foot in Waitrose again
Fun fact: the Eversfield family spent years transforming and rebuilding the soil and plant health in a field used for many years before that for intensive industry farming, planting over 30,000 trees in the process. As for their fresh food boxes delivered in London, they span a wide range of fruit and veg options for you to choose from, offering hundreds of combinations of fruit and veg, alongside animals fed on grass and wildflowers, so you'll never get bored. The farm is certified fully organic plus, you can buy organic dairy, charcuterie, wild fish and larder produce on their online store, too. Dreamy.
9. Northern Harvest
From £6.00 including six seasonal varieties per box
You can pick and choose between fruit, veg and salad boxes, in other words, pick and choose what produce you'll actually eat
One of the easiest ways to reduce your food miles and support local food heroes is by buying and eating locally-made produce – fact. With Northern Harvest, if you live in or near Cheshire, you can do exactly that. Their website offers not only a wide selection of fruit and veg boxes, but also produce from over 80 local producers, meaning you can get British cheese, meat, honey and more treats delivered with your fresh veg box. We mean.
From £8.80 including four types of greens, such as beans, courgette and leeks
You can get a greens only box, handy for if you've already bought starchier veg or would rather steer clear of them. Plus, they were the first London-based organic delivery service
Starting business back in 1994 as London's first organic box scheme, Farmaround vegetables change weekly and come delivered with a handwritten note from founder Isobel with what's in your box, the health benefits of each vegetable, plus a few recipe suggestions, too. As well as delivering all their fresh fruit and veg in recyclable, sustainable paper sacks, Farmaround as a brand has been vocally campaigned for animal welfare for many years.
10. Growing Communities
Growing Communities has been growing their own fruit and veg in Hackney since 1999
Another community-led start up, Growing Communities, based in Hackney and Dagenham, are working to help both shoppers and farmers in reducing their carbon footprint and eat more seasonally. They run an organic fruit and veg bag scheme, where you can really personalise what products you'd like to pick up, further reducing the chance of produce going off and being chucked away. Waste not, want not. On top of that, they provide workshops for local London residents on how to grow and produce food at home, helping to educate, inform and give back to the local community. Nice.
11. Pikt Fresh
Depends on what you pick – totally customisable
The only delivery box service in the UK with the plastic-free trust mark
As one of the more ethical fresh food boxes delivered in London, the fruit and veg is grown by a team passionate about working with an eco-foot forward, all of Pikt's food is certified organic by the Soil Association. What's more, they're the only delivery box service in the UK marked with the plastic-free trust mark. On the fence? They also offer next day delivery, and you can choose what produce you want. Not just for the eco-conscious or those perpetually hankering for a verdant bit of courgette, but for anyone looking to up their veg intake and up the eco, in the process.
Recipe boxes for following a set recipe
Exceptional value for money, meals from as little as £2.98 per portion
On to the recipe boxes. You've likely heard of Gousto – it was one of the big players when home recipe boxes first launched in the UK back in 2012. The premise was simple: deliver everything you'd need to make a delicious, nutritious meal at home to your door, ingredients weighed, ready to go. Now, you can choose from 40+ delicious, easy and inventive new recipes each week, place your order and cook up a tasty nutrient-dense meal from £2.98 per serving. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Customer services are open from 8am to 10pm every day, so if you ever do have a problem with service or missing item, there will nearly always be someone at the end of the phone ready to chat and sort out the problem.
HelloFresh was first launched in 2012 by lawyer-turned-chef-turned-food-delivery-service-owner Patrick Drake, who gave up his nine to five office job to follow his passion for food. As one of the UK's leading recipe box services, Hello Fresh serves delivers of dinners a month from the weekly menu of ever-changing recipes. It's all very flexible – choose as many or as little meals as you'd like for as many or as little mouths. Yum.
According to their website, they're the UK's top rated delivery box service. Not bad
If you're a Foodism reader, the notion of cooking a restaurant quality meal likely not just excites you, but excites you a lot. And sometimes, to reach certain dreams, you need a little help along the way. Which is exactly where the idea for SimplyCook came from. If you're bored of eating the same food dinner in, dinner out, then SimplyCook's 15 to 20 minute recipes, focused on showcasing the best of global cuisines in simple steps, will be right up your street. Follow along with authentic spices and recipes delivered to your door, sub in a few fresh ingredients and revel in your new found skills. Cooking never looked so easy.
Ready made meals delivered direct to your office or door
Potage have been cycling eco-friendly, ethically sourced grub since 2012, before it was 'trendy' to do so.
And finally, fully pre-made ready meals. Not all days are born equal, and neither are ready meals. At Foodism, we're fans of cooking from scratch, spending time in the kitchen and learning new skills over a stove but also understand more than most that some days, that just isn't an option. Enter stage right Potage, a start up run by Georgia Cummings who's been delivering fresh-as-anything handmade meals daily with a sustainable foot forward since 2012. Choose what you'd like delivered, be it desk breakfast, a corporate lunch for colleagues or a hot pot to greet you at home for supper, and you're good to go. No wasteful packaging, a focus on sharing boxes to minimise even compostable packaging and locally sourced ingredients means their hot meals, salad boxes and sweet treats are eco-friendly and seriously tasty, good for the planet and good for you. If that's not enough to persuade you, their brownie bites are enough to make you order again and again. You heard it here first.
16. The Detox Kitchen
From £31.45 per day for three meals, pudding, a juice and two snacks
You'll get all of your food for the day delivered to your door, ideal for when you really don't have time at all to cook. Think breakfast, lunch, dinner, pudding, plus 1 juice, 1 nut pot and 1 snack every day
If you're consistently too busy or looking to introduce some nutritional structure in your diet, The Detox Kitchen offer weekly meal plan delivery services to take the stress out of cooking. Looking to up your veg intake for a week? Know you'll be manic with work and want to ensure you have healthy, brain-nourishing food at home in advance? The DK team have something for every need, from vegan packages to food to nourish new mums. They launched their biggest menu change ever recently, and Foodism can confirm that the breakfast banana bread is particularly special. As with Potage, the DK team focus on eco-friendly, sustainable business model, preparing all their food daily in their London kitchen.
All their convenience food items are packaged plastic free and in compostable and recyclable packaging. Waste not, want not
So you like the idea of ready meals but don't like the idea of dishes rammed full of additives, made with cheap ingredients and wrapped in non-biodegradable packaging. Good news then: Farmdrop offers a little bit of everything, from fresh fruit and veg delivery boxes to bakery items or its newest addition to the site, Farmdrop ready meals. All products are produced ethically, putting the farmer first, and not packaged shedloads of plastic pre-delivery, making moves to care for the planet, too. The brand works with more than 450 UK producers across the UK to provide honest ethically-sourced food, and you can taste it – the meals are delicious. Foodism's favourite is the spicy halloumi vegetable tray bake.
Hamilton&rsquos vegan burgers
Hamilton&mdashwho went vegan in 2017&mdashopened the first Neat Burger location in Central London in 2019 and quickly expanded to a second and third location in the Camden and Soho neighborhoods, respectively. In addition to expanding in the UK, Hamilton previously announced plans to franchise the concept to 14 global locations in major cities such as New York City and Los Angeles.
When he is not expanding his vegan restaurant empire, Hamilton crushes racing records, promotes the ethical side of veganism, and fights for racial justice on and off the track. In November 2020, Hamilton won his seventh Formula One Championship&mdashafter securing his 92nd win at the Portuguese Grand Prix, surpassing the win record previously held by legendary driver Michael Schumacher. With eyes still on him after the historic wins, Hamilton took to Instagram to send a message about racial justice followed by an Instagram story&mdashwhere he shared a video of pigs headed to slaughter&mdashthat urged his 30 million followers to go vegan.
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