We’re into week 5 of lockdown. With enthusiasm for cooking waning we’re looking to delicious deliveries instead. These are real treats from River Café olive oil to French rosé and small-batch ice cream.
The sun is shining so it’s time to stock the freezer. Zabaione, Lemon Pie, Cornflake, Peanut Butter and Breton Caramel are just some of the flavours to choose from at Ice Cream Union. Then there are the sorbets: Hendricks Gin & Cucumber, Blood Orange and Peach. Next-day delivery within London, zones 1-3 only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to choose your flavours, note that the minimum order is 4 x 500ml tubs at £10 each. If you live close to their stall at Spa Terminus or ice cream parlour in Pavilion Road, Chelsea you can also find them on Deliveroo.
Agua de Madre is a fermented kefir water but it’s so much more delicious than that sounds. It looks and tastes like a holiday spritz, arriving in gorgeous glass bottles. Mix with tequila or just drink it as is, poured over ice. A Little Bird readers get 20% using the code: homemadre. Order from their new online shop here, delivery £5 within a 5 mile radius of Hackney, or it’s £8-£12 to courier depending on amounts. Also stocked at lots of London deli’s and on Farmdrop.
Let the corner shop come to you. Pick a box – Big Softie contains giant strawbs, jelly dolphins, strawberry pencils, pink milkshakes and foam strawberries whilst Old Favourites contains sherbet lemons, mint humbugs and after-dinner mints. This Retro Box will take you back with Wham bars, Refreshers, Nerds, even a Sherbet Dip Dab. Boxes cost £12 with free delivery, and can be personalised.
The Magnum Company used to specialise in just that – magnums. Since lockdown they’ve diversified so you can order mini-magnum’s too, AKA a normal bottle. Find Champagne – Pol Roger, Bollinger and Moet, and a selection of pale rosé – Whispering Angel, Miraval, Aix, M de Minuty and Chateau Beaulieu as well as reds and whites. Normal sized bottles must be ordered in multiples of six, with free delivery over £150.
French cheese delivered by bicycle to all London postcodes in zones 1-3. The Classic (£19.99) contains 3 x 200g cheeses, a blue, a hard and a soft. The next size up is The Seasonal (£25) that adds a goat’s cheese, then The Epicurean (£30) that adds a washed rind cheese. This week the Classic will include a Brie de Meaux, a Grand Cru de Savoie and a Blue d’Auvergne. Delivery is free. Order online or call Geoffrey 07889735295.
Potage have just expanded their delivery zone and now offer free delivery on all orders over £75. Fill the fridge with delicious home-cooked meals, plus shop ordinary pantry products like flour (impossible to find anywhere this week). The non-bakers out there can also order delicious cakes like this flourless chocolate cake, plus coffee and almond, carrot and walnut, orange almond and polenta, plus brownies, cookies and muffins.
Dalston’s Dusty Knuckle Bakery has been closed for a 2-week hiatus, but it’s just opened its doors again. The menu is condensed but you can still order their delicious Morning Buns – croissant dough rolled in cinnamon sugar – plus rye bread, house sourdough, potato sourdough and coffee. Free delivery over £40 to the following postcodes: E1, E2, E3, E5, E8, E9, EC1, EC2, N1, N4, N5, N7, N15, N16, NW5, SE5, SE15, SE22, W2, W8, W9, W10, W11.
The River Café have just launched their online shop stocking their classic items: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Italian cheese, salumi, pasta, wine. There are also gifts including all their cookbooks, linen napkins and Alessi kitchenware that can be added to a River Café bag. Order by 2pm Monday – Thursday for next day delivery.