Restaurants and the hospitality industry have been hit hard by lockdown measures, and many have introduced delivery services to help them survive.
Let’s face it, we’re all getting tired of our own cooking after ten weeks into being stuck at home, and a takeaway satisfies our cravings for flavoursome food from our favourite eateries.
Some, such a Patty & Bun and Pizza Pilgrims, have created DIY kits to allow you to recreate dishes in your kitchen.
However, if you’re feeling lazy or simply looking for a fine dining experience from a more upmarket restaurant, many have now started doing food delivery or collection. You may have even planned to visit before lockdown scuppered your plans, so now is your chance to enjoy it from home.
It’s perfect for date nights and celebrating special occasions like a birthday or anniversary.
From across the UK, ahead are eight places we can’t wait to put an order in with.
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London’s only Michelin-star pub, has created The Harwood Arms Roast Box so you can recreate its famous roast dinners at home.
One box for two costs £70 and includes a 500g piece of sirloin, a bone marrow and braised beef sauce, part-cooked potatoes with beef fat, hay-baked carrots, greens and Yorkshire puddings, all in their own containers.
All you need to do is pop it into the oven and serve up, but each box does come with instructions too if you need them. It’s available to order from 13 June here.
For a much fancier Chinese takeaway to whet your appetite, Hakkasan is available for delivery in London.
You can also arrange to pick up your dinner from its Mayfair restaurant or from Yauatcha City, its sister venue that also serves high-end Chinese cuisine.
Treat yourself to dishes such as black truffle roasted duck, its signature Hakka noodles, dim sum and grilled Chilean sea bass in honey.
From sashimi, black cod miso and Wagyu beef steak to sake and champagne, its menu features a host of Japanese dishes that will make a change from all the pasta we’ve been eating.
It is pricey, however, with some main dishes costing upwards of £40, so we’d suggest saving this for a special occasion.
Fried chicken lovers, you’re in luck, as James Cochran, winner of the Great British menu, has expanded his co-owned restaurant 12:51 to now offer home delivery seven days a week, with a new service called Around The Cluck.
The signature fried pieces and crispy wings paired with roast gravy mayonnaise are not to be missed, and for vegetarians, we’d recommend the cauliflower cheeseburger in golden breadcrumbs with butter pickles.
Arriving in London in January 2020, innovative restaurant Six By Nico also has sites in Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool and Manchester.
It offers a six-course tasting menu that centres around a location, memory or experience, and changes every six weeks.
It’s recently launched its Home By Nico series, to bring its dining experience to your dinner table. It opens pre-orders every Friday, available only through email, and costs £50 for two people or £80 for four, offering four courses and a bottle of wine.
Currently, it is offering delivery (within a five mile radius) and collection from its Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast venues and in Manchester and Liverpool, it is operating a collection only service. Delivery costs £3.
Everyone’s favourite Indian restaurant Dishoom has also begun offering home delivery, which means you can enjoy its signature dishes at home – something we could have all done with pre-lockdown before queueing for a table.
Available from its King’s Cross, Shoreditch and Kensington branches, through the new Dishoom to Your Door service on the Deliveroo app, you can enjoy your favourite dishes without leaving the house.
We’ll be ordering its chilli chicken and keema pau, biryanis, chicken ruby and mattar panee.
Westminster and Battersea based restaurants,The Cinnamon Club and The Cinnamon Kitchen, launched their home delivery service from 5 June.
The brainchild of Vivek Singh, an Indian British celebrity chef, its menu is bursting with modern Indian dishes such as Old Delhi style butter chicken or Rajasthani soola spiced paneer tikka.
You can place an order directly from its website or, if you live within the M25, you can email [email protected] with 24 hours notice. It’s also available to order from Deliveroo, Supper, Just Eat and Uber Eats for select London postcodes or for collection from its Battersea restaurant.
Liverpool steak restaurant Macello Meat House has reopened its doors to provide a takeout menu for customers missing its dishes.
You can pick your meal from a reduced menu, but there’s still plenty of tasty options to choose from, including cheesy meatballs, 28-day dried steak, Teriyaki chicken and pan fried mushrooms.
Orders can be placed through the Just Eat app.
Situated in Glasgow’s west end, Cail Bruich is a fine dining restaurant influenced by classic French cooking techniques. It has launched a CB at Home takeaway and delivery service through its website.
You can collect from the restaurant with a pre-booked slot between 2pm and 7pm Thursday to Saturday or have your meal delivered to G3, G11, G12, G13 postcodes, Thursday to Saturday.
For G61, G62, G63, G76 and G77 postcodes, delivery is available on Friday and Saturday, between 6pm and 8pm. The delivery fee is £4 per order.
The menu changes weekly and includes mouth-watering dishes such as meat and cheese platters, slow cooked lamb and orzo pasta.
Your meal will arrive chilled with instructions, simply heat up and tuck in.