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Officina 00 in Old Street starts delivering pasta and Instagram pasta masterclasses

After opening last year, Officina 00 has won plenty of praise, not least a rave review by Marina O'Loughlin in The Sunday Times. But if you've been missing your Officina fix since the lockdown, they're about to re-open, this time offering delivery. 

It's a mix of ready to eat, as well as fresh pasta that you can make at home. For the cook at home selection, there's 100g of cavatelli, corzett…

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Mayfair's Benares creates Benares @ Home for fine dining Indian food, delivered

London has its fair share of great Indian fine dining restaurants - but if you've been missing them, one of them is ready to bring that fancy experience to your home. Benares has kicked off Benares @ Home, delivering food from their Mayfair kitchens via the Supper app/website. Dishes include:

  • Classic vegetable samosas chaat with white pea curry, yogurt and tamarind
  • Tandoor grilled prawns dr…

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Patty & Bun are selling Ari Gold and Smokey Robinson burger kits at HG Walter

In a crisis like this we all have to work together, which is just what Patty & Bun and top butcher HG Walter are doing. They've launched The Lockdown DIY Patty Kit to enable you to make Patty & Bun burgers at home.

There are three boxes available with the ingredients to make two classic P&B burgers - the Ari Gold and the Smokey Robinson. All you'll need to do is provide the lettuce an…

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Morty & Bob's are running a live cheese toastie masterclass

We've already talked about the Bread Ahead series of live tutorials (which are proving to be very popular) and now we hear of another venture that sounds like a must-watch. Missing your favourite cheese toasties from Morty and Bob's? Well, they're going to show you how to make these beauties from the comfort of your home. 

Here's what they say you'll need: "semi stale sliced sourdough, coupl…

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The country's on lockdown, and food delivery is the answer

So, we're on lockdown. We knew it was coming and, last night, Boris finally delivered.

What does this mean for London's restaurants and cafes? In the immediate aftermath of the latest government announcement, many of the restaurants that were in the process of moving to delivery decided to close their doors for the foreseeable future. In many cases, they were worried about further changes and als…

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The Marksman in Hackney offers delivery and takeaway pies and provisions

The latest restaurant to move into the takeaway business has been Hackney's The Marksman. From yesterday, they started out with bacon and sausage baps, with roasts and pies too. And the aim is to continue that this coming week, adding provisions. 

They're also launching a provisions service - offering a selection of fruit & veg boxes, which can also include eggs, butter, milk - as well a…

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Legare in Shad Thames is offering cook at home pasta meals

Newish pasta spot Legare in Tower Bridge is among the many London businesses pivoting to a new way of doing business in the wake of the Covid crisis. They're now open as a collection and takeaway-only spot, with plans to offer delivery soon.

Taking a quick look at their new streamlined menu, seems there's plenty to keep SE1 residents happy. You can order ribollita, salumi platters and gorgeous-so…

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All restaurants, cafes and bars in the UK ordered to close (but can still offer takeout)

Well, there we have it. After days of uncertainty over the status of the hospitality industry, the Prime Minister came down firmly in today's Covid briefing. All restaurants, bar and cafes are to close as soon as possible today and they are not to reopen.

Anyone tempted to go out tonight one last time was urged not to: "You may think you're invincible but there's no guarantee you'll get mild symp…

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Brat in Shoreditch converts to a farm, grill and wine shop

If you've been keeping track of our page that covers how restaurants are changing as a result of Coronavirus, you'll have seen - where possible - a great shift towards takeaway and delivery. 

Latest to reveal full details of their plans are Brat, one of our Top 40 restaurants in London, who have just reopened as a farm, grill and wine shop. The restaurant has been retooled as a market counte…

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Borough Market has launched an online grocery delivery service - updated

Updated 20/3/20 with new delivery area

If you love the idea of buying your weekly groceries at Borough Market, but the reality of wading through the tourist-heavy throng not so much, then we have the answer.

The market has just announced the launch of its online shopping service - it's apparently the first produce market in the country to do so. They've teamed up with Bath based company Good Sixt…

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Signature Brew are using musicians to deliver a pub in a box to your home

Already missing enjoying a beer down your local? As social distancing and pub avoiding kicks in, one London brewery has come up with a solution.

Walthamstow's Signature Brew has decided that it'll "bring the pub to you". Their Pub In A Box features a selection of their award-winning beers, with glassware, snacks, a music quiz and exclusive playlists curated by music journalists to accompany the b…

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Bread Ahead launch online baking tutorials - and they're free!

This is a genius move. If you're stuck at home and thinking maybe now's the time to break out a new skill, then Bread Ahead has come to the rescue.

Bread Ahead’s founder and master baker Matthew Jones is going to be online every day, live on Instagram, offering free baking tutorials. The series kicks off today with a guide on how to make their amazing filled doughnuts (which Hot Dinners can…

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In search of comfort food? How about Wotsit Mac n Cheese, delivered?

 

In these current times, comfort food is needed more than ever, and we think this new offering is almost the very definition of that. Wotsits have just teamed up with Uber Eats to release Wotsit Mac n Cheese.

It's the brainchild of Twisted London which has created a dish that is a cheddar and mozzarella sauce, infused with fresh thyme and chopped garlic, with halved and whole Reall…

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Natoora announce plans to expand their food delivery app to all Londoners

Their shops are always the place to pick up the pefect blood orange or tropea onions direct from Calabria, but now Natoora's going digital.

Up till now their online delivery app has only been available to those in the hospitality industry. But in a post on Instagram this week, they announced their decision to open the delivery servic to all.

"As delivery slots become scarcer and getting food home…

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The Chancellor offers new government support for restaurants, pubs and the hospitality industry

A day on from announcing that everyone should avoid going to pubs, clubs and other hospitality industry (which left the people responsible for those restaurants justifiably angry), the Prime Minister and Chancellor have been back at their podiums for a second day's briefing.

Today London's restaurants and bars were on tenterhooks waiting to find out what economic aid they'd be getting from t…

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