Let’s be honest, after Christmas lunch is out of the way, nobody wants to put much effort into cooking during the holidays. Here are some of the best London food boxes and meal kit delivery services that will take the hassle out of dinner time, once you’ve made your way through the leftovers…
Photo: Ding Dong Dim Sum
1 Ding Dong Dim Sum
A delivery service born during the pandemic due to redundancies, Ding Dong Dim Sum delivers a range of meal boxes of moreish dumplings, gyoza, sui main, fluffy bao buns, sticky rice, salad and dipping sauces ready for you to devour. Boxes fill two hungry people and you can opt for vegetarian, meaty, surf and turf, or one of the several boxes which contain a mix of veg and meaty dim sum. The little parcels of goodness come frozen, which is better for eating, and preparing them is a breeze. They also come with a biodegradable steamer and deliveries Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Boxes from £29.50.
2 Flor Bakery
The Borough Market bakery has fresh crusty loaves of bread available for delivery (or pick up). Choose from a rye tin loaf, a classic sourdough or an oat porridge sourdough. The bakery has all your morning pastry, afternoon tea and elevenses needs covered too, with double baked almond croissants, malt and chocolate chip cookies, savoury Danishes and pain au chocolat among the pastries also available for home delivery.
3 Wine 52
For people who like drinking good wine, and up for trying something new. Wine 52, affiliated with Beer 52, work with a select few winemakers in top wine regions curating a strong selection of whites and reds. A subscription (£32 each month) gets you three wines from a different region or country each month, which can be either red, white or a mix of the two. You also get some snacks and a copy of their in-house mag Glug to read while you quaff.
4 Ethical Butcher
While veganuary is looming, some of us will always remain staunch meat-eaters. Ethical Butcher sources meat from farmers employing regenerative practices on their farms, meaning the meat production puts less strain on the environment and is kinder to the animal too. Along side a variety boxes containing cuts and charcuterie, the butcher has a Breakfast essentials pack (£19.70) filled with smoked back bacon, breakfast sausages and Rubies in the Rubble ketchup and smokey mayo to slather across a breakfast feast. The Burger Bonanza Box (£65) feeds 6-12 people and has everything you need for a wintering BBQ or burger night including bread from Paul Rhodes, fermented things by Eaten Alive, condiments by Rubies in the Rubble and 12 beef burger patties made with no fillers or rubbish.
A one-stop-shop for Italian pantry goods, Eataly also has an extensive selection of Italian wines and beers should you want another glass, but your home is dry. During the holidays Eataly is delivering booze, hampers and pantone only, however come the new year, pasta and sauces as well as a swathe of snacks, chocolate and sweets amongst other bits and pieces are also available for home delivery.
6 Big Night app
Big Night collates some of the best restaurant meal kits around, as well as dishes from independence start-ups across as variety of cuisines. Representing London, we’ve got lockdown start-up Makes Miso Hungry, Borough Market’s Shuk delivering Tel Aviv market food to your door, Soho Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo, Tendril, a mostly vegan kitchen operating out of Soho’s The Sun and 13 Cantons and dumplings from Poon’s Wontoneria.
7 Borough Market Recipe Boxes
Borough Market Recipe Boxes let you mix and match your starters and mains and you can choose a box for two people or for four. Entrees include globe artichoke with lemon and herb butter, nduja, mozzarella and greens on toast an burrata with toasted seeds. Follow this up with fennel, lemon and soft salami tagliolini, confit duck leg tacos and seared beef with asparagus stir-fry for those eating meat, or gnocchi with wild mushrooms and truffle butter, baked aubergine and mozzarella or griddles courgette and spicy chickpeas for those who don’t. For an extra special dinner, choose mains from the special occasion menu which includes wile mushroom Kiev and pot roast chicken with carrot top pesto. From £33.60 and you have the option to add in bottles of wine, desserts and cupboard essentials.