Now into our fourth month of lockdown, it’s perhaps unsurprising that there’s a nationwide craving for posh nosh. Takeaways have been our saviour when the monotony of cooking, cleaning and meal planning becomes too much: demand for takeaway fish and chips increased by 208 per cent in the first three months of lockdown according to one food delivery service, while it’s estimated that the volume of lamb sold via takeaway in May increased by 82 per cent on last year, thanks to the number of kebabs and curries being consumed across the country.
High-end restaurants have risen to the occasion, too, adapting their menus to create luxury meals that can be eaten at home. Supper, essentially a posher version of the food delivery app Deliveroo, has seen a boom in business, with customer demand increasing by 700 per cent. Restaurants such as Hakkasan in Mayfair and Zuma in Knightsbridge, which had previously refused to offer takeaway, signed up to the app within three days of lockdown.
And though an eat-in meal at many of these restaurants may land you with a bill well into triple figures, their takeaway offerings are not as pricey as you might expect. A two-course set menu from Michelin starred Torbay restaurant The Elephant, for example, costs just £19 – the cheapest Michelin-starred takeaway available, according to a survey carried out by kitchen manufacturer Kutchenhaus.
Whether you’re planning a special occasion, or simply fancy treating yourself (and supporting the hospitality industry while you’re at it), top-end restaurants around the country are busy making meals for you to enjoy at home. Some of them are continuing even while normal dining service resumes, others are a temporary service until the restaurant reopens, so order fast. Here are 15 of our favourites.
Two Michelin stars
Each week Simon Rogan and his team create a three-course seasonal tasting menu at £30 per person, using ingredients from their farm (a menu voted best value for money by Kutchenhaus); L’Enclume’s pre-lockdown tasting menu was £159. Expect the likes of glazed beef cheef with artichoke and thyme, lemon balm pannacotta and their homemade sourdough with whipped butter. Order before Tuesday for local delivery on Friday and Saturday (and throw in a wine flight for an extra £25 if you are feeling flush). simonroganathome.co.uk
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, London
With the restaurant remaining closed (its single 20-seater table surrounding the kitchen not conducive to social distancing), Kitchen Table (normally £150 for 12 courses) has turned itself into a deli-style takeaway, offering chef James Knappett’s house-made sourdough, pastries and items from his favourite suppliers. Make a pit-stop to get all the components for a picnic with flare. kitchentablelondon.co.uk
One Michelin star
The Nordic-inspired Mayfair restaurant (where main courses range from £20 to £36) has only recently started a takeaway and delivery service, offering langoustine bao buns, hot smoked salmon with shrimps and pickles, and of course, Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. Prices start at £7 for starters, £12 for mains and £8 for its famous Swedish princess cake. Order via Supper for delivery within a 4km radius. aquavitrestaurants.com
The legendary Indian restaurant has recently launched its own delivery service, allowing it to extend its delivery radius to eight miles. It’s offering 50 per cent off on all orders over £50 to celebrate the lunch, good for a fix of goat keema pao (normally £14) and addictively smoky masala lamb chop (normally £38). Order individual portions or go all out with a set menu for two for £99. gymkhanalondon.com
Ollie Dabbous’s beautiful Green Park restaurant (where a 10-course tasting menu before lockdown cost £95) is offering everything from brunch and nibbles to full three course menus, kids’ meals and ‘Aperol Spritz packs’, available for delivery within a seven mile radius of the restaurant. It may not come in cheap (mains start from £28 per portion) but for a blowout meal it’ll certainly do the job. hide.co.uk/home
The Black Swan, Oldstead
Following the success of Tommy Banks’s Made in Oldstead food boxes, consisting of two three-course meals for two, Banks has made the boxes available for nationwide delivery, meaning that no matter where you are in the UK, you can sample his famous beef-fat beetroot. Prices are £75 for two three course meals, of £120 for a special six course ‘signature’ menu, with add-ons such as wine available from the shop. tommybanks.co.uk
Pied a Terre, London
One of London’s most long-standing Michelin star restaurants is offering a vegan three-course menu for two, offering a slightly more laid back way to enjoy the renowned restaurant (where two courses usually costs £65). The menu costs £50, and is available for collection or delivery across London on Saturdays. pied-gifting.co.uk/vegan-specials
The Hinds Head, Bray
The Fat Duck may not be doing delivery, but Heston Blumenthal’s more relaxed sister restaurant, The Hinds Head, is currently offering takeaway for collection on Fridays and Saturdays. The five-course menu for two comes in at £70, or £100 including a bottle of wine, and can include anything from smooth liver parfait to smoked lamb rump with chimichurri sauce. hindsheadbray.com
The Elephant, Torquay
Simon Hulstone’s seaside restaurant is currently offering one of the best deals of lockdown: two courses of wonderful local food (this week it’s Brixham plaice or pork fillet and a sticky toffee pudding) for £19, or three courses for £23. Available Tuesday to Saturday, you can email your order by 6pm to [email protected] for collection the following day. elephantrestaurant.co.uk
If you haven’t yet booked a table at chef Nieves Barragan’s lively Spanish restaurant (open from July 16), ‘Sabor en Casa’ offers its tapas favourites in a choice of two boxes; The Counter Box at £58 for six tapas, or the Asador Box at £70 for seven tapas – both include the famous Sabor tortilla. Pre-order on Monday for pick-up or delivery across London each Friday. saborrestaurants.co.uk
Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
Though you’ll miss out on the stunning views across the Severn estuary, James Sommerin’s weekly changing seasonal takeaway menu is certainly worth a look-in. Order for collection between 12pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a three-course tasting menu for £22 per person, or five courses for £32. jamessommerinrestaurant.co.uk/takeaway
Kitchen W8, London
Chef Mark Kempson is teaming up with sister restaurant Elystan Street’s Phil Howard to provide food to order from Thursday to Sunday. Each menu differs so make sure to read through each to find your favourite, and select a time to pick up from Elystan Street or have delivered if within the catchment area. Three courses comes in at £45 per person, with wine available to add on.
Though this Michelin-star stalwart has reopened for dining in, chef Callum Graham is continuing to offer his Bohemia at Home service, with three or four-course menu options available for £37.50 and £52.50 per person respectively. Choose between three options for each course, select your delivery time and wait for your package of crab ravioli, veef short rib and freshly baked Paris Brest. www.bohemiaathome.com
The Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire
One of the few truly gourmet gastropubs in the UK, The Angel at Hetton’s ‘The Angel to Go’ menu packs in a lot for £37 per person; five courses including an amuse bouche, a hearty slow-cooked beef main and a savoury course of cheese from The Artisan Dairy. Throw in a bottle of wine for a mere £15 and pick your order up between 4pm and 5:45pm on Friday. angelhetton.co.uk/angel-to-go
Not only is it possible to order a three-course set menu with tips and tricks on plating like a pro, but it’s also possible to order yourself a cook-at-home beef Wellington for your Sunday lunch – order on Friday for pickup on Sunday. To top it off, you can add a made-to-order celebration cake from Tutto Aposto. Find out the details of each individual service on the Simpsons website.