Sunday, 31 January 2021

Meal Kits and Boxes for Valentine's Day 2021


Fin and Roe's Valentines Day Brunch Box

Valentine's Day 2021 will be very different.  Restaurants and bars aren't allowed to open, so several are producing meal kits and boxes of goodies so that people can cook themselves something special at home.

Here are some of the most interesting - 

All prices are for two people, unless indicated.  Kits / Meals are ranked by price.

I would recommend ordering by Monday 8th February to have them delivered in time for Sunday 14th February.

Caiger & Co - A three course feast, with sparkling wine and a choice of cocktails - £150

Cinnamon Kitchen - An Indian tasting menu from Covent Garden, with home cured salmon jhalmuri, Kashmiri spiced roganjosh of lamb shank and lots more, plus optional champagne - £140

Roasted by Jack & Scott - A 5 course Valentine’s Day box, complete with wine pairing - £120

Parlour Kensal - An 8 course meal with cocktails - to be picked up from the restaurant in NW10 - £50 per head

Fat Macy's - A 3 course dinner (plus truffles & coffee) for you to re-heat at home, with wine tasters from Borough Wines - £50 per head (& you can order for an odd number of people if needed)

Dinner Ladies - A 5 course supper (with optional extras like a wine pairing) - £42 per head (& you can order for an odd number of people if needed)

The Battersea Spanish x The Tapas Room - A hamper for two, with a live cookalong on Sunday 14th  - £80

Thomas Frake x Beyond Food - An ingredients box, with a live cookalong on Saturday 13th Feb - £75

Angry Black Kitchen - A three course dinner with prepped ingredients and a cookalong in the early evening of the 14th - £75-£110 (with an option of two single dinners in different locations)

Lima - A selection of Peruvian boxes from Covent Garden, with starters, mains and desserts, and optional cocktails - from £75

Klose & Soan x Unwined in Tooting - 5 courses + chocolates with paired wines, to be collected from Tooting - £74-£111

Townsend - A Valentine’s Day box, with a vegetarian version, and options for wines and cocktails - £60

Two Tribes x From The Ashes - A DIY Valentine's box with items like Nduja doughnuts and smoked beer ribs to finish off at home, plus beers - £60

Burger & Beyond’s Valentines Kit - includes burgers, fried chicken, brownies, prosecco & more - £59.95

Tom Cenci x Your Fork - A 3 or 5 course Valentine’s Day box, with optional extras including romantic music & aprons - £50 or £60 (extra for the optional extras)

Yuu Kitchen - A Valentine’s Bao Box, with (for limited numbers) your pic printed on the bao - £50

Tendril Kitchen - A ‘mostly vegan’ Valentine’s at home with a 3 course dinner, with snacks, nibbles and treats thrown in - £45, rising to £55 after Monday 8th

Siren Craft Brew - A Valentine’s beer & cheese pairing - 4 beers & 4 cheeses + online tasting on Sat 13th - £45

The Cheese Bar - The ‘Loverboy’ Valentine’s special cheese box - inc a heart-shaped Baron Bigod, two other cheeses, crackers, tote bag and more - £38

(Or try The Cheese Bar's Fondue Kit for two people - £28)

Caravan - Not specifically for Valentine’s Day, but their delivery brunches look excellent - £36-£39 

Breakfast En Bread - (Not specific to Valentine’s Day) Brunches within bread loaves (click to see pics) for collection & delivery - £35-£40

Breddos Tacos x Swaledale - (Not specific to Valentine's) A taco kit for two, with lots of tacos, meat, sauces, guac and more - £33

Fin & Roe - A Valentine’s Brunch Box - including fish sausages, trout pastrami, pepper vodka & bloody Mary mix - £30

Something Sweet - Cutter & Squidge - A Love Hamper with cakes, cookies, a chocolate fondue, & prosecco - £60

& Finally - Cocktails - The Manhattans Project's February pre-mixed cocktails selection (6 cocktails) - £36 

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

A Map of the Pubs offering Takeaway Sunday Roast in London in January 2021


While we are in lockdown the pubs are closed.  One thing that I miss is a good pub Sunday Roast, and so I created a map to show the pubs offering this, both for delivery and takeaway.  Note that with almost all of these you will need to order in advance.

Explore the map here:

& here is a list of the pubs & restaurants in the map:

Friday, 11 December 2020

Hot 4 U's Long Term Residency at The Plough in Homerton High Street


Picture by Caitlin Isola @scaitboard

Hot 4 U, the pop-up from chefs Eddy Tejada and Matthew Scott, was started during the March lockdown, creating a weekly takeaway and delivery menu, then progressed to several pop-ups over the summer, and has now found a long term home as a residency at The Plough in Homerton High Street, E9.  Expect great food and cocktails, and even a Sunday Roast (which I am hoping to try very soon).  They are serving Tuesdays to Sundays; booking strongly recommended!

" We are moving to the @theploughe9 for our PERMANENT RESIDENCY to call home. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. This is enormous for us. Planning on slinging out some absolutely mad food weekly and a show stopping Sunday roast EVERY SUNDAY. A la Carte, or 3 courses + 1 hefty shot of whisky for £30. Come play with us. Watch this space for The Euros, Debauched Karaoke Parties and daily changing food menus. BRING YOUR DOGGOS. WELCOME BACK TO THE WORLD. In house cultured butter, in house aged meat, in house parties, in our house you are welcome."

When - Tuesdays to Sundays 
Tues to Thurs 4-10 
Fri-Sat 12-10 
Sun 12-8

Where - The Plough, 23-25 Homerton High St, E9 6JP


Link 1 - Hot 4 U on Instagram
Link 2 - The Plough on Instagram

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Moro's Piri Piri Pop-up in Autumn Yard, E3


Moro has opened a winter pop-up at their studios in Autumn Street, E3, serving piri piri chicken, seafood and lots more from Thursdays to Sundays until 20th December 2020.  I went last Saturday and was impressed by both the venue (they have previously used it as an event space, and for weddings), and - obviously - by the food.  Delicious chicken, seafood, and vegetables, cooked over flames in their kitchen.  

It's a bit out of the way, essentially in a trading estate near to the A12, but it's well worth the trip! 

"Sam Clark and the team at Moro and Morito are hosting our first pop-up in Hackney Wick - opening from tomorrow! Piri piri chicken and squid are at the heart of the menu, grilled over an open fire on the terrace of our tiny new space in Hackney Wick.
No reservations, first come, first served. Take away available."

When - Thursdays - Sundays until Sunday 20th December 2020
Thursdays & Fridays: 5-10pm, Saturday 12- 10pm, Sunday 12- 8pm

Where - 2A, Autumn Yard, Autumn Street, E3 2TT
(Autumn Yard is at the far end of Autumn Street.  2A is in the bottom left hand corner)


Link 1 - Autumn Yard Pop-up on Instagram
Link 2 - Moro on Facebook

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Links to help you survive the November lockdown


A meal delivery from @chefrishimsachdeva - DM him on Instagram for details

Here we go again.  Here are some links to help you survive the winter lockdown, and to help support the independent chefs and restaurants.

Bars Open for Takeaway Beer (& often food too)

My map of the bars open for takeaway draught beer in sealed containers ('growlers').  Several are also doing food, and with many you need to book in advance.  Find your nearest, click on the links, and work out what the deal is.  Then go and support your local, and buy some great beer.

Meal Kits

Since March a whole ecosystem of meal kits has emerged, with a few companies offering ways to buy the best available from multiple chefs.

Dishpatch - Nine restaurants currently listed, including Andrew Edmonds, Bubala and Farang, selling cooked menus for you to re-heat at home

Restaurant Kits - Lots of the best meal kits on one handy site - inc Mac & Wild, Hop & Roll, Flank, Kricket and more

Great Food 2U - Meal Kits from restaurants inc Bleecker, Meat Liquor and Gunpowder

Pezu - Meals, sauces and more from Sambal Shiok, Rice Guys and others

Plateaway - Lots including HOP Vietnamese, Burger & Beyond, & Homeslice

Lots of other restaurants are doing their own, including

Pizza Pilgrims - Pizza in the Post - All you need to make a frying pan pizza at home

Honest Burgers - A meal kit to make your own burgers, now available nationally

Charred - Slow cooked brisket, fish, pickles, sauces and more - National delivery on a Friday, either by them or a courier 

Chukus - Ideal for two people, each kit makes 4 Nigerian-inspired wraps - For collection from N15 on Thursdays & Fridays 

Hop & Roll - A new range of Sri Lankan hampers to let you cook hoppers from scratch 

Meat, Cheese & Produce

Turner & George - Meat boxes, including Burger Night, Steak Night and more

HG Walter - Survival boxes, inc Patty & Bun’s burger box, a breakfast box and more

Flatiron - A meat box, from their herd in Yorkshire

The Cheese Bar - Cheese, wine, meal kits and more

Food Chain App - Independent producers now selling direct to the public


My map from last time with bars that were selling fresh draught beer to takeaway in sealed containers (aka growlers).  I suspect that lots more will be doing so this time!

Beer Guide London’s list of all of the London breweries offering deliveries

Unwined - Selling wine boxes and more for collection from Tooting and Waterloo, or for national delivery 

Little Nan’s Bar - Cocktail Party Boxes - their distinctive cocktails (Queen Pat Butcher, Sir Lionel Richie etc)  now available nationally

The Manhattans Project - A new range of cocktails, sent to you first class, ready to drink now, or to keep in the freezer

The Isle of Wight Cocktail Co - Set up by Adam ex of The Dead Dolls Club - Currently offering a Bloody Mary and an Old Fashioned - just serve over ice

World of Zing - Pre-mixed cocktails including some winter and Christmas specials

(I'll be updating this every week)

Friday, 30 October 2020

Pop-ups in London - 30th October - 6th November 2020


New & This Week only

Last Chance - 

Pop-up Restaurants

Rogues London at Well St Kitchen in Hackney - every Friday night in October

Food in Pubs & Bars

Baba G’s at Parlez in Brockley - Daily with a special spiced Sunday Roast

Open Air inc Street Food Markets

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Miss Mac's Mac 'n' Cheese at The Seveney pub in Essex Road

A Mac 'n' Cheese pop-up has come to The Seveney in Essex Road, N1, serving Mac 'n' Cheese from Thursday to Sunday til Christmas 2020.  It goes without saying that it's a perfect winter dish - and Miss Mac's is an excellent version, made on site with a mix of three cheeses, with toppings and adornments like pulled port and jalapenos.  
I tried this last weekend and loved it.  The Mac 'n' Cheese is lovely and creamy (I had it with added blue cheese, making it a 4 cheese one, and I also added spicy jalapenos), the deep fried mac balls were perfect to nibble on, and the 3 chocolate brownie was one of the best I've ever had (I've had a lot), coming with big chunks of chocolate inside.
I can't recommend this one enough!

When - Thursdays to Sundays til Christmas 2020
Thurs & Fri - 5pm-9.30pm
Sat & Sun - 2pm-9.30pm

Where - The Seveney, 382 Essex Rd, London N1 3PF

Link - Miss Mac's on Instagram