When the British government first ordered the restaurants closed on March 20, uncertainty prompted many to close their doors completely. Some have forged take-out and deliveries, or adapted to the supply of groceries, and have been widely documented.
It is now clear that the opening of any type of catering service will not take place before July 4. Even then, the government has declared that “overcrowded” places, such as restaurants, where social distancing is not possible, may still not be able to open. Uncertainty remains: what will dinner look like and how many customers will or will be allowed to come. This caused a wave of strategic and adaptive reopenings, from grocery shopping to total identity reinventions that brought guests before the pandemic.
You will find below an aggregate followed by these reopenings.
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CENTRAL and CITYWIDE
Quality Wines launched Quality Wines at Home: a four-course menu that changes weekly for two, which can be complemented by snacks, such as DIY gildas, and countless wine choices. Meals can be ordered for collection or delivery, with all the details listed here.
Honey and Co. reopened its sister site Honey and Spice in Fitzrovia for meal pickups on Wednesday and Friday; brunch on Saturday. Details of the offer can be found here.
- Kolamba, the Soho Sri Lankan restaurant delivers curries, dals and hoppers across London, via the Slerp platform.
Clipstone in Fitzrovia joined the Quality Wines siblings upon reopening, offering home-cooked dishes such as beef, potatoes and truffle pithivier; tagliatelle with datterini tomatoes and wild garlic; and a range of sauces, jams and snacks. Restaurant open for collection from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00; Delivery is offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Details here.
Homeslice 12 and 20 inch pizzas can be re-ordered for collection or delivery (via Deliveroo and Uber Eats) to its Shoreditch and Marylebone restaurants.
- JKS Restaurants has relaunched a number of its popular restaurant brands for delivery, including Michelin-starred Indian restaurants, Gymkhana and Trishna. Brigadiers, Hoppers and Berenjak also offer Indian grills, Sri Lankan snacks and Persian kababs, respectively, to take across the city. Full details can be found here.
Bright has expanded its wine collection service with Ortiz anchovies, Mons cheeses and salumi from the Ham and Cheese Company, as well as provisions for store cupboards.
- The Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant Leroy has introduced Royale, a roast chicken delivery and collection service. All the details here.
- Goodman and Zelman Meats have teamed up with hamburger and lobster specialists, Burger & Lobster, to create Prime Feast: boxes filled with burgers, steak, ribs and crabs – from the Lake District, Nebraska and Norway – supplied with cooking instructions, sauces and condiments. Box prices range from £ 40 to £ 275.
Abbotshill Wine reopened as a product, bread and bakery service in Ealing, in collaboration with Burnt Norton. Collections Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m .; Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.