24 of the UK’s Best Food Delivery Services and Subscription Boxes

We're spotlighting the independents offering farm-to-fork fare, restaurant-quality experiences and feel-good pantry provisions. Stay home, eat well: fresh produce, recipe bundles and indulgent treats straight to your door

Your weekly food haul probably looks a little different of late (no) thanks to panic-buying, stockpiling and gold-dust supermarket delivery slots. As big brands such as Morrisons and M&S jump on the delivery-box bandwagon, we're spotlighting the independents offering farm-to-fork fare, restaurant-quality experiences and feel-good pantry provisions.

Stay home, eat well: fresh produce, recipe bundles and indulgent treats straight to your door

Occasions by Hakkasan

Hakkasan devotees who've been hankering after Michelin-starred Cantonese will rejoice in this luxurious finish-at-home meal kit. An elevated experience from the off, lift the lid on a glossy black box to reveal a selection of much missed signature favourites: kaleidoscopic dim sum; flaky grilled Chilean sea bass in honey; sticky smoked-beef ribs with jasmine tea; hakka noodles and stir-fried baby broccoli. A perfectly oozing chocolate soufflé is a suitably indulgent finish while accompanying Hakkasan incense and a heady playlist mean you very nearly could be at the restaurant IRL. Top marks.

What's in the box? Hakkasan favourites, chopsticks, dim-sum basket, incense burner.

Cost: £175 for two people

Delivery: Thursday to Sunday, London within M25

COYA Valentine’s at Home

Valentine's Day is a celebration of partnerships, and we can think of few sweeter ones than our favourite Peruvian, COYA, getting into bed with fragrance purveyors Byredo to create the ultimate couple's feast. That being said, it's enough to feed four - we unashamedly ended up eating lobster for breakfast. An all-stops-out menu has been designed to take you and bae on a "multisensory journey" that begins with a rose-infused Cupid's Arrow cocktail and ends with a rose-shaped dessert. Naww. The finish-at-home menu features corn tostadas, albacore tuna, "vuelve a la vida" (seabass, octopus, prawns, mussels and avocado) and Chilean wagyu rib-eye. You'll be clinking glasses of Veuve Clicquot Rosé champagne, while Byredo handwash in rose (RRP £38) is yours to keep. It's not a cheap date, but a lot of bang for your buck. If this along with COYA's "ambient tunes" don't clinch it, nothing will.

What's in the box? Valentine's Day menu, Byredo handwash, bottle of Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne.

Cost: £260 for two people

Delivery: London, within the M25

Simon Rogan at Home

A taste of the Lakes, at home. Think of these Simon Rogan meal kits as Hello Fresh on steroids. A weekly-changing, three-course menu - created by chefs either at the Cartmel kitchens or at Aulis London - arrives at your door packed with local, plucked-from-the-farm produce. Plus, videos provide the ideal cook-along companion for those who have a habit of mixing up their chaud-froid with their sous vide. Dishes on previous menus include potato terrine, confit duck leg and chamomile sponge; dill-cured salmon, short rib beef and sticky date pudding; and mushroom soup, chicken terrine and trifle for pud.

What's in the box? A three-course meal with produce plucked from Simon's farm and cook-along instruction videos.

Cost: From £45

Delivery: Nationwide

Dinings at Home

If you're a globetrotting gourmand who's missing the finer things in life, pop on over to Dinings' website to get your luxe fix. Chef Masaki Sugisaki's offering is widely regarded as the best Japanese in London (you'll want to reserve for when it opens now), so we were thrilled to learn that standards are still sky-high when the food has travelled probably further than you have this year - in our case, from Chelsea to Hackney. Perfect sushi rolls meet melty wagyu strips and springy bento buns stuffed with prawn and crab. The crowning glory? An entire lobster. Wash down with a bottle of sake. Now that's what we're talking about.

What's in the box? Choose from a range of options online.

Cost: From £75

Delivery: Web orders delivered within 10 miles of Dinings SW3. Call for delivery beyond.

Nanny Bill’s

Forget Five Guys, these guys are behind the best burgers in London. Graduating from a home kitchen to street food stalls up and down the capital - you might have seen them pop-up in Boxpark, The Lock Tavern and at Vinegar Yard - the burger bar has brought out a filthy kit to satisfy those Friday-night, Netflix-marathon cravings. Each kit comes with a huge quantity of Nanny Bill's mince, its secret seasoning, 12 slices of American cheese (we triple-layered in each burger) smoked bacon, seeded buns and plenty of Nanny Bill's BBQ Sauce for double-dipping. Smashed these? Look out for its mac 'n' cheese croquette kits rumoured to be coming soon.

What's in the box? Nanny Bill's secret spice mix and enough meat to build four double-stacked, banging burgers.

Cost: £30

Delivery: Fridays, nationwide


The doyennes of culinary creativity at Marylebone's Carousel are bringing their rotating roster of global chefs to your doorstep this summer via a snazzy delivery service. Running the gamut from Mexico to Asia via the Med and with a pit-stop in the US, its parcels of colourful ingredients and nearly-constructed dishes will arrive at your door, ready for you to add the finishing touches then pass it off as your own. We were pretty blown away by the standard here and can't think of a better way to spend date night. Easiest brownie points we've ever earned, thanks Carousel.

What's in the box? Everything you need to make a multi-course restaurant-standard meal for two

Cost: £30

Delivery: Marylebone, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, Bayswater, Paddington, Notting Hill, Soho and Covent Garden

Lyle’s Provisions

For those who feel they've outgrown their Gousto box, the Michelin-starred team behind London's hit Lyle's is egging us on to get creative in the kitchen. It's a little (ok, a lot) pricier than some of the other DIY kits, so we're bookmarking this one for a bougie Valentine's (or galentine's) dinner, or saving it for a special occasion worthy of a stellar slap-up meal. In a bid to support the farmers who were left without places to sell their geese after restaurants shut down across the country, Lyle's have committed to buy them. Show solidarity with its new Goose Menu Box. Alternatively, opt for its more traditional Lyle's Menu Box (with 14-week hung Dexter rib) or the Game Box (stacked with venison loin and game-liver parfait). Don't be put off by the mounds of ingredients that come in the box; this was, surprisingly, one of the easier at-home meals we've knocked up.

What's in the box? Lots of Lyle's classics. The barley porridge loaf and Lyle's butter makes an appearance, as does its brown-butter cake.

Cost: £140

Delivery: Fridays, nationwide. Order by 10pm on the previous Saturday


This cook-at-home "kabab" kit is the second-best thing to digging into a multicoloured mezze platter and pinching the last piece of lavash bread with our pals on a Friday evening out. Berenjak is famed for fusing the rustic dishes served in hole-in-the-wall eateries in Tehran with best-of-British produce. All the meat - chicken and lamb - comes pre-marinated with tomatoes (for grilling), mast-o-musir (a Persian yoghurt dip) and a healthy helping of clay-baked lavash bread. Best of all? The kit includes five shipped-from-Tehran skewers that are yours to keep and can be whipped out whenever the weather dictates it's time for a barbecue. Add on a Mazeh Box to nibble at while it's cooking - the black truffle olivieh salad is particularly moreish.

What's in the box? Everything you need for charcoal-grilled, cook-at-home Persian "kabab"

Cost: From £25, plus £10 delivery

Delivery: England and Wales

Napoli Gang

When you hear your flatmate exclaim "these balls are unreal!" you know you're onto a good thing. Purveyors of said balls are Napoli Gang, the delivery service from the Big Mamma Group, of restaurants Gloria and Circolo Poplare fame (if you haven't been, you've definitely seen them on Instagram). It's the sexiest Italian we've sampled in London. You no longer have to DIY - tuck into the likes of arancini al tartufo ("balls"), sizzling pizzas, oozing burrata and that bittersweet lemon-meringue tower, all at reasonable prices and made with responsibly sourced ingredients.

What's in the box? Whatever you put in it

Cost: Pizza from £12, balls £7.50

Delivery: Most of London, bar Kensington and Brixton

Mobile Newt

Bring a taste of the hotel home with The Newt's debut mobile delivery service. Reaping the bounty of its sprawling grounds, it encourages shoppers to fill their virtual baskets with produce from the gardens, bakery, butchery, creamery and, most importantly, its on-site cyder press. We've filled ours to the brim with loaves of sourdough - to show off on social - foraged wild garlic pesto, a punnet of strawberries and the meatiest sirloin steaks we've ever seen. Plus a crate of its new Fine Rosé Cyder, obviously.

What's in the box? Everything from picnic rations to pantry supplies - forget queuing up for your local supermarket, The Newt will deliver everything you need.

Cost: Minimum order £35

Delivery: BA, DT9, DT10, SP7, SP8 and TA11. All London boroughs and the City.

Chelsea Farm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it took two friends (and founders of B Bagel) living on Fulham Road just one week to get Chelsea Farm up and running. This delivery box service is designed to feed its West London customers with quality, seasonal, organic produce that makes them feel as good as the food tastes - farmers are paid fairly, minimal packaging is used and five per cent of the profits from each purchase goes towards supporting the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital charity, CW+.

What's in the box? Fresh fruit and veg, B Bagel baked goods, eggs and store-cupboard essentials

Cost: From £28

Delivery: London, within 5km of Fulham Road

Pasta Evangelists

Dried penne is as rare as hen's teeth on supermarket shelves. Wholewheat spaghetti? Forget it. No worries, however. Thanks to Pasta Evangelists, you can prepare the kind of dishes that would get an Italian nonna's seal of approval in as little as five minutes. Choose from a weekly menu - think: beef and truffle tortellini or pumpkin lasagne with sage bechamel - and it will arrive through your letterbox. No human contact required. Gluten-free options are available and £5 is donated to Age UK for every box sold.

What's in the box: Pasta, sauces and garnishes

Cost: From £7.20

Delivery: UK

Feed Britain

Restaurant chain Leon has temporarily closed all but 12 of its restaurants, 11 of which have been converted into mini supermarkets. Another five of its kitchens are dedicated to serving NHS workers. As part of the Feed Britain initiative, it's started an online delivery service of essential food boxes and ready meals - 100 per cent of the profits are donated to FeedNHS which provides hot, healthy meals for critical care workers.

What's in the box: Basic pantry items, fresh produce and ready meals

Cost: From £22.50

Delivery: Within the M25, with plans to expand

Pale Green Dot

Pale Green Dot usually supplies sustainably grown, seasonal produce to the South East's finest restaurants, so you know this is the good stuff. With many closed for the foreseeable, it's supporting suppliers by bringing their bounty of fruit and veg to our doorsteps instead. The Essential Fresh Produce Box is a potluck of root veg, greens, nightshades and local fruit, but there's an option to throw in a few staples - milk, eggs, bread - too.

What's in the box: Fresh fruit and veg

Cost: From £12.50

Delivery: London and East Sussex

Abel & Cole

The UK is the garden of Eden when it comes to great veg boxes, having borne food-waste fighters Oddbox and Riverford, purveyors of organic veggies. Due to high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, many such businesses are having to limit new customers. Abel & Cole is among our favourites thanks to its affordable field-to-fork produce, award-winning eggs, pantry provisions, household products and recipe bundles in low-waste packaging.

What's in the box: Produce, pantry staples and recipe bundles

Cost: From £12

Delivery: UK mainland

Paxton & Whitfield

We're not sure if man can live on cheese alone, but we're willing to give it a shot. With 200 years in the cheesemonger business and two royal warrants, there's not much that Paxton & Whitfield doesn't know about its curds. Order the British Essentials Box for "artisan cheese staples" or join its Cheese Club to receive four bougie blocks every month.

What's in the box: Artisan cheese

Cost: British Essentials Box, £35

Delivery: UK mainland


When it's hard to distinguish what day of the week it is, we say: every day is wine Friday. Stockpiling may be a no-no, but with a healthy cellar (read: drinks cupboard) you can indulge in a little home hedonism. Clos19 is the arbiter of good tipples, sourcing rare spirits, vintage champagnes and sniffing out the wines that will keep oenophiles happy until lockdown ends.

What's in the box: Champagne, wine and spirits

Cost: Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec 2015, case of six, £85

Delivery: UK mainland, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland

The Ginger Pig Chop Shop

The Ginger Pig started life as a guy in Nottinghamshire with three Tamworth pigs (named Milly, Molly and Mandy) and a market stall in London. Today, this ethical butcher has the whole hog: a Yorkshire farm, eight shops in the capital and a home-delivery service. Order rare-breed, grass-fed sirloin for date night, neck-end lamb chops or those sausage rolls (if you know, you know) as well as cuts you wouldn't find in the supermarket.

What's in the box: Prime butcher's cuts

Cost: £19.65 for two 250g sirloin steaks; £8.75 for 500g back bacon

Delivery: UK mainland


As you may have guessed from its name, this food-delivery service deals with nothing but plants. Its hand-prepared rainbow of microwave- and oven-ready meals have been frozen to lock in nutrition while all packaging used is recyclable, compostable or reusable. Make your sustainability halo shine even brighter by returning your cardboard packaging to Allplants through Collect+. We love the barbeque jackfruit burrito bowl and mushroom carbonara.

What's in the box: Ready-made, vegan meals

Cost: From £40.50 for six meals

Delivery: UK mainland

Hobbs House Bakery

Do you know what's the best thing since sliced bread? Bread through your letterbox. Kind of. This b-corp bakery ships freshly baked loaves, sourdough-making essentials, hot-cross buns, vegan brioche rolls and the like. Bread keeps well in the freezer, so none should go to waste and there are monthly subscriptions for sweet treats. Let them eat cake!

What's in the box: Bread and bread-making supplies

Cost: Organic Bread Box, £17.05; Sourdough starter, £15

Delivery: UK mainland

Petersham Nurseries

While Richmond's epicurean mecca is closed for dining, it's treating locked-down West Londoners a one-stop, don't-leave-the-house alternative to supermarkets. The order form is the online equivalent of stumbling into a gourmand's pantry, featuring organic fare from Haye Farm, Italian plonk from the Petersham cellar and the pasta you can't find elsewhere. Not in the catchment area? A (socially distanced) collection service is also available.

What's in the box: Meat, seasonal produce and store-cupboard essentials (including wine)

Cost: From £30

Delivery: West London

Strazzanti & Friends

Marrying her experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and her grandfather's provincial Italian kitchen, Sicilian chef Emilia Strazzanti knows how to throw a feast - and you can too thanks to Il Piccolo Pacchetto (the little parcel). Imbibe flavours of the sun-drenched isle with prepared antipasti, ingredients to cook a traditional pasta dish and Strazzanti's signature cakes. Optional add-ons include Hackney Coffee Co. ground beans and a floral bouquet.

What's in the box: Sicilian menus and recipe parcels

Cost: From £38

Delivery: London

Orwells Community Shop

While they're shut, many restaurants are getting creative in a bid to stay afloat and support their local communities. One doing a stellar job is Orwells Restaurant turned Orwells Community Shop, which is shipping three-course Sunday roasts ready to eat as well as a roll-call of delicious essentials that range from house-made wild garlic focaccia to Rude Health coconut milk, Kit-Kats to rosé.

What's in the box: Restaurant-quality ready meals and kitchen basics

Cost: Three-course Sunday roast, £25

Delivery: Henley-on-Thames


This vegan curry house comes with the seal of approval from the Young British Foodies and the London Curry Awards, and its tarka dhal has been crowned Britain's best. A strong order from here includes loaded bhaji, chana chaat, jackfruit jalfrezi and shroom keema - oh, and a pickle tray on the side too. When lockdown is lifted, join its tiffin club, which cuts down on packaging by letting you have your reusable box refilled with the set menu.

What's in the box: Ready-to-eat vegan curries

Cost: Tarka Dhal Special, £7.25

Delivery: Walthamstow

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