Coronavirus: what are restaurants doing in response?

Coronavirus: what are restaurants doing in response?

by Great British Chefs 23 March 2020

Pubs and restaurants nationwide have closed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Keep up to date with the delivery services, food shops and meals-on-wheels schemes they're running instead.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

As coronavirus spreads across the UK, the hospitality industry has been among the hardest hit. Pubs and restaurants nationwide have been asked to close for the foreseeable future, but many of them are responding to the crisis with novel new ways of supporting the public with food. Many are using their access to produce and skills in the kitchen to provide food on delivery – either cooked or ready to cook, whilst others have turned themselves into virtual farm shops, selling meat, fruit, vegetables and even wine from their cellars.

Stay up to date with what all our restaurants are doing here, and follow us on Twitter for the latest information.

1251 – London

James Cochran has introduced ‘Around the Cluck – a takeaway menu that includes some of his signature dishes, available with a free delivery charge for those living in London’s N1 postcode. Also available through Deliveroo and Slerp. Find out more here.

Alchemilla – Nottingham

Offering a pick-up/delivery meal service – order dishes either frozen or chilled! Delivery covers certain Nottingham postcodes on certain days. More details and a full menu available here.

Benedicts – Norwich

Ready meals available for delivery and pick up in Norfolk. We take it on good authority that Richard will even WhatsApp you a video on how to prepare the meal! Check out more details here.

Bistro Union – Clapham

Bistro Union in Clapham is turning into a community shop from Monday 23rd March, offering freshly cooked meals, fresh pasta, dried goods, wine and lots more. Available for pre-order and collection.

Chapter One – Orpington

Andy McLeish and team have started a brand new takeaway menu for nearby residents, and are offering 25% off for all NHS staff. More details here.

Fhior – Edinburgh

Scott Smith and team have started up a new takeaway menu, featuring a whole host of fantastic dishes at staggeringly good prices! Find out more here.

Heritage – Slaughham

Matt Gillan has started the Heritage Help Box scheme, offering a variety of different supplies for just £10 each. Boxes are first come first serve when available, and you can pay over the phone for later pick up. There are also Sunday boxes available with supplies for you to cook your own Sunday roast! Follow Heritage on Instagram to stay up to date and call 01444 401102 to get yours.

Hide – London

Launched Hide at Home, offering Ollie Dabbous' signature dishes and lots of pastries in a 10km radius of the restaurant. Order at or call the restaurant on 020 3146 8666‬.

José Pizarro Bermondsey – London

José Pizarro Bermondsey is open as a delicatessen, with takeaway food, wines and supplies available to buy. You can also call to pre-order your tapas in advance for takeaway. Coming to Deliveroo soon.

Le Cochon Aveugle – York

New takeaway menu launching on 23 March – three-course menu for two to share, with a bottle of wine included! Josh and team are focusing on ingredients from smaller, local suppliers to help them through this difficult time. Menu will change regularly and there’ll be a special Sunday lunch menu as well, with 10% discount for NHS staff. Follow Le Cochon Aveugle here and call 01904 640222 between 10am and 4pm to book.

Restaurant Sat Bains – Nottingham

Restaurant Sat Bains has a new voucher offer available; any voucher purchased whilst the restaurant is closed will be 10% off – incredible value for one of the best restaurants in the country! Just use the voucher code ‘THECWORD’ when purchasing. More details here.

Salt – Stratford-upon-Avon

Paul Foster and team have a fantastic takeaway menu on the go in Stratford-upon-Avon. All food will be sent cold and packaged with simple heating instructions included. Selection of discounted wines and beers are also available. Collection up until 7pm. Check out the menu here and order on 01789 263566.

The Beehive – White Waltham

The Beehive is running a call and collect menu as well as a shop for your essential supplies. To order please call 01628 822877 or visit the website.

The Laughing Heart – London

Tom Anglesea's excellent Hoxton restaurant is now up and running with takeaway and delivery service. Lots of options available from the menu, and their excellent wines are all available at retail prices too! Order here.

The Little Chartroom – Edinburgh

Takeaway is available Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30pm to 9pm and delivery is available in Edinburgh (in a 2 mile radius of the restaurant) between 6-9pm. There are also wines available to buy with your meal at retail price! Call on 0131 5566600 to order.

The Pipe and Glass – South Dalton

The Pipe and Glass are offering a takeaway service, where you can enjoy your favourite dishes at home. Check out the full menu here, and call 01430 810246 to place an order.

The Small Holding – Kilndown (Kent)

The Small Holding has relaunched as a farm shop and takeaway. You can collect hampers of local Kent and Sussex cheese, chutney and crackers, house-made charcuterie, freshly made bread and local wines and beers, or takeaway a three-course meal, including fish pie and ginger cake with rhubarb and cream cheese. Collection of hampers and meals are from 12 to 9pm.

The farm shop will be open Monday-Sunday from 8am to 8pm and selling a wide variety of home-grown vegetables from the Small Holding plot as well as dairy, eggs and cheese. Fresh meat and fish are also for sale.

Townsend – London

Townsend has become a nifty little delicatessen, with a meal box service also available. You can buy Joe Fox’s dishes in their constituent parts and make them at home (we have all the recipes here) and you can buy fantastic wines and other supplies too. Check out the menu here.

Tredwells – London

Tredwells has launched Tredwells To Go – a takeaway and delivery service offering the same Tredwells experience but in the comfort of your home. Meals are available in kits or as ready-to-bake dishes, and there are a range of bottled cocktails and wines available too. Find out more here.

Verdigris – Tonbridge

Verdigris is now offering a takeaway/delivery service. Options vary from day to day, with fish and chip Friday’s likely to be especially popular! Available for delivery in the Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells area. Call 01732 366634 to place your order.