In these strange and difficult times, it’s so important we look out for one another. And now more than ever, our restaurants, shops, and various other retailers and attractions need our support. There are plenty of ways we can help them, from buying groceries from local farm shops and treating yourself to a takeaway. Or why not invest in gift cards and vouchers to spend once this is over or reschedule bookings rather than cancelling altogether? Here are just a few ideas of how you can do your bit to bring hope and positivity to your local community and the country as a whole.
Order in the essentials – from toothbrushes to much-needed vodka – from Nottingham’s The Bottle Top (with all products available for UK-wide delivery!)
Shop local in the Peak District and Derbyshire, where a whole host of brilliant businesses and diversified to better serve their communities! Check out this list of all the independent businesses doing their bit.
While their doors aren’t open to beer tours, Dancing Duck Brewery in Derby is taking its business online, offering everything from mini kegs, 500ml bottles and specially made home pub packs.
Get your fill of finger sandwiches and clotted cream with afternoon tea from Homemade By Victoria – available for delivery in Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering, Towcester and Daventry.
Order yourself some freshly baked pyclets, oatcakes and fresh produce for doorstep delivery from Derby Pyclets
Bring the pub home with Twice Brewed Inn’s ‘Pub in a Box’, complete with a five-litre keg and a selection of proper pub snacks.
Don't miss out on Newcastle’s Grainger Market while its doors are closed – get a food delivery instead!
Can't find any flour? Bluebird Bakery is to the rescue, delivering freshly baked baps, buns, loaves and rolls to York’s locals.
Savour restaurant-quality meals in your own dining room from the Yorkshire Coast’s favourite restaurants, caterers and takeaways – like Pad Thai from Thai Smile Bistro, El Gringo’s and Nabs Nosh
Fill a virtual basket with delicious, fresh foods from award-winning farm shops, Redcliffe Farm Shop near Scarborough, and Cedarbarn Farm Shop near Pickering, who’ll deliver the good straight to your door.
Get your hands on ‘tea and biscuit’ care packages full of cupboard essentials, as well as handmade cakes from the world-famous Botham’s Bakers in Whitby.
Purchase fresh, delicious handpicked food boxes from The Original Baker, whose contents would usually be used in handcrafting pastries for high-end retail!
Stay at home and get your edible goods delivered to you instead, thanks to a huge selection of Yorkshire Coast businesses now offering home delivery during these unprecedented times. Check out the ever-growing list here.
Bid on North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s brand new Silent Auction for the chance to win a variety of prizes – from a journey through the North York Moors National Park on a steam locomotive, to a dining experience on a Pullman with the famous Piglet. All of the proceeds will help raise vital funds for the charity to help it continue to operate well after lockdown ends.
North West England
Invest in some Pay It Forward vouchers for some of Greater Manchester’s best tourist, hospitality and cultural organisations to use once this is all over.
Pick up a selection of gourmet prepared meals from Manchester’s Food Sorcery
Pining for a proper cup of coffee? Well why not opt for fair-trade, hand-roasted and eco-friendly-packaged grounds and capsules from Whitstable’s Lost Sheep Coffee
Top up on your protein with high-quality meat packages from Brighton Express Meats, also available for free next-day local delivery.
Buy blondies, brownies and cakes freshly home-baked in Bermondsey by LucyBurtonBakes – just direct message her on Instagram to put in your order!
Tickle your taste buds with Brighton-based Curry Leaf Café’s new online service which delivers ready-to-eat and freezable dishes straight to your door. What’s more, 10% of all sales go towards making free meals for frontline workers at the Royal Sussex Country Hospital!
Whip up your favourite cocktail at home thanks to home delivery from Brighton Gin
Buy now and adventure later with New Forest Activities’ gift vouchers – offering all sorts of fun experiences from canoeing to archery and even forest bushcraft.
Are you based in Cleeve or Cheltenham? If so, buy local and have fresh eggs, bread and fruit delivered straight to your door from Winchcombe Fruit & Veg
Pack in all your daily vitamins with a fruit and veg box from Bristol-based The Vegetable Diva
Crack open an ice-cold beer or cider, lovingly made by and delivered from Kingsbridge’s Salcombe Brewery
Craving a spot of afternoon tea? Well you’re in luck – Double Gate Farm in Godney is plating up finger sandwiches, scones and handmade cakes for you to enjoy at home. Just give them a call to get your order in!
Tuck in to sausage rolls and clotted cream-topped scones with cream tea and afternoon tea delivery from Worthing-based Piglets Pantry, now delivering nationwide!
Show your love by sharing your brand-new buys and foodie treats with your family and friends on social media, using Instagram's new Support Small Businesses sticker.