Support local businesses while staying home

Bread stall at Borough Market in London

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. 

Central England and the Midlands

  • Order fresh fruit and veg boxes, meats and scones from Stonehurst Family Farm in Mountsorrel.
  • Treat your taste buds to your favourite ale, thanks to home delivery from Leicester’s Blue Boar Pub.
  • Devour salty, vinegary goodness, with click-and-collect fish and chips from George’s Tradition in Loughborough.
  • Get your foodie fix from some of Nottinghamshire’s favourite hotspots.
  • Shop local to support Rutland’s independent shops, restaurants and businesses.
  • Enjoy a cheese and wine night at home with help from Hartington Cheese Shop in Derbyshire.
  • Sample handcrafted gin and whisky from the White Peak Distillery in the Peak District.
  • Get on top of your five a day with fresh food deliveries from Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop.
  • In Lincolnshire and can’t get to the shops? Check out these innovative businesses doing their bit to help deliver food, drinks, books and clothes to the local community.
  • Find out who's delivering from local takeaways, distilleries and farm shops in Nottinghamshire. 
  • 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

East of England

Photo credit: Yuki Suguira

  • Order in a stash of crisps from Colchester’s Fairfield Farm
  • Not in the mood to cook? Order food online from one of Bury St Edmunds’ top takeaways.
  • Pump Street Bakery and Chocolate Shop on the Suffolk coast is now offering local home delivery on a range of fresh products.
  • Tuck into free-range eggs, award-winning honey and fresh apple juice when buying essentials from Fielding Cottage’s The Goat Shed farm shop.
  • Support Norwich Market's very own CJ's Fruit & Veg by opting for their fresh, local veg boxes.
  • Upgrade your evening tipple with one of Bullard’s flavoursome gins – and when you need some more, get your refills posted straight through your letterbox! 
  • Get your seasonal fruit and veg boxes from the family-run Cambridge Fruit Company
  • Get a taste of Norwich’s smallest but most popular bars, Sir Toby’s Beers, with their wide range of home-delivered Norfolk beers, ales, wines and gins.
  • Treat yourself to a steak & ale pie, a whole uncut carrot cake or even some much-needed self-raising flour from Tiptree Patisserie in Witham, Essex.
  • Top up your wine collection with a bottle or two from Althorne’s Crouch Ridge Vineyard, who are offering free delivery to CM0, CM3 and CM9 postcodes.

North East England

Workers holding food boxes for delivery prepared by The Original Baker

  • Roll up, roll up – get your lockdown beers from Newcastle’s own Wylam Brewery 
  • Give the gift of Yorkshire to someone you love, with a choice of vouchers for all types of treats, experiences and stays.
  • Get local food delivery from independent East Riding of Yorkshire traders.
  • 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
  • In the mood for some creative retail therapy? Check out Greater Manchester’s alternative independent traders.
  • Find your new favourite shop and help Liverpool’s businesses thrive during this uncertain time.
  • Practise social distancing by ordering some of your favourite foods from Cheshire’s top eateries.
  • Struggling to diversify your meals? Why not have The Yan at Broadrayne in Grasmere deliver a range of ready meals to your door instead! 
  • Get a true taste of Cumbria with fresh vegetable box deliveries from Grow West

South East England

Photo credit: @niccrillyhargravephotography

  • Stock up on a case or two of Curious Brewery’s best brews, with free delivery throughout mainland Britain.
  • Get free delivery on Oxford Artisan gin.
  • Inside the M25? Get your groceries from Borough Market
  • Have mouth-watering restaurant food from venues around London delivered straight to your door.
  • Raise your glasses to a selection of London-based bars offering to deliver your favourite tipple to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
  • Not much of a baker? Get sourdough loaves, rich brownies and fresh hot cross buns sent straight to your door from Greenwich’s own Paul Rhodes Bakery
  • Buy a membership to Rare Breeds Centre in Kent to enjoy at a later date.
  • Satisfy your green fingers with some new plants – delivered to your door by King John’s Nursery in Etchingham.
  • Invest in a restaurant voucher or gift card to use once things calm down – heaps of restaurants in London are offering them, like Pinner's Thai Villa and  Hawksmoor steakhouse.
  • Get your hands on some of the prize-winning plants that were supposed to premiere at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (the nurseries are based nationwide and not just the southeast!).
  • Check out local food delivery services in St Albans
  • Plan ahead and gift a Pay It Forward voucher for experiences and days out in Hertfordshire.
  • 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.

 

South West England

  • Buy a gift voucher to use against one of Wiltshire Live Music Centre’s future concerts.
  • Get your cheese fix (with next-day delivery!) with the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company.
  • 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. 

For more ideas on things to do from your sofa, check out our list of 50+ ways to explore England while staying home

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