With many popular restaurants and bars either operating at reduced hours or closed across the UK, we take a look at some of the best DIY 'cook at home' kits, as well as a range of cocktail delivery services.
Mothership, an online drinks retailer set up by the founders of Edinburgh’s award-winning cocktail bar Bramble, announced back in March that it would start stocking products from other, local producers and offer shipping across the UK mainland.
While Bramble and its sister bars, Lucky Liquor Co and the Last Word Saloon, are closed in line with the Government’s instructions during these challenging times, Mothership is able to continue delivering directly to home cocktail enthusiasts via online delivery.
“This is a really tough time for hospitality, but we’re fortunate that we have an avenue where we can still do what we’re best at – getting great drinks into people’s hands to help them enjoy themselves," said co-founder, Jason Scott.
"It might not be much, but hopefully it’s something that can help bring a little joy and every sale through Mothership helps us for the future when we can reopen the bars.”
Your freshly made drinks will arrive in a branded box, and be kept safe from breakages by being packaged with popcorn, rather than in plastic. To see what's on offer - including cocktails, beer, wine and spirits - and place an order, visit the website.
Stein's at Home
For a taste of Rick Stein's famed seafood dishes at your kitchen table, look no further than Stein's at Home.
Each box contains all you need to feed two people a delicious three course meal. All the preparation has been done by the Rick Stein team. All that's needed from you is to cook and plate up the dishes.
There are currently three boxes to choose from - The Hake Box, The Indonesian Curry Box, and The Lobster Box, priced from £40 per box.
Example dishes include starters of grilled scallops with a hazelnut and coriander butter; classic Moules mariniere and smoked mackerel pate; mains of grilled hake piperade; Indonesian seafood curry with pilau rice and a green bean and coconut salad, and a delicious lobster thermidor.
To round off the experience, why not add a bottle or two to the box, chosen by Head of Drinks and Sommelier, Charlie Stein?
Mac & Wild
Earlier this year, Mac & Wild announced that its award-winning venison and beef or ‘venimoo’ burger kits would be made available for nationwide delivery.
The DIY Mac & Wild burger kits contain everything you need to make these restaurant-quality burgers at home - either for two people as an indulgent treat, or for four.
Each Venimoo Burger Kit reflects Mac & Wild’s ethos of offering consumers sustainable Scottish produce, and the packaging is ethically sourced.
Inside, you’ll find eight burgers - four beef and four venison - baby gem lettuce, gherkins, burger cheese slices, two peeled and finely sliced onions (ready to be caramelised at home), and sesame brioche buns. A selection of sauces, including béarnaise, mustard and Mac & Wild’s Red Jon Sauce, are in the pack as well.
Don’t be overwhelmed - there’s a recipe card with pictures and easy to follow instructions.
Delivering the length and breadth of the UK, Restaurant Kits offers the essential ingredients to create signature dishes from beloved restaurants, all delivered in one simple box. The kits aim to bring the UK’s most loved independent restaurants into the comfort of your home.
Just a few of the many restaurants customers can order from are Dirty Bones, Pizza Pilgrims, Flank, Yum Bun, and Scotland specialists, Mac & Wild.
Sugo pasta kits
Sugo, the sister restaurant Paesano pizza, opened in Glasgow in 2019 to much acclaim. The restaurant's freshly made, budget-friendly pasta dishes meant that, pre-pandemic, the huge restaurant on Mitchell Street was always packed.
Now you can create some of their more popular dishes from your own kitchen, thanks to the Sugo pasta kits.
Available for delivery nationwide, dishes include Sugo classics such as spinach and ricotta ravioli with sage butter, and pappardelle with slow cooked beef ragu.
Everything you need to prepare your favourite Sugo pasta dish at home in minutes is included in the kit. To find out more and order, visit the Sugo at Home website.
Arros QD DIY Paella Kit
DIY paella kits are now being delivered nationwide by the three Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta - including his secret recipe stocks, specialist bomba rice and famous paella pans with which to practice the art of paella making.
If you fancy whipping up a proper Spanish feast yourself, you can by simply place an order online, which will then arrive in three to four working days (post permitting).
The DIY paella kits come with specialist paella rice and ready-to-go stocks, like Valenciana veal and herb, seafood, game, poultry and vegetable variations.
They also include the equipment to cook it all with (40cm paella pans, and Arros QD's signature wooden paella spoons). Kits start from £76.
Mindful Chef saw a 387 per cent rise in sales when lockdown hit earlier this year, and the team behind the name believes that healthy eating should be easy.
With 68 recipes on the menu, Mindful Chef’s recipe boxes provide customers with the tools to cook easy, nutritionally-balanced meals at home. The ingredients are pre-portioned and each recipe takes a maximum of 30 minutes to make.
Those who take their condiments seriously can get all-natural sauces from this artisan brand, which has 20 Great Taste Awards under its belt.
On a mission to make eating exciting and food more delicious, any condiment lover needs a Sauce Shop bottle. From Smoky Chipotle Mayo to a tangy Buffalo Hot Sauce, and the ultimate Burger Sauce, there’s something for everyone. Currently, there's free UK delivery for orders over £30.
The Cocktail Delivery Company
Ready to shake up nights in, The Cocktail Delivery Company delivers premium cocktails nationwide.
Created by world-class mixologists with decades of cocktail experience, the delivery service couriers premium, freshly made cocktails straight to customers’ doors, so all that’s needed is to is select, shake and serve.
Each serve comes with garnishes and a handy ‘how to’ guide, allowing customers to pour like a pro.
All cocktails display a use-by date due to the fresh nature of the serves, which all abstain from using artificial flavours, sweeteners and preservatives.
Prices for popular serves, such as an Espresso Martini are £12.49 for two serves, or £34.99 for six serves. A Porn Star Martini is £12.49 for two serves, or £29.99 for seven serves.