What a year it has been! 2020 started with one of the best holidays of my life revisiting Singapore and travelling through Malaysia. We had a fantastic time, but reality hit hard when we returned at the beginning of February.
My husband had to work from home for a week. People stayed avoiding us out of fear of infection. From here, it has been like a wildfire. When we were confronted with the outbreak of Covid-19 mid-January in Singapore, we changed the way we travelled and dined in straight away. Avoiding public transport and packed lifts and sanitiser always at hand. Once back home, we didn’t have the after-joy of our incredible journey. To keep the memory fresh in our minds, I cook Malaysian food at least twice per week!
So, we are amidst one of the biggest crisis’ in our lifetime and have been forced to adapt the way we live. Suddenly creativity is thriving, and the community is at the heart of our lives again. I use the word again as through the modern way of living, we forgot what is important. Indeed, the community! Living in lockdown is not easy, but difficult situations are often a catalyser for new beginnings.
Local businesses have changed the way they offer their services. Not out of luxury, it’s a survival game. Some have become so busy that they barely can cope with the huge demand. A big thank you to the amazing heroes in Cambridge taking care of the people at the front line and the people in need. Alex Collis, Prana Restaurant, Mark Poynton, the Cambridge Fruit Company and Taj Cambridge delivering or donating food to them.
Staying at home doesn’t have to mean that you can’t eat well. Most of your favourite restaurants were delivering food already. Some of the smaller indies local to Cambridge are delivering now too. Quite a few have a presence on Deliveroo, but due to the high demand, not all of them could join this facility.
Below a list of the indies, who have changed their services. Don’t forget to check out some of our favourites online such as Prana Cambridge, The Tiffin Truck, Pipasha, Nanna Mexico and Doppleganger Burger.
Daily shop essential doorstep deliveries
Grain Culture – bread and vegetable boxes
Stir Bakery – bread and pizzas on Saturday
Maison Clement – bread
Radmore Farmshop – all daily shopping
The Cambridge Oven – bread
Malloy’s Craft Butchers – meat, snacks and vegetables
Art of Meat – locally sourced meat
Mill Road Butchers – locally sourced meat
Cambridge Butchers, Cousins of Newnham – quality local meat and essentials
Cambridge Fruit Company – fruit and veggie boxes
Fishmonger Crystal Waters Ltd – market stall with local deliveries
Panther Taxi – picking up your food orders
Cheese Company – delicatessen and cheese
Pata Negra – Spanish delicatessen
Culinaris Cambridge – delicatessen and cheese
The Brew Project – Speciality Roast Coffee
Rural Coffee Project – Coffee and Cake deliveries
Il Molino – Speciality olive oils, pasta, preserves and skincare
Take away food
MJP Restaurants – enjoy Mark Poynton’s food at home
Signorelli Deli – Aperitivo platters, pizza and more
Maurizio – pizzas and wine
Guerrilla Kitchen – home kit steamed buns
The Persian Kitchen – only Friday + Saturday
Bedouin Cambridge – North African cuisine
Limoncello – Italian delicatessen and take away meals
The Old Crown – orders from 3pm open from 5pm for pick up/delivery
The Plough – orders from 3pm open from 5pm for pick up/delivery
Vanderlyle – 2 course meals made to order and delivered within 3miles of Cambridge (waiting list for dates)
The Sea Tree – Fish and Chips delivered via website orders
Photo courtesy of Pata Negra Facebook Page
Wine and craft beer to your doorstep
Thirsty Cambridge – up to 10% off products
CWM Cambridge – stores across Cambridge with free delivery
Vine & Cork – wine delivery with 15% off until 30.04.20
Brewboard – specialist beers with special offers on 24 packs
Calverleys – specialist small batch beers
Support your indies
Many of them can be found on Mill Road, who offer a huge variety of food from daily shopping to a butcher and international shops. The Cambridge Market is still open for trading too.
Stay safe! Gerla
[feature image courtesy of Maison Clement Facebook Page]
While this list was current at time of writing the situation changes from one day to the next, we will do our best to keep this updated and please understand that this is not an exhaustive list and we welcome additions. Email [email protected] if you are aware of a business that is providing a delivery service and I will endeavour to add them to the post. We’re all in this together, more now than ever.
For more information on up-to-date info, doorstep deliveries in other counties and things to do indoors why not check out our Facebook Page or Groups dedicated to your county Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk. Those dog lovers out there would be barking mad not to join our Doglife Group and vegan’s, you’ll be pleased we have one dedicated to you too.