Can’t get what you need from the supermarket? Local food businesses are filling the gap and offering delivery services for those in self-isolation.
Getting hold of everyday essentials can be a bit tricky during the COVID-19 lockdown. Fortunately, at a time of need, local businesses, communities and volunteers are coming together to help deliver food supplies to those in self-isolation.
Here is a list of local food companies offering delivery for self-isolation in Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages of the Uttlesford District including Newport, Wimbish, Wendens Ambo and more.
Butchers & fish mongers in Saffron Walden
The shop remains open but for those in self-isolation delivery is available to Saffron Walden and surrounding village with a minimum spend of £15. Call 01799 522270 to make an order. Meat hampers and packs are also available. www.burtonsbutchers.com/
A little further afield in Bishop’s Stortford, the traditional family butchers is offering delivery to residents of the town and surrounding villages. Minimum spend of £25 for delivery. Call 01279 5033334 to make an order. www.humphreysbutchers.com/
The Saffron Walden Fishmonger
Unfortunately, delivery isn’t available but if you have someone who can pick this up for you, it’s worth asking. Thanks to a thumbs up from the council, the fishmonger has got the go ahead to continue to trade at the Saffron Walden market on Saturday’s, strictly 8am-11am. Pre-orders are available but limited. www.onlinefish.co.uk/
Saffron Fish Co
Though orders for delivery are currently suspended (as of w/c 13 April), there are plans to reopen soon, it all depends on when their suppliers at Billingsgate Market reopen. Watch this space! www.facebook.com/saffronfishco/
Fruit and Vegetables for delivery in Saffron Walden
Veg on Your Step
Led by Tom and John, childhood friends who have now come to work together on this exciting journey. Founded out of a passion for supplying quality food with provenance to our customers as well as providing a platform to the immense volume of artisanal producers on our doorstep. For info on all areas (other than Saffron Walden check out the Areas We Deliver link
This company delivers boxes of fruit and veg straight to your doorstep, and in recycled boxes no less. Delivery is available to Essex and Suffolk borders, but free delivery includes Saffron Walden, Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop’s Stortford, Thaxted, Great Sampford, Ashdon, Radwinter, Hempstead and more. Due to unprecedented demand, orders may take a little longer than usual. You’re advised to order via the website or email: [email protected] | www.waldenorganics.co.uk/
If you fancy growing your own produce while you have some extra time on your hands, then give Wimbish Nursery a call. They are offering a range of vegetable plants such as tomatoes, aubergine, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and more, seeds, herbs and bags of compost. Minimum spend £30. Call 01799 522871. www.wimbishnurseryandgardencentre.co.uk
The Modern Greengrocer
Due to current demand, only BOXEDUp Boxes, potatoes and eggs are available, but this still gives you plenty of options. Delivery is available within a 15 mile radius of CM6 postcode, including Great Dunmow, Felsted, Little Dunmow, Thaxted, Takeley, Little Canefield, Stansted, Bishop’s Stortford, Braintree, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages. Order online at www.themoderngreengrocer.co.uk/
Blue Nature Fruit & Vegetables & Fish and Co
Though Blue Nature in Saffron Walden is currently closed for the health and safety of their employees, they are working with Saffron Fish Co. Fruit and veg deliveries will be available on Wednesday and Friday. Call 01799218160 to order.
Nisa – Newport Village Store
The store have enlisted the help of volunteers and are offering free delivery to residents in the village and surrounding area. Order at 9am and you’ll receive your delivery later that evening or the next day. Talk about a speedy service! To order call 01799 541991.
Fighting Cocks Pub
Though the pub is currently closed, they are using their suppliers to help deliver boxes of fresh food. A variety of options are available including a small veg box priced £29, meat options from £28, fish boxes and BBQ packages. Order between 9am-2pm, Monday to Friday. Call 01279 260075 to order. www.thefightingcocks.biz/fresh-food-deliveries-1
Yes, this may seem a strange option for your grocery shopping but the company which offers a monthly bin wash service, are helping their clients who are self-isolating. On their rounds they can collect from village stores or pharmacies if you have pre-arranged collection. They will distribute on their route. Routes are fixed so you can get in touch and plan ahead.
As an example, two Fridays a month, Binwash take a route from Rickling Green to Farnham, via the villages Clavering, Berden, Manuden, passing the two Nisa stores in Newport and Clavering as well as the pharmacy. Your order must be arranged directly with the store, then Binwash will collect with prior arrangement.
This is also a good time to consider using Binwash. They sanitize your bins to keep them extra clean. They use high-level protective equipment, face shield, masks, chemical gauntlets and nitrile gloves, and daily disinfect vans so you know you’re in safe hands. The service operates in Haverhill, Bishop’s Stortford and most of Uttlesford. www.binwash-uk.com/index.php/saffron-walden
Often seen popping up at local markets, the bakery company will be offering a delivery service of their tasty breads, pastries and cakes during this time. Order by 12pm, two working days prior to your requested delivery slot. Check the website for delivery days but CM postcodes are split among Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, while CB postcodes will be delivered to on Friday and Saturday. www.brownbreadonline.co.uk/delivery
Unfortunately, the regional bakers are unable to offer delivery, but are offering a click and collect service. You’ll need to follow government guidelines and stand two metres apart in the queue. www.dorringtons.com/
Mini Miss Bread
The Saffron Walden bakery has decided to close during COVID-19 and will not be offering delivery. However, if you fancy trying your hand at bread making, they are offering online tutorials, recipes and tips on their Facebook page. They are so offering flour deliveries. Message directly to find out more information. www.facebook.com/minimissbread/
Maze Bar & Grill
The Turkish restaurant has created a takeaway menu with new dishes being added regularly. There’s flatbreads and dips, hot meze, traditional cuisine, seafood options and meat from the grill. To help customers through these difficult financial times, the restaurant has lowered prices too! See the full menu at www.facebook.com/MazeBarandGrill/
(F)ish and Chips
Local fish and chip shop with all the extras; burgers, onion rings, southern fried chicken, are delivering locally (within 5 miles) or making orders up for takeaway. Call 01799 524 256. Full menu can be found at https://www.ishandchips.co.uk/
The Saffron Walden wine store will be delivering as usual, so there’s no need to go without your favourite tipple. Due to current circumstances delivery make take up to seven days. Delivery is free for orders over £120. www.josephbarneswines.com