April 9 2020

Lockdown Larder! The essential guide to food and drink shopping in Bath

Food first (for Restaurant Services and Drinks Deliveries, scroll down the page):

Dairy, pantry and larder essentials, ready meals and, of course, the most fabulous bread and associated sweet treat delights for miles around. Where are we? Thoughtful Bakery, of course, where the click and collect/home delivery door is very much open for business. But here’s the real food for thought: the bakery’s COVID- 19 Front Liner Donation Fund is doing amazing things for the NHS Key Workers who are doing amazing things for us at this difficult time – who wouldn’t want to contribute to that?

Top notch, marvellous meat alongside fish, dairy produce and pantry goodies: go forth and shop IRL at Larkhall Butchers (paying full respect to social distancing rules, of course) or, if you’re in dire need of delivery, order over the phone from a business that’s keeping calm and carrying on in order to keep Bath sane.

The Newton Farm fairies are offering a home delivery service for those over 70 or those who are self-isolating as they (or someone they live with) fall in to the vulnerable category, plus those who are self-isolating as a household and NHS frontline workers. If you fall in to any of these categories, here’s the really extensive product list including all manner of groceries, fresh produce, meat, sweet treats, Bertinet bread and ready meals for one, and here’s the full lowdown on how to order.

The Bath and NE Somerset Third Sector Group 3SG has bought a host of local partners, charities, residents, students and businesses together to create a Compassionate Community to support everybody during difficult times. On the food front (just one element of the incredible work that 3SG is doing), the team have collaborated with the Sustainable Food Partnership to generate a regularly-updated list of local providers offering food services to people across Bath and north east Somerset – click here for the full lowdown.

Ooh la la! Bertinet Bakery bread (including those legendary sourdough loaves), croissants, pain au chocolat, cookies, pretzels (yes, pretzels!) and more, all in easy reach via this link. Minimum order £10, free doorstep delivery.

Long-established family-run wholesaler to the catering industry Arthur David (I LOVE the company’s backstory!) is offering home delivery of all kinds of everything to domestic customers in the BA and BS postcode area. To call the product list extensive would be an understatement – if you can’t find what you need here, you simply don’t need it. Order before 2pm for next day delivery; order after 2pm and select a delivery date up to 7 days in advance.

Steaks, burgers, sausages, mince, eggs, bread, vegetables and much, much much more; those darling Darling Deli darlings are fighting your “what to eat now/next” corner in fine style. Call 01225 835118 for full details including opening hours (yes, you can shop responsibly IRL here) and delivery/collect options.

Avellinos Italian Deli is a little oasis of Italian sunshine, on the Cleveland Place/London Road corner. There’s an abundance of pasta, passata and tinned tomatoes lining the shelves, alongside pestos, jams, oils, Italian eggs, Italian sausages, ’00’ flour by the scoop and much more. Gloves and hand gel are available for every customer (no more than two at a time)… and every customer needs to leave with at least one Italian pastry (top tip: if there’s Cannoli going begging, grab one pronto!) Call 01225 470194 for opening hours.

The Wellocks at Home online grocery delivery service is going the extra mile to make both the current situation and our future brighter by helping our local pubs or restaurants maintain a level of income in these testing times. Choose your grocery box (Fruit, Pantry, Salad, etc), add anything you need from the Essential selection, treat yourself to a little bit of Luxury (ooh, Black Cow Vintage Cheddar, please!) and collect your hoard the next day from your nearest click and collect point(*). Where’s ours? The lovely Longs Arms in South Wraxall, where chef/proprietor Rob Allcock also happens to be baking delectable (of course!) daily bread, buns, etc for lucky locals at the South Wraxall Bakery. (*)home delivery service also available.

Support 35 small local businesses and keep your own at-home supplies of top notch, local artisan produce (cheese, pickles, tea, oils, choccies, liqueurs and much, much more – cruise the full, flamboyant array here) buoyant or send a luxurious (and practical!) Taste of Bath hamper to a friend in need, anywhere in the UK. Free local delivery.

The Kingsmead Square Stall is still open for business, with the usual fruit and veg supplemented by eggs, pasta, etc. Current opening hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday only (8am-2pm) but proprietor Daniel Weisberg is happy to take click and collect/next day delivery orders via text on 07872 574513. Meanwhile, New Stokes (Moorland Road) are offering a next day delivery service (minimum order £20; £3 delivery charge) – and, as legions of Stokes supporters are aware, there’s a heck of a lot more than fruit and veg available; email bath@newstokes.co.uk or call 07838 943056 for details.

The Circus Restaurant on Brock Street are working in partnership with the Bath Veg Box Project to deliver vibrant assortments of fresh fruit and vegetables (£16 per box, see pic) and/or a selection of locally-sourced essentials including dairy produce, bread, eggs, meat, frozen Circus Restaurant meals (the latter for collection only) and the restaurant’s own-label red, white and rose wine (yay!) for delivery/click and collect. Read all about the service here or drop by the restaurant in person between 10am-12noon Monday-Saturday.

Frozen cookie dough from the fabulous No 3 Cafe gals, ready to bake, delivered directly to your door: 2 for £10 to BA1 and BA2, including delivery – message @SarararaCoffee on Twitter to grab yours today.

Pack up your troubles and go shopping at The Packhorse! Orders for collection taken by telephone ONLY (01225 830300) by 1pm two days in advance of three collection cycles (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12noon-2pm.) The menu ranges from food staples and basic essentials to bottled and draught beer/cider (bring your own 2-pint container if you’re opting for draught), wine and fizz, taking in BBQ boxes, meat and poultry and vibrant fresh vegetable/fruit hampers along the way. If you could bring your own boxes/bags, that would be massively helpful, as would pre-planning for a regular weekly order. Delivery service available to self-isolating households via the pub’s volunteer Packeroo team, within a one mile radius of Southstoke.

While we’re all doing what we can to get by, bear this in mind: Bath Foodbank Centres are closed until further notice, but e-vouchers are allowing people in need to have food parcels delivered to their homes via a contact-free delivery service. The service is currently in dire need of cereal, baked beans, tinned tomatoes/vegetables/meat/fish/soup/fruit/rice pudding, packet soup, pasta and jars of pasta sauce, UHT milk, long life juice, chocolate and biscuits, instant mash, coffee, hand wash, soap and shower gel. View a regularly-updated list of food collection point locations here or make an online cash donation here.

Restaurant/eat in:

Age UK B&NES are offering a lunchtime delivery of a hot meal for people living in B&NES direct to the person’s door, seven days per week. A main course and a dessert costs just £6.50; click on this link for the daily menu. Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, including low sugar, gluten free, and textured meals for those who find it difficult to swallow. To order, email communitymeals@ageukwiltshire.org.uk or call 01793 687017.

Hooray, hoorah and YAY – fish (or pies, or sausages, or the legendary bubble and squeak Scotch egg?) and chips from The Oyster Shell are back on the menu! Limited home delivery slots for between Thursday-Saturday 4pm-9pm are up for grabs NOW, via the app or online here (where you can also browse the full menu.) It’s so good to have you back, guys!

The Scallop Shell has reopened for click’n’collect/delivery services (pre-order only) – find everything you need to know about this indispensable service here (top tip: if you get your timing right, there’s Dorset Lobster on the menu…)

The Smallest Pizzeria in the World” is back for big business in the back garden of The Bell (Walcot Street)! The Pizza Bike will open for collection and delivery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4pm-9pm. Browse the full menu here, text/WhatsApp your order and collection time of choice to 07415 474298, wait for your confirmation and payment link… and you’re off! Prefer home delivery? Find The Pizza Bike on Deliveroo and order via the app. Prefer making pizza at home? Fresh pizza dough also available for collection. Please note: the pub itself remains to be closed and there is no access to the garden or toilets.

Eveleigh’s of Bath are poised to deliver your choice from a fabulous range of Gourmet Ready Meals, directly to your doorstep: buy five, and Eveleigh’s will donate and deliver one of their vital Care Packages to an RUH Key Worker. Want to know more about those Eveleigh’s Care Packages? Click on this link, spread the word, and please, donate today.

The terrific Homewood team are volunteering their time every Saturday to rustle up a feast featuring real ale battered haddock, chunky chips, garden mushy peas and tartare sauce ready to collect from their glorious pastoral paradise hotel near Freshford. To order, call 01225 723731 by 4pm on Friday and choose a collection slot between 6-8pm on Saturday. And get this: all profits – yup, all profits – will go directly to the RUH Forever Friends Appeal; now that’s what we call a fabulous fish supper. KLAXON! Every Thursday night is Burger Night! But this is no ordinary burger; think Stokes Marsh Farm steak burger, red onion BBQ salsa, crisp pancetta, Bath Blue Cheese, tempura onion rings and pimento salt fries all for just £13, with a panko melting halloumi burger with picked red pepper and courgette relish for the veggies. Orders (for collection from Homewood between 5-7pm on Thursday) must be placed by Twitter DM (@homewoodbath) or by emailing ed@homewoodbath.co.uk by 4pm on Wednesday. Next stop (phew!): enjoy a 2-course Taste of Homewood Sunday roast (grown ups £20pp; children’s portion £11pp) precooked, packaged up and ready to reheat at home, with a neat reheating video included alongside instructions in the box. On the menu? Stokes Marsh Farm beef with fabulous trimmings including cauliflower and leek gratin, honey-roast carrots, greens, jus and those all-important roasties/yorkies; butternut squash Wellington replacing the beef for those who prefer a veggie option; sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and custard for pud… and a bottle of wine add-on available for just £12. Orders (for collection from Homewood between 9am-12noon on Sunday) must be placed by Twitter DM (@homewoodbath) or by emailing ed@homewoodbath.co.uk by 4pm on Friday. And here’s the real deal: ALL profits from both Burger Night and Sunday roasts will be donated to The Holburne Museum and Bath Festivals. We-heart-Homewood! KLAXON! New click’n’collect Afternoon Tea takeaway tea available Monday-Friday. Full Afternoon Tea £20pp; Cream Tea just £10 – email ed@homewoodbath.co.uk no later than 4pm the day before to place your order.

Grazing platters, piadina, a dedicated bruschetta menu, sweet treats and, of course, perfect stonebaked pizza in abundance – The Claremont (Larkhall-ish, off London/St Saviour’s Road) is a veritable oasis of la dolce vita. View the enticing menu (and inform yourself re the meaning of piadina) here, then go forth and place your order for either collection or free home delivery Tuesday-Sunday.

Everybody’s talking about Yak Yeti Yak’s brand new ready meals/meal kit home delivery service – and it’s easy to see why. Order before 5pm for next-day delivery (4pm-7pm) of Nepalese ready meals such as Chicken or Pork Bhutuwa Curry plus optional side dishes including pakoras, dal, chutneys and rice. Meanwhile, YYY Meal Kits include everything you need to make dishes such as Shekuwa Kebabs, Chicken Chilli and the restaurant’s legendary Momos. There’s a Drinks menu too, hoorah! And just to make this news even tastier: £1 from every delivery will be split between helping to subsidise meals for Key Workers at the RUH and the YYY Foundation.

Missing your Mint Room fine dining fix? Miss no more! Place your home delivery order by calling the restaurant direct (Bath: 01225 446656; Bristol: 0117 329 1300). The Mint Room team are currently delivering complimentary meals to staff at RUH Bath and Julian House as well, so every time you treat yourself, you’re spicing up the life of an indispensable Key Worker too.

Bath Ales battered haddock, chunky chips, garden mushy peas and tartare sauce for just £10, ready to collect every Friday evening from The Bird (Pulteney Road.) To order, call 01225 697441 by 4pm on Thursday and choose a collection slot between 5.30-7.30pm on Friday. Meanwhile, just two days later… The Bird’s Sunday roast is ready to roll! Stokes Marsh Farm beef with fabulous trimmings including cauliflower and leek gratin, honey-roast carrots, greens, jus and those all-important roasties/yorkies; butternut squash Wellington replacing the beef for those who prefer a veggie option; sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and custard for pud… and a bottle of wine add-on available for just £12. The whole shebang (grown ups £20pp; children’s portion £11pp) is precooked, packaged up and ready to reheat at home, with a neat reheating video included alongside instructions in the box. Orders (for collection from The Bird between 9am-12noon on Sunday) must be placed by Twitter DM (@thebirdbath_), emailing chris@thebirdbath.co.uk or calling 01225 697441 by 4pm on Friday. All profits from both tasty bundles will be donated to The Holburne Museum and Bath Festivals appeals. Hoorah!

Simi’s Kitchen is hosting a virtual Supper Club for up to 25 people every Friday evening – the sociable part (via Zoom) is optional; the eating isn’t! In preparation for the feast, Simi will visit her organic allotment every Tuesday to see what’s ripe and ready before posting menu details on her website or via email. Pay for your £25pp feast (gift vouchers available) by 7pm on Wednesday, then Simi will either delivery the whole menu direct to your door or you can collect it from SK HQ at 10 Great Pulteney Street from 2pm on Friday. Heat the dishes up in your own home, then tuck in with as much privacy or connection as you choose. The party starts with a brief Zoom meeting at 6.30pm when Simi introduces herself, talks us through the dishes and ‘meets’ the diners. Party ON, piggies!

Didi Cakes (Walcot Street) is back open for business! If you thought that Cupcake Heaven didn’t exist, you haven’t browsed this menu. Wanna supersize that? The big cakes are something to celebrate too. Pick up and delivery of pre-orders only; contact by email (contact@didicakesbath.com) or via the website, as the phone isn’t monitored.

Okay, so you can’t make chill out on the gorgeous alfresco patio while puffing on a shisha at the mo. But The Terrace (Argyle Street) is very much open for new normal business as usual, delivering an enticing selection of dishes from classic fish and chips to perfect pizzas by way of superb steaks, boisterous burgers, Medi-themed grazing platters and rollickin’ Sunday roasts including a Yorkshire Pudding Bowl option. See the full menu here (and note the comment regarding customisation!) then pre-order any day of the week for delivery every Friday-Sunday, 12noon-10pm. Any questions? Call/text 07702 495252, leave a message here or email theterracebath@icloud.com

Larkhall-based lovelies Ma Cuisine produce healthy French gourmet frozen meals, all available for doorstep delivery. Browse a range of over 80 classic dishes including meat, game, seafood, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options alongside cakes, desserts and a selection of French and European wines. Deli counter favourites are cooked daily in the Ma Cuisine kitchen, including classic French quiches, croque monsieur and wild garlic pesto. For children or those with small appetites, there’s a range of mini versions of classic dishes too. Order online here or call 01225 312959 before 1pm for free next working day delivery to the Bath area. No minimum order.

The Rising Sun (Grove Street) is open for ‘new normal’ business, offering a takeaway/delivery service of their popular, top notch pub classics including fish and chips, sausage and mash, veggie chilli, cottage and fish pies and fully-loaded jacket potatoes every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening from 5.30-8pm. Peruse the full menu here, or call 01225 425918. 

Enjoy a taste of organic prandial paradise Castle Farm (Midford) in Garden Box,  Bake Bag or Curry Box (yay!) form, available for contact-free collection or home delivery for those who cannot leave their homes.

MeatBusters (Lower Bristol Road) can deliver their boisterous, award winning burgers directly to your door between 4.30-9pm every Friday and Saturday and 4-9pm on Sundays. Browse the menu here, then call 01225 313030 to place your order. Minimum order £15; free delivery.

If you’re missing your regular Dough Pizza fix, your problems (on that score, at least!) are over: the cheerful, contemporary trattoria that proves that not all pizzas are equal are back on Deliveroo.

Ding dong! Fish and Chips, Scampi, Veggie Burgers, Chicken Goujons, Pie and Mash… The Ring O’Bells (Widcombe) takeaway menu offers broad a-peal to all – and get this: real ales and cider are also available for just £2 pint, served through the open window. Bring your own container if possible, and away you go! Monday-Thursday 1-2pm, Friday-Saturday 1pm-2pm; email enquiries@ringobellsbath.com

The heart of Indian cuisine reimagined in the heart of Bath”… that’s the Mantra, erm, mantra. Want to taste the results? View the full menu here and order online/call 01225 446322 for delivery between 5pm-10.30pm (minimum order £15)

Bath Fish and Chips (Terrace Walk, Bog Island) have reopened for click’n’collection or home delivery services Tuesday-Saturday 4.30-9pm; call 01225 975967 to order. 

Fish and chips, burger and chips and/or spicy pulled lamb kebab pittas and chips (and yes, there is good reason to mention those chips three times) now available to collect from The White Hart (Widcombe) on Saturday evenings. Collection only, between 5.30-8.30pm; email orders to charles@whitehartbath.co.uk

And to drink with that…

Smooth, chocolatey Dark Side; big, bold, hoppy Lansdown; full bodied, malty Gem – don’t miss out on your favourite Bath Ales brews! The Bath Ales’ Brewery Shop (Warmley, twixt Bath and Bristol) is open as a collection point for those who live locally every Monday to Friday between 1-4.30pm. Orders and payments need to be made over the phone in advance of collection; click on this link for full details and information on how to collect you beer safely. Meanwhile, the Bath Ales’ online shop is open for business as usual, offering a UK-wide doorstep delivery service. Klaxon! Fancy buying a pint to thank a key worker or a local hero who has helped in these difficult times? Buy them a Bath Ales pint (which can be redeemed as soon as social distancing restrictions have been lifted and pubs reopen) via Bath Ales’ Cheers to Heroes initiative. For every pint bought, St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust – of which Bath Ales is part of the family – will match-donate £4.50 to NHS Charities Together. Ready to say ‘cheers’ to the people who so richly deserve it? Visit Bath Ales’ online shop, add a ‘hero pint’ to your basket and draft a short message for your nominee; the brewery will then email the recipient a single-use voucher with details on how, and where, they can redeem their pint. How fab is that? Another klaxon! Bath Ales’ new, limited edition micro casks containing nine pints – yup, nine pints! – of full-bodied, malty Gem (4.1% abv) is the perfect remedy for those who are missing the taste of draught beer; not quite the same as a visit to the local pub but definitely the next best thing!

Buy online at Great Western Wine! Wine (obvs), spirits, veggie/vegan/low or no alcohol selection, plus great gifts (UK-wide delivery), olive oils and vinegars too. Read GWW’s Covid-19 statement here, and browse their unmissable Splendid Isolation offers here.

Yes you can still hangout at The Hideout! #HideoutatHome cocktails include Old Fashioned, Tequila Time and Storm Shelter, £20 for 200ml or £55 for 700ml – email info@hideoutbath.co.uk by EOD Thursday to pick up at Independent Spirit (who are also operating their own online shop – see more on this below) on Friday. While we’re on the subject of The Hideout… read all about (and donate to) their Crowdfunder appeal here. Supporters have the chance to purchase an “awesome deal” (to redeem, of course, when lockdown ends) from a selection that includes year-long, 20% discounts at the bar, 700ml bottles of signature cocktails, a bespoke Whisky Sipping Seminar, private venue hire complete with an £800 bar tab… and virtual hugs.

Le Vignoble’s Milsom Place merrymaking zone may be temporarily closed, but the team are working hard in their Cornwall warehouse dispatching top notch tipples (wines, spirits, beer, cider, Value Box selections, gifts and accessories – click on this link for the full line-up) to your door. A complementary wine card fully loaded to the value of any shipping costs incurred for delivery to all BA and BS postcodes will be issued to all home delivery customers, ready to fund your visit to Le Vignoble’s Enomatic machines when the sites reopen.

The tap room may be closed to the public but time hasn’t stood still at The Electric Bear Brewing Co, Bath’s very own internationally recognised microbrewery renowned for creating “eclectic, modern, flavourful and award winning beers for the bold and the curious.” What’s on the menu? The home delivery selection is updated on a very regular basis; go forth and peruse here (and, while you’re at it, sign up for updates emailed straight to your inbox every time the bears have news to share.)

The spirit of independence thrives amongst Bath’s merry band of self-reliant entrepreneurs and business folk – but as is so often the case with all troops and battalions, there are a handful of generals who keep morale up. The commanders at the helm of Independent Spirit – the aptly-named, much-loved, booze-related boutique – deserve a medal of distinction now more than ever before, because… they’ve recently launched a brand new, online shop. Hallelujah!!!!

The friendly proprietors of Green Park Station-based oasis of conviviality Wolf Wines can deliver a bespoke selection of natural craft wine directly to your Bath doorstep every Tuesday and Thursday (or Friday, if you’re Bristol-based.) There’s beer and cider on the menu too, and gloves are being worn at Wolf HQ throughout the packaging/delivery process. Free delivery. KLAXON! Wolf Wine’s Green Park Station cabin is now back open for business from 11am-4pm (obviously, social distancing rules apply)

18/36 pints (yup, 36 pints!) of Abbey Ales’ award-winning Bellringer, or Bath’s Best in a Box, or Black Friar in a Box, or Royal Crescent Gin, or… oh, just go forth and shop! Free delivery to addresses within a 10-mile radius of Bath every Monday-Friday.

Yak Yeti Yak can deliver drinks from the restaurant’s bar selection straight to your door, either to supplement their Ready Meal/Meal Kit deliveries or as a stand-alone service. Soft drinks, lager, wonderful wines – it’s all going on! Click here for the full lowdown.

The Ring O’Bells (Widcombe) takeaway menu offers broad a-peal to all – and get this: real ales and cider are also available for just £2 pint, served through the open window. Bring your own container if possible, and away you go! Monday-Thursday 1-2pm, Friday-Saturday 1pm-2pm; email enquiries@ringobellsbath.com

Those Corkage oenophiles know their stuff, right? So take your pick from their stellar wine selection, all available to enjoy at home, secure in the knowledge that quality and satisfaction comes as standard. Free local delivery for 6 bottles or more; click here for delivery details.

Novel Wines: Lockdown deals, amazing selections. Cheers!


Lovejoys – a fifth generation, family run wholesaler specialising in the very best south west produce (fruit, vegetables, dairy, bakery, pantry goods and more) – is back open for business… and flaunting a shiny new website to boot! Welcome back, lovely Lovejoys: you have been sorely missed.

The Bath Pizza Co will be open for new normal business (that’ll be takeaway/delivery, then) between 12noon-8pm every Wednesday-Sunday from 3 June.

Rosarios (Northumberland Place) has reopened for take out coffee, cakes, paninis and more from 9am-3pm Monday-Saturday – bellissimo!!!

Coffee-to-go is back on the Mokoko menu (Dorchester Street, SouthGate).

Properly authentic Gelato alongside the most treatsome sweet treets in town: The Real Italian Ice Cream Parlour (York Street) have reopened their social distance door.

Good news from The Good Bear Cafe (Bear Flat): it’s back open for takeaway between 9am-2pm every Monday-Saturday. Coffee, cakes, fresh pastries, sandwiches, Italian charcuterie, freshly prepared ready meals, ice cream, pasta, flour, wine, beer…. it’s all going on!

Your Swoon Gelato cravings end today! Pop along to their Kingsmead Square parlour any day of the week between 2-9pm and take your pick from a limited but perfectly formed menu of 8 flavours of Gelato or Sorbetti. Contactless payment taken, or click and collect via Giftup (link in bio on website.)

The team behind Dexter’s Coffee Shop (St George’s Place, Bathwick Hill) have been busily forging ahead with their plans during lockdown and announced that a takeaway service from their handsome new HQ will go live within the next few weeks.


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