Londoners can now have a Michelin-starred Sunday lunch at home
Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms, delivering its famous Sunday lunch. And there's a whole host of restaurants delivering kits nationwide
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, restaurants all over the UK were forced to close their doors. For months this has meant no income for them, and no amazing food for us. Some have adapted and now offer a delivery service, in attempts to maintain a revenue stream and manage overheads. But what of the finer dining establishments?
The Harwood Arms, in London, is one such establishment and, despite its stature in the city, the owners have decided to adapt the business to delivery. This is in light of the fact that social distancing isn't going anywhere and, under those circumstances, the pub will simply not be able to open as normal.
Head chef, Sally Abe, told Eater, “If [social distancing] is two metres, no business is going to manage that. Our kitchen is tiny — the logistics of that are crazy.”
It has partnered up with supplier Lake District Farmers' to bring its famous Sunday lunch as a hamper for two, for delivery. Included in the luxury hamper are two 500g sirloin steaks, part-cooked potatoes to be roasted in beef fat, carrots baked in hay, the usual greens, a Yorkshire pudding each, and cauliflower cheese. All this is accompanied by the Harwoods Arms' bone marrow and braised beef short rib gravy and a horseradish sauce.
These come with a comprehensive set of instructions so that you can have your roast exactly as you would in the restaurant. The cost of the hamper is £70, in keeping with the sit-in cost of the signature Sunday roast. For delivery on Saturday, it must be ordered before 4pm the preceding Wednesday.
The decision was made not to offer dishes via popular delivery services, such as Uber Eats or Deliveroo, because the 30% rate they take from the cost meant it just wasn't viable. There is also the fact those companies specialise in delivering hot food, on demand, whereas The Harwoods Arms' offerings have to be delivered on Saturday and must be kept cold. This being the case, it has opted to use its supplier, Lake District Farmers' for delivery of the hampers.
Deliveries further afield
It may seem like Londoners get all the fun when it comes to these things, but there is a decent range of London restaurants delivering nationwide. Dishpatch has put together a list of meal kit deliveries available across the UK: you just pop your postcode in and it'll show you which restaurant can deliver a meal kit to you. From Pizza Pilgrim's frying pan pizza kit, to Island Poké's DIY kit and Padella pasta kits, you can whip up delights from all your fave restaurants at home.