The small businesses delivering food and essential supplies across the UK from Bristol to Birmingham – The Sun

SMALL businesses across the country are going above and beyond the call at the moment to deliver food, drinks, and essential items to households.

While the supermarkets are experiencing a surge in demand, and online shopping slots are hard to come by, we’ve rounded up the small shops you can buy from.

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Shoppers across the country are desperate to get their hands on essential items and because of panic buying, many items are now being rationed.

Despite the supermarkets reassuring people there is enough  to go around, online shopping slots are hard to come by and restrictions are now in place on some items.

But small businesses across the UK are stepping up and households are now turning to them to get their products.

From basic foods and household goods to beers, baby food, and cleaning products there are businesses both large and small you can shop at.

In a time when many businesses – both big and small – are loosing money, with news this week that one million firms are close to failure, it's more important than ever to support out local shops.

Businesses have called on the banks to "repay the favour" and help them out after criticisms they were bailed out during the last financial crisis, and are making money off the current one.

There are thousands of companies offering online services now. Many are listed on local news websites or on social media.

For example, the organic baby food producer, Piccolo, has started selling bundles which contain baby milk and food pouches.

Here we’ve listed just a very small selection of those providing food, drinks and essential items across the UK.


North East

Twice Brewed Inn 

This Hexham inn and brewery is now selling a "Pub in a Box" for £30 featuring a five litre keg of beer plus a selection of snacks. The box and a range of the brewery’s other beers are available for local and UK-wide delivery.

Grainger Market Delivery

The covered market may be closed but it is possible to order food boxes from its traders. The food available includes fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish and around 150 orders are being delivered each day.  

Delivery is only available for postcodes in and around Newcastle at the moment. 

North West


Delivery of fresh bread and cooked meals is available from Skaus for those living in Liverpool. Delivery is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 


This cafe in Liverpool is now selling boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables along with items such as butter, bacon, and wine.

The Yan at Broadrayne

This Lake District restaurant in Grasmere has launched a ready meal delivery service to the local area (free with a minimum spend of £20). A small menu of dishes are available to order which can be reheated at home. 

Grow West 

Grow West in Allerby, Cumbria, is selling fresh vegetable boxes across the region.  There are small and large boxes available which include a selection of seasonal produce.   

Dunsters Farm

A home delivery service is available for households across Greater Manchester from this wholesale producer. A range of food and drinks is on sale as well as household staples such as gloves and cling film. 

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Yorkshire & Humber

Your Local Greengrocer

Boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables are available from this greengrocer for free delivery in certain postcodes in and around Leeds.

Bluebird Bakery

Fresh bread is available to order to those living in York and Leeds from the Bluebird bakery. Orders take three days to prepare and delivery costs £2.50 (free for orders over £25).   


Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and deli produce is available from this farm shop. The shop is open and delivery is available for those spending £25 or more who are self isolating and live in Harrogate or Knaresborough for a £5 charge. 

East Midlands

Kerry's Fresh

Fruit, vegetables, and salad boxes are now available to order for those living in the East Midlands. A list of eligible postcodes are on the website, with the delivery day for each. Orders take seven days to arrive from the day you order. 

The Bottle Top

This Nottingham shop is selling a range of goods for delivery to the city. Household products including tooth brushes, soap, and toothpaste are available along with a range of craft beers, wines, and spirits. Delivery is for the whole of the UK and costs from £3.20 per order (free for orders over £50).  

Ben’s Kitchen

Boxes of fresh meat can now be ordered via the Facebook page from Ben’s Kitchen in Leicester.  A community box of fresh vegetables and fruit is also available. Prices vary and delivery is free to local postcodes.

West Midlands

Essington Farm

Toilet rolls are among the products on offer from this supplier in Staffordshire, which before the outbreak supplied food to restaurants and football clubs. Its restaurant is shut but it sells fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat in its shops and it is switching how it operates to provide deliveries to local households.

Affordable Food Stoke

This shop is open to anyone and sells reduced food close to its end date. The shop in Stoke-on-Trent is open during the week between 10am and 11am during the week. The owners stress anyone can come to the shop but asks that only those that really need the discounted food do so.


The Cambridge Oven

Food can be ordered and paid for over the phone here and fresh bread and baked foods are available. The delivery service for those in Cambridge will start on April 4, and you'll need to spend a minimum of £15, and a pay and collect service is available from the shop.


Essex-based farmer Peter Thompson is selling "quarantine packs" full of fruit and vegetables to local people.

Delivery is free to local postcodes and he is selling the items at cost price to make sure people in his local area have access to fresh produce. Fresh fruit juice is also available. 

The Cambridge Fruit Company

Large and small fruit and vegetable boxes are available for delivery in and around Cambridge. The produce you'll get in your box depends on what's available and you can also add in meat and baked goods if you want them.

South West


These farm shops are still open selling fresh produce and have changed to adapt to the outbreak with perspex screens at tills.

They sell fruit and vegetables, meat, and cheeses along with a range of dry goods including crackers and biscuits. There are four branches across the south west in Basingstoke, Winchester, Englfield, and Hungerford.

Winchcombe Fruit & Veg

Mixed fruit and vegetable boxes are available to order from this Cotswold shop for those living in the local area including Cleeve and Cheltenham. Extras can be added including eggs and bread and orders can be made via the Facebook page.

The Vegetable Diva

This Bristol-based business is selling fruit and vegetable boxes. Delivery is £2.95 for those in Bristol and the local area and collection is free. You can add in artisan breads and ready meals to your box as well.

Darts Farm

Boxes are on sale filled with vegetables, fruit, cheese or meat from this farm in Exeter. You can also buy dry produce, including fresh bread and baked goods, eggs, butter, ready meals, and confectionery.

Local collection is availability and nationwide delivery.

Salcombe Brewery

This independent brewery is now selling beers and ciders for delivery across the UK. Staff who previously worked in marketing, sales, and admin have become delivery drivers and they also have a service to those in Devon to buy fresh produce and pies.

South East

Lost Sheep Coffee

As so many coffee shops are now closed, coffee is available to order from this Whitstable business across the UK. Home delivery is free for orders of £15 or more.

Tilgate Bakery

This bakery in Crawley is now offering a free delivery service to local households. Its Facebook page lists availability and delivery times.

Brighton Express Meats

Meat packs are available to order for free next day delivery (for orders over £20) from this Brighton-based butchers. It's just one of several shops in the city now offering online ordering and delivery to local people.


New Covent Garden Market

Fruit and vegetable boxes are being sold by traders at New Covent Garden Market in London. 

Traders at the market usually only sell to restaurants and hotels in the city but are now selling boxes of fruit, vegetables, and other foods including milk, butter and eggs to the public.

Delivery costs depend on your postcode and is available for London and some areas of Surrey. 

Signature Brew

With pubs and bars shut across the country, Signature Brewery has come up with a "Pub in a Box" for £25 including delivery. It includes eight cans of beer, two glasses, a pub quiz, and some snacks.

Delivery is included in the price for some London postcodes but costs £6.50 for those out of London. 

Lighthaus Cafe

This London cafe has adapted after closing and now sells fresh produce boxes to those living nearby. Orders can be made via its website and delivery is free. Other items are available include dairy products, sandwiches, and cakes.

Lucy Burton Cakes

As weddings aren't allowed, this baker has changed how she operates and is now selling cakes, blondies, and brownies to order across the UK. Orders can be made via her Instagram page.

St J's Cafe

Fresh fruit and vegetables, store cupboard items including pasta and flour, and household items are available from this cafe to order. Delivery is free to local postcodes in east London, a list of these can be found on the website.


Cashells Butchers

Local delivery is available from this butchers in Crickhowell for a cost of £2.50. Delivery dates depend on location and it's available for those living in and around the town.

Wright's Food Emporium

A wide-range of goods are available to order from this small business including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. Deliveries are made on Fridays to anywhere within a 20-mile radius. Delivery costs 40p per mile and orders can be made via the website.

Good Wash

If you can't get hold of soap at the supermarket, this Penarth-based business has stock of a range of luxury bathroom products including liquid and hard soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.

Northern Ireland

Ramsey Fine Foods

From its headquarters in Bangor, this business is delivering a large range of freshly made ready meals to those living in the local area. Delivery is free and you can order from the website. Days of delivery depend on postcodes.

Bumble & Goose

Cakes, biscuits, and brownies are on offer at this Irish bakery, for free collection of UK-wide delivery at a cost of £3.95 per order.

Arcadia Delicatessen 

Boxes of fresh produce and food hampers are available to order for free delivery or collection from this Belfast business. Delivery is only available for specific postcodes in and around the city.


JB Foods

Households in Glasgow, Falkirk, Galashiels, and Edinburgh can order from this business, which previously only sold on a wholesale basis. Grocery products, fresh and frozen food, and household goods are among the items avaialble. Orders can be made via the website.

Jessie's Kitchen

This Aberdeen cafe is now offering a delivery service for those living in the city. Fruit and vegetable boxes  and traybakes are available to order and you can add in extras you might need including toilet roll and milk. Details of what is available and how to order can be found via the cafe's Facebook page.

Cater Edinburgh

Chef Barry Bryson is now offering delivery for those living in Edinburgh. Before the outbreak, Barry cooked for events but he has changed his business and now sells luxury ready meals to the public.  Deliveries are made on Fridays and cost £10.

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