Kit meals and food delivery in Manchester and the North are a staple option today, thanks to many of the region’s best restaurants, grocery shops and food retailers offering this service during this third, and hopefully final, lockdown. Tired of waiting in an endless queue at the supermarket, not to mention worried about the risks of wandering around a confined space? Don’t worry, now you can order food online, including anything from breakfast and cake delivery, right up to a full grocery delivery. Here are some of the best food outlets who are now giving the option of food delivery right to your door.
And if you want something a little extra special, some truly high-end restaurants are putting together kit meals, also available by food delivery service (and in some cases, socially-distanced collection from the venue itself). These kit meals are a little fancier than recipe kits found in supermarkets, rather they’re a collection of top-quality ingredients, including meat, fish, vegetables, spices and seasonings, sourced from the suppliers the restaurants use themselves. This means you’ll get access to top produce that you can’t find in the shops, no matter how hard you look.
These kit meals come with detailed instructions, so you can play-act at being Simon Wood or Adam Reid for the evening, and occasionally even come with access to videos of the chefs themselves cooking the meals. And these cooking streams aren’t just devoted to the kit meals, plenty of chefs are recording videos of themselves cooking top-class meals in their home kitchen, so you can copy along using those restaurant-quality ingredients you’ve bought online.
The hospitality industry has had to adapt rapidly during both lockdowns, and that means food-lovers must too. Thankfully, this isn’t proving as painful as it might have been, thanks to top restaurants deciding to sell takeaway versions of their popular dishes, not to mention semi-prepped kit meals, and the generosity (plus a desire to show off, let’s be honest) of chefs in providing previously secret recipes means we can eat well in the comfort of our own homes, for the time being. Food delivery services and kit meals are a perfect way to bridge the gap before normality returns.
Here are some of best options for kit meals and food delivery in Manchester and the North.
Here are our picks
Northcote, Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE - Visit now
Northcote has announced their Valentine’s Day home-delivery box, as a follow-up to last year’s well-received Gourmet Box. This is a luxurious response to the pandemic and as simple to cook as it gets – but the food isn’t. The whole menu on offer is meticulously created and as stunning to the eye as it is to the palate. For the price of a reasonable meal out in Manchester, you and a friend or partner can enjoy some of the best food in the North.
Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now
The quality of Six By Nico’s cook-at-home meal is incredible, and while it might not be quite as dainty and fancy as a typical Six By Nico experience, it’s just as delicious. Judging by the quality of their recent Burgundy box, these are one of the finest and best-priced kit meals out there, without doubt.
Evuna Deansgate, 277-279 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW - Visit now
Evuna has launched their new kit meal service, Evuna At Home, available to order from their website. Add a touch of Spain to a wet January with the full tasting menu, including hams, cheeses, chorizo (with a vegetarian option, too), a choice of tapas, plus a classic paella dish. All you need to do is heat it in your kitchen.
Three Little Words, 12-13 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now
Three Little Words are closed for the time being, due to you-know-what, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy their sell-out Sunday roasts. Simply order online and collect at the venue on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Take a day off and let Three Little Words do the heavy lifting: a full high-quality roast dinner for two, with all the trimmings and a bottle of wine (red or white, your choice) or cocktails for two. You can choose from roast beef or veggie, and quite simply, they’re spectacular. And they’re all set to announce their Cocktails At Home offering, so stay tuned.
Higher Ground, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester, M1 2TP - Visit now
Following their excellent range of kit meals, it appears Higher Ground are focusing on wine for the time being. Fingers crossed they bring back the food options soon, or even better, lockdown ends soon and we can eat in their latest home. A boy can dream.
Shoryu Ramen Manchester, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1RG - Visit now
Piccadilly’s Japanese noodle restaurant, Shoryu Ramen, are selling a DIY Shoryu kit meal so diners can make their favourite dishes at home during lockdown. These are available to order online from japancentre.com and the kits include everything budding chefs need to make the group’s famous, signature Ganso Ramen at home.
Levenshulme Market, Stockport Road (junction with Albert Rd), Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AB
The market might be closed for the time being, but many of their street food traders have switched to direct deliveries of everything you could normally expect to find at the market, from cheese and butter from Winter Tarn to momos from Little Yeti.
Isca Wines, 825 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, M19 3PN - Visit now
Our favourite Levenshulme venue, Isca Wine are offering home delivery for wine and other important provisions such as organic eggs and butter, sourdough bread, cheese, chocolate and much more. Choose from tempting options like the Isca Indulgence Box, the Spring Wine Box or the Isca Essentials Box.