Purchasing kit meals and opting for food and drink delivery in York are viable choices today, thanks to many of the city’s best restaurants, grocery shops and drinks retailers offering this service during 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. Here are some of the best food and drink outlets in York 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 rather more high-end 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 high-quality produce that you can’t find in the shops, no matter how hard you look. And of course, these kit meals come with detailed instructions, so you can play-act at being a high-end chef for the evening.
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. These dine-at-home deals are a perfect way to bridge the gap before normality returns and here are some of the best options for kit meals and food and drink delivery in York.
Here are our picks
Roots York, 68 Marygate, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7BH - Visit now
Award-winning restaurant Roots is a cut above when it comes to kit meals to cook at home. Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks’ restaurant Roots York serves up an unusual and stylish twist on farm-to-table cooking and has long been one of York’s must-visit restaurants. Not one to let his customers and fans down, Tommy and his team have put together a truly exceptional range of cook-at-home meal boxes, for either three or five-course feasts. You can buy these from Tommy’s website, but be quick, they tend to sell out astonishingly quickly. Go here for more info: tommybanks.co.uk/product-category/foodbox
Skosh, 98 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6JX - Visit now
One of our favourite restaurants in York, Skosh deals mainly with beautifully-crafted British small plates and while a visit to the venue itself is some way off, you can enjoy these wonderful dishes at home while we wait for the vaccines to do their job. Keep an eye out for their bokksu menu, with dishes to pre-order for the weekend. Either check their Facebook page, or go to exploretock.com/skosh for more information.
Micklegate Social, 148-150 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, Y01 6JX - Visit now
Micklegate Social is an outlet bar for the Icecream Factory nano-brewery, and while the bar is closed for the time being the brewery certainly isn’t. You can order York’s finest beers from their online shop and help support local businesses while getting nicely merry.
House of the Trembling Madness, 14 Lendal, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AA - Visit now
House of the Trembling Madness is closed for the time being, due to you-know-what, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy their excellent range of craft ales. Simply order online and get a stack of booze delivered right to your doorstep. If you have a taste for craft beers from local to international craft breweries, this is the one for you. Plus there are new beers in stock every week, meaning you’ll never scratch that fermented beverage itch, thankfully.
Ambiente, 14 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6LQ - Visit now
Ambiente serves up fine Mediterranean small plates, accompanied by your choice of over fifty wines and sherries. And while you might not be able to eat in for the next few weeks or months, you can settle down for a cross-Channel banquet at home thanks to their Dine At Home option. This is a kit meal that provides enough for a family of four, or a couple looking for two days worth of excellent tapas, for the competitive price of £50. This includes one of Ambiente’s much-loved paellas, five small plates and a bottle of wine. Turn the lights down low and light a candle, this is event dining.
Bettys York, 6-8 St. Helen's Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8QP - Visit now
Bettys is arguably York’s most iconic tea shop, offering over thirteen varieties of tea for you brew-loving visitors. And now you can get their legendary confectionaries at home, including mince pies, chocolate eclairs, and Yorkshire Fat Rascal scones. These sweet treats helped make Bettys famous and now’s the perfect time to find out why.
Brew & Brownie, 5 Museum Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7DT - Visit now
Brew & Brownie is a hip coffee and tea shop equally famous for its take on classic café food and now you can enjoy the sweet treats from the lockdown-safety of your own home. There’s a range of high-end cafe-style produce on offer, and we heartily recommend the sourdough sandwiches and ciabatta, put together from local brands such as Haxby’s and M&K butchers.
Spark:York, 17 - 21 Piccadilly, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9PB - Visit now
Spark:York is an exciting destination space in York, a venue space and hip area hosting a range of exciting food places, drink places, and events. And while you can’t currently eat in there, you can order a selection of food from the in-house vendors for that weekly treat. The only problem is what to choose from the seven street food traders on offer. These include: Dog’s Nose Taqueria, Rad Pizza, Melk, Tricolor, Sasa Greek Street Food, Clucking Oinks and Sloppy’s Burgers.