Food & drink delivery and kit meals in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

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

  • 1. Dapur Malaysia

    Dapur Malaysia
    Dapur Malaysia

    Dapur Malaysia, Unit 1, 5 Stainbeck Ln, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PJ - Visit now

    If you’re tired of the same old burger, pizza and anglicised Chinese takeaways and want to sample something with a little more depth and culture, Dapur Malaysia is the ideal choice. For the typical diner, this will open your tastebuds to a new world of South-East Asian cuisine, each more moreish than the last.

  • 2. Honest Burgers

    Honest Burgers
    Honest Burgers

    Honest Burgers, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT - Visit now

    The limited-edition Fondue burger follows last month’s well-received Tribute To Jamaica, a vegan collaboration with Jamaican vegan kitchen, Dee’s Table. As lockdown drags on, having one of the new creations from the Honest team delivered to your door is a little ray of hope for burger lovers across the North.

  • 3. Six By Nico Manchester

    Six By Nico
    Six By Nico

    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.

  • 4. Shoryu Ramen Manchester

    Shoryu Ramen
    Shoryu Ramen

    Shoryu Ramen Manchester, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1RG - Visit now

    If you’re chomping at the bit waiting for your favourite restaurants to reopen, and wouldn’t mind learning a few new skills at the same time, DIY meals like this bao bun kit are the perfect way to while away the coming weeks.

  • 5. Evuna Deansgate

    Charlie Spargo

    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 your March 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.

  • 6. Three Little Words

    Three Little Words
    Three Little Words

    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.

  • 7. Eighth Day

    Eighth Day
    image courtesy of On the Eighth Day

    Eighth Day, 111 Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7DU - Visit now

    Oxford Road’s greatest worker co-op are now selling food boxes online, packed full of meat-free, organic food and drink. Mine’s a mango smoothie.

  • 8. Higher Ground

    Higher Ground
    Higher Ground

    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.

  • 9. Shoryu Ramen Manchester

    Shoryu Ramen
    Shoryu Ramen

    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.

  • 10. Foodie Food

    Foodie Food
    Foodie Food

    Foodie Food, 1 Dark Lane, Manchester, M12 6FA - Visit now

    A year of lockdown restrictions saw many food-lovers in Manchester switch to kit meals and delivery options to fill the gap. Taking this a step further, new food delivery app Foodie Food has launched, focusing on hand-stretched Neapolitan-style pizzas and high-end burgers, delivered straight to your door.

  • 11. Wood Manchester

    Ian Jones

    Wood Manchester, Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester, M15 4RA - Visit now

    Wood At Home is the new venture from Simon Wood, where fans of fine dining in Manchester can order semi-prepped meals from Wood Manchester to cook at home. Live out your dream of being a Masterchef-winning cook.

  • 12. Levenshulme Market

    Image courtesy of Levenshulme Market

    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.

  • 13. Isca Wines

    Isca Wine

    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.

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