15 lockdown takeaway favourites – where to order something scrumptious this weekend

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15 lockdown takeaway favourites – where to order something scrumptious this weekend

It looks like there may be light at the end of the lockdown tunnel. Fingers crossed. But for the time being, the chances of getting out to one of your favourite restaurants this weekend is pretty darned slim. As passionate foodies ourselves, we feel your pain, but our concerns remain very much with our friends in the industry during this time of uncertainty.

A positive sign, however, has been the opening of some of the country’s most mouth-watering kitchens to produce what have become known as ‘lockdown takeaways’. Far from being a negative thing, this mini phenomenon has seen some of the country’s best chefs pulling on a different kind of creative hat and producing recipes that can either be sent out as a standard takeaway or delivered as something to cook at home yourself.

The result? Michelin meals at home. Who’d have thought it?

Because our team is lucky enough to get out and about and try some of this amazing cuisine on a regular basis, we thought we’d round up some of our favourite lockdown takeaways so you can give them a try yourself. And for those looking for the ideal non-alc drink to pair with their food, we’ve chosen something REAL to order at the same time. Our delivery van stands ready and waiting.

Hawkyns @ Home

 

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We’ll start close to home. Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar, India’s first ever Michelin-starred chef, is just down the road from our brewery. Yes, we’ve been, and yes, we can’t get enough. He’s serving takeaways within a 5-mile radius, and his menu is as impressive as it is during non-lockdown times.

It’s almost impossible to make a recommendation from the Hawkyns menu – it’s a mouth-watering joy from start to finish – but Atul Kochhar has built his reputation on adding a certain magic to classic Indian dishes. On our website recently, he taught us how to make Aloo Chaat, but we have incredible memories of a visit to Hawkyns and his Kerala Fish Curry seared into our foodie brains.

Our advice? Order it all.

Delivery: Amersham, Buckinghamshire (5-mile radius)
Hawkyns lockdown takeaway menu: hawkynsrestaurant.co.uk
Pair with: REAL Royal Flush (it’s what Atul himself recommends, after all). Click here to order

Plates: Plant-Based Hampers

 

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We’re huge fans of plant-based chef, Kirk Haworth, and we fully support his mission to change the way chefs eat for themselves (we spoke with Chef Jamie Park about this very subject on Youtube two years ago – watch here).

Plates is more than just a restaurant. Alongside his sister, Keeley, Kirk has created something that educates and inspires, bringing sustainable innovation to East London in myriad ways. We highly recommend booking in for a workshop when the time is right.

This weekend, why not order one of the Plates Plant-Based Hampers? Stuffed with delicious treats, we have a soft spot for the Plant Cheese option – mainly because it comes with a bottle of REAL. But the cashew blue cheese wheel and famous liquorice bread are seriously special, almost demanding good weather and a picnic blanket.

The question is: where to lay that blanket down? We hope you find somewhere secluded and secret.

Delivery: UK-wide
Plates Shop: plates-london.com/
Pair with: If it’s a cheese wheel in a green field, we reckon it’s got to be REAL Dry Dragon. Click here to order

Root-At-Home

 

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Regular readers of our blog will know that the restaurants of Wapping Wharf in Bristol hold a very special place in our hearts. While it’s sad to see BOX-E with its doors shut, there’s hope in the fact that their neighbour, Root, have one of the most innovative lockdown takeaways… just as you might expect.

We’d be hard pressed to make a recommendation from the menu, not because it’s all excellent but because the nature of the menu depends very much on what their suppliers offer up for this week’s inspiration. Each order contains five sharing dishes and dessert for two. Place your order during the week, collect on Fridays.

Who knows what you’re going to get? The excitement is worth the price alone.

Delivery: Bristol, providing you can pick it up yourself
Root-At-Home Shop: rootbristol.co.uk
Pair with: When you’re not sure what’s on the menu, best go for a REAL mixed case. Click here to order.

Hide at Home

 

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Show us a foodie that wouldn’t want to “hide at home”, when hiding at home involves Michelin-starred food from a restaurant like Hide. There’s a delicious irony in Chef Ollie Dabbous, celebrated for “food that you can’t recreate at home”, now offering food for home, but these are the times we live in – and three cheers to Ollie for stepping up to the plate (so to speak) and innovating so swiftly.

Hide’s Michelin-starred lockdown takeaways run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can book in for lunch or an evening meal, with either a set menu (three courses plus wine) or à la carte (is there anywhere else currently serving takeaway octopus? Extraordinary!) Dedicated delivery drivers will bring your feast for you to plate up and serve in your own home. If you ask us (and if you’re feeling flush), the sample set menus look the business.

Delivery: Central London
Hide At Home: hide.co.uk
Pair with: This calls for a REAL celebration, and if you’re not drinking alcohol, we recommend a 750ml cork-and-cage bottle of Royal Flush. Click here to order

Smokestak Barbecue Takeaway

 

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Meat-lovers rejoice, for one of the finest smoker and grill restaurants in London is back and doing a roaring Friday and Saturday night trade. Ideal for the weekend to come (although we can’t imagine how anyone would have any of these finger-lickin’ treats leftover within an hour of ordering), Smokestak is running a click-and-collect service from their terrace windows.

We have it on good authority from several members of our team that you’ll want the mac’n’cheese alongside the brisket. Or the pulled pork. Or the pork belly. Or the 30-day dry-aged beef rib. Somebody… help!

One thing we can agree on is that it opens on Fridays and Saturdays between 5pm and 9pm. Miss it, and you’ll only have yourself to blame.

Delivery: Collect from Sclater Street, Shoreditch, London
Smokestak Takeout: smokestak.co.uk
Pair with: Since this is a real meat celebration, we’re thinking REAL Royal Flush. Click here to order

The Good Egg Takeout

 

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North East London thrives on gems like The Good Egg – little places that you can pop into each day and fill your week with a smorgasbord of international foodie goodness. So it was with great joy that we saw Stoke Newington’s Good Egg reopening with a takeout menu.

Here’s how we do it.

Montreal bagels… absolutely. Salt beef, apples and drill kraut… every time. A side order of butter bean hummus… why wouldn’t you? And for those wanting to experiment with something a little more hefty at home, they’re even delivering home-cooking babka kits. Hey! Put your tongue away.

Forming an orderly queue at The Good Egg is always a challenge. We’ll have to behave ourselves.

Delivery: Collect from Stoke Newington Church Street, London
The Good Egg Takeout: thegoodegg.co
Pair with: Montreal bagels and babka deserve a fine selection. Try a REAL mixed case. Click here to order

The Spärrows – Takeaway Spätzle

 

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Some us at REAL can remember a time when Britain was derided for its lack of culinary choice and sparkle. A glance through this list shows you how far we’ve come. You know it’s a fine time to be a foodie when you can get top-drawer spätzle from a Manchester railway arch.

If you don’t know your spätzle from your sauerkraut, fear not – The Spärrows serve both. Spätzle is similar to pasta, sometimes described as a kind of egg gnocci, and it doesn’t get much better than this celebrated Mancunian bolthole. If you’re in the mood to branch out a little, order yourself some Polish pierogi dumplings, too.

With a menu this good, the difficulty is in knowing when to rein yourself in.

Delivery: A variety of postcodes around Manchester. See the website for details
The Spärrows delivery service: thesparrows.me
Pair with: REAL Dry Dragon will cut through these flavours like a well-sharpened bench knife. Click here to order

Curry Leaf Cafe At Home

 

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Chosen by BBC Good Food Magazine as one of the best Indian restaurants in the country. High praise indeed, and entirely understandable if you ever get a chance to get stuck into their incredible South Indian street food (the mouth waters just writing about it).

Their lockdown takeaways include chilled meals for reheating, plus standard delivery fare. It’s a Hyderabadi lamb curry for us every time, but there’s so much on this menu that you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to order something new at least once a week. Worth knowing that they also serve a wonderful range of craft beers, and have been known to pour out a glass of REAL in their time, too.

The real innovation here is the extraordinary manner of lockdown service they’ve masterminded. The food is prepared in their Kemptown Kitchen, but you could be taking delivery as far away as Crawley or Chichester if you time your order right. Hats off to them. Impressive stuff.

Delivery: Right across East Sussex and beyond. Check their website for details
Curry Leaf Cafe At Home: curryleafcafe.com
Pair with: With the Hyderabadi lamb curry, we’re popping a bottle of REAL Royal Flush. Click here to order

Wright Brothers at Home

 

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Usually supplying over 300 of London’s top restaurants and chefs (including their own), the Wright Brothers are now delivering the finest seafood to those of you who live within the M25. If you haven’t visited one of their six London restaurants before, expect tank-to-table shellfish, whole-baked sea bass and just-shucked oysters, so fresh they need little other accompaniment.

We’re dreaming of an escape to the beach, but if you neck a freshly shucked oyster and close your eyes you’re almost halfway there, right? So we’re adding a dozen Jersey Oysters to our basket and a Wright Brothers Oyster Knife to match. Scallops, cooked Crab, and if you’re feeling decadent, add a whole Lobster.

No need to leave the house when London’s best seafood platter can swim straight to your door.

Delivery: Anywhere within the M25
Wright Brothers At Home: thewrightbrothers.co.uk
Pair with: REAL Dry Dragon 750ml. Pop a bottle. This is seafood with cause for celebration. Click here to order

Hakkasan

 

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Hakkasan, the first Chinese restaurant in the UK to gain a Michelin star, is sticking to its philosophy, “ancient gastronomy reimagined for the modern day.” Is there anything more modern than fine dining delivered to your doorstep via Deliveroo?

There’s no scrimping either. Opulent set menus, elegant dim sum (think langoustine, black truffle and caviar, no less) and their world-renowned Peking duck cooked two ways… all available to you at home.

Aside from said Peking duck (and signature Hakka noodles), we recommend the Supreme Dim Sum and the Smoked Beef Ribs, cooked with Jasmine Tea. We’re not sure how you’ll justify such opulence on the sofa in front of the TV, but there’s bound to be a way.

Delivery: Within two miles of Bruton Street, Mayfair, and Broadgate Circle City. Via Deliveroo and Supper
Hakkasan: hakkasan.com
Pair with: Floral, fragrant and with enough body to really take on these flavours, chill a bottle of REAL’s Royal Flush and serve as the perfect pairing. Click here to order

Hame by Adam Handling

 

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Frog, Ugly Butterfly, Eve Bar, afternoon tea at The Cadogan… Ask any foodie and these restaurants will be near the top of their list. Why? Well the show that Adam Handling and his team pull together is pretty spectacular.

From innovating in food, drink and exceptional service, he’s now sending a slice of his magic to your home. Or should we say hame? All the food is ready prepared. All you have to do is scan a QR code enclosed in your delivery and take instruction from the man himself.

When it comes to the menu… well, where do we start? Sourdough with a jar of chicken butter… yes please. Wagyu and tuna tartare… ok, the mouth’s watering. And as a main, beef wellington to share. You could even go the full mile and cook it up wearing an Adam Handling apron.

With sustainability at the forefront of everything he does, the vacuum polybags are biodegradable, and there are even recommendations for recycling the delivery boxes.

Delivery: Anywhere in the UK. YES ANYWHERE.
Hame by Adam Handling: adamhandling.co.uk
Pair with: a bottle of REAL’s Royal Flush. Start the occasion with a REAL Royal Flush Bellini, reserving the remainder of the Royal Flush for the main affair. Click here to order

Ceviche Soho

 

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At the height of summer, on those hot city evenings, the energy at Ceviche and sister restaurant Andina is electric. It’s the rattle of a cocktail shaker behind the bar, the fragrance from the kitchen and the array of vibrant, colourful dishes for sharing with friends and family – a moment we’re longing for. For now they’ve pulled together a snappy but delicious lunch menu, available on Deliveroo.

Keeping it simple with five key dishes, the Sustainable Sea Bass Ceviche is the plate we’re craving. Summon the waiter. We’ll take five.

Delivery: Across London
Cerviche Soho via Deliveroo: cevichefamily.com
Pair with: Grab yourself a bottle of REAL’s Dry Dragon, but pile a tumbler high with ice and muddle with mint and lime for a Spritz with bite. Click here to order

Crockers Tring & Crockers Henley

 

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The Chef’s table at Crockers Tring was an intimate yet lively setting – the perfect place to enjoy head chef and Master Chef the Professionals finalist Scott Barnard’s modern and refined cooking, and watch his team at work.

Launching Crockers at Home, they’re delivering fine dining takes on much-loved classics from the eagerly anticipated Henley restaurant, and the original restaurant in Tring – just a stone’s throw from our brewery.

Supporting local, their super affordable menu is a treat we’ll be indulging in more often over the coming months. If you’re lucky enough to live in the area, you can click and collect from their two outlets.

Delivery: Phone in your order and collect from Tring or Henley
Crockers at Home: crockerstring.co.uk
Pair with: Easy drinking, pair the Crockers menu with a bottle of REAL’s Dry Dragon, a super palatable all day spritz. Click here to order

Kricket

 

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Originally a pop-up in Brixton, after nine months Kricket quickly became a well-thumbed stalwart (that, incidentally, serves REAL) in the fabric that is Soho’s innovative dining scene.

Often a fair wait to get a well-worth it seat at one of their restaurants, it comes as a great delight to find you can now get their food delivered to your door with their limited edition takeaway/ collection menu. While you can’t watch their chefs working Tandoor ovens in the open kitchen, the food is just as off-the-scale delicious. They’re doing set feasts for £15 per person but make sure the Keralan Fried Chicken is the must-have addition.

Delivery: Across London, but also available to collect
Kricket via Deliveroo: kricket.co.uk
Pair with: For something that really compliments that Keralan fried chicken, with all those South Indian flavours, we recommend a glass of REAL Royal Flush – India’s Champagne of Teas. Click here to order

Bistrotheque

 

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The East London (and recently new to Manchetser) institution that is Bistrotheque continues to deliver two-course excellence with their take away menu. A favourite of many (including us) for dining amongst the city’s bohemia, the restaurant is always charged with an electric atmosphere (especially over their Piano Brunch on the weekend) and impeccable service. We’re chomping at the bit for those days to return.

But, until their clandestine doors in Bethnal Green reopen, order their much-adored staple Roast Chicken and Chips (which comes with Panacotta for pud) or their Potato and Comte Pie to your door instead. Both of which go fabulously well with our Royal Flush. Note that they’re running deliveries on Thu-Sat evenings, and Sunday brunch.

Delivery: Across London and Manchester
Bistrotheque via Slerp: bistrotheque.slerp.com
Pair with: Chicken and chips may sound pretty basic, but when it’s Bistrotheque, it’s time to get the Royal Flush popping. Click here to order

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