A month ago you entered lockdown, and your kitchen, with the naive enthusiasm of a first round Masterchef contestant. You were going to make ravioli, sous vide a carrot, and shower Barry from Eastenders - your firstborn sourdough starter - with warmth and affection. Fast forward to now, and things look very different. You’ve been banned from flour after Scarface-ing the kitchen, and Barry from Eastenders has been lost to the black hole, a.k.a. the top shelf of the fridge. Thankfully, there are plenty of excellent London restaurants able to give you a helping hand with a DIY meal kit. From pizza to pasta, here are 29 options to make you feel like a pro in your PJs.
In case you haven’t noticed, front gardens are the new back gardens, parks, festivals, and pretty much anything else. With that in mind, a stoop barbecue has been on our minds. If you’re thinking the same, then you’ll want Patty & Bun’s DIY lockdown burger kit. It comes with everything you need for an Ari Gold or Smokey Robinson burger. You can order here.
QCH is a rare thing. It’s one of London’s best restaurants, wine bars, butchers, and shops, and it’s possible to enjoy it all in your own kitchen as well. Lots of the dishes here have gained legendary, almost mythological status - their pies and confit potatoes to mention two - and you can order them to cook at home from their website.
If you’ve ever been on a feral teenage holiday, or if you fancied yourself as ‘a bit of a Heston’ at university, then you’ll be familiar with the concept of the frying pan pizza. The people who run Pizza Pilgrims are too. Only they’re not idiots. They’ve devised an at-home pizza kit for you to impress everyone at home with. Order here and, don’t worry, there is a YouTube tutorial as well.
Ombra is an Italian spot overlooking Regent’s Canal in Hackney that’s making fresh rigatoni, trofie, squid ink taglioni, goat curd and hazelnut ravioli, and more for you to cook at home. You can get sauces too - tomato, wild garlic pesto, and lamb ragu - as well as desserts and other tasty bits you can pretend you cooked from scratch. Check out the full menu.
Peckham’s go-to Taiwanese spot is selling its delicious homemade pork, chicken, and vegetable dumplings in frozen batches. 20 dumplings will cost you £15 or 40 will cost you £25, and you just need to email email@example.com to organise collection or local delivery.
We once described this Soho restaurant as seamlessly excellent”, and now they are sending out some excellent-looking weekly meal kits. You can choose from antipasti, stews, pasta, and meat for the BBQ, and all you have to do is follow their step-by-step video instructions to assemble and cook your meal at home. Order here for delivery across London.
If, like us, your days revolve around the excitement and thrill of a new SAD lamp you ordered arriving, then imagine how you’ll feel when a hunk of salt beef or pastrami is coming to your door along with freshly made bagels. That’s the deal from Monty’s online shop, and we can’t really recommend it enough because, let’s be honest, you’re not gonna be making salt beef anytime soon.
Pacco di mamma (mamma’s package) is how La Mia Mamma in Chelsea is describing their enormous Italian care package. It’s full of DIY and ready-to-eat bits, from pizza dough to arancini, to homemade sauces, and a kilo of pasta dough in case you’re feeling confident. The mega-package is made for two, but you can also order it for one if you prefer.
Soho’s Italian-inspired Manteca has launched Manteca At Home. They’ve made their entire menu - from focaccia sold by the slab to their iconic tonnarelli and brown crab cacio e pepe - available for delivery or collection from sister restaurant Smokestak over in Shoreditch, and all of it is ready for you to cook at home. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the week’s offering and place your order for Saturday delivery around east and north London.
Sussex is a modern British spot in Soho that’s offering beef wellington, pies, garlic, wild garlic pesto, rhubarb ice cream, and more from its restaurant group’s website.
We love Popham’s for a lot of reasons. Their pastries, their complimentary sparkling water tap, and also for their lovely handmade pasta. Now you can cook that pasta at home, thanks to Popham’s DIY kits. The shapes and sauces change, but if the lamb ragu is available, order it. The delivery slots go fast, so be sure to try at the start of the week.
Blacklock specialises in huge piles of meat, so it should come as no surprise that their Blacklock at Home meal kit contains a lot of meat, and sides, and a white chocolate cheesecake. Stocks are replenished on Monday for delivery later that week. Order here.
Townsend is a modern British spot in the Whitechapel Gallery that’s making recipe boxes for you surreptitiously pass off as your own if you so please. For starters there are options of potato dumplings and brown shrimp, or asparagus with parsley mayonnaise and egg, while pork belly or curried potato cakes are on the mains menu. there are some Sunday roast options too.
There’s something uniquely satisfying about a good pub meal. It’s the booze, mostly. But when it’s from the Camberwell Arms, it’s more than likely the beef and bone marrow pie too. The brilliant gastropub has made a changing selection of their dishes available to collect or deliver, and to finish off at home. Think pies and gratin, fresh pasta and porchetta, all plated by your own hands.
M. Manze’s is one of London’s most well known pie and mash shops. They’ve been around since 1902 and you can get them in your oven too. Order from their website and fill up your freezer with pastry, liquor and jellied eels as well.
Nonna Tonda is a pasta spot in Victoria that’s taken on the very important mantle of ensuring every area of London has a supply of handmade pasta and sauces. It’s a simple (and fun) format in which you tell them how many people you want food for, select what you like or don’t like to eat, and then where you live. Then, just sit back and wait for the carbs to come to you.
Mac and Wild, home of the Veni-Moo burger (a double whammy of venison and beef), have created a burger kit so you can make their signature burger at home. Each kit comes with enough to feed four and includes everything you need, down to the gherkins. Order here.
The popular Middle Eastern brunch spot isn’t delivering shakshuka all over London, but it is delivering a DIY recipe kit to its chocolate tahini babka if you’re looking to stand apart from the banana bread crowd.
‘Could you pause it for a sec? I just need to finish off the smoked potato anolini’, said no one ever until Casa Fofò started doing their fine dining-ish food to finish off at home. The neighbourhood Hackney restaurant has two cook-at-home menus, one meat and one vegetarian, and both are priced at £22 for three courses. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This Spanish restaurant in Marylebone is delivering hot food locally, but they’ve also got a 10-mile radius operation delivering jamon cut to order, wine, and incredible pieces of Galician Blond steak. They’ve also put together BBQ selection boxes ranging from £50 for four burgers and a 400g sirloin, to £150 for eight burgers, two 800g beef ribs, half a kilo of presa ibérica and a Galician Blond fillet.
Philly cheesesteak specialists Passyunk are delivering cheesesteak, wings, and combo bundles all over London. You can choose between provolone, American, and wiz cheese, or a mixture of all three.
Climpson and Sons have launched a ‘Brunch at Home Series’ where they team up with restaurants and wholesale suppliers to create a different meal-box each week. They’ve managed to get spots like Som Saa, Brat, and The Marksman Pub to get involved, and you get all the ingredients and instructions you need to make your own restaurant style brunch. Find out which restaurant it is this week and order your brunch kit here.
Whether or not you had a holiday to Thailand booked, Highbury’s Farang will do a fine job of (mentally) transporting you in that direction with its Thai curry recipe kits. There are red, green, massaman, and jungle curry kits all priced at £18 (for two people) and are available for collection Wednesdays and Saturdays.
This spot in Dalston is open for collection and has a menu of dishes to be cooked at home. For example, labneh and dukka flatbreads, roast chicken, asparagus and wild garlic pie, and aubergine, tomato and feta filo pie. All of which are prepared, ready for you to stick in the oven at home. Check out the full menu and preorder for collection here.
The Cheese Bar have got a quite an operation going on. Not only can they deliver to most postcodes beginning with an E on your chosen day, but they’re trucking all over town, dropping packs off from Lewisham to Hounslow. They’re delivering cheese and charcuterie survival kits, but you’re here for the Fondue-It-Yourself kit,which includes a whole bunch of cheese, a baguette, potatoes, cornichons, a bottle of wine, and a couple of shots of cherry liquor. They’ll even supply you with fondue pot stand and forks if you need.
Studies have shown that if you dream of pasta three nights in one week, that your subconscious is telling you to buy a fresh pasta meal kit from Lina Stores. Each kit has 1.3kg of pasta, with different types including fresh ravioli and pappardelle. As well as two sauces, parmigiano, and butter. They’re also delivering pizza kits, which can be a fun thing to make with your children, or your flatmate that’s been acting like a child.
Supa Ya Ramen’s online shop is open from Monday to Wednesday for miso or soy bundle ramen kits that include: pickles or chilli corn, fresh ramen, smoked miso or ponzu chilli seasoning, and confit garlic or smoked bacon oil. Meat or egg extras will have to come from your end, but that’s why it’s DIY, isn’t it.
Peckham’s Artusi (alongside Marcella, their sister restaurant in Deptford) is delivering fresh pasta and sauces all over south London, alongside other homely Italian classics. There’s cavatelli and squid ink spaghetti, a sausage and saffron ragu, a chicken cacciatore, and a lemon and rosemary posset to finish things off. Will you be making all of this? No. Will you be taking the credit? Absolutely.