Like most people, the lockdown has meant that we have been shopping and eating differently for the past few weeks. The quick dash to pick up something from the supermarket is no longer a possibility and grocery delivery slots are as sought after as loo rolls.
So, we've been improvising and have found so many brilliant local companies in and around Cheltenham which have responded to the crisis and are providing a brilliant service. Here are just a few of them that I've used and people have recommended to me. Please let me know if there are any I have missed out.
Cheltenham Catering Supplies - a delivery service of groceries. Order online and they will deliver within a few days.
Cafe Restyle - situated on the London Road at Sixways and selling flour, milk and eggs plus homemade lasagnes.
Maison Chaplais - this Tivoli based deli is selling essentials and much sought after flour.
Parsons Bakery - open on the Bath Road and selling baked goods, bread and flour.
Creed Food Service - an online service offering grocery deliveries locally.
The Cotswold Guy - local, artisan food available to order online.
Food Loose - the packaging free shop in the centre of Cheltenham is offering a click and collect service plus deliveries.
Bay's Kitchen - offering delivery of their range of low FODMAP and gluten free sauces.
Meat, fish and cheese
Padstow Fish fresh fish and seafood delivered to your door. Just order online.
Waghornes Butchers - we've used Waghornes a couple of times and they offer a brilliant service. Great fresh products delivered quickly to your door.
New Wave Seafood - a local Cotswolds company delivering fish and other products. Just call or email to place an order.
The Dutch Cheeseman - for cheese lovers like me!
Fruit and veg
Plant af - based in Winchcombe, Plant af deliver great fruit and veg boxes and lots of other fresh food to the surrounding area. I can personally recommend.
Fairview Gardener - delivering plants, compost and other gardening essentials.
Roots and Fruits - a Bath Road favourite, Roots and Fruits are now offering delivery of fruit, veg, eggs and milk.
Primrose Vale - click and collect available for freshly picked fruit and vegetables.
Marinades - the best Jamaican food delivered straight to your door - just heat it up and enjoy. You can even order Wendy's famous rum punch!
Woozy Pig - really tasty pulled pork, brioche buns, coleslaw, mac & cheese delivered once a week. Get in there quick though!
Curry Corner - some of Cheltenham's best curry delivered to your door or available to be collected from the restaurant.
Bhoomi - South Indian dishes now available for takeaways and deliveries.
Nasprias - the best Sardinian pizzas ready to collect from the restaurant in Fairview.
Box Fresh Street Food - let the ladies at Box Fresh cook your Sunday roast for you. All you have to do is heat it up and enjoy.
Phais Kitchen - delicious Thai food which can be collected from GL50 3RP.
Fat Tonis - the most delicious Italian food, famous for their amazing pizzas.
Coconut Tree - bring some Sri Lankan sunshine into your home and order a Coconut Tree takeaway. So good!
Falafel Eat - delivering fresh falafels to your door.
Big Fish - click and collect fish and chips from the Bath Road shop.
Smart Fish & Chips - based in Charlton Kings. Just phone through your order to be collected later.
The Hogless Roast - amazing vegan street food available through Deliveroo.
Number 85 Coffee and Kitchen - delicious meals with free delivery within two miles of Hewlett Road.
Papa Gees - handmade pizzas delivered within a four mile radius of Bishops Cleeve.
Maya Cheltenham - Asian cuisine available to order online - collect from the restaurant in the Suffolks or have it delivered to your house.
Bakery and cakes
Emshira Passion - cakes delivered straight to your door.
Hop Bakery - delicious vegan goodies available to order from the shop in Leckhampton.
Eva's Cakes - treat a friend (or yourself) to a delicious afternoon tea. Delivered fresh to your house.
Baker & Graze - delivering amazing essentials boxes - if you count pastries as essentials!
Jane's Pantry - try their home delivery service.
Hetty's Kitchen - mail order brownies. What can I say!
Lara's Tarts and Friands - a local baker delivering in the Cheltenham area.
Henry's Tea Rooms - boxes of delicious treats available for delivery.
Bafford Cakes - celebration cakes made to order.
The Grape Escape - Cheltenham wine delivery.
Bourgogne Brothers - contactless deliveries in the area.
Clavell & Hind - visit their brewery for local beers.
Dunkertons Cider - the shop on the A40 remains open and deliveries are also available.
Campervin - order from the comfort of your sofa.
Cheltenham Grape - wine to your door with no minimum order amount.
Bath Road Beers - shop online from this Leckhampton favourite.
Deya Brewing Co - the coolest brewery in Cheltenham.
Broadway Wine Company - free delivery for local orders over £35.
Favourite Beers - offering twice weekly home deliveries.
Tivoli Wines - wine home delivery service.
D'Arcy Wine - open four days a week and online orders too.
Flowers and plants
Big Bloom Room order by Wednesday to have the most beautiful flowers delivered to you on Friday.
The Flower Studio - Donna is currently offering a funeral flower service.
Leaf and Blossom - fresh flowers available from Tivoli Wines.
Salt Box and Co - home grown and hand cut flowers from the Slad Valley to your door.
Whittals - amazing Gloucestershire fudge.
Eat Liquorice - the most gorgeous liquorice delivered to your door in the best packaging.
Costello and Hellerstein - handmade luxury truffles from the heart of the Cotswolds. Order online.
And, last but not least...
Violet and Percy - I'm still offering free delivery to Cheltenham customers. Just place your order online and I will deliver to a safe place at your home, observing social distancing rules.
If you're stuck for a gift for a local friend I can gift wrap and write a card on your behalf and deliver that to them. Just let me know.
[all details were correct at the time of publication]
So helpful – thankyou! What’s not to love at the moment about a box of fudge and brownies delivered to our doorsteps, all consumed wearing a V & P Hip Hop t-shirt??! Naturally, all in the name of supporting local independents … Much appreciated Flora.