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20 Excellent London Restaurants Delivering It for Themselves

Outstanding pizza, fish and chips, jerk chicken, beigels, and more — all without the apps

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London’s key delivery apps are fundamentally problematic.

While the likes of Deliveroo, Uber Eats, and Just Eat have helped provide restaurants with the infrastructural support to obtain a stream of (additional) revenue through the COVID-19 pandemic, their services come at a cost: usually to the tune of around 30 percent commission. Not that the workers carrying out the deliveries see much of that, a recent report in 1843 suggesting that drivers and riders typically earn an average income lower than both the London living wage (£10.75 hour) and national living wage (£8.72 hour).

So, as new delivery apps continue to launch to challenge the triopoly of the Big Three — including, for example, Big Night, which charges 6.5 percent commission — a clutch of restaurants have set up in-house delivery services of their own. A bit like the old, pre-smart phone, days, but with PPE, less contact, and more competition. While in-house delivery typically requires upfront investment, many restaurants have taken the opportunity to save staff jobs, redistributing kitchen and front-of-house staff to make local deliveries, often on bicycles. Others have shunned the big apps by using unique, alternative delivery methods. Either way, these restaurants are managing to take total control of customer experience and reputation, provide reasonably paid work, and ultimately make more money in the hope of continuing to trade in these profoundly uncertain times.

Here’s Eater London’s pick of those restaurants offering their own delivery services all over the city.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. OMBRA

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1 Vyner St, Cambridge Heath
London E2 9DG, UK

One of the first lockdown’s biggest success stories, Ombra continued to operate last spring by pivoting to a deli and pastifico, with local deliveries made by staff members on bikes. And although the restaurant re-opened for a while during the summer, the takeaway and delivery was such a hit, it’s remained an essential component of the business. Perhaps most popular – and for good reason – Ombra’s lasagnas are delivered on Sunday, ready to eat within 35 minutes. The best possible form of ready meal, perhaps. Its exemplary tiramisu is also available by the portion, or entire tray. The whole thing should last for a few days in the fridge with merciless levels of self-control.

2. Old Chang Kee Tottenham Court Road

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56 Goodge St, Fitzrovia
London W1T 4NB, UK

Although restaurants were temporarily given the go ahead to re-open last July, Old Chang Kee weren’t quite ready to re-open. Hoping to keep its staff and customers safe, the Singaporean snack chain’s two central London sites have instead operated on a delivery-only basis, in addition to selling frozen goods on their website. Old Chang Kee’s famous curry puffs are amongst the available dishes, simple to heat-up at home, with buttery pastry encasing fillings such as beef rendang with potatoes; chicken curry concealing an unexpected, welcome wedge of boiled egg; and a vegetarian version of the chicken signature.

3. Yard Sale Pizza

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184 Hackney Rd
London E2 7QL, UK

Introduced at the start of the first lockdown, Yard Sale’s in-house team is continuing to deliver wood-fired pizzas the old fashioned way, albeit contactless. With six pizzerias (including a new site in East Dulwich, their first south of the river), all restaurants are continuing to serve full menus for takeaway and delivery. With slow-cooked tomato sauce and fior di latte, the margherita leaves little room for improvement, but the Sicilian sausage and guindilla pepper topping is a particular highlight.

4. Maureen's Pie & Mash

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6 Market Square, Poplar
London E14 6AH, UK

‘Cockney food bar’ Maureen’s is one of London’s best remaining pie and mash shops, having traded from Chrisp Street Market for over 50 years. While so many belligerent pie shop owners refuse to move with the times, Maureen’s is one of the few to have launched a nationwide delivery service, set up by one of the shop’s customers. As a result, it’s now easy to order chilled minced beef pies with flaky pastry lids, mashed potato, vivid green liquor, and essential chilli vinegar in bulk. The move also makes perfect sense, considering so many pie and mash lovers have moved out to Kent and Essex.

5. Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery

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159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch
London E1 6SB, UK

Just over a year ago, Beigel Bake was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, with the launch of both an Instagram account and a brand new app, from which orders can be placed for local delivery within 35 minutes (shorter than the typical queue time on a Sunday afternoon pre-lockdown.) All of the shop’s classics are available, but thick slices of fatty salt beef with dill pickles and hot mustard are still the main draw, even though it’s advisable to add the mustard at home to help it travel better. Or just order a pound of uncut salt beef and plain bagels, which are an absolute steal at 40p each.

6. The Quality Chop House

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88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon
London EC1R 3EA, UK

Focussing on its attached shop and butchers, Quality Chop House is offering nationwide delivery on orders placed through its website. In addition to store cupboard ingredients, meats and wines, a selection of meals are available. These include unparalleled pork pies of the old-fashioned butcher shop variety; the restaurant’s famous confit potatoes, to finish at home; some more in-depth meal kits; and meals for one, such as pot au feu, or a pouch of slow-cooked Dexter beef mince (ideally served on toast.)

7. Townsend

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77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell
London E1 7QX, UK

The Whitechapel Gallery’s resident restaurant, first opened shortly before lockdown, Townsend continues to offer local delivery via a network of black cabs (nationwide courier delivery is also available). The restaurant’s recipe boxes are also some of the more simple to put together. Highlights include pork and pistachio terrine with Yorkshire rhubarb chutney; potato dumplings, described as a British take on gnocchi, with potted shrimp; and the swede and rapeseed ‘cake’ — a vegan-friendly homage to dauphinoise potatoes.

8. Smokestak

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35 Sclater St, Shoreditch
London E1 6LB, UK

Available on Fridays and Saturdays, within two miles of the Sclater Street restaurant, Smokestak’s deliveries are made by restaurant staff. While the brisket or pulled pork buns are particular standouts, meal kits are also available for nationwide delivery. Instead, it’s perhaps worth ordering the ox cheek nuggets, the larger portion of slow-smoked brisket with pickled chillies, and the coal-roasted aubergine for hot delivery — all of which are more difficult to get right when cooking at home.

9. Shop Cuvée

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189 Blackstock Rd, Highbury
London N5 2LL, UK

Another successful pivot, Top Cuvée launched a new online bottle shop (Shop Cuvée) during the first national lockdown. Following the success of the project, an actual shop has opened just around the corner from the restaurant and wine bar, with same-day local delivery still available, made by staff members on bikes. Given its unstuffy approach having become popular, expect plenty of natural wine available for delivery, plus a revolving selection of restaurant-quality ready meals: think pig’s head terrine, and rustic, butcher-style pies to heat at home.

10. Golden Chippy

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62 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich
London SE10 8LF, UK

Once upon a time, The Golden Chippy was voted best restaurant in London by TripAdvisor users. It’s perhaps surprising then that the family-run restaurant chip shop offers excellent food. Classic, deeply comforting fish and chip shop staples are served, all well-prepared and treated with care, and all fish is also available grilled, if that’s someone’s thing. Although the restaurant’s sit-in section has been closed, The Golden Chippy has remained open for takeaway during the various states of lockdown (while following social distancing guidelines and limiting customers allowed in the shop), but it’s also launched a local delivery option worth taking advantage of.

11. Dinings SW3

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Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea
London SW3 2JH, UK

Dinings SW3’s delivery and collection menu offers a real sense of occasion, even though the sofa doesn’t quite live up to the restaurant’s sushi bar, which acts as a stage for the chefs to artfully prepare and present a parade of elegant Japanese dishes. While food is generally at the pricier end of the scale, it’s hard to go wrong with expertly prepared dishes. The sushi and sashimi are specific highlights, including fresh water eel or salmon belly sashimi; and a perfect domino of sticky rice crowned with a sliver of smoked eel.

12. Koya Soho

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50 Frith St, West End
London W1D 4SQ, UK

Offering nationwide delivery, Koya has launched “Koya Mail,” a new letterbox delivery service. Specialising in udon noodles, the restaurant group’s omiyage packs contain dashi broth and udon noodles, complete with monthly-changing recipe cards from chef and owner Shuko Oda, for Koya dishes such as buta miso or lamb cumin miso with firm udon noodles, which is best served cold.

13. Angelina

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56 Dalston Ln, Dalston
London E8 3AH, UK

Combining both Italian and Japanese ingredients and techniques, Angelina’s eight-course tasting menu is available for delivery by restaurant staff, within 2.5 miles of the Dalston restaurant. Delivered ready to eat, the takeaway tasting menu is similar to that served in the restaurant during normal times, changing regularly to utilise seasonal ingredients as often as possible, while flavour combinations are often unusual. Osso buco is braised in soy, while a chocolate and matcha dessert is complete with wasabi mascarpone.

14. Chuku's

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274 High Rd, Tottenham
London N15 4AJ, UK

A 2020 newcomer, Chuku’s is run by brother-and-sister Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick. Described as a Nigerian ‘tapas’ restaurant, the Tottenham space hasn’t quite received the level of acclaim it deserved, thanks to opening just a few weeks before the first national lockdown. Their ‘chop, chat, chill’ kits provide a decent showcase of the restaurant’s food, however, and are simple to prepare at home, available for collection or local delivery. Each kit includes the ingredients to make four Nigerian-inspired wraps, complete with Jollof quinoa, house salad, sauces and a choice of fillings. Fried plantain dusted with cinnamon is an optional extra worth considering. 

15. Rock Star Sushi Bar ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY

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Unit 5, The Long Shop, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood
London SW19 2RD, UK

Focussing on traditional sushi Moriawase, Rock Star Sushi has introduced a delivery service in response to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Certified by the Japanese government, it’s worth entrusting the chef here and ordering the Moriawase menu, with a combination of sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls utilising ingredients that cost significantly more in the central London restaurants where they’re used more commonly but generally with less care. Think A5 Kobe wagyu, snow crab leg, torched foie gras, and sea urchin.

16. Manze's Deptford

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204 Deptford High St, Deptford
London SE8 3PR, UK

South London’s finest pie shop (sorry Arments fans) has introduced local hot delivery via Just Eat and Deliveroo, but has also been sending chilled deliveries to addresses all over the UK since long before the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to their standard fare of pie, mash, and liquor — which is some of the best in the city — stewed and jellied eels are also available alongside vegan pies, chilli vinegar, and Baldwin’s Sarsaparilla, for a classic pie and mash shop lunch at home, in south London and beyond.

17. Pappa Ciccia Fulham High Street

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41 Fulham High St, Fulham
London SW6 3JJ, UK

Having served the local area for the past 25 years, Pappa Ciccia has two pizzeria-trattorias in Fulham, plus a takeaway and delivery branch in Putney. The family-run business also shuns delivery apps, delivering the old-fashioned way. A huge menu of various Italian restaurant classics are available, but the wood-fired pizzas are the main draw, with much of the produce imported from Italy, while compassionately farmed produce is also utilised where possible. Failsafe classics are offered alongside specials, such as a base topped with mozzarella, spinach, red onion, Parma ham, egg, and Parmesan. All pizzas can be customised, though it’s worth noting those with fewer ingredients tend to travel better.

18. Roti Kitchen - Caribbean Restaurant - Halal

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6 Leeland Rd, West Ealing
London W13 9HH, UK

While Roti Kitchen is listed on Just Eat, Uber Eats, and Deliveroo, orders can also be placed via their website. Based in West Ealing, Roti Kitchen champions food from various Caribbean islands, and while the rotis are exemplary, they’re just one of the large menu’s highlights. The curry mutton roti is a best seller, and for good reason, but the jerk chicken, curry goat, and saltfish bake are must orders — not forgetting Guinness punch.

19. Mahdi Restaurant

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215-217 King St, Hammersmith
London W6 9JT, UK

A Hammersmith and Chiswick favourite, it’s likely that your home décor won’t be as elaborate as the interiors at Mahdi, which heavily contribute to the experience, but the restaurant’s Iranian food is particularly appealing and tends to travel well. The zabane barreh, a slow-cooked lamb tongue in broth, is a standout, as are the pistachio naans and huge mixed grills for two, loaded with charred lamb chops snuggled by well-rendered fat; joojeh chicken enlivened with saffron and lemon; and, best of all, the koobideh which may well cause arguments if sharing. Although listed on Uber Eats and Deliveroo, Mahdi also offers its own delivery via its website.

20. Rye Lanez Tattooing

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Unit 210, 22a Blenheim Grove, Peckham
London SE15 4QN, UK

Just like almost everybody else in England, the team at Rye Lanez used the first four months of lockdown to up their sandwich game. Putting those skills to use, Rye Lanez Tuck Shop has since launched — a somewhat unusual side project for a tattoo parlour. Changing monthly, the menu’s sandwiches feature glorious combinations such as chestnut mushrooms cooked in homemade jerk sauce, with fried plantain; a baked bean and cheese breakfast bap; or the shop’s take on a Philly cheesesteak, with slow-cooked beef, cheese sauce, sauteed peppers, and pickled cucumber. All are priced at £5, available alongside snacks such as spicy Space Raiders or Tangy Toms. A perfect lunch combo. Orders can be placed in person or via Instagram DM, available for delivery to SE15 postcodes.

1. OMBRA

1 Vyner St, Cambridge Heath, London E2 9DG, UK

One of the first lockdown’s biggest success stories, Ombra continued to operate last spring by pivoting to a deli and pastifico, with local deliveries made by staff members on bikes. And although the restaurant re-opened for a while during the summer, the takeaway and delivery was such a hit, it’s remained an essential component of the business. Perhaps most popular – and for good reason – Ombra’s lasagnas are delivered on Sunday, ready to eat within 35 minutes. The best possible form of ready meal, perhaps. Its exemplary tiramisu is also available by the portion, or entire tray. The whole thing should last for a few days in the fridge with merciless levels of self-control.

1 Vyner St, Cambridge Heath
London E2 9DG, UK

2. Old Chang Kee Tottenham Court Road

56 Goodge St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4NB, UK

Although restaurants were temporarily given the go ahead to re-open last July, Old Chang Kee weren’t quite ready to re-open. Hoping to keep its staff and customers safe, the Singaporean snack chain’s two central London sites have instead operated on a delivery-only basis, in addition to selling frozen goods on their website. Old Chang Kee’s famous curry puffs are amongst the available dishes, simple to heat-up at home, with buttery pastry encasing fillings such as beef rendang with potatoes; chicken curry concealing an unexpected, welcome wedge of boiled egg; and a vegetarian version of the chicken signature.

56 Goodge St, Fitzrovia
London W1T 4NB, UK

3. Yard Sale Pizza

184 Hackney Rd, London E2 7QL, UK

Introduced at the start of the first lockdown, Yard Sale’s in-house team is continuing to deliver wood-fired pizzas the old fashioned way, albeit contactless. With six pizzerias (including a new site in East Dulwich, their first south of the river), all restaurants are continuing to serve full menus for takeaway and delivery. With slow-cooked tomato sauce and fior di latte, the margherita leaves little room for improvement, but the Sicilian sausage and guindilla pepper topping is a particular highlight.

184 Hackney Rd
London E2 7QL, UK

4. Maureen's Pie & Mash

6 Market Square, Poplar, London E14 6AH, UK

‘Cockney food bar’ Maureen’s is one of London’s best remaining pie and mash shops, having traded from Chrisp Street Market for over 50 years. While so many belligerent pie shop owners refuse to move with the times, Maureen’s is one of the few to have launched a nationwide delivery service, set up by one of the shop’s customers. As a result, it’s now easy to order chilled minced beef pies with flaky pastry lids, mashed potato, vivid green liquor, and essential chilli vinegar in bulk. The move also makes perfect sense, considering so many pie and mash lovers have moved out to Kent and Essex.

6 Market Square, Poplar
London E14 6AH, UK

5. Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery

159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6SB, UK

Just over a year ago, Beigel Bake was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, with the launch of both an Instagram account and a brand new app, from which orders can be placed for local delivery within 35 minutes (shorter than the typical queue time on a Sunday afternoon pre-lockdown.) All of the shop’s classics are available, but thick slices of fatty salt beef with dill pickles and hot mustard are still the main draw, even though it’s advisable to add the mustard at home to help it travel better. Or just order a pound of uncut salt beef and plain bagels, which are an absolute steal at 40p each.

159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch
London E1 6SB, UK

6. The Quality Chop House

88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3EA, UK

Focussing on its attached shop and butchers, Quality Chop House is offering nationwide delivery on orders placed through its website. In addition to store cupboard ingredients, meats and wines, a selection of meals are available. These include unparalleled pork pies of the old-fashioned butcher shop variety; the restaurant’s famous confit potatoes, to finish at home; some more in-depth meal kits; and meals for one, such as pot au feu, or a pouch of slow-cooked Dexter beef mince (ideally served on toast.)

88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon
London EC1R 3EA, UK

7. Townsend

77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell, London E1 7QX, UK

The Whitechapel Gallery’s resident restaurant, first opened shortly before lockdown, Townsend continues to offer local delivery via a network of black cabs (nationwide courier delivery is also available). The restaurant’s recipe boxes are also some of the more simple to put together. Highlights include pork and pistachio terrine with Yorkshire rhubarb chutney; potato dumplings, described as a British take on gnocchi, with potted shrimp; and the swede and rapeseed ‘cake’ — a vegan-friendly homage to dauphinoise potatoes.

77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell
London E1 7QX, UK

8. Smokestak

35 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6LB, UK

Available on Fridays and Saturdays, within two miles of the Sclater Street restaurant, Smokestak’s deliveries are made by restaurant staff. While the brisket or pulled pork buns are particular standouts, meal kits are also available for nationwide delivery. Instead, it’s perhaps worth ordering the ox cheek nuggets, the larger portion of slow-smoked brisket with pickled chillies, and the coal-roasted aubergine for hot delivery — all of which are more difficult to get right when cooking at home.

35 Sclater St, Shoreditch
London E1 6LB, UK

9. Shop Cuvée

189 Blackstock Rd, Highbury, London N5 2LL, UK

Another successful pivot, Top Cuvée launched a new online bottle shop (Shop Cuvée) during the first national lockdown. Following the success of the project, an actual shop has opened just around the corner from the restaurant and wine bar, with same-day local delivery still available, made by staff members on bikes. Given its unstuffy approach having become popular, expect plenty of natural wine available for delivery, plus a revolving selection of restaurant-quality ready meals: think pig’s head terrine, and rustic, butcher-style pies to heat at home.

189 Blackstock Rd, Highbury
London N5 2LL, UK

10. Golden Chippy

62 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 8LF, UK

Once upon a time, The Golden Chippy was voted best restaurant in London by TripAdvisor users. It’s perhaps surprising then that the family-run restaurant chip shop offers excellent food. Classic, deeply comforting fish and chip shop staples are served, all well-prepared and treated with care, and all fish is also available grilled, if that’s someone’s thing. Although the restaurant’s sit-in section has been closed, The Golden Chippy has remained open for takeaway during the various states of lockdown (while following social distancing guidelines and limiting customers allowed in the shop), but it’s also launched a local delivery option worth taking advantage of.

62 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich
London SE10 8LF, UK

11. Dinings SW3

Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, London SW3 2JH, UK

Dinings SW3’s delivery and collection menu offers a real sense of occasion, even though the sofa doesn’t quite live up to the restaurant’s sushi bar, which acts as a stage for the chefs to artfully prepare and present a parade of elegant Japanese dishes. While food is generally at the pricier end of the scale, it’s hard to go wrong with expertly prepared dishes. The sushi and sashimi are specific highlights, including fresh water eel or salmon belly sashimi; and a perfect domino of sticky rice crowned with a sliver of smoked eel.

Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea
London SW3 2JH, UK

12. Koya Soho

50 Frith St, West End, London W1D 4SQ, UK

Offering nationwide delivery, Koya has launched “Koya Mail,” a new letterbox delivery service. Specialising in udon noodles, the restaurant group’s omiyage packs contain dashi broth and udon noodles, complete with monthly-changing recipe cards from chef and owner Shuko Oda, for Koya dishes such as buta miso or lamb cumin miso with firm udon noodles, which is best served cold.

50 Frith St, West End
London W1D 4SQ, UK

13. Angelina

56 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3AH, UK

Combining both Italian and Japanese ingredients and techniques, Angelina’s eight-course tasting menu is available for delivery by restaurant staff, within 2.5 miles of the Dalston restaurant. Delivered ready to eat, the takeaway tasting menu is similar to that served in the restaurant during normal times, changing regularly to utilise seasonal ingredients as often as possible, while flavour combinations are often unusual. Osso buco is braised in soy, while a chocolate and matcha dessert is complete with wasabi mascarpone.

56 Dalston Ln, Dalston
London E8 3AH, UK

14. Chuku's

274 High Rd, Tottenham, London N15 4AJ, UK

A 2020 newcomer, Chuku’s is run by brother-and-sister Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick. Described as a Nigerian ‘tapas’ restaurant, the Tottenham space hasn’t quite received the level of acclaim it deserved, thanks to opening just a few weeks before the first national lockdown. Their ‘chop, chat, chill’ kits provide a decent showcase of the restaurant’s food, however, and are simple to prepare at home, available for collection or local delivery. Each kit includes the ingredients to make four Nigerian-inspired wraps, complete with Jollof quinoa, house salad, sauces and a choice of fillings. Fried plantain dusted with cinnamon is an optional extra worth considering. 

274 High Rd, Tottenham
London N15 4AJ, UK

15. Rock Star Sushi Bar ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY

Unit 5, The Long Shop, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2RD, UK

Focussing on traditional sushi Moriawase, Rock Star Sushi has introduced a delivery service in response to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Certified by the Japanese government, it’s worth entrusting the chef here and ordering the Moriawase menu, with a combination of sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls utilising ingredients that cost significantly more in the central London restaurants where they’re used more commonly but generally with less care. Think A5 Kobe wagyu, snow crab leg, torched foie gras, and sea urchin.

Unit 5, The Long Shop, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood
London SW19 2RD, UK

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16. Manze's Deptford

204 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3PR, UK

South London’s finest pie shop (sorry Arments fans) has introduced local hot delivery via Just Eat and Deliveroo, but has also been sending chilled deliveries to addresses all over the UK since long before the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to their standard fare of pie, mash, and liquor — which is some of the best in the city — stewed and jellied eels are also available alongside vegan pies, chilli vinegar, and Baldwin’s Sarsaparilla, for a classic pie and mash shop lunch at home, in south London and beyond.

204 Deptford High St, Deptford
London SE8 3PR, UK

17. Pappa Ciccia Fulham High Street

41 Fulham High St, Fulham, London SW6 3JJ, UK

Having served the local area for the past 25 years, Pappa Ciccia has two pizzeria-trattorias in Fulham, plus a takeaway and delivery branch in Putney. The family-run business also shuns delivery apps, delivering the old-fashioned way. A huge menu of various Italian restaurant classics are available, but the wood-fired pizzas are the main draw, with much of the produce imported from Italy, while compassionately farmed produce is also utilised where possible. Failsafe classics are offered alongside specials, such as a base topped with mozzarella, spinach, red onion, Parma ham, egg, and Parmesan. All pizzas can be customised, though it’s worth noting those with fewer ingredients tend to travel better.

41 Fulham High St, Fulham
London SW6 3JJ, UK

18. Roti Kitchen - Caribbean Restaurant - Halal

6 Leeland Rd, West Ealing, London W13 9HH, UK

While Roti Kitchen is listed on Just Eat, Uber Eats, and Deliveroo, orders can also be placed via their website. Based in West Ealing, Roti Kitchen champions food from various Caribbean islands, and while the rotis are exemplary, they’re just one of the large menu’s highlights. The curry mutton roti is a best seller, and for good reason, but the jerk chicken, curry goat, and saltfish bake are must orders — not forgetting Guinness punch.

6 Leeland Rd, West Ealing
London W13 9HH, UK

19. Mahdi Restaurant

215-217 King St, Hammersmith, London W6 9JT, UK

A Hammersmith and Chiswick favourite, it’s likely that your home décor won’t be as elaborate as the interiors at Mahdi, which heavily contribute to the experience, but the restaurant’s Iranian food is particularly appealing and tends to travel well. The zabane barreh, a slow-cooked lamb tongue in broth, is a standout, as are the pistachio naans and huge mixed grills for two, loaded with charred lamb chops snuggled by well-rendered fat; joojeh chicken enlivened with saffron and lemon; and, best of all, the koobideh which may well cause arguments if sharing. Although listed on Uber Eats and Deliveroo, Mahdi also offers its own delivery via its website.

215-217 King St, Hammersmith
London W6 9JT, UK

20. Rye Lanez Tattooing

Unit 210, 22a Blenheim Grove, Peckham, London SE15 4QN, UK

Just like almost everybody else in England, the team at Rye Lanez used the first four months of lockdown to up their sandwich game. Putting those skills to use, Rye Lanez Tuck Shop has since launched — a somewhat unusual side project for a tattoo parlour. Changing monthly, the menu’s sandwiches feature glorious combinations such as chestnut mushrooms cooked in homemade jerk sauce, with fried plantain; a baked bean and cheese breakfast bap; or the shop’s take on a Philly cheesesteak, with slow-cooked beef, cheese sauce, sauteed peppers, and pickled cucumber. All are priced at £5, available alongside snacks such as spicy Space Raiders or Tangy Toms. A perfect lunch combo. Orders can be placed in person or via Instagram DM, available for delivery to SE15 postcodes.

Unit 210, 22a Blenheim Grove, Peckham
London SE15 4QN, UK

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