With lockdown bringing the majority of the hospitality sector to its knees, we are so proud to see innovation within the sector being developed at breakneck speed. With jobs at risk and customers to keep engaged, the industry has pulled together to generate some income in the short term and, who knows, maybe a lasting new business venture. We’ve seen makeshift delis popping up in neighbourhood restaurants, our favourite pubs opening their wine cellars for takeaway and, the latest in the lockdown innovation, build-your-own home recipe kits. Here are a few of our favourites to look out for.   

 

Patty&Bun  

Operating through three of its nine London sites meat-lovers favourite, Patty&Bun, is the latest to join the restaurant comeback trail. For all those that have been glued to Instagram of the past weeks, our guess is that’s pretty much everyone will have seen the swathe of influencer elites knocking up this quarantine creations, including Emma Louise ConnollyTruffle&Egg and London Food BoyBring the Patty&Bun experience to your own home with the ‘Ari Gold’ cheeseburger, the ‘Smokey Robinson’, and epic vegan options, too.  

 

Pizza Pilgrims 

Get your pizza in the post from London legends, Pizza Pilgrims. No pizza oven? No problem – you can now get your dough fix in a frying pan thanks to Pizza Pilgrims and their #PizzaInThePost. Check out their 15min IGTV for a mouth-watering ‘how to’ in the latest foodie trend that is taking the national by storm. Each kit makes two Neapolitan pizzas with their signature sourdough base – a perfect Friday night feast.  

HonestBurgers   

Enjoy Honest at Home. The not-for profit home kits from Honest were so popular, when it launched there was so much demand it crashed the site, seconds after the ballot opened. 

Not only was each kit a delicious treat, the proceeds of each went towards three worthy causes:  

Landworkers Alliance to provide safety gear for farmers to get back into production 

-Trussell Trust a nationwide network of food banks for those really in need 

-Hospitality Action financial and emotional support for hard hit hospitality workers 

If you missed out on the first Honest drop then fear not, they have released step-by-step recipes for recreating your own Honest experience at home, including their infamous Rosemary Salt. Time to put the apron on. 
 

Ombra 

‘In order to sustain ourselves and our community through these unprecedented times, Ombra has adapted to become your local Pastificio and deli, enabling you to recreate the experience at home.  

Since the beginning of lockdown, fresh pasta has been arguably the most in-demand commodity and neighbourhood Hackney hangout, Ombra has been extruding, rolling and shaping pasta to satisfy the masses.  

As well as an extensive and mouth-watering takeaway menuOmbra is fully stocked in Italian deli veg boxes, wines, and general provisions.
 

Lily Vanilli  

Flourless chocolate cake mix, for those with a sweet tooth! This deliciously decadent mix is the perfect thing for a celebration or just a little self-loveThe flourless chocolate cake is a tricky one to master but with Lily Vanilli’s expert know-how you’ll have the perfect bake in no time. What better way to wile away the hours?  

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